NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP SYCAMORE STREET COMMITTEE
A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township
100 MUNICIPAL DRIVE
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2005
Approval of the Minutes: Mr. Ward made a motion to approve the October 11, 2005 minutes as presented. Mr. Wilson seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved. Mr. Ward made a motion to approve the November 17, 2005 minutes as presented. Mr. Wilson seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.
Members Present: Chairman Vince Lombardi; Members Melva Vittoriano, John Nejman, Frank Tyrol and Shannon Wilson; Planning Commission Liaison Shawn Ward, Esq.
Members Not Present: Members Joe Merjeski and David Burns; Borough Liaison Rand Jaslow (due to meeting conflict with Borough Council meeting); Planning Commission Liaisons Michael Piazza and Beth Sanderlin; HARB representative Terry McLean; Township Supervisor Tom Jirele
Also present: Nelson Shaffer representing Pennoni Associates Inc.; Bob Thomas
Call to Order: Mr. Lombardi called the meeting to order at 8:05 PM.
Disposition of American Flags for Winter
Mr. Lombardi said he had thought the flags could come down for the winter, but had received feedback from American Legion members who felt the flags should remain flying while the country was at war; Mr. Ward said he had heard the same opinion. Ms. Vittoriano suggested that this reason for keeping the flags out should be mentioned in the press. It was noted that there are additional places on the streetlight poles to hang other items, such as a wreath, flowers or banners. Mr. Lombardi said there were extra flag brackets that had come with the flags; Mr. Wilson suggested that they be sold.
Details for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The committee brainstormed possible invitees for the ceremony. It was suggested that the ceremony take place at 11:00 am on a weekday sometime in the first two weeks of December. Mr. Lombardi suggested that the ribbon cutting be done at the new stone wall near Goodnoe’s. Mr. Wilson said he might be able to put up a tent for the occasion. Mr. Lombardi said that Mr. Pellegrino was looking into some kind of reception to accompany the occasion. Ms. Dunleavy volunteered to help design an invitation.
Mr. Thomas said he was still waiting for additional dirt at his site. He said business was up at the Carriage House due to greater pedestrian traffic; Ms. Vittoriano noted her business had also increased. The committee complimented Mr. Shaffer on the brick walls at Stockburger’s. Mr. Shaffer said that the planting beds needed attention; Mr. Lombardi noted that there is a maintenance contract for 12-18 months on the plantings. It was suggested that the beds be “adopted” by businesses or organizations, who would maintain the beds. It was suggested that signs noting who was maintaining each bed could be installed. Mr. Thomas said he would take care of the bed near his property, and Mr. Wilson said he would maintain the two beds at the creek. Mr. Wilson offered to put down weed preventative if the township purchased the appropriate material.
Next Meetings: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, 2005. Mr. Nelson invited the committee to a holiday party hosted by Pennoni at Il Sol Tuscan Grill on Sycamore Street, to be held immediately after the December meeting.
Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary