A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township




8:00 PM

Approval of Minutes: Mr. Wilson made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 2, 2005 meeting as presented. Mr. Merjeski seconded; the motion carried, with abstention by Mr. Ward.

Members Present: Chairman Vince Lombardi; Members Melva Vittoriano, Shannon Wilson and John Nejman; HARB representative Terry McLean; Supervisor Tom Jirele, Joe Merjeski

Members Not Present: Members David Burns, Jr., Frank Tyrol; Borough Liaison Rand Jaslow (due to meeting conflict with Council meeting); Planning Commission Liaison Beth Sanderlin, Shawn Ward, Esq. and Michael Piazza.

Also present: Nelson Shaffer representing Pennoni Associates Inc.; Bob Bebon representing Newtown Presbyterian Church; Tom McLearnon representing Chandler Hall; business owners Robert and Sandi Thomas; resident Gerald DeYoung.

Call to Order: Chairman Lombardi called the meeting to order at 8:11 PM.

Approval of Minutes

Ms. Vittoriano made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 10, 2005 meeting with the following correction: second paragraph from the bottom of page 1 – change “Newtown Gate” to “Newtown Place.” Mr. Lombardi seconded; the motion carried, with abstention by Mr. Merjeski and Mr. Wilson.


Status Reports


Mr. McLearnon showed the committee a card he had received from the children at the Chandler Hall daycare thanking him for the new pedestrian crossing they are using.

Mr. Jirele said that the Supervisors had questioned the placement of certain lights at the north end of Sycamore Street near Goodnoe’s, where they were placed in the middle of the sidewalk, with bump outs. Mr. Lombardi said that the presence of underground utilities and overhead wires, as well as Verizon duct banks for fiber optics, necessitated the slight relocation of the streetlights there and of two streetlights north of Acme next to the detention basin. Mr. Lombardi noted that probably all but twenty streetlights had needed to be relocated due to utilities. Mr. McLearnon noted the tire marks on the bump out near 7-11. It was clarified that the speed limit along Sycamore Street would remain 35 mph.

Mr. Wilson said that the new trees at Goodnoe’s had died and needed to replaced and topsoil added. Mr. Shaffer said that the dry tree well was still to be added to the magnolia; it was clarified that more trees were owed. Mr. Jirele suggested waiting till fall for planting new trees; Mr. Shaffer said the trees should be placed on the punch list now, with the decision of when to plant made later. H said he thought there was a watering clause.

Mr. Lombardi said that standing water was the biggest concern. Mr. Shaffer said that a trench drain across German Avenue is yet to be built. He noted that the Verizon lines and duct work was fairly close to the road surface and that Verizon had only marked a line but not the width of the duct work. Mr. Lombardi said that one lane would be open for the next few days while work is being done on the road. It was clarified that workers were waiting for materials and the trench drain to arrive for the Stockburger area. Mr. Shaffer said that the patterned cross walks will be installed at the very end of the project, and that they are looking the possibility of using a different material that would set faster and hold up well, similar to patterned concrete.

Mr. Shaffer said that the road reconstruction at Jefferson Street did impact the budget, and that they are looking for extra funds for sidewalks at the Lownes property and possibly at the Kurtz property. He noted that sidewalks at the Kurtz property could be problematic due to the hedges; Mr. Shaffer will be providing a sketch to Bob Pellegrino to speak with Bob Kurtz regarding a sidewalk.

Mr. Shaffer clarified that that some streetlights still needed to be plumbed.

Wayfinding: Ms. Vittoriano said she attended a JDNC Wayfinding committee meeting, at which signage designs were presented by Hillier. Signage included pedestrian, gateway and traffic signs; replacement of the township sign at Buck Road and Sycamore Street has been proposed. Ms. Vittoriano said that $185,000 had been budgeted for signage, and that the committee would search for possible funding. She said she was the only Sycamore Street Committee member on the JDNC Design Committee. Ms. Vittoriano said she liked the signage designs that included stone, but that Design Committee members thought the walls looked like those in developments; she was concerned that two of the designs didn’t fit with what was presently on Sycamore Street. Mr. Jirele suggested that the signage designs be presented to the Township and Borough HARB’s, even if they were not to be located in the historic district; he said he would speak with Chris Ortwein. Mr. Lombardi suggested that Ms. Ortwein attend the July Sycamore Street Committee meeting. Ms. Vittoriano said that the Main Streets Program had established a logo with the tag line “seat of culture,” and said that someone on the committee noted that Doylestown also uses the same tag line; she thought there might be some rethinking. Mr. McLean and Mr. McLearnon volunteered to attend the next Design Committee meeting with Ms. Vittoriano; Ms. Dunleavy will confirm the meeting date and contact them.

Mr. Shaffer said that PennDOT had agreed to eliminate the mast arm in front of Tyrol Insurance and had relocated the mast arm to provide an overhead pedestrian crossing signal at Chandler Hall. He said that if the budget would allow they would like to expand the sidewalk area on which the children gather before crossing the road.

Next Meetings: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, 2005.


On motion by Mr. Tyrol and without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary