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Brightside Farm - GVSD's 55 Acre Parcel

 
The following text is taken from the official minutes of the September 13, 1999 meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The entire Official Minutes are available by clicking on the "Official Minutes" button on the button bar above.
 

Marcia Solda reported that she and several others came from the Great Valley School District meeting this evening and the School Board Chairman Mr. Esty announced that they had withdrawn their application for subdivision of the 55 acre parcel on Yellow Springs Road and were planning to sell it in its entirety. Mr. Connolly was also present and said he requested that discussions between the School Board and the Township Supervisors be entertained on the Township's possible acquisition of this property. He reported that Mr. Esty seemed to be amenable to the suggestion. Mrs. Behrle suggested that the Board go forward to open a positive dialog with the School District and continue to investigate funding options. Mr. Sauser said he'll make another attempt prior to the next School Board meeting to set up a joint meeting. Mr. Wert said that if the School District has a need for playing fields that aren't being met, the record needs to be set straight as to what is available to them from the Township. The Secretary was asked to prepare a chronology of events with regard to the School District's submissions, requests and reviews.
Mrs. Behrle asked for each Board member's stand on the possible acquisition of the 55 acre parcel, which she noted can be sold to the Township without requiring the School District to go though a bidding process. Mrs. Ewald stated she is strongly in favor, and indicated she'd like to acquire the adjacent "Deerfield" tract as well. Mr. Wert was in favor of acquiring the 55 acre parcel but voiced concern that public input be garnered and considered prior to taking any action. Mrs. Behrle said the next Charlestown Green newsletter will explain the program in detail and include a poll for the citizens. Mr. Sauser said he looks favorably on the possibility of acquisition but is opposed to any increase in taxes. Mrs. Behrle mentioned several funding opportunities, including the formation of a municipal land trust. Mr. Connolly indicated that the grant process with the County is relatively simple, not requiring a plan when acquiring open space. Bob Jones asked for the Board's permission for members of the Parks and Recreation Board to speak with the County Commissioners to brief them on the Township's interest in acquiring the School District parcel and they agreed.

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