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Archived Home Pages - February 2002

02/28/02
"Great Valley residents to tell PennDOT of concerns" by Pateen Corcoran in today's Daily Local News reports on noise concerns of residents living near the 300 section of Route 202 which runs from Swedesford Rd. to the Rt. 20 Bypass. This section will be widened to six lanes in a future project. The discussion includes the effects of sound barriers and road surface materials on traffic noise levels. With the PA Turnpike to be expanded to six lanes through Charlstown Township, these noise issues are already a concern of some Township residents (see recent comments in our Traffic Forum). The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Drought becomes a burning issue" by Sharon Stahl in today's The Mercury describes the ban on burning in Chester and surrounding counties. (A ban on burning has been in effect in Charlestown for some time.) The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/27/02
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Official Minutes for the February 4, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"County adopts new plan for open space" by Jonathan Jones in today's Daily Local News reports on the recently approved "Linking Landscapes: A Plan for the Protected Open Space Network in Chester County, PA." A goal of the 600 page plan is the preservation of 5,000 acres of Chester County open space each year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"More effort sought on open space" by Jonathan Gelb in today's Philadelphia Inquirer also reports on the new open space plan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/25/02
Charlestown Green's report on the February 4, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
"Great Valley program improves language-arts skills" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the revised language program for 4th and 5th graders in the Great Valley School District. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Headed for 'worst drought in history" by Sharon Stahl in Sunday's The Mercury reports on our current and future drought conditions in Berks, Montgomery and Chester counties. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Water saving tips inside the home" in Sunday's The Mercury lists 39 tips for conserving water. Those of us with wells and springs for our water supply should be especially aware of the value of conserving water in order to get through the coming summer without a water outage. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/22/02
Yellow Springs and Hollow Roads to be widened - According to "Road widening raises concern" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer, Yellow Springs Road from the West Pikeland border up to Hollow Road and the length of Hollow Road to Route 29 will be widened this spring from 18' to 22'. (Just what we need, cars will now come around the curve in front of our driveway 10 mph faster than they do now). PennDot will meet with residents about the project on March 4. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Speaking of traffic, our Traffic Forum is still active on the subject of sound barriers and now speed limiters on our own roads. See Kim Walsh's additional comments on these subjects received yesterday.
"District forecasts tax raise, budget cuts" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the inevitability of an increase in the Great Valley School District's tax rate. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Township to hire firm to help voters with open-space referendum" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on East Vincent supervisors decision to hire a consulting firm to help residents understand a farmland preservation question on the upcoming May ballot. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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02/21/02
The Official Minutes of the two January (8th and 22nd) meetings of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"YMCA presents expansion plans" by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix reports on the proposed 28,000 sqft expansion of the Phoenixville YMCA with new facilities to include changing rooms, a large indoor day camp area, basketball and volleyball courts, an indoor soccer field and an in-line hockey rink. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/20/02
The idea of sound barriers along the PA Turnpike has generated two responses that are posted to (the top of) our Traffic Forum page. Note that the most recent comment is posted first, at the top of the page.
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 25 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 26 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Today's a Special Day - Bob Jones sent me the following tidbit regarding today's date -
Believe it or not but 8:02pm on February 20 this year will be an historic moment in time. It will not be marked by the chiming of any clocks or the ringing of bells, but at that precise time, on that specific date, something will happen which has not occurred for 1,001 years and will never happen again. As the clock ticks over from 8:01pm on Wednesday, February 20, time will, for sixty seconds only, read in perfect symmetry 2002, 2002, 2002, or to be more precise - 20:02, 20/02, 2002. This historic event will never have the same poignancy as the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month which marks Armistice Day, but it is an event which has only ever happened once before, and is something which will never be repeated. The last occasion that time read in such a symmetrical pattern was long before the days of the digital watch and the 24-hour clock - at 10:01am on January 10, 1001. And because the clock only goes up to 23:59, it is something that will never happen again.
"Tonight provides a rare moment of numerical symmetry" by the Associated Press in today's The Mercury reports on this rare moment. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Two articles in today's local papers report on the Chester County task force established to guide the county through what looks to be the worse groundwater levels in over 25 years.
  • "County: Drought going to get worse" by Jonathan Jones in today's Daily Local News is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Drought task force established" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/19/02
This month's (print) edition of "Great Valley School District On Line", which I assume all residents of Charlestown Township receive, has an article on page 3 on the upcoming renovations to Charlestown Elementary School (where I attended grades 1-8 in only four classrooms). The article includes a sketch of the renovated facilities with three additions totalling 10,000 sqft. I cannot find the article at the district's web site but residents should have received the paper in the mail. If anyone can find the article on-line, please send me the link.
Charlestown resident Kim Walsh has suggested Charlestown Twp. push the PA Turnpike Commission to erect sound barriers along the portion of the soon to be 6 lane interstate that passes through Charlestown. I have posted her comments on our Traffic Forum. If you're a Charlestown resident and would like to add your thoughts, email them to traffic@charlestown.org
"Trust wants to preserve Grace Estate" by Kevin Plunkett in today's Daily Local News reports on some of the issues in East Goshen Twp regarding that township's efforts to fund the preservation of open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/16/02
"Slip Ramp Approved" by Tony Roberts in todays The Phoenix reports on the recently approved Rt. 29 Turnpike Slip Ramp from the perspective of supervisors Paul Hogan and Irene Ewald and also notes legal challenges that are still in appeal. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/15/02
"Turnpike officials snub Charlestown in slip ramp event" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News reports on Charlestown Township Supervisors' reactions to the ceremony announcing the Turnpike Commission's approval of a slip ramp at Route 29. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/14/02
Slip Ramp Approved
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved $2.5 million for preliminary and final design of the Route 29 Slip Ramps. "Go-ahead on relief plan for Chesco's back roads" by Henry J. Holcomb in today's Philadelphia Inquirer has a haunting title to those of us who believe the exact opposite will happen. The article summarizes the slip ramp situation and other changes to be constructed in the Rt. 29, Phoenxiville Pike and Whitehorse Road area. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. In addition, I have posted today's press release from the Turnpike Commission in our Slip Ramp Opposition Center. I know not every resident of Charlestown agrees with me, but personally I feel this is a very sad day for our Township.
I have added http://www.chescommunity.com/, a new Chester County recources type of web site to our Neighborhood Links page.
02/13/02
Slip Ramp - The Final Report to the Board of Supervisors by our Township representatives to the PA Turnpike Rt. 29 Slip Ramp Citizens Advisory Committee has been posted to our Slip Ramp Opposition Center. The report includes the decision by the Turnpike Commission to proceed with the slip ramp with changes from the original plan including the addition of westbound on/off ramps and the actual end of the ramps being moved south on Route 29 between the cement plant and Flat Road. The report includes a history of the slip ramp proposal as well as concerns about decisions still to be made. Finally, the report includes a diagram showing the latest plan for the ramps and other changes, which I have provided in two sizes. Click here for the report.
"Drought conditions are the worst of any February on record, said Kristin Wolf, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection." The Governor has declared a drought emergency for our area. Several articles in local papers spell out what this means.
"Drought emergency declared in 24 counties" by Marc Levy in today's The Phoenix reports on the new restrictions on water use. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Pa. limits water use in Phila., suburbs" by Tom Avril in today's Philadelphia Inquirer provides a similar report that includes other counties in the Delaware Valley as well as Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/12/02
The full text of the recently passed Township Fire Control and Hazardous Materials Ordinance has been posted as a small PDF file. For more information and a download link click here or use the permnanent link on our General Info page.
The Parks & Recreation Board has rescheduled their 2002 meetings to Thursday, instead of Wednesday. I have updated the Regular Meetings schedule to reflect the change.
02/11/02
Charlestown Township is again participating in the Regional Southeastern Pa Hazardous Household Waste Program. There are four drop-off dates in 2002, each at a different location in the county. For more information click here or use the permanent link on our General Info page.
"Where mass transit can't reach", subtitled "Pa. is underwriting sprawl by paying firms to locate to the outer-ring suburbs." and written by Sue McNamara Tancredi in Friday's Philadelphia Inquirer points out the role of taxpayer funded subsidies that provide incentives for large corporations to move into the suburbs where there is no public transportation infrastructure and many nearby country roads that are hit with large increases in commuter traffic. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/08/02
"Application for lights at GVHS rejected again" by Pateen Corcoran in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on East Whiteland's Zoning Hearing Board's rejection of proposed 45' lights for the Great Valley High School's football field. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Updated slip ramp plan unveiled" by Gretchen Metz in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on the latest plan for the Route 29 PA Turnpike Slip Ramp. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The following was received from Republican Committeewoman Sue Staas -
Sue Staas and Charlie Philips are recruiting candidates for Republican Committeeman. Interviews will be held February 24, 25; petitions are due at voter services by March 12, election will be at the primaries in May. Any man who is interested should email Suestaas@aol.com.
02/07/02
The Preliminary Agenda for next Tuesday's regular meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Zoning Hearing Board Opening (received from Twp. Admin. Linda Csete)
The Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors is now accepting applicants to be considered for an appointment to the Zoning Hearing Board as an Alternate Member.
The Zoning Hearing Board convenes only when there is an application for a hearing, which in past years ranged from 4-8 times per year. Meetings are held at the Great Valley Nature Center barn in the evenings, usually on Wednesdays, starting at 7:00 P.M. or 7:30 P.M. The Alternate attends all hearings but is only considered a voting member when one of the 3 regular members is absent or must be recused from considering the application. Applicants should be familiar with the Township Zoning Ordinance.
Interested Township Residents may send a resume or letter of interest by one of the following methods:
Mail: Board of Supervisors, Charlestown Township, P.O. Box 507, Devault, PA 19432
Fax: 610-240-0328
E-mail: admin1@charlestown.pa.us
For information, call the Township Office, 610-240-0326.
02/06/02
"Commission vies for expert planning group" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on efforts by the Phoenixville Area Regional Planning Group, of which Charlestown is a member, to apply to the 2020 Trust to bring in outside experts to discuss issues such as traffic and land preservation. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the December 11 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshall Report for the month of January has been posted. Fred notes in the report that we are 10.5" below normal precipitation for the past 12 months and close to a drought emergency.
02/05/02
The Official Minutes of the January 28 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted. These minutes include the annual report by the State Police summarizing 2001 activities in Charlestown Township as well as lengthy discussions regarding the latest PA Turnpike Rt. 29 Slip Ramp proposal and the concerns of some Charlestown Oaks residents regarding the new Fire and Hazardous Materials Ordinance.
The list of approved waste haulers for Charlestown Township has been updated for 2002.
02/04/02
Charlestown Green's extensive report on the January 28, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
"Slip ramp sits idly by" by Gretchen Metz in today's The Phoenix reports on the status of the proposal for a (now two-way) PA Turnpike Slip Ramp at Route 29. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/01/02
"Ramp shifts into gear" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News reports on last night's seminar sponsored by the Transportation Management Association of Chester County. The seminar covered an updated version of the Turnpike Commission's proposal for a slip ramp interchange at Route 29. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
 

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