NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP SYCAMORE STREET COMMITTEE
A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township
100 MUNICIPAL DRIVE
TUESDAY OCTOBER 11, 2005
DRAFT - SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT BY THE SYCAMORE STREET COMMITTEE
Members Present: Members Melva Vittoriano, John Nejman; Joe Merjeski, Frank Tyrol; Planning Commission Liaison Shawn Ward, Esq.; Township Supervisor Tom Jirele.
Members Not Present: Chairman Vince Lombardi; Members David Burns and Shannon Wilson, Jr.; Borough Liaison Rand Jaslow (due to meeting conflict with Borough Council meeting); Planning Commission Liaisons Michael Piazza and Beth Sanderlin; HARB representative Terry McLean
Also present: Nelson Shaffer representing Pennoni Associates Inc.; Tom McLearnon representing Chandler Hall; Bob Thomas; Jay Kravitz
Call to Order: In the absence of the Chairman, Mr. Tyrol called the meeting to order at 8:05 PM.
Approval of Minutes
Mr. Merjeski made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 13, 2005 meeting as presented. Mr. Nejman seconded; the motion carried, with abstention by Mr. Ward.
Mr. Shaffer said that currently speed limit signs of 35 mph and 40 mph are posted along Sycamore Street, and that there has been a suggestion that the speed limit be lowered to 25 mph because of increased pedestrian use along the street. Mr. Tyrol said that the reason for the suggested change was because of the presence of the daycare, preschool, church and the Chandler Hall crosswalk; Mr. Shaffer said that Mr. Pellegrino was looking for feedback from the committee.
Mr. Ward said that 25 mph was too slow, that some people might cut through alternate streets, causing additional problems; he said Sycamore Street would turn into a speed trap. Mr. Tyrol agreed, saying that enforcement was the issue, not the posted speed. He said he thought 35 mph was adequate, particularly as Silo Drive might eventually warrant a traffic signal; Mr. Ward noted that the new crosswalk light being installed soon should help as well. The consensus of the committee was that the posted speed limit should be 35 mph for the entire length of Sycamore Street.
Mr. Tyrol said that Mr. Lombardi was concerned with the replacement of signs, when needed, without destruction of stamped concrete. Mr. Merjeski said that there should be cylindrical sleeves screwed into the concrete in which the sign posts would be inserted, the sleeves to remain when replacing sign posts.
Mr. Shaffer noted that two streetlights have been hit, probably by construction vehicles, and that they have been fixing banner arms that have flopped over. He said that road designation signs would probably be installed next week; they are waiting for the black signposts. Mr. Shaffer said that both the committee punch list and his punch list had been submitted to the inspector and should be addressed shortly; they are pushing to complete the project.
Mr. Shaffer said that PennDOT had verbally agreed to use the extra new pedestrian signal arms at the corner of Durham Road and Sycamore Street at Goodnoe’s and at the pedestrian crossing at Chandler Hall. He said that the Stockburger brick wall was nearly finished; they need to change the drain pipe and connect the drainage spouts, put up the fence on top of the brick wall, and finish additional paving. Mr. Shaffer noted that the culvert near Mr. Thomas’s property still needed fencing, and that some plantings were still needed.
Mr. Shaffer said that the new sidewalks at the Lownes and Kurtz’s properties had been finished; plantings will be added at the Kurtz property. He said that Valley Seeding had not been back, due to the bad weather; they need to address plantings. Mr. Thomas requested additional fill dirt at his property; Mr. Shaffer said this should be addressed by Valley Seeding.
Mr. Ward said it had been suggested that a crosswalk of the new “plastic” material be installed at the Chandler Hall crosswalk, without the pattern, but that the material could not be made smooth enough to accommodate the Chandler Hall residents that would be crossing there. Mr. McLearnon said that the painted crosswalk at Chandler Hall is very slippery when wet and suggested adding something, perhaps sand, to the paint to make it non-skid; Mr. Nelson will look into the matter. Mr. McLearnon said he thought that the crosswalk was going to be wider at Chandler; Mr. Ward noted that it would be more visible if it were wider.
Mr. Shaffer said that two spaces at the fire hydrant would be painted out with the letters “No Parking”; this will be done when the weather is drier. Mr. Shaffer said that the bench at the Yardville Bank would probably be moved; he is hoping PennDOT will agree to move it. He said that streetlights were being re-plumbed as necessary.
Mr. Nejman said he had collected some flags that had blown out of the streetlight banner arms; Mr. Tyrol said he has extra flags at his office. The issue of flag storage was discussed. Mr. Jirele said that since the township had purchased the flags that they should be stored at the township building. Mr. Tyrol said that how long the flags should be displayed had not been determined. Mr. Jirele suggested that the committee create a suggested schedule for putting out the flags, banners, etc. and submit it to the township.
Ms. Vittoriano said that the hanging of wreaths on the streetlights for the holidays had been suggested and asked about funding for such items. Mr. McLearnon said Chandler Hall was hoping to “adopt” a planting bed. Mr. Tyrol said that ideas should be brainstormed. Mr. Shaffer noted that there are two basket arms as well as a receptacle on the streetlight poles for lights.
Mr. Jirele said that the Acme site developer had about a 90-day window for demolition on the site; this had been delayed a bit by a delay in the completion of the Sycamore Street project. He is expecting plans to come before the township in late winter.
Mr. Jirele noted that this committee would be dismissed when the Sycamore Street construction project was complete, and suggested that the committee pass along any ideas to the township.
Next Meetings: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2005.
On motion by Mr. Merjeski, second by Mr. Ward, and without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary