NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP SYCAMORE STREET COMMITTEE
A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township
100 MUNICIPAL DRIVE
TUESDAY MARCH 14, 2006
Approval of the Minutes: Mr. Ward made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 14, 2006 meeting as presented. Mr. Wilson seconded the motion, which was approved by the Committee with abstention by Mr. Merjeski.
Members Present: Chairman Vince Lombardi; Members Melva Vittoriano, John Nejman, Frank Tyrol and Shannon Wilson; Planning Commission Liaison, HARB representative Terry McLean.
Not Present: Members David Burns, and Joe Merjeski; Borough Liaison Rand Jaslow (due to meeting conflict with Borough Council meeting); Planning Commission Liaisons Michael Piazza, Shawn Ward, Esq., and Beth Sanderlin; Township Supervisor Tom Jirele; Nelson Shaffer of Pennoni.
Also present: Bob Thomas.
Call to Order: Mr. Lombardi called the meeting to order at 8:05 PM.
Approval of the Minutes: The minutes of the February 14, 2006 meeting were unanimously approved by the Committee.
Mr. Wilson presented the open space plan, which included the location of the monument. Mr. Lombardi said that DeLuca has expressed interest in developing the area between the old church and the convent. Mr. Wilson said he would speak with Robert Shasha about a monetary contribution when he discusses with him the plans for the open space areas. The proposed plaque and feature wall were discussed. Mr. Tyrol said he had a friend who could research the great seal of William Penn. It was noted that the monument has been approved by the township HARB and Board of Supervisors; Mr. McLean will look into someone to do the bronze work.
Mr. Lombardi said he had met with Mr. Pellegrino and told him that snow removal during the second storm had been an improvement; Mr. Lombardi said he learned that the township had tried to take the snow out in dump trucks, and that Mr. Pellegrino thought they would add funding into the budget for extra help with snow removal. Mr. Lombardi said the committee would be glad to work with the township each storm.
Replacement of Flags
Mr. Lombardi said he would like to go out and replace and remove some of the damaged flags. Mr. Wilson volunteered to help with removal of the damaged flags utilizing his truck. Ms. Vittoriano suggested picking up the flag from the vendor in Philadelphia to save shipping costs. Mr. Lombardi said the township has agreed to pay for the flags this time (40 flags for $600) and suggested they might pay for shipping as well. Mr. Wilson said the flags could be shipped to his store.
Mr. Wilson said he started on the catalog on the beds and has replacement lists.
Mr. Lombardi said he met Cam Patel along Sycamore Street, who was getting ready for landscaping work. He said that most of the items on the punch list were completed; mostly landscape issues remain. Mr. Lombardi asked that committee members inform him of any additional issues, and noted that there were still a few places that need blacktop. Ms. Vittoriano said there is a hole in her driveway apron; Mr. Lombardi said it was one of the test borings and that they should be filled in. Mr. Lombardi said he had discussed the punch list with Mr. Shaffer, including the caps that have come off the wall/fence at Stockburger’s.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Mr. Wilson said that May 4th has been set as the tentative date for groundbreaking at the Acme site. Mr. Lombardi said that Elliott would hold an evening affair to celebrate, and that the ribbon cutting for the street would be in the morning; details are still being worked out. Mr. Lombardi noted that Elliott Group will use its own caterer.
Mr. McLean said they are planning to post a bronze plaque on the iron railing at the old Presbyterian Church to honor Ellie Campbell and her work on historic preservation and at the old church. He said that Ethel Hibbs will speak to the church for ideas.
Mr. Lombardi said that DeLuca has purchased the St. Andrews Preschool property and plans to develop office buildings there. He said that the Board of Supervisors furthered the project along; the sketch plan will go before the Planning Commission.
Mr. Lombardi said he met with a delegate of Sycamore Street people and Newtown Business and Professional Association car show planners, and the Sycamore Street groups agreed to try having the car show on Sycamore Street on Sunday afternoon and evening. The NBPA committee alternatively proposed Saturday afternoon and evening; at the subsequent Board of Supervisors meeting the NBPA withdrew their request for inclusion of Sycamore Street for the show, having decided that Sunday was the best day for the event. Mr. Lombardi said that some supervisors felt that Sycamore Street was not quite finished and that it shouldn’t take on a project from State Street. Mr. Lombardi suggested that when the DeLuca project and Acme site development was complete that Sycamore Street involvement in the car show might be considered.
Next Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at Chandler Hall.
Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary