A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township




8:00 PM


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

Not Present: Member David Burns; Borough Liaison Rand Jaslow (due to meeting conflict with Borough Council meeting); HARB representative Terry McLean; Planning Commission Liaisons Michael Piazza 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 8:06 PM.

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.


Open Space

Mr. Lombardi said that Mr. Wilson has plans for the area near Bill Marsh Ford and that Mr. Merjeski should be involved in the planning. He said that he, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Merjeski would meet after the plans are complete.

Snow Removal

Mr. Lombardi said the snow removal problems should be over by now, and that the issue would be left for a future Sycamore Street association. He said he had been pleased with the improvement in snow removal as a result of his discussions with the township.

Replacement of Flags

Mr. Lombardi reported that the township sent a road crew out to take 38 flags down; they bought approximately 40 flags with fiberglass poles and installed them. Mr. Lombardi said the fiberglass poles were shorter, and that the longer wooden poles were causing greater wear and tear on the flags. It was clarified that the flags were the same size, only the poles were different.

Planting Beds

Mr. Wilson said he was working on an adopt-a-bed plan. He said the beds at Sedia Field and St. Andrew’s were in tough shape. Mr. Merjeski noted that the township had been installing mulch on the beds; Mr. Wilson noted they had pre emergent down. Mr. Merjeski said the township had skipped the bed at Bill Marsh Ford and said he would put down Preen and install mulch.

Punch List

Mr. Lombardi said that H & K was slow in addressing the punch list; no landscaping work is being done, including additional topsoil. Mr. Wilson was disturbed that nothing is being done, and said the planting bed at the south end of the street did not look good. Mr. Lombardi said the work should be completed; the question was when.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Mr. Wilson said he would be putting a tent for the Elliott Group event at the Acme site on May 4th; Mr. Wilson said the tent will be 40’ x 60’ with rugs and round tables, and that he would not be able to donate another tent until July. Mr. Lombardi said the ribbon cutting could be done that day in the morning or lunchtime; he would need to check with Mr. Pellegrino and Elliott. He noted that invitations for that event had been sent by Lisa Russo. Mr. Lombardi said he would check on the availability of lists for invitations to a Sycamore Street ribbon cutting. The timing of a ceremony was discussed; Ms. Dunleavy noted that the May AHA! Friday might be an opportune time. Mr. Lombardi said there would be a meeting May 27th at Bill Marsh Ford to discuss the ribbon cutting ceremony details and procedure.

Mr. Merjeski suggested the ceremony take place near the stone wall next to Goodnoe’s; Mr. Ward suggested the fields near Chandler Hall; Mr. Tyrol suggested a location near the old Presbyterian Church..


Mr. Lombardi presented the HARB approved design for the monument; it will sit on a brick platform and two seals will be placed on the monument – the William Penn seal 1683 and the Newtown Township seal with the date 2006. Ms. Dunleavy volunteered to research the Penn seal. Mr. Lombardi said there should be something that notes that the project was overseen by a township committee of community members, but was unsure what form this should take. Ms. Vittoriano suggested something noted in the cement; Mr. Lombardi suggested a plaque. Mr. Lombardi said that there should probably also be an acknowledgment that the project was funded by state grants; the Board agreed.


Mr. Lombardi said he would like to go to a BOS work session with committee members to see what could be expected in the way of township funding, and what the township expects of the committee. He noted that Mr. McLean will have pricing information regarding the monument soon. Collection of donations was discussed. Mr. Lombardi said he had spoken with JDNC Chair Mark Craig and that JDNC would be glad to set up a special fund to receive donations. Mr. Lombardi noted that if a Sycamore Street association became a 501(C)(3) it could collect donations.


Mr. Merjeski asked about getting a “No Parking” sign installed for the no parking area at the north driveway at Bill Marsh Ford, which is not properly marked at present.



Next Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at Chandler Hall.


Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary