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Archived Home Pages - January 2003

01/31/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 3rd meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Note that due to Presidents Day, the second February meeting of the Board of Supervisors will be Monday, February 24, not February 17.
"Chesco PAC is revived to up ante on open space" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the restart of the Republican political action group "Chester County Citizens to Save Open Space" to encourage and support political candidates who support open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/30/03
The Official Minutes of the January 14, 2003 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Income tax could preserve land" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on discussions by our Board of Supervisors of whether or not the Township should institute an earned income tax in an effort to fund open space preservation, as is being done in several other townships. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Charlestown Township Directory for 2003, containing the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of all elected and appointed Township officials has been posted as a 42kb PDF document which is available here. I have almost completed updating the web page version (names and phone numbers only) linked from our General Info page.
GVNC Registration (from Tom Pascocello, director)-
Registration begins February 4, 2003 for Summer Nature Discovery Camps at Great Valley Nature Center. The Nature Center offers summer camps for children ages 4-16. Please call 610-935-9777 for a detailed camp brochure.
01/29/03
Board of Supervisors Reports to Cease (from Ellen Behrle, President of Charlestown Green, Inc.)
Ellen Behrle, Pres. of Charlestown Green Inc. would like to extend thanks on behalf of all of us who read the bi-monthly reports done by Loretta Watson. Loretta has been doing this faithfully for over the past 2 years (actually since Aug 1999, jm). Her unbiased accounts have been of value to many of us and have kept us well informed. Anyone who is interested in continuing on should contact me at EBehrle@aol.com
Ellen.
I must add my own thanks to Loretta -
Unless you have been to several meetings of the Board of Supervisors, you have no idea what time and dedication it takes and how much note taking is required to record the goings-on at these meetings. Then to pound away on a typewriter to convert one's notes into comprehensible reports is another big chunk of time. To do all this as a volunteer simply so residents of the Township may see what transpires in these meetings is truly worthy of a BIG THANKS from all of us!!
Perhaps the most significant benefit of Loretta's efforts has been her reports on meetings that include hearings on the various issues before the Board of Supervisors. While the Township provides Official Minutes to me for posting on our web site, the Official Minutes do not include the discussions that take place during hearings. These discussions are recorded by a court recorder and do not appear in the Official Minutes, even though they are often discussions of major developments in Charlestown. Especially for these reports, we owe Loretta our sincere gratitude.
Jacob Merriwether, webmaster
"Water issue unresolved" by Kristin Smith in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on disagreements between our Board of Supervisors and Philadelphia Suburban Water regarding the size of the water main to be run up Rt. 401 to feed the new Toll Bros. Charlestown Meadows subdivision at Route 401 and Newcommen Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Township discusses alternative to map" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's Planning Commission discussions of the problems and benefits of the proposed township map. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Parking prohibited on Warner Lane" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's Planning Commission discussions of the possibility of a no-parking ordinance in Charlestown Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/28/03
The Official Minutes of the January 6, 2003 reorganization meeting and the January 6 regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
01/27/03
2003 Household Hazardous Waste program schedule posted (from Linda Csete)-
The schedule for the four drop off dates at various facilities in the County as well as definitions and rules have been posted. A permanent link is provided on our General Info page, and you can see the information by clicking here.
"Contemplative life, suburban growth fail to find balance" by Kathleen Moody in the "Community Voices" column in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer will touch a nerve of anyone who has lived in our area for several decades and seen their "quality of life" severely affected by development. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Fall/Winter 2002 Newsletter of the Open Space Commission has been posted here.
01/23/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the January 27 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the January 28 meeting of the Planning Commission (in the Middle School Cafeteria) has been posted.
Charlestown Green's report on the January 6, 2003 Reorganization and Regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
FEMA Book Available - (from Twp Admin Linda Csete)
The Township requested and surprisingly promptly received 50 copies of FEMA's new publication "Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness". It has information on everything from Natural Hazards (floods, fires, tornados, earthquakes, heat wave etc) to Technological & Man-made Hazards (hazardous materials, nuclear plants, terrorism, chemical/biological weapons, etc.) We have them available for the public at the Township Office and downstairs in the Post Office lobby on a first come first served basis. If you don't have an opportunity to pick one up, you can get one free from FEMA by calling 800-480-2520 or by ordering on line at http://www.fema.gov/library.
"Charlestown Playhouse still thrives after 67 years" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News is a wonderful article on the Charlestown Playhouse, including a photo of Miss Betty at the door. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Walkers go to school to get some exercise" by Dan Hardy in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the "Hallwalkers Program" at the Great Valley Middle School and General Wayne Elementary School both before and after school hours. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Developer's plan for Great Valley site stirs conflict" by Benjamin Wallace-Wells in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on reactions to the proposed development of the former Worthington Steel mill site on the southwest corner of Routes 202 and 29. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Developer proposes equestrian community" by Kristin Smith in last Tuesday's The Phoenix reports on a proposed development on Rt. 113 in East Pikeland Township that would combine residential development with an indoor riding area. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Planners decry builder's conduct" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on concerns for one of the last farmhouses in the borough of Phoenixville being destroyed as part of a development project. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/21/03
The Official Minutes of the May through December 2002 meetings of the Open Space Commission have been posted.
The Summer 2002 Newsletter of the Open Space Commission has been posted.
Little League sign-up due soon - I just added information on Great Valley Little League to our Kids Recreation in Our Area page. The deadline for sign-up for 2003 for their baseball programs for kids from 5 to 18 is February 14.
I have added a "Kids Stuff" link to the lower-right button on the green button panel at the top of each web page. This currently takes you to our Kids Recreation in Our Area page. In the future, I may have this go to a more general kids page with links to other children related matters in addition to recreation and party places.
"East Goshen set to vote tonight on preservation law" by Benjamin Y. Lowe in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on likely passage of a law in East Goshen Township tonight that will help preserve many historic houses and barns in that township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/20/03 (12:30 pm)
Help Needed - I just received the following request for help with a hit/run accident from Greg Nesspor-
Sometime Saturday evening a vehicle traveling south on RT. 29 turned into our driveway at a high rate of speed, skidded OVER our retaining wall (a 5 foot dropoff) nosedived into the lawn tearing open its transmission pan or power steering reservoir. The vehicle then drove through our yard between houses, continued DOWN the driveway, turned around IN THE BACK LAWN and finally went back out the driveway onto 29 heading NORTH. There is a large trail of oil/fluid on our driveway and lawn. The oil/fluid trail peters out at the bridge over the Pickering. State police have been notified and are investigating, but we would appreciate any info anyone may have regarding a vehile with visible front end damage and or transmission/steering problems. By the looks of the tire prints it was a smaller car. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately for the "driver") we were not at home at the time -- We [THINK] it occurred between 4pm and 9pm Saturday evening.
Greg and Barbara Nesspor
1 Hartman Run Lane.
610-933-4673
ANY INFO WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL
01/20/03
Reminder: The second January meeting of the Board of Supervisors is next Monday, the 27th, not tonight.
"OJR leads fight to get impact fees from developers" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's The Mercury reports on efforts by the Owen J. Roberts School Board to obtain legislative approval to charge developers an impact fee for the effect of new homes on costs of schools. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/16/03
The Official Minutes of the December 10, 2002 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
2003 Meeting Calendar - For 2003, the Township Administrator has prepared a regular meetings calendar in "wall-calendar" format (1 page per month) in Microsoft Word. The calendar is not available as a tabular list as posted here in the past. You may download a 56kb PDF version of the 2003 Meetings Calendar by clicking here. This calendar may be viewed on your computer monitor and printed on your printer as long as you have Adobe Acrobat on your computer (most people do).
01/15/03
Bauchman Mill at twp officeThe magnificent 1969 John Peirce painting of the Bauchman Mill and Charlestown village, donated to the Charlestown Historical Society by the Seguras, is now hanging in the Township Office, (on White Horse Road, above the Devault PO). If you have not seen this large painting, I highly recommend that you stop in the office (9:00-3:00 M-F) and see it in person.
"Revisions proposed for township map" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's meeting of the Planning Commission. Michael Allen was named the new Chairman of the Commission and Charlie Philips was named Vice-Chairman. The article reports on the discussions of the proposed Township Map. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Two articles report on the results of the poll of Chester County Republicans regarding the preservation of open space. More than 80 percent of respondents to the poll said they supported the continuation of Landscapes, the county's blueprint for managing growth, the farmland and open-space preservation programs, the parks program, and water-resources protection efforts. Links to the articles are provided below -
"Voters say they like open space" by David Bernard in today's Daily Local News is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Open space has backing in Chesco" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/14/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the January 14 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Groups to release survey" by David Bernard in today's Daily Local News on results of a poll to be released today to "gauge county Republican voters feelings on planned development, open space preservation, water resource management and other conservation-related issues." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I have updated our Kids Recreation In Our Area page with some additions and corrected links. Additions include the Colonial Theatre's Saturday kids events, Grand Slam USA and Waltz Golf Farm. This page is intended to help parents and grandparents find various kinds of programs and facilities for kids in our area to have fun and/or obtain instruction and participate in organized sports. It's also a source of places to hold birthday parties for young children. If you have had a positive experience with area programs or facilities that are not listed, please contact me.
01/12/03
"Townships get serious about open space" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's Daily Local News reviews last year's efforts by several northern Chester County communities to generate funds for the preservation of open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Umm... Breakfast is served" (Come feed the birds) by Gretchen Metz in the Business section of yesterday's Daily Local News reports the writer's "work day" at the Great Valley Nature Center. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/10/03
"Mill to get makeover" by Gretchen Metz in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on planned development of an East Whiteland "town center" at the site of the former Worthington Steel rolling mill plant located along Rt. 202 at Rt. 29. The plan includes retail, residential and office uses for the property. I regret that I posted an invalid link for this article, and now the article is "gone" from the paper's site so I can no longer determine the link. If anyone wants to see this article, please contact me for a copy.
"Farm summit looks to future" by David Bermard in today's Daily Local News reports on the first day of Chester County's "Keep Farming First" agricultural conference yesterday. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/09/03
"Chesco acts to keep farms in the green" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a new community vegetable garden in West Vincent Township as well as Chester County's first annual farm summit, a two-day event at West Chester University beginning today. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Horseshoe Trail Info Needed - Would someone please contact me and provide the name and email address (or phone number) of a contact person who is associated with or knows a lot about the portion of the Horseshoe Trail that passes through Charlestown Township?
01/08/03
"Supervisors elect first Democrat to be chairman" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on Monday night's election of supervisor Paul Hogan as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for 2003. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
PC Meeting Room Changes - from Township Administrator Linda Csete
The Great Valley Middle School that the Choral Room will not be available on Tuesday nights in January and February due to show rehearsals. So, starting with the January 14th meeting through February, they have moved the Planning Commission meetings to the Cafeteria.
The Official Minutes of the December 16, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for December has been posted.
Fred Alston's Roadmaster report for December has been posted.
I will be posting updated 2003 lists of Township officials and meeting dates as I receive them.
Grange Contact Needed - Would someone please contact me and provide the name and email address (or phone number) of a contact person for the Grange on Phoenixville Pike.
01/03/03
The Preliminary Agendas for the January 6 Reorganization Meeting and Regular Business Meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted. (Both agendas are on the same page.)
The second regular Board of Supervisors meeting for January will be Monday, January 27, 2003, not January 20.
Charlestown Green's report on the December 16, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
01/02/03
"Gring completes coaching hat trick with SCCL title" by Denny Dyroff in today's Daily Local News reports on the unique achievement of Great Valley cross country coach (and Middle School math teacher) Paul Gring for being the only coach in any sport to win league titles in the same sport at the same school in all three leagues: the Ches-Mont League, the Pioneer Athletic Conference and the Southern Chester County League. Mr. Gring was also selected the Daily Local News girl's cross country coach of the year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Some bright spots in rough season for area runners", also by Denny Dyroff and a companion article to the above, reviews the 2002 cross country season in area schools, including Great Valley. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
 

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