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"Regional panel to disband - New committee will cover 6 municipalities" by G. E. Lawrence in today's Daily Local News reports on the creation of a successor body to the Phoenixville Area Planning Commission for the purpose of coordinating the implementation of the plan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley integrates technology in classrooms" by Danielle Lynch in today's The Phoenix reports on the integration of Smart Board and other technologies in the school district's classrooms. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Great Valley Nature Center Golf Tournament (from Tom Pascocello) -
The Great Valley Nature Center will be holding its 10th Annual Golf Classic on June 16, 2008 at 12:30 pm (Shotgun start) at the Kimberton Golf Club. Cost is $80 per person to benefit the Nature Center. This fee includes: green fees, cart, soda, beer,hot buffet dinner, and prizes. Closest to pin(s) and long drive prizes. Scramble Format, team score. All skills welcome. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-935-9777 . Limited attendance, first come, first serve.
Orchid Show and Sale - Charlestown resident Michael Bowell's "Create A Scene" on Bodine Road will be participating in the 2008 Longwood Gardens International Orchid Show and Sale starting today and continuing through the weekend. Complete details, including scheduled activities for each day, are available here.
Open Space and the EIT - The latest "Charlestown Township Open Space Report" (available here as a 544 kb pdf file) provides an in depth look at the the highly praised open space preservation program in Charlestown Township, examining both benefits and costs of the program, and explaining why a referendum to increase in the Earned Income Tax will be on the April 22 ballot. The report explicitly answers many questions residents may have about the program and the tax. The report is available on-line by clicking here.
Editorial Comment -
I try to avoid getting on a soapbox and using this site to support anybody's programs, but from the beginning preserving open space in Charlestown has been an exception. Once open space is taken over by developers, it is gone for good. There is no turning back. Very few Charlestown residents now live on farms, but many of us appreciate the opportunity to live where when driving on local roads, we pass through farmland and are often greeted with beautiful vistas as we go to and from our destinations. [For example: cross the Turnpike on Yellow Springs Road headed northwest and break out of the woods just above Hollow Road and take in the view; come from Rt. 113 on Clover Mill and Pikeland Roads and look at the valley ahead as you pass the Pikeland Churches; or take Charlestown Road from Phoenixville and cross over the wooded ridge and break out into the opening by the Charlestown Cooperative Farm - the view is spectacular.]
"Officials discuss trauma center feasibility" by Dan Kristie in today's Daily Local News reports on new discussions regarding the fact that Chester County has not had a trauma center since 2002. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
While surrounding townships are gradually turning into extensions of nearby urban centers, Charlestown is still beautiful and much of it retains its rural character. While approximately 21% of it is already preserved, the remaining pieces of the puzzle of properties that make up its vistas will hopefully be preserved in the years to come. Some residents may not be aware of another dimension of open space preservation - the financial benefits in terms of property values and government costs (taxes) from paying to preserve open space now. I urge residents to read the Open Space Report and to vote Yes on the referendum.
Electrical Inspection Agencies List Updated - An updated list of Electrical Inspection Agencies that are currently registered with Charlestown Township to perform electrical inspection services has been posted. The list is available as a pdf file by clicking here and is permanently linked from our Index to Gov't Info page.
"Efficiency gains homeowners credit" in today's The Mercury reports on Keystone HELP offering between $1,000 and $10,000 or more of unsecured credit to homeowners in the state to help make their home more energy efficient. The article, including terms and conditions and qualifying improvements is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Great Valley Forum on Immigration
Immigration: Why is it a problem? How did it become a problem? Is there a solution? Sponsored by the Great Valley Citizens Forum, Wednesday, April 2, 2008 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM at the Tredyffrin Township Municipal Building Auditorium. For more information on the speakers and discussion, click here.
Landscapes2 - Landscapes (now Landscapes2) is an award winning program of the Chester County Planning Commission aimed at bringing growth and preservation together for Chester County. This comprehensive and influential program is into its second decade guiding municipalities, developers, preservationists, and many others in setting priorities for where and how our County grows including both how to revitalize our urban centers and small towns and how best to protect our natural, rural, and historic heritage. For much more on Landscapes2, click here. A permanent link to Landscapes2 has been added to the "Other Government and Civic" section of our Neighborhood Links page.
Historical Society Events
- First Spring Meeting - The Charlestown Historical Society will meet Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 7:30 pm in the Charlestown Elementary School cafeteria. Parking is between the school and the bus garage. Please use door #5 to enter the building and follow the CHS signs to the meeting. The speaker for the meeting will be Suzanne Halstead of Historic Yellow Springs, who will present an illustrated overview of HYS and its activities. Light refreshments will be served, and all are invited to attend.
- Rapp House Spring Work-Party - The annual spring work-party to give the historic property a "spring cleaning" will be Saturday, May 3, 2008 (rain date May 10). Lunch will be provided. Come and enjoy a day of seeing other CHS members and enjoy volunteering at a truly fascinating, historic property. If you have any questions, contact society president John Pittock by clicking here.
- Second Spring Meeting - The second spring meeting will Wednesday, May 7, 2008. The program will be posted here as well as in the society's newsletter.
New Posting - Traditional Neighborhood Development Ordinance -
As most residents know, a Traditional Neighborhood Development plan for the Devault area has been created by the Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors and consultants over the course of the past several years. A presentation was made to the Board of Supervisors on the proposed TND ordinance on March 4, 2008. I have received a copy of the presentation from the Township Administrator in the form of a single 44.2 mb PDF file, a large portion of which is exhibits in the form of graphics.
This is a complex but important ordinance for our township and I wanted to post it, but in more easily downloadable form. I have managed to break the single large PDF file into 28 smaller PDF files ranging from about 200 kb to a few over 1 mb and one being 3 mb. Be aware that if you are using a dial-up connection to the Internet, some of the files may take quite a while to download. The page of links for the TND Ordinance Presentation is available here and is permanently listed on our Index to Gov't Info page.
Comment on Proposed TND Ordinance (from Denny Parisan) -
Things are about to change! Does anybody feel that we have too much traffic on
route 29, Whitehorse road or the surounding area? Do you enjoy the open space in this neck of the woods? At the next township meeting, the Board will vote on re-zoning this area for approx- 275 new homes, offices and retail stores. In conjunction with the new Wegmans stores and the new PA Turnpike slip ramp coming, many residents, who are just now just finding out about this, feel we are losing valuable open space and adding to the congestion in our township. If you agree, please submitt your objection to the Board of Supervisors in writing as soon as you can. Be sure to tell your neighbors. Thank you!
Audited Financial Statements Posted (from Linda Csete) - The Independent Auditors' Report and Financial Statements for 2007 have been posted as a scanned PDF file, about 600 kb and is linked from here. The file is also permanently linked from our Index to Gov't Info page.
"Rail project on center stage" by Gretchen Metz in Tuesday's The Phoenix is a follow-up article on the proposed passenger rail line (through portions of Charlestown Township) that "would use some track owned by the freight company Northfolk Southern that goes from Phoenixville to Devault. The plan would then entail building tracks over right-of-way land dedicated to rail use and link up with rail service at the Paoli train station." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
GVSD Community Surveys - The Great Valley School District is seeking the input of the community on two topics. More information and the on-line surveys themselves are available from the district's web site at http://www.gvsd.org.
"Slip ramp construction delayed again" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News reports on delays in achieving environmental permits that may push back the start of PA Turnpike slip ramp construction in the Devault area back to this fall with completion in 2010. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Sidetracked: Chester County's frustrating commuter rail saga" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News reports on various plans to extend rail service in the area, including the possibility of a new use for the existing rail line through Charlestown Township from Phoenixville to Devault. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Voter-Registration Deadline - March 24, 2008 is the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania's April 22 primary. Only voters registered with a party can vote in that party's primary. Voter Registration forms are available from the Charlestown Township Office (above the Devault Post Office) and all Post Offices as well as the Chester County web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley considering turf options" by Danielle Lynch in today's Daily Local News reports on the school district's plans to convert two fields to artificial turf at the High School and Middle School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"202 section's traffic outgrows original intent - Logjams send commuters to back roads" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News is a pretty comprehensive report on the background, current problems and plans for Route 202 from West Chester to King of Prussia. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the February 26, 2008 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Seeking Historic Photos (from Linda Csete) -
The Supervisors are presently working on plans for interpretative historical signage at nine sites throughout Charlestown. The signage will include reproductions of historic photographs taken from the files of the Historical Society. But in many cases, our residents also have interesting old pictures. If you happen to have any good quality, old photographs of any of the historical sites listed below, we would love the opportunity to consider them. The photos would be scanned and returned to you. Please contact the township office if you have any pictures of the following:
The Official Minutes of the February 4, 2008 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
- Brightside Farm
- Longwood School Ruins
- Charlestown Woolen Mill
- Historic Ice Dam
- Wisner Rapp House
- Bridge #178 (Pickering Road Bridge)
- Revolutionary War Cemetery
- Walden Farm Ruins
- Squire Hamilton House Ruins
- Markley House
- Revolutionary War Paymaster General Site
"Great Valley updates budget" in today's Daily Local News reports on an update for the proposed 2008-2009 Great Valley School District budget with slightly lower tax numbers that was presented at a school board meeting earlier this week. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley takes on security" by Danielle Lynch in today's The Phoenix reports on discussions of additional security measures for the schools in the Great Valley School District. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley board hunting for new asst. superintendent" by Danielle Lynch in today's The Phoenix reports on the process of selecting a new Assistant Superintendent to replace Adele Corbett. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley school board engages community" by Danielle Lynch in today's Daily Local News reports on school board members taking steps to become more active in their community. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Township agrees to fund study" by Brian McCarthy in today's Daily Local News reports on Monday night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 11, 2008 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Great Valley board discusses competency tests" by Danielle Lynch in The Phoenix reports on Graduation Competency Assessments, a new testing process approved by the Pennsylvania Board of Education and subject to legislature approval. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
GVNC Seeks Summer Camp Teachers (from Tom Pascocello) - The Great Valley Nature Center is looking for local college students/graduates to teach the center's Nature Discovery Summer Camps. Requirements are to teach weekly themed nature camps for kids 4-14. Training is provided. College students or graduates are sought. Hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30 - 3:30, with salary of $250/week. Call 610-935-9777 or email email@example.com.
"Charlestown planners hear traffic plans" by Laurie Perini in today's The Phoenix reports on Tuesday night's meeting of the Planning Commission. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Making a Short Story Long - My wife and I live in the woods and have a great variety of birds visit our feeders just outside our kitchen window. We have battled squirrels and raccoons forever, it seems. For some time we have had metal trash cans cabled to the house with their lids chained to the cans to keep the raccoons out. Several years ago I had to cover the four corners of the 6" square post they climbed with aluminum angle "iron" since they had either chewed or clawed the corners of the post down a great deal. Last fall we found a product on the Internet made by Nixalite that looked like it would keep squirrels and raccoons from climbing the 6" square post to get to the feeders. The product is visible at the bottom of the photo and basically consists of a dense array of stainless steel "sticks", each with a very sharp end, angled in different directions, and overlapping at the corners. (The basic product is used mostly for bird control to keep pigeons and other birds from sitting on ledges of buildings.) Anyway, we have yet to see a squirrel on our bird feeders since the Nixalite installation. However, about two weeks ago we got up in the morning and saw some of the Nixalite strips on the ground, others hanging loose, others bent, with a good bit of blood on the post above and below the strips. Needless to say, a great deal of sunflower seed was missing from the feeder. We assumed it was the raccoons. I washed down the post, replaced and straightened out the Nixalite, and we hoped they had had such an unpleasant experience that they wouldn't bother again. Right! The photo tells the rest. (...and it's a bloodless process now.) (JM)
02/27/08 (2nd posting 11:30 am)
Lost Cat (from Nancy and David Moffitt) - Our beloved cat Sam, a large gorgeous gray tabby, has been gone for about three weeks. We are about to give up hope but thought we would try the website. Please call us at 610-827-9682 if you have seen him. He did not have a collar on. Nancy and David Moffitt, Valley Hill Road.
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 3 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the January 8, 2008 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Police To Control Traffic Signals At Two Intersections On Route 29 In East Whiteland Township On Thursday And Friday (from Fred Alston)
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that the traffic signals at Route 29 s intersections with Swedesford Road and Matthews Road in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, will be controlled by East Whiteland Township police officers on Thursday and Friday (Feb. 28-29), respectively, while new video detectors are installed on the existing signal mast arms.
The contractor will turn off the traffic signals at the intersection of Route 29 and Swedesford Road on Thursday (Feb. 28) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. while the contractor works on the video detector installation and wiring modifications. Crews will turn off the signals at the intersection of Route 29 and Matthews Road on Friday (Feb. 29) during the same hours.
PennDOT needs to disconnect the traffic signals for a few hours each day to make wiring modifications that are part of the video detector installation. The video detectors will replace the loop sensors in the pavement that will no longer line up with temporary traffic patterns on Route 29. This operation is weather dependent.
This work is part of PennDOT's $23.3 million project to replace the Route 29, Swedesford Road and Cedar Hollow Road bridges over Route 202 in East Whiteland and Tredyffrin townships.
For additional information on this project, visit http://www.us202-300.com.
Cat Found (from Jerry and Shari Moore) - A lost light-colored cat came to our door about a week ago. We brought it inside since it was in pretty bad shape but it seems to be getting better. We believe it is someone's cat since it has a flea collar so we'd love to find the owner. Our phone number is 610-935-1934.
Spring 2008 CHS Meeting Schedule - Meetings of the Charlestown Historical Society will take place Wednesday April 2 and Wednesday May 7 at the Charlestown Elementary School. Meetings start at 7:30 pm and always have an interesting program.
"Superintendent's pay raises ire" by Danielle Lynch in today's The Phoenix reports on the compensation specified in GVSD Superintendent Rita Jones' new contract. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the tonight's (rescheduled from February 12) meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Schools Affected by Recall" by R. Jonathan Tuleya in today's Daily Local News reports on schools, including the Great Valley School District, that had received potentially tainted beef subsequently recalled. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chesco preparing for census" by Danielle Lynch in today's The Phoenix reports on steps being taken to update address lists prior to the 2010 census. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Montco Democrats endorse Roggio in Congress race" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the endorsement received by Charlestown resident Bob Roggio in his efforts to win the Democratic nomination for the Sixth Congressional District. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Contact information for the Charlestown Republican Committee has been updated.
Anthony F. 'Tony' Corrado - Tony Corrado of Valley Hill Road passed away Tuesday. An obituary including information on tomorrow's memorial service is available from the Daily Local News by clicking here.
Art Show Update - The art show depicting scenes of Charlestown is ON! Enough paintings have been offered through our survey and enough more are expected that the show will definitely take place. The date and location have been determined and will be announced very soon. To accommodate artists wishing to sell their own work depicting Charlestown scenes, and for those who wish to sell a painting from their own collection of art of Charlestown, provision has been made for specifying the price of items submitted for the show. The Charlestown Historical Society will charge a 25% commission for any items sold. Of the three methods of submitting the Art Survey form for this show, only the PDF and US Mail versions of the form support the entry of the price of an item. See our updated Survey Introductory page for details.
"Great Valley turf field project crosses $2 million threshold" by Danielle Lynch in today's Daily Local News reports on issues associated with the planned conversion of two fields to artificial turf at Great Valley's high school/middle school campus. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chesco unveils draft housing policy paper" by Anne Pickering in today's The Phoenix reports on the latest policy paper prepared for the planned update to the county's award winning Landscapes comprehensive plan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Special Event hosted by the
Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Association
How to Create Backyard Habitat and Install Green Technology at Home
"Farmers discuss 'Love of the Land' at forum" by Anne Pickering in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on the Feb. 14 Keep Farming First Forum held annually at the Penn State campus at near Rt. 202. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Association, of which Charlestown is a member, is hosting a special event on Saturday, May 10, 2008 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on creating a backyard habitat and employing green techniques in your home.
Hosted by Bernard and Susan Cooker at their Willistown Property (108 Grubb Road, Malvern). Learn how the Cookers have created incredibility varied habitat on their property, and added green technology on a shoestring. English Tea and coffee. Free and open to the public. Contact the CRC to pre-register: firstname.lastname@example.org. Other events are listed on the CRC website.
Art Show Survey Forms Due - Those of us working on the "Scenes of Charlestown" art show have been gratified by the response of residents who own paintings of Charlestown scenes and who are willing to have their paintings exhibited with those of other residents in a future art show. For planning purposes, we would like to have a preliminary count of available art depicting scenes of Charlestown by February 18 (Monday). We have an on-line form, which can be filled out and submitted on-line. We also have a pdf version of the form which has room for eleven paintings and can be mailed to me using postal mail. A third option is to contact me and give me your name and address and I'll mail you both the form and the introduction information and a return envelope. All of the above options are now linked from our introductory page for the art show survey. If you own art depicting scenes of Charlestown and would be willing to share it with other residents in a late May - early June show, please use one of the available survey methods to get the information to me soon. If you cannot get the detailed information to me by Monday, please email me with a count of how many paintings you would have for the show and send the survey form to me later.
"Farmers markets at schools" by Will Hobson in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the farmers' markets set up once or twice a month at the Great Valley High School and Middle School. In season, these markets have been selling meals made from produce from the Charlestown Farm on Charlestown Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Vast park in Chesco hinges on land deal" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a $31 million land deal is in the works that could turn one of the largest privately owned properties in Chester County into a public playground. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
PC Meeting Cancelled (from Linda Csete) -
The Planning Commission is cancelling its meeting this evening scheduled for 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School due to the anticipated bad weather. Tonight's agenda items will be addressed at the next meeting scheduled for February 26th, 7:30 P.M. at the Middle School.
"E. Vincent joins planning board" by Michael Hays in today';s The Phoenix reports on the East Vincent Board of Supervisors officially endorsing the Phoenixville Regional Comprehensive Plan. Charlestown Township has already endorsed the plan. The plan's goal is to "preserve remaining natural and agricultural resources while investing in the region's traditional downtown, villages and commercial centers." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Phoenixville group looking into rail line" by Don Beideman in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a study privately commissioned to determine the feasibility of a passenger rail line connecting the borough of Phoenixville with the Great Valley Corporate Center and the SEPTA/Amtrak rail station in Paoli. The proposed line would use the existing Norfolk Southern rail line that passes through Charlestown Township to Devault. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Break-in (from Eric Aho) -
I read with interest the 1/8/08 report on this website about suspicious behavior at Charlestown Hunt. I'm wondering if there is a connection to the burglary that occurred at my house (on Pickering Dam Rd) this past Thursday. This crime took place in broad daylight and resulted in some significant losses. I'd like Charlestown residents to be aware of this and at the same time point out that the state police, while they handled the matter in a professional manner, took about twenty minutes to arrive on the scene. I can only assume that the many people who speak out on this website about how we have no need for local police have never had to race home after receiving a call from their spouse (this was the second time for us) telling them that the front door had been kicked in. The trooper and I arrived at the same time.
3 Ways to Complete Our Art Show Survey - Several people have asked for a printable version of the survey form for the "Scenes of Charlestown" Art Show. In addition to the on-line form, which can be filled out and submitted on-line, we also have a pdf version of the form which has room for eleven paintings and can be mailed to me using postal mail. A third option is to contact me and give me your name and address and I'll mail you both the form and the introduction information and a return envelope. All of the above options are now linked from our revised introductory page for the art show survey.
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 12 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Possible Gerlach opponent discusses his issues and plans" by Brian McCarthy in today's The Phoenix reports on Charlestown resident Bob Roggio's efforts to run against U.S. Representative Jim Gerlach for Gerlach's congressional seat. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/05/08 (2:00 pm)
I have added a third link (below) for Sunday's accident on Charlestown Road. The article in The Phoenix is the most comprehensive of the three, and includes a photo.
Two "sample" paintings have been added to the information page for A Survey Seeking Art of Charlestown, posted late yesterday. Click here for more information about the upcoming "Scenes of Charlestown" art show.
Fatal Accident on Charlestown Road - An automobile accident on Charlestown Road early Sunday morning resulted in the death of a Phoenixville woman and injuries to several others. The accident is reported in three local newspapers -
02/04/08 (4:30 PM)
A Survey Seeking Art of Charlestown - Residents are now receiving the Winter 2008 issue of the Charlestown Township Newsletter. At the top of page 6, there is an article about an art show in the planning stages by the Charlestown Historical Society. CHS is surveying residents (and anyone else) who has art depicting scenes in Charlestown Township. This is an opportunity to share art of Charlestown scenes that may be hanging on your walls and probably never seen by most Township residents. If you have paintings or sketches depicting scenes of Charlestown, please read over the explanation of the survey which includes a "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) section. If you have art depicting scenes of Charlestown, please offer to loan it for a day or two for an art show at a date and place to be set by completing the on-line survey form available from our explanatory page. The survey form can be filled out and submitted from your computer.
"'Keep Farming First' with a bonus" by Nancy Mohr in today's Daily Local News reports on the upcoming (February 14) summit "Keep Farming First,", which includes large group presentations on alternative energy and new value-added conservation programs as well as smaller breakout sessions. Summit guests learn, share knowledge and recognize the love of the land that keeps the farmer in the field. Nonfarmers end the day with new awareness of the farmer's significant role in our society, economy and personal good health. Good soils and plentiful water are irreplaceable resources worth protecting. The farmer is the steward of these resources. KFF will be at the Penn State-Great Valley campus off Route 202 near Malvern. The article, including registration information, is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Reminder - The fourth quarterly payment of the Township's Earned Income Tax is due this Thursday, January 31st.
"Chesco Democrats make endorsement" by Nancy Petersen in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Charlestown resident Robert Roggio receiving the county Democratic Committee's endorsement to run for congressman in the Sixth Congressional District. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Charlestown begins TND ordinance hearing" by Brian McCarthy in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's hearing on the proposed Traditional Neighborhood District Ordinance for the Devault area that the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors have been working on for years. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Charlestown elementary students honor hospital hero who found a family's lost jewelery" by Will Hobson in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer (with photos in the paper) reports on Tricia Weigel's fourth-grade class at Charlestown honoring Frank Dabney. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Now and Then Calendars Available - Seven calendars are still available from the second printing of the "Charlestown Township Now and Then 2008 Calendar". These calendars are sold at cost in order to promote understanding of our Township's history. For more about the calendar and an order form, click here. Note: Call Barbara DeWilde directly at (610) 827-7530 to be sure to get one of the remaining calendars.
Folk Dancing (from John and Nancy Pittock) -
Are you interested in folk dancing? The Kimberton International Folk Dancers meet most Friday evenings (8:00-10:30 PM) from September to June at the Kimberton Arts Building and Kimberton Waldorf School. The cost is $7 for adults, $15 for families, $2 for students and $5 for members. Contact John and Nancy Pittock at 610-827-1486.
The Preliminary Agenda for the Tuesday January 22 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. (Monday is Martin Luthar King Jr. day.)
Reminder - The public hearing for the Open Space Referendum will be held tonight at the Great Valley Middle School at 5:30 PM. For more information, click here.
DEP upgrade of Pickering Creek (from Janet Baldwin and Nancy Long) -
We recently received the Green Valleys Association newsletter, "Streamlines" The top story detailed the facts about the long DEP review process to upgrade the Pickering to an Exceptional Value stream. They are about to write the results of their investigation. The bad news is that three townships, West Pikeland, Uchlan, & Upper Uchlan, have filed a law suit & hired a Harrisburg law firm to oppose the upgrade. GVA reports that an upgrade is a difficult process even without active opposition. They beg all friends of the Pickering Creek to write to DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty supporting the upgrade:
(Editorial - JM) - I am personally strongly in favor of upgrading the status and protection of Pickering Creek which passes directly through our Township. I have taken the liberty of posting a copy of the article from "Streamlines" and encourage residents to read the full article and if you choose, to write the DEP Secretary expressing your support of the upgrade. Jacob Merriwether, webmaster, www.charlestown.org
Secretary Kathleen McGinty
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
"Residents form watchdog group" by Danielle Lynch in today's Daily Local News reports on the formation of the Great Valley Stakeholders, about 15 or 20 citizens living in the Great Valley School District area with the purpose of giving suggestions for improvement to the school board and superintendent. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
2008 Meeting Schedule - A condensed meeting schedule for 2008 has been posted, covering the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Historical Commission, Open Space Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission. Note that while not shown on this schedule, the Board of Supervisors optionally meets the third Monday of each month, and the Planning Commission optionally meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. The schedule is permanently linked from our Index to Gov't Info page.
"Planners facing shutdown" by Brian McCarthy in today's The Phoenix reports on budget issues associated with the Charlestown Township Planning Commission, which had extra expenses last year due to the commission's work on the Traditional Neighborhood Development Ordinance. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the December 11, 2007 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Agricultural Security Areas (from Jan Bird) - The list of participating property owners in Agricultural Security Areas in Charlestown Township has been updated. As of the end of 2007, over 1,909 acres were designated ASAs. To learn more about Agricultural Security Areas, click here. To see the list of Charlestown participants, click here. The list is permanently accessible from our Index to Gov't Info page (near top of left menu column).
Hazardous Household Waste Disposal Program (from Linda Csete) - Charlestown Township is again participating in the Regional SE PA Hazardous Household Waste Program. The 2008 drop-off dates, locations and further information (including a downloadable pdf file) are available here.
"Charlestown businessman challenging Gerlach" by Dan Kristie in today's The Phoenix reports on the announcement by Charlestown resident Bob Roggio that he intends to seek the Democratic nomination to run for Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district seat. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Open Space Referendum Public Notice (from Linda Csete) -
NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Board of Supervisors of Charlestown Township will hold a public hearing on January 16, 2008 at 5:30 PM at the Great Valley Middle School, 255 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern PA, 19355 to consider passage of the following ordinance:
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A REFERENDUM PURSUANT TO ACT 153 OF 1996 ON THE QUESTION OF THE IMPOSITION OF AN ADDITIONAL EARNED INCOME TAX AT A SPECIFIC RATE TO BE IMPOSED TO RAISE REVENUE TO BE USED TO PRESERVE, CONSERVE, AND ACQUIRE OPEN SPACE PROPERTY INTERESTS, OPEN SPACE USES, AND FARMLAND IN CHARLESTOWN TOWNSHIP, CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. (The complete Public Notice is available here as an 88kb PDF file.)
The Official Minutes of the December 17, 2007 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Supervisors reorganize in Charlestown Twp." by Brian McCarthy in today's The Phoenix reports on the reorganization and business meetings of the Board of Supervisors on Monday evening. Kevin Kuhn was re-elected as board chairman with Charlie Philips as vice-chairman. Other matters from the regular meeting are also reported in the article. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Directory of Elected and Appointed Officials - This directory has been updated based on information from Jan Bird in the Township Office.
Licensed Waste Haulers - Waste Haulers are no longer required to be licensed by Charlestown Township in order to provide service to Charlestown residents.
TND Ordinance Public Notice (from Linda Csete) -
NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Board of Supervisors of Charlestown Township will hold public hearings to consider passage of the following ordinance on January 22, 2008 at 7:30 PM at the Great Valley Middle School, 255 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern PA, 19355. The Board will consider the ordinance and take public comment at the hearing and will decide whether to enact and pass the ordinance immediately following the public hearing as part its regular meeting on the same night. A full text copy of the ordinance is available for public examination without charge or may be obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof at the Township Offices located at 4030 Whitehorse Road, Devault, PA 19432. The proposed amendment involves a zoning map change that affects the value of property. (The title and a summary of all of the provisions of the proposed ordinance are available here [104 kb PDF file]. Note the hearing date is a Tuesday.).
Town Watch Alert (from Jim McGinty) -
PLEASE BE AWARE OF ANY SUSPICIOUS PERSONS OR ACTIVITY AND REPORT TO POLICE 911.
Thank You to Charlestown Residents (from Aliena Gerhard) -
Hello Jim - I just wanted to make you aware that I made a call to the state police this morning because as I pulled out of my driveway, I saw a stranger (at least to me) walking rather aimlessly, looking around like he was lost. I looked to see where he was going and he disappeared on Fairfax. He was carrying what looked like a laptop computer knapsack. I have been on the alert since coming home the other day and finding that my front door appeared to have been tried to be opened. The police said they would send a trooper to look things over. Just wanted to let you know about this incident.
Thank you everyone who so generously gave to help children in Montgomery County!
The following "thank you" is excerpted from a letter from the Foster Home Supervisor:
"Please accept our sincere thanks for your generous contribution of gift cards for the children which totaled over $250.00. You have been so generous and thoughtful and we appreciate you thinking of the children again this year. We depend on contributions from companies, organizations and individuals to help meet non-basic needs of children in foster children as well as for other needy Montgomery county children and families with whom our agency is involved. Your contribution was greatly appreciated by the children and families."
Combined with other contributions, over 850 needy children were helped this holiday season.
Aliena Gerhard, Director of Open Space
The Preliminary Agendas for the January 7, 2008 Reorganization Meeting and Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the January 8, 2008 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
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