A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township




8:00 PM

Approval of the Minutes: Mr. Nejman made a motion to approve the December 13, 2005 minutes, with the following changes: 

¨      Under Old Business, end of the 3rd paragraph:  “… monument files to Mr. Lombardi for Main Streets Manager …”. 

¨      Under Old Business, last sentence in the 4th paragraph:  Mr. Wilson said he would speak to Ron Fesmire …”

Mr. Tyrol seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously by the Committee. 

Members Present: Chairman Vince Lombardi; Members Melva Vittoriano, John Nejman, Frank Tyrol, Joe Merjeski and Shannon Wilson; Planning Commission Liaison Shawn Ward, Esq.; HARB representative Terry McLean.

Members Not Present: Member David Burns; Borough Liaison Rand Jaslow (due to meeting conflict with Borough Council meeting); Planning Commission Liaisons Michael Piazza and Beth Sanderlin; 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.

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.


Mr. Lombardi suggested the committee continue six months beyond the original end date of December, since issues remained with landscaping, trees and adjustments at some properties; the Committee agreed. Mr. Lombardi said he had spoken with some of the Supervisors who agreed with the extension of the committee.

Mr. Shaffer said he had heard through H & K that Valley Seeding had walked out of the project, and that H & K was looking into the completion of the landscaping, possibly by Moon Landscaping. He noted that some money has been withheld, and that there is a performance bond. He noted that the trees had not been accepted by the township; there was further discussion of the condition of the trees. Mr. Shaffer said H & K worked on the installation of the ornamental stop sign posts today. Mr. Merjeski asked about the drainage issues on his property; Mr. Shaffer said it would be addressed. Mr. Lombardi said that Cam Patel was pleased that there were only a few standing water areas to address. Mr. Merjeski said he had fixed up the beds at his property, regarding when new lights were installed.

Mr. Lombardi said there was no project money for a monument but they would be looking into a donation offer; the issue will go on the next meeting agenda. Mr. McLean said he still had all the research that had been done. It was noted that property owner Robert Shasha would need to be involved with the placement of a monument. Mr. Lombardi suggested that JDNC could include the monument in its wayfinding project; Ms. Vittoriano said she would ask the JDNC Design Committee about Sycamore Street Committee involvement with the monument and keep the committee appraised. Mr. Shaffer suggested that markers noting who is maintaining beds might match the wayfinding signs. Mr. McLean suggested asking for design ideas from Hillier, the company working on the wayfinding project; he said he would get a copy of the monument files to Main Streets Manager Chris Ortwein.

Mr. Wilson asked if the township might be interested in a pre-emergence application and fertilizer for the beds; Mr. Tyrol suggested finding corporate donations to fund maintenance and having one person responsible for maintenance, for greater uniformity of the condition of the beds. Mr. Tyrol said he would speak to Ron Fesmire about maintaining the 10 beds.

Mr. Merjeski said he had surveyed Sycamore Street with Supervisor Dick Weaver and that Mr. Weaver said he would like a short wall similar to the one at Stockburger’s from the sidewalk south of the Presbyterian Church to the Bill Marsh Ford Body Shop; he was concerned with the drop off. Mr. Lombardi said the Church was concerned with the look of the property; Mr. Merjeski said he would like to help maintain the area, and said Mr. Weaver that something like a wall to dress up the area would be nice. It was suggested that a wall like the existing church wall might enhance the area; the Committee agreed. It was clarified that permission from Mr. Shasha would be required.

Ms. Vittoriano said that during recent storms the snowplows had put the snow onto the sidewalks and it was impossible to keep them cleared. Possible solutions were discussed, including placing displace snow into the parking spaces along the street initially.

Mr. Lombardi said that a ribbon cutting ceremony couldn’t be organized this time of year, and suggested it be conducted in January; Mr. Thomas offered to put up a tent on his property for the occasion. Mr. Ward suggested the ceremony be postponed until spring, perhaps March or April when the weather was better; the Committee agreed.

Mr. Lombardi suggested that businesses along Sycamore Street become involved in the annual Presbyterian Church Strawberry Festival, should the church decide to expand the event. He asked if the Committee was interested in becoming involved. Mr. Tyrol noted that Reverend Blakesley would like to promote the church and that the old church had an interesting history.



Next Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at Chandler Hall.


On motion by Mr. Ward and without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary