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Archived Home Pages - February 2000

02/29/00
East Whiteland Supervisors passed a building moratorium in that township to give them breathing room while rewriting the township's comprehensive plan.
  • "18-month ban on building imposed Heeding the pleas of residents, East Whiteland's supervisors voted, 2-1, along party lines. It's a first in the county." by Susan Weidener in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the passing of the moratorium. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
     
  • The vote apparently was not completed in time for the Daily Local News's press cutoff, but that paper has a complete report on the issue. "E. Whiteland wrangles on development moratorium" by Gretchen Metz is available from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/28/00
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
I was away this weekend but note the following articles in weekend area papers
  • "Shortcurt Showdown." by Gretchen Metz in Sunday's Daily Local News reports on a Rees Road resident's frustrations dealing with traffic on her road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
     
  • "Land trust names acquisition director" by Chris Barber in Sunday's Daily Local News reports on the French and Pickering Creeks Trust's hiring of a director of land acquisition. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
     
  • "North Coventry lists land as top priority" by Margaret Fitzcharles in Saturday's Daily Local News reports on the results of a survey of North Coventry Township in preparation of preparing a new comprehensive plan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/25/00
Loretta Watson's report on last Monday (02/21) meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
"E. Whiteland: Chemclene not allowed hazardous materials" by Christian Bottorff in today's Daily Local News reports on the rejection by East Whiteland Township of a request by Chemclene Corporation to house hazardous materials. The company's facilities, located on Phoenixville Pike next to Aston Woods, are currently being cleaned by the EPA. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/24/00
The Official Minutes of the February 8 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"The Community PhoneBook", which we found at the end of our driveway yesterday, covers Wayne, Paoli, Malvern and the Western Main Line. In the event you received one and had not noticed, there are at least 20 small sketches in the yellow pages section, and all were drawn by 5th grade students at Charlestown Elementary School as part of the Community PhoneBook Student Art Program. The theme of the drawings is "My Favorite Thing" and the artist's name is shown with each drawing. The phone book is published by DataNational, (888) 677-2648, email datantl@visuallink.com.
I had an email request for suggestions as to where a student at the Valley Forge Christian College can ride horses. If you have any suggestions, please let me know and I'll pass it on to her.
02/23/00
The Official Minutes of the February 14 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Town eyes construction moratorium" by Susan Weidener in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on East Whiteland's proposed 18 month moratorium on development of lots larger than an acre. The ban is intended to give the township government time to update their comprehensive plan to better deal with development and traffic issues. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/22/00
Traffic discussions during last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors are reported in "Supervisor: State to close Rt. 29 for work" by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix. The article quotes Board Chairman Irene Ewald stating that construction will result in the closure of Whitehorse Road for about three months and Route 29 for an unspecified period. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/21/00
I have updated our directions to the Student Center ("Solomon´s Porch") at the Valley Forge Christian College, the site of tonight's and future meetings of the Board of Supervisors.
Correction: In our report on last Monday's Board Meeting (see Neighborhood News) the two $150 luncheon fees for the Transportation Management Agency meeting last Friday should have been $30 fees.
02/19/00
Did You Know?   "Devault" is the first name of the man for whom the post office and community was named. While Devault Beaver´s last name would have been the logical choice, there were already two post offices named "Beaver" when the request for the new post office was made.[Baldwin, "20 Questions"] [Did You Know Archives]
The Preliminary Agenda for Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors at the Valley Forge Christian College has been posted.
The Agenda for next Wednesday's meeting of the Turnpike Slip Ramp Citizens Advisory Committee has been posted.
02/18/00
Loretta Watson's report on last Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhoon News page.
02/17/00
The Preliminary Agenda for next Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
A map has been added to the directions to the Student Center at the Valley Forge Christian College, the new site of meetings of the Board of Supervisors.
The list of "Elected and Appointed Officials" linked from our General Info page has been updated for 2000, though some vacancies still remain.
"Traffic, sprawl biggest problems, study shows" by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix reports on a poll sponsored by Pew Center for Civic Journalism in which sprawl and traffic problems was a major concern of the public. The article discusses traffic problems in and around Phoenixville and is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/16/00
I have been receiving a good bit of email with comments and questions about Township policies, current and pending. Visitors wishing to communicate their concerns and questions to our Township government should use the new "Contact Township Supervisors" link above. On the other hand, visitors with comments or questions about this web site, its content and its features and operation should use the "Contact The Webmaster" link above. Also, if you have something you think should be posted on this web site, send it to my by clicking the "Contact The Webmaster" link above.
The new "Contact Township Supervisors" page lists individual email addresses for each of our supervisors, as well as that of the Township Secretary. If you wish to send comments, questions, etc. to all of the supervisors, a special govt@charlestown.org account is also provided. A single email from your end will be sent to all supervisors and the Township Secretary.
The official minutes of the February 7 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted. They are quite lengthy, so the page may take longer than usual to load.
"Moratorium to get hearing" by Susan Weidener in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the movement in East Whiteland Township to establish an 18 month moratorium on development. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Are you registered to vote?  Sue Staas and Charlie Philips, the Township's Republican Committeemen, sent the following notice and reminder. Needless to say, it applies to all residents, regardless of party affiliation.
The Last date to register to vote in the Primary Election is March 6. Primary Election Day is April 4, this year. Place: Charlestown Elementary School, 7AM to 8PM.
Sue Staas and Charlie Philips would like to remind Charlestown residents - especially our new residents - to be sure you are registered to vote in Charlestown! If you are unsure of your registration status, you may call Voter Services at 610-344-6410. Registration forms should be available at all post offices. We have supplied forms to the post offices in Devault (White Horse Road) and in Frazer.
A special reminder to voters who are registered as Independents. As an Independent in Pennsylvania, you are unable to register your preference for the major party candidates who are battling in the primaries - such as McCain vs Bush or Gore vs Bradley, except by write-in. Similarly, you have no say about which state or local major party primary candidates make it to the November Election Ballot. By registering for one of the major parties, your vote counts earlier. In November, you can vote for anyone on the ballot in any party as well as write in a candidate.
Please do not forget - YOUR VOTE COUNTS! Democratic principles are vital to our success as a widely diverse country - like our bodies, exercise (voting!) keeps our Democracy strong!
02/13/00
"Exploring limited development", subtitled "Charlestown seeks to retain its country character in the face of change" by Christopher Merrill in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on our Board of Supervisors' current effort to learn about the available programs that might minimize the impact on open space of the future sales of Charlestown's farms. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The "Education Quotes" section in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports "Fourth and fifth graders at Charlestown Elementary School who took top honors at the school's science fair are moving on to the Chester County Science Research Competition at the Center for Arts and Technology in Phoenixville on Feb. 24." The article is available here, and you have to scroll down to get to the "Great Valley" heading.
02/12/00 (1:00pm)
Loretta Watson's report on last Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
02/12/00
We have quite a few postings today -
The Preliminary Agenda for the Monday, February 14 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. Note that this is the last Board meeting at Charlestown Elementary School.
The Official Minutes of the January 11 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Sue Staas, a Charlestown Township representative on the Rt. 29 Slip Ramp Citizens Advisory Committee sent the following notice -
Chester County Transportation Management Authority Luncheon Meeting: Friday, February 18, Noon, Hotel Desmond. Speaker: Brad Mallory, PA Sec'y of Transportation (and member of PA Turnpike Authority).
Price is $30 per person - reservation should be in to Donna at the TMA by Monday, 2/14 - Tuesday at the very latest. Donna will invoice attendees for the $30 - so she will need name, address and phone #. Donna's phone # is 610-993-0911. Her email (preferable) is donnatma@yahoo.com.
We have posted the obituary and a letter of tribute to George Baughman, who passed away in Maine on December 27th, and who is remembered fondly by those who knew him when he still lived in Charlestown, his birthplace. The material is linked from Past Neighbors of Note on our Neighbors of Note page or you can click here.
I want to thank those who responded to my request for suggestions of children's sports and other activities for after school and summer (see 02/09/00 below). My wife and I are collecting a few other sources and I will post a list as soon as it is complete. If any of you have additional suggestions, please let me know.
02/10/00
The official minutes of the January 31, 2000 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
In addition to the official minutes, the following announcement was received from the Township Secretary Linda Csete.
 
Important Notice:
 
Announcing a Location Change for
the Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors Meetings
 
Beginning February 21, 2000, Board meetings will be held at:
 
The Valley Forge Christian College
Student Center
1401 Charlestown Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
 
beginning at 7:30 P.M.
 
Directions:
North on Charlestown Road past Coldstream Road
Left into main entrance of Valley Forge Christian College
Right onto First Avenue
Left onto I (letter I) Street
Student Center is first building on the left
Parking lot is past the Student Center on the left.
This Facility is Handicapped accessible.
02/09/00
The Fire Marshal's report for January has been posted.
Help! I have been asked by a new resident of Charlestown what organized sports and other activities are available for children in our area. This kind of question arises every now and then and I think the site should have a page oriented toward the needs of new residents. Much of the general information is already on the site under General Info and Organizations (links in the left menu column), and we have a significant sub-site for the Phoenixville Area Soccer Club (and will be adding the Phoenixville Marian Youth Club as well). But questions as to where to have children's birthday parties and this latest request regarding sports and other activities should also be addressed on a page or two dedicated to children's activities.
I responded to the request with the following sports and other sponsors of childrens' activities.
Sports -
  • Phoenixville Area Soccer Club
  • Phoenixville Marian Youth Club
Other Activities -
  • Charlestown Playhouse
  • Great Valley Nature Center
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts
I would appreciate hearing from Charlestown parents about additions to this list. Please think about summer activities in addition to the after school and weekend activities. If you can, provide a name and phone number of someone to be contacted should a Charlestown parent want more information or to sign up their child. If the organization has a web site, please provide the url for the site. When I have received your inputs, I'll set up a separate page listing the activities. To contact me, click here or send email to webmaster@charlestown.org.
02/08/00
"C'town residents spurn traffic" by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix reports on the lively discussion at last night's Board meeting of excessive traffic and speed on Union Hill and Rees Roads during commuting hours. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site (for today only) by clicking here.
Two articles in today's papers examine the Governor's open space initiative from opposite points of view. The plan was publicized yesterday (see link in yesterday's posting, below).
  • "Legislators back Ridge's sprawl plan" by Christian Bottorff in today's Daily Local News quotes a number of area elected officials and is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
     
  • "Builders say land-use plan goes too far - They oppose Ridge's call for local growth boundaries and limits on legal challenges they may make." by Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the opposition to the land use plan from builders. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/07/00
Loretta Watson's report on the January 31 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
"Ridge to propose land-use changes and local grants - The governor wants to help municipalities combat sprawl. Developers have opposed such ideas." by Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on proposed amendments to the state's land use laws that would give municipalities more weapons to combat development. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/04/00
The January traffic statistics for this web site have been posted. They're available here or via the link near the bottom of the left column.
The preliminary agenda for next Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been revised. Click here.
The Official Minutes of the January 24 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
02/03/00
Did You Know?   "Peake´s Pike", which connects Pickering Dam Road with Route 29, was named at a planning meeting in the 1950s by Lucius Crowell, Ed Peake and Clarkson Wentz (cum martinis) to note the adjacent residence of Edwin Peake. [Baldwin, "20 Questions"] [Did You Know Archives]
The preliminary agenda for Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The preliminary agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The on-going issue of pumping groundwater by Perrier in South Coventry Township has resurfaced and is reported in "State sets deadline for Perrier pump plan" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Homebuilders to look at ways to limit sprawl" by Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a planned regional workshop involving both builders and land preservationists. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

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