NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP SYCAMORE STREET COMMITTEE
A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township
100 MUNICIPAL DRIVE
TUESDAY AUGUST 9, 2005
Approval of Minutes: Mr. Piazza made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 9, 2005 meeting as presented. Mr. Merjeski seconded; the motion carried.
Members Present: Chairman Vince Lombardi; Members: Melva Vittoriano, Shannon Wilson, John Nejman, Joe Mereski, Frank Tyrol, David Burns, Jr. Tom Jirele, Board of SupervisorsLiaison, Planning Commission Liaisons Shawn Ward, Esq., Mike Piazza, Jim Bowe, Also Present: Terry McLean, HARB Liaison, Nelson Shaffer, Pennoni Associates, Inc.
Members Not Present: Borough Liaison Rand Jaslow, Planning Commission Liaison Beth Sanderlin
1. CALL TO ORDER: Chairman Lombardi called the meeting to order at 8:05 p.m.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Mr. Merjeski made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 12, 2005 meeting as presented. Mr. Nejman seconded. The motion carried with Mr. Bowe and Mr. Piazza abstaining.
3. NEW BUSINESS:
Mr. Lombardi stated that he would start with Item B on the agenda because Item A will be a lengthy discussion.
A. Crosswalk Problem - Mr. Lombardi gave a history of the previous crosswalk problems. Mr. Lombardi stated that there is a new product that has been successful in Europe that is a polymer resin. Mr. Lombardi stated that he met with the Township Manager who gave him photographs of the various types of crosswalk products – stamped concrete vs. the polymer resin. Mr. Lombardi noted that the pictures of the stamped concrete show extreme wear of the material. Mr. Wilson stated that he, Mr. Bowe and the Township Manager had made a visit to the area which has used stamped concrete. Mr. Lombardi stated that he discussed with the contractor, East Coast Contractors, the condition of the stamped concrete. Mr. Wilson stated that he and Mr. Bowe made a trip to Moorestown, New Jersey to observe the polymer resin material. He stated that it looked very good like pattern concrete. The intersection that they observed had a great deal more traffic than Sycamore street and the crosswalks looked good.
Mr. Ward expressed his concern that once the crosswalks were created with the polymer resin and then when it came time to resurface the street and the next township administration does not support the use of polymer resin that the crosswalks would be removed and the money that was spent on using this new material would be wasted. It was pointed out that the price is about the same between stamped concrete and polymer resin. It was also noted that the process to install the crosswalks with polymer resin requires less time therefore less traffic problems. Mr. Bowe stated how good the product looks. Mr. Wilson stated they learned that if the road is not prepared correctly the product will crack eventually. Mr. Wilson stated that the process is to mill out the street area and then pour the polymer resin. Mr. Lombardi stated to the Township Manager of requiring the crosswalks to be 1o feet wide instead of 8 feet wide. The Engineer stated it might be possible. It is then stamped down and painted. Mr. Wilson made a motion that the Sycamore Street Committee recommend to the Board of Supervisors that the polymer resin material instead of stamped concrete be used to install the crosswalks on Sycamore Street. Mr. Bowe seconded the motion. The Committee voted unanimously to approve the motion.
B. American Flag Installation – Mr. Lombardi reported that 116 flags had been purchased. He stated that help will be needed to install the flags. The committee asked questions regarding the description of the poles, which are 12 feet in length. Mr. Lombardi stated that he had met with the Township Manager and that there was discussion on the diameter of the pole. Mr. Lombardi reported that the Township Manager recommended that the pole should be 1” in diameter and not 7/8”. Mr. Lombardi stated he had discussion with the American Legion could not match the price he had received for the purchase of the flags. Mr. Lombardi stated that all prices must be reconfirmed. Mr. Wilson volunteered to install all 116 flags using his people. The goal is to have the flags installed by Labor Day.
C. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Mr. Lombardi stated that the date has been delayed due to problems with the project. The date would be sometime in September.
D. Public Information and Advertising (Banners) Mr. Lombardi reported that there has been a request from the Little League Team to hang a banner to recognize the victory of the Newtown Little League. Mr. Lombardi stated that the area between Mr. Merjeski property and his property have poles directly across from each other and would be the ideal location to hang the banner. The banner will be visible in both directions. The committee discussed the possibility of others wanting to hang banners in the future. Mr. Lombardi stated that the Board of Supervisors will have to give approval and a permit would have to be issued. This would control who would be able to put a banner.
E. Streetwalk to bring the committee into contact with residents and businesses
Mr. Lombardi asked if the committee was still in favor of scheduling the walk for a Saturday morning. The committee stated it was still in favor of the walk. Mr. Lombardi stated that flyers would be placed out the week before to announce the street walk. It was discussed that September 17th, Market Day, might be a good day for the walk because people will be out on that day.Mr. Ward made a motion to set the date of the street walk for August 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with members of the committee and concern residents of the street that have participated on the committee to meet at St. Andrews church. Mr. Bowe seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The committee was reminded to only take information from residents and not to make any commitments.
OLD BUSINESS: Mr. Shaffer, the engineer, gave the committee an update on some items. He stated that the Thomas’s renovations are almost completed, their steps have been done and there is some grading that has to be done. Mr. Shaffer stated that the stone mason would be out sometime within the next week. The Citgo station has been paved there is no puddle in there anymore. The Shell station still needs to be finished. Mr. Shaffer explained the current fire hydrant situation. Mr. Lombardi asked if the fire hydrant in question could be moved. He stated that all fire hydrants are on the east side except the one in question. He asked if it could be moved to the east side. Mr. Shaffer stated that he would look into the situation. Mr. Shaffer stated that hopefully, all the street lights would be turned on by next week. The speed limit on Sycamore was discussed. Mr. Lombardi raised the issue of naming Sycamore Street –Business Route 532. He gave a brief history of this matter.
5. PUBLIC COMMENT: question was raised about what trees were still available. It was stated that in the past there were 11 trees between Cambridge and Center, could they be put back. Mr. Wilson offered to obtain trees at cost. Mr. Merjeski raised the issue of the pine trees blocking the view of the park which is a beautiful area to see while driving.
ADJOURNMENT: Mr. Ward made a motion to adjourn. All agreed to the motion and adjournment was at 9:35 p.m.
The next meeting is schedule for September 13, 2005
Respectfully submitted by:
Marian Stroup, Substitute recording secretary