CHARLESTOWN TOWNSHIP NEWSLETTER
September 20, 1998
published by your Republican Committee
Sue Staas and Charlie Philips
In 1998 - 1999, Charlestown Township faces many important issues which will affect you. Welcome to the first of a series of newsletters that will be published when events warrant by your newly elected Republican Committee representatives. It is our goal to inform you of key issues and events in Charlestown and to provide a venue for discussing township issues. We welcome input and "letters to the editor."
Important dates and deadlines:
There are a significant number of citizens in Charlestown who are not registered to vote. Voting is an honor, a privilege and a responsibility for us all. Do you know someone who is not registered? Registration forms are available at the post office and from your committee representatives. Please help us to make sure that everyone has a say in Charlestowns future!
Issue # One: Referendum: Should Charlestowns Board of Supervisors be expanded to 5 members instead of 3 members?
Your Charlestown Republican Committee urges you to vote YES on this critical issue on November 3. As we face important issues such as land planning, the prospects of the Turnpike slip ramp, the Altemose challenge and more, Charlestown will benefit from wider experience and knowledge of more supervisors, and the opportunity to spread the heavy workload required of supervisors among more office holders.
Issue #2: The possibility of constructing a slip ramp from the PA Turnpike to Route 29 near the Yellow Springs Road intersection. This is a proposal that is currently under study by the Turnpike Commission, which has the power to condemn the land.
Issue #3: Preserving open space: Our current ordinances have served us well, survived court challenges, and have successfully permitted more controlled development. The time has come to review and to update them where necessary to reflect Charlestowns desire to maintain its character while recognizing that development will happen. We need input from all of Charlestowns residents on this important issue.
Issue #4: A proposed water extraction ordinance is under legal review. This ordinance is intended to prevent the commercial mining of precious water resources in Charlestown.
Issue #5: Voting for two to four candidates for supervisors in the May 1999 election.
Your involvement in our Townships civic associations, planning commission and supervisors meetings and ELECTIONS makes a difference.
Without your voice, it could be business as usual.
Volunteers for Communication:
We recognize how difficult it is to stay abreast of news specific to our township. The Charlestown residents listed below have volunteered to help by distributing this newsletter to their neighbors, and otherwise serving as an important communication link among us. PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO HELP. Wonderful volunteers to date include: Dawn Baskin, Helen Faggioli, Ray Hallett, Russ Hanscom, Jean Helker, Anne Kline, Fran Nodland, Barbara Rhoads, Fran Rodgers, Bill and Pam Russell, Peter Segal, Hugh Willig.
THANK YOU FOR PRINTING, COMPLETING AND RETURNING THE ATTACHED QUESTIONNAIRE.
Remember that Charlie and Sue are a phone call or email away. Please call upon us with questions, ideas, concerns.
Sue Staas: Suestaas@aol.com PH 933-9766
Charlie Phillips: CAPhilips@worldnet.att.net PH 933-4154
PLEASE MAIL YOUR COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE TO SUE STAAS, PO BOX 247, DEVAULT, PA 19432 OR EMAIL IT TO ONE OF US!
We look forward to hearing from you