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Archived Home Pages - January 2000

01/31/00
We had an error in reporting the tax millage in yesterday's report on the January 24 meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The tax millage is .52, which is the equivalent of the old 8.5 rate before they re-assessed countywide in 1997-8. The .52 rate is the same as last year's.
01/30/00
Loretta Watson's report on last Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted on our Neighborhood News page.
An article in Friday's The Phoenix reports that the design phase for the repairs to the Creek Road bridge are almost completed. Authorities hope to have the bridge repairs completed this spring. The article is still available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Losing more than just the view - New study identifies growing costs of sprawl" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's The Mercury reports on the study of the hidden costs of development that was sponsored by the non-profit 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania organization. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. An article on this study in last Tuesday's Philadelphia Inquirer is still available on-line by clicking here.
01/28/00
"Charlestown supervisors challenge plan commission choice" by Christopher Merrill in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the dispute over the new Board of Supervisors' decision to rescind the appointment of Bob Jones to the Planning Commission made by the previous Board. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Two articles in this morning´s papers report on the successful purchase of 311 acres in East Goshen to be kept as open space.
  • "4-way deal preserves E. Goshen property" by Susan Weidener in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available by clicking here.
     
  • "Officials complete farm deal" by Christian Bottorff in today's Daily Local News is available by clicking here.
Regarding our search for good, safe sledding in our area, Irene Ewald points out that our own Charlestown Park has gently sloping areas suitable for sledding.
01/27/00
Did You Know?   Prior to 1902, there were two covered bridges in Charlestown, one over the Pickering on Charlestown Road (photo) in the village, and the other over the Pickering on Route 29 at the ice dam, which was wrecked by the flood of 1902. [Baldwin, "20 Questions"] [Did You Know Archives]
The Preliminary Agenda for next Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
01/26/00  (noon)
Tonight´s meeting of the Slip Ramp Citizens Advisory Committee has been postponed. Here is the announcement from Jeff Davis.
As a precaution due to the weather conditions, tonight's Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting regarding the proposed Route 29 Slip Ramps has been postponed. The meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 23rd, from 7PM to 9PM. The meeting will take place at the Desmond Hotel in the Terrace Room. Please contact Seth Lieberman at 215-887-8775 with any questions about the CAC. Members and alternate members are being telephoned today regarding this postponement.
01/26/00
The Official Minutes of the January 17 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
01/25/00
Our query as to good places for sledding in the area has led to the suggestion of Valley Creek Park on Rt. 29, in E. Whiteland Twp. We welcome other suggestions.
"Report measures high costs of development" by Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer looks at the negative impacts of development as determined by a study "The Costs of Sprawl in Pennsylvania", funded by Pennsylvania's largest land-preservation group. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/24/00
The preliminary agenda for tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. The meeting is at Charlestown Elementary School at 7:30 PM.
01/23/00
A resident has asked me if I know of any good and safe hills for sledding in Charlestown Township. If anyone has any suggestions, please email me and I'll pass them on as well as post them for others.
The Warwick Area Concerned Citizens have created a web site devoted to fighting the construction of high density twin-homes on a farm currently zoned similar to farmland in Charlestown. If you're interested in the many issues they are dealing with, and which we sometimes deal with here in Charlestown, check out http://www.waccnet.org/
01/21/00
Loretta Watson's report on the January 17 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted on our Neighborhood News page.
The controversy in Warwick Township over a member of the planning commission seeking to build 374 twin homes on a local farm is the subject of "Warwick planner won't quit despite pleas from residents" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's The Mercury. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/20/00
Frank J. Vassallo, a resident of East Whiteland Township, kindly emailed me a report on a portion of that township's last Planning Commission meeting. The report focuses on the traffic implications (Rt. 29 and possibly Warner Lane/Phoenixville Pike in Charlestown Township) of the proposed Trammell Crow development of the Warner Quarry area. Mr. Vassallo's report is posted in our Neighborhood News section.
The official minutes of the January 10 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The preliminary agenda for next Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
I want to welcome The Phoenix back to the web. Their site has been "stuck" at the Dec. 04 issue since that date and this morning lists articles from today's paper.
01/19/00
Did You Know?   Before Charlestown Elementary School was built in 1925, Charlestown had five one-room schools. "Amity", the oldest, was in the Playschool play yard; "Hopewell" was on Green Lane, "Littles" was on Pikeland Rd. near Church Road, "Longwood" was at the corner of Valley Hill and Bodine Roads, and "Union" was on Whitehorse Road near Union Hill Road. [Ref: Baldwin, "20 Questions"] [Did You Know Archives]
Loretta Watson's report on the January 10 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted on our Neighborhood News page.
Community oppositon has led Jefferson Health System to withdraw its offer to the Great Valley School District for the establishment of a Wellness Center at the High School. See "Jefferson Health withdraws Great Valley offer" by Susan Weidener in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Moore Hall, the historic mansion near Route 23 in Schuylkill Township has received additional protection from encroachment by development. "For preservationists, a big win in battle to keep Moore Hall as is" by Christopher Merrill in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the purchase of development rights to adjacent lots by the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/17/00  (3:00 pm)
This is one of "those days". I just posted the agenda for tonight's meeting. I've had it since yesterday and did not realize it.
01/17/00  (1:15 pm)
Tonight's Board of Supervisor Meeting has been moved downstairs to Room 102. The rest of the directions are unchanged.
01/17/00
"Wake-up call - Housing plan galvanizes a community" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's The Mercury reports on the reaction of Warwick Township residents to a proposal by a prominent member of their Planning Commission to build 187 twin homes on his property on 7,500 sqft lots. Current zoning is similar to Charlestown's, with a two-acre minimum lot size. The article is available on-line (for only a day or so) from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/14/00
We're likely to pass the 25,000 visit mark for our home page today (the counter is at the bottom of this page).
01/13/00
I have posted directions and a map to the location of the Monday, January 17 meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The meeting begins at 7:30 in Room 207 of Building 56 at the Valley Forge Christian College.
"Pitts may move to protect creek" by Chris Barber in today's Daily Local News reports on efforts by U.S. Rep Joseph Pitts to declare large portions of the White Clay Creek in West Marlborough as a "Wild and Scenic River". If he succeeds, the effect would be that any water resource projects involving federal loans, licenses or permits along the protected area will be reviewed by the National Park Service for potential impact on the watershed. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/12/00
The Official Minutes of the December 14 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the January 3 Reorganization and Regular meetings of the new Board of Supervisors have been posted.
01/11/00
"Poll: Transportation is worst local woe" by Christian Bottorff in today's Daily Local News reports on the results of a poll recently released by Greater Philadelphia First, a regional business group. The poll primarily addresses transportation concerns broken down by counties in the region. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/10/00  (4:30 PM)
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's Board meeting at Charlestown Elementary School is available here. Note from the agenda that next week's meeting (01/17/00) will be held at the Christian College.
01/10/00
Loretta Watson's reports on last Monday's Board of Supervisors' Reorganization and Regular meetings have been posted on our Neighborhood News page. Note that the Board of Supervisors will meet every Monday during the months of January and February, and return to the regular first and third Mondays in March. At this time, I have no preliminary agenda for this evening's meeting.
Transportation Management Association of Chester County will report on the status of the Rt. 29 Slip Ramp Proposal ("in historical context") at a luncheon meeting of the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce, as reported in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. The article, "Slip-ramp plan to be discussed at luncheon" by Mary Blakinger is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Two articles on the uses of preserved open space are available today from local papers. "Nature society plans to convert farm gift into education center" by Chris Barber in today's Daily Local News is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. "Friends of horse farm rally for land" by Michelle M. Martinez in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

01/07/00
Our representatives to the Slip Ramp Citizens Advisory Committee have provided the minutes of the 2nd meeting of the committee, held November 9. The minutes are available from the Reports page of our Slip Ramp Opposition Center or by clicking here. A copy more appropriate for printing is available as well, linked from the top of the minutes page.
One claim made in the minutes is "A traffic study team member added that if slip ramps aren't built at Route 29 in Great Valley, the same traffic will be there." This seems a ludicrous statement to me, as many existing commuters who currently get to King of Prussia via other paths will switch to the slip ramp and many will use our "back roads" to get there. My attempt to graphically show where these switches will come from was previously posted on our Slip Ramp Opposition Center and is available by clicking here.
Some other issues discussed at that meeting include -
  • Whether or not a court stenographer hired by Charlestown Township should be allowed to record the meeting (not approved).
  • The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Report
  • The first four years of the PennDOT 12 Year Plan. Note that this report indicates the Rt. 29 bridge at the ice dam is scheduled for replacement this summer, and the Rt. 29 and Charlestown Rd. intersection is scheduled for improvements this fall. While it mentions the requested traffic signals at Rt. 401 and Valley Hill and Newcomen Roads, it states "No applications pending at PennDOT 6-0 for these improvements".
  • The Schuylkill Valley Metro
  • The Greater Valley Forge Congestion Mitigation Program
Fire Marshal Fred Alston summarizes the activities of the local fire companies in Charlestown Township for all of 1999 in his December report. He also reports that while rainfall in our Township was below normal for December, it was above normal for the year. His report is available here.
01/06/00
The next meeting of the PA Turnpike Commission´s Rt. 29 Slip Ramp Citizens Advisory Committee will be 7:00 PM, Wednesday January 26 at the Hotel Desmond (on Route 29). The meeting is open to the public and Charlestown´s two members, John Martin and Sue Staas, urge our residents to attend.
At Monday´s Board meeting, Irene Ewald, the only returning member of our new five member Board of Supervisors, was elected Chairman for the coming year. Hugh Willig was elected vice-chairman. The other three new members are Paul J. Hogan, Kevin R. Kuhn, and Michael J. Rodgers,
I have posted the official minutes of the December 20, 1999 meeting of the Board of Supervisors. We had no report for that meeting so you might not be aware that the Board, by a two to one vote, reduced the Township´s tax levy to .4 mils for the year 2000. A conditional use hearing for the Deerfield Development [see 30-C] accounted for a large part of the meeting as did the discussion of the application for the Brooklands development [see 34-C. The web page for the two December meetings is quite large, so expect it to take a little longer than ususal to appear on your browser's window.
01/05/00
Two articles in today's local papers pertain to open space issues.
"Conservancy acquires 60 acres in Tredyffrin" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News reports on the purchase of land along Valley Creek and Cedar Hollow Run in the vicinity of the historic St. Peter's Church. This land is adjacent to the 380 acre business park proposed for the quarry areas along Charlestown Road in Tredyffrin Twp. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Land trust's leader sees the future in saving" by Christopher Merrill in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on an interview with Eleanor Morris, a pioneer in the fight against urban sprawl in Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/04/00
I have posted the numerical results of the November 1999 Open Space Survey conducted by the Township.
I have also posted the sketch of the golf course and condominium style homes proposed October 18th for the combined Deerfield and Brightside Farm tracts.
Both of the above postings are permanent "residents" of our Brightside Farm section accessed by clicking the Brightside Farm icon above.
"Volunteer firefighting offers special rewards" by Lisa Fine in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on East Whiteland Fire Company's volunteer captain Ken Hurley's comments on the need for fire fighters in our area. East Whiteland Fire Company covers a significant portion of Charlestown Township (see our map). The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"County budget to be focus of new committee" by Nancy Peterson in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the appointment of a "blue-ribbon panel" to investigate the county´s budgeting process. This follows the recent 28.4% increase in the County´ property taxes. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/03/00
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's meetings of the new, five member Board of Supervisors has been posted. The agenda for the reorganization meeting and the immediately following first regular meeting are available by clicking here.

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