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Archived Home Pages - February 2004

02/27/04
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 1 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Farmers say zoning change will cause financial hardship" by Evan Brandt in today's The Mercury reports on issues confronting the Pottstown Metropolitan Area Regional Planning Commission, which is a similar organization to the Phoenixville Regional Planning Commission of which Charlestown Township is a member. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Regional trail systems have been in the news in Chester County recently. "Survey: Upper Uwchlan residents want trail" by Jason Kotowski in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the results of a survey in that township regarding the desirability of pedestrian walking and biking trails for Upper Uwchlan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/25/04
Garden Photo Album - A photo album with 15 photos shows some of the 2003 Brightside Farm Community Garden activity. The album is linked from our Community Garden page as well as by clicking here.
Community Garden Plots Available - The twelve fenced garden plots created last year at Brightside Farm are already allocated for 2004. (See our BSF Community Garden page using the "GARDEN" icon near the top of this page for the garden layout and other info.) If you would like to join us this year, click here for the 2004 BSF Community Garden Survey and send your request for a plot no later than March 15. The Brightside Farm Committee will expand the fenced area of the garden to accommodate those who sign up before March 15.
The Official Minutes of the February 2, 2004 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the February 11, 2004 joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Billboard testimony heard" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors, specifically the conditional use applications for billboard construction along the PA Turnpike on Sidley Hill as well as applications for continuing care facilities on the Altemose property at Ashenfelter and Whitehorse Roads. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Woman wants subdivision on property" by Jason Totowski in today's Daily Local News reports on a situation in West Vincent Township where the township is attempting to require a trail be included in a proposed subdivision. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/23/04
Meeting Changes -
  • The Charlestown Historical Society's first Spring meeting has been rescheduled from Wednesday March 3rd to Wednesday April 7. An announcement of the program for the meeting will be posted soon. If you know someone who regularly attends the CHS meetings who does not visit this web site, please inform them of the change. (from Mike Rogers)
  • The Brightside Farm Committee's February meeting has been rescheduled from Wednesday February 25th to Wednesday March 3rd. The meeting will be held at 7:30 PM at the Merriwethers' residence, the first driveway downhill from the Farm's driveway.
02/20/04
The Preliminary Agenda for Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors was posted yesterday, after the email notices went out.
"Gorman named to join Charlestown planners" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on Township resident June Gorman, recently appointed to fill the Planning Commission seat vacated when Charlie Philips was elected to the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/19/04  (10:25 AM)
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 1 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
02/19/04
Public Notice - A Public Notice from Township Administrator Linda Csete announces a proposed zoning ordinance amendment to be considered for adoption at the March 15 public meeting of the Board of Supervisors. A PDF version of the complete notice summarizing the amendment is available via the link below. (Note: Two previously announced amendments will be considered at the February 23 meeting of the Board of Supervisors. See the 02/06/04 entry below.)
  • AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CHARLESTOWN TOWNSHIP SUBDIVISION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE, AS AMENDED, TO ADD FOUR (4) APPENDIX EXHIBITS, AND TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE SAID AMENDMENTS. Click here for a PDF version of the complete notice.
     
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 9 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Students to lobby in state capital" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on a group of Great Valley High School students who will travel to Harrisburg on March 16th to lobby legislatures to address the excessive amount of class time taken up by standardized exams. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/16/04
Reminder - Due to the Presidents Day holiday (and the school being closed), the regular second meeting of the Board of Supervisors for February will be next Monday, February 23rd.
Reminder - the Regional Trails Planning Session will be held tomorrow night. Click here for details.
Township Directory Updated - The Charlestown Township Directory has been updated for 2004. This directory identifies all elected and appointed Township officials and committee members. The directory is available as a web page with just names and phone numbers, and the full directory with street addresses, email addresses and alternate phone numbers is available via a PDF file download. The directory is always available under our General Info section or by clicking here.
"With snow in forecast, townships short on salt" by Jason Totowski in today's The Mercury reports on the low stocks of road salt in Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Construction code soon to take effect" by David Bernard in today's Daily Local News reports on the anticipation of the adoption of a statewide Uniform Construction Code, the first for Pennsylvania. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

02/12/04
The Official Minutes of the January 13, 2004 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Mill's history remains strong" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on the soon to be stabilized woolen mill located in Charlestown Village. The article is based on interviews with supervisor Paul Hogan, HARB chairwoman Rosemary Philips and project architect Dale Frens. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Officials discuss township projects" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"The solution to too many deer" by guest columnist David A. Chopko in today's Daily Local News discusses the problems associated with Chester County's large deer population. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/11/04    (updated 11:50 AM)
Agenda Changes - The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's 7:30 PM joint meeting of the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors has been revised.
02/11/04
Reminder: There is a special joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission tonight. The Preliminary Agenda for this meeting has been posted.
"New ordinances up for adoption" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on last nights meeting of the Planning Commission. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Preserving the region's farms means preserving the farmers", a commentary by Nancy Mohr (executive director of the Chester County 2020 Trust) in last Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer discusses the connection between farmers, the land, and the community. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Farming forum explores options" by David Bernard in today's Daily Local News reports on yesterday's "Keep Farming First" conference. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/08/04
"Raising funds to move market inside" by Susan Weidener in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the efforts of Charlestown resident Bill Andersen (owner of Charlestown Cooperative Farm) to raise funds to allow the Phoenixville Farmers' Market held at the old Phoenixville Iron Works Foundry building to be moved from the Foundry's parking lot into the restored 1882 Foundry building itself. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/06/04
Public Notices - Two Public Notices from Township Administrator Linda Csete announce proposed zoning ordinance amendments to be considered for adoption at the February 23 public meeting of the Board of Supervisors. PDF versions of each complete notice summarizing the amendments are available via links below.
  • AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CHARLESTOWN TOWNSHIP ZONINGORDINANCE OF 1979, AS AMENDED, TO ADD A NEW SECTION 1618 "HISTORIC RESOURCES PROTECTION", AND TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE SAID AMENDMENTS. Click here for PDF version of the complete notice.
     
  • AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CHARLESTOWN TOWNSHIP ZONING ORDINANCE, AS AMENDED, TO ADD THE DEFINITIONS FOR CONVENTIONAL LOT, CONVENTIONAL LOT DEVELOPMENT, AND OPEN SPACE DEVELOPMENT TO ARTICLE II, AND TO REPLACE ARTICLE IV - FARM RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT, AND TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE SAID AMENDMENTS . Click here for PDF version of the complete notice.
02/05/04
I apologize to those of you who looked for the article and photos of PennDOT's Yellow Springs Road pipe-laying yesterday and missed it. The article and photos are here now under 02/04/04 below.
The Official Minutes of the January 5, 2004 reorganization and regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Fred Alston's Roadmaster report for January has been posted, click here
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for January has been posted, click here.
Reminder - The Preliminary Agendas for the February 10 Planning Commission meeting and the February 11 special Joint Session of the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission have been posted.
I have added a link to Delaware County Community College, which has Exton and Downingtown locations, to the Education section of our Neighborhood Links page.
02/04/04
Laying pipe under Yellow Springs RdI first moved to Charlestown Twp. in 1944 and there were springs under Yellow Springs Rd. then and they have been paved over many times, even as the road has been widened and the shoulders have disappeared.
 
Laying pipe under Yellow Springs RoadToday PennDOT is attempting to drain the water from the road to the stream that meanders down the hill beside the road and eventually empties into Pigeon Run and then the Pickering Creek. I don't know whether there will just be one pipe or several, but hopefully the end result will be much less ice building up on the road in winter.
02/02/04
Great Valley High School student Diana McClean, of Yellow Springs Road, Charlestown Township created the winning Great Valley School District 2003 Christmas Card cover design. Caroline Kocher of Malvern wrote the winning verse for the card. Diana's beautiful card design and Caroline's verse are available here, and from a permanent entry on our Neighbors of Note page.
"State issues report card on districts" by Pamela Batzel in todays Daily Local News discusses how area school districts, including Great Valley, fared in the state's recently issued report card on public schools. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
 

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