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Archived Home Pages - February 2006

02/28/06
The Official Minutes of the February 6, 2006 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Condominium development discussion continued" by Karin Williams in today's The Phoenix reports on discussion of the proposed development on Sycamore Lane at last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Police Force - Another comment on this issue has been posted to (the top of) our discussion page.
"County police forces good alternative to state police" was published in the print edition only of yesterday's The Phoenix. Originally written as an editorial in the Erie Times-News under the title "Ohio has it right", the article addresses concerns that all Pennsylvanians pay for the state police force, but not all use the state police for local protection.
02/27/06
Police Force - Another comment on this issue has been posted to (the top of) our discussion page.
Open Space in the News - Quite a few articles have been posted in the past several days on efforts to preserve open space. For those who are "following along", see the links below.
  • "Luxury homes, or home for wildlife?" by Susan Weidener in the Neighbors section of Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on efforts by a civic group in Schuylkill Township to preserve the 65 acre Reeves property along the Pickering Creek Reservoir. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Open minds for open space" by Greg Waks in last Thursday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on efforts in the greater Delaware Valley to preserve open space and prevent sprawl. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Open-space group touts referendum" by W. Shawn Weigel in today's Daily Local News reports on efforts in Pocopson Township to gain approval for a tax increase the proceeds of which would be used to preserve open space in that township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Open space plan presented to Chesco commissioners" by Gina Zotti in today's The Mercury reports on the recommendations of Chester County's Open Space Advisory Committee. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"County officials back soundwalls along turnpike" in the News in Brief section of Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the county commissioners backing the Great Valley Association's efforts to get the PA Turnpike Commission to install sound barriers along the soon to be expanded section of the turnpike between Valley Forge and Downingtown. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Too little time to change voting for May primaries", an editorial in today's Daily Local News, urges the federal government to postpone the requirement that Chester and several other counties have new voting systems in place for the May 16 primary. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/25/06
Open Space Commission Minutes Posted - The minutes of the Open Space Commission for years 2001-2002 were posted quite a while ago. We now have the minutes for 2003-2005 posted as well. A word about these postings. Each year is posted as a single web page with an index at the top of the page linking directly to a particular meeting date. Unlike the vast majority of pages on this site, these new web pages were generated using Microsoft Word's "Save as web page..." command, which leaves a lot to be desired. These pages are indexed by our search engine, provided you use the default "Entire Site" option when defining your search.
The Township Taxes information published in the recent Township Newsletter is much clearer than what I had previously posted on this site, so the site's tax information page has been updated accordingly.
The dates and locations for hazardous household waste disposal via the regional program have been updated.
The form to use to volunteer to serve on various Township committees has been posted here in PDF format, and it is permanently linked from our Index to Gov't Info page.
02/24/06
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 27 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Reminder - The Planning Commission meeting for February 28th has been cancelled.
Horse-Shoe Trail Map Posted - The Winter 2006 Charlestown Township Newsletter (see below), which all residents should have received this week, has an article by Sue Staas on the Horse-Shoe Trail. I just posted a map of the trail through Charlestown, which is available here. I have also linked it from our Index to Gov't Info and Neighborhood Links pages (under "Recreation"). The map is available as a low resolution web image and as a 1.5 mb PDF file which you can zoom in and retain considerable detail.
Newsletter Posted - The Township just mailed residents a very ambitious and well prepared 12 page newsletter with many items of interest. This Winter 2006 issue is also posted to this web site in pdf format (504 kb). If you misplace your print issue and need to check on some of the information in the newsletter, it will always be available here, and is permanently linked from our Index to Gov't Info page.
"U.S. threatens to sue Pa. over voting measures" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the sorry state of several Pennsylvania counties, including Chester County, in complying with the Federal mandate that we have new voting systems in place for the May 16 primary election. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Dogs Returned (from Susan Bullard) - The two dogs Susan found and reported here Tuesday are home with their owners.
02/21/06
Dogs Found (from Susan Bullard) - I found two english bull dogs, no collars, on Blackberry Lane and Hollow Rd. Nice dogs obviously someone is missing these dogs.
Police Discussion - One additional comment has been posted to the discussion page.
"Court decision may stall Delco voting machines" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the continuing mess that is the race by counties to implement new voting systems in spite of relatively few having been approved by the state. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/20/06
"Women becoming more involved in farming" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on Chester County's Keep Farming First held last week at the Gt. Valley campus of PSU. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/19/06
Police Discussion - I have posted one additional comment to the discussion page.
"Student Spotlight - Educator: Dee Short" in Student Spotlight section of today's Philadelphia Inquirer features Dee Short who credits Miss Betty Stonorov with teaching her "everything I needed to know about early childhood education, loyalty and fun." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/18/06
Police Discussion - I have posted two additional comments to the discussion page.
02/17/06
Calendar Update - The Township Meeting Calendar has been updated. I have posted February - April, and it's in pdf format. Click the green "Meeting Calendar" button in the button panel at the top of the page.
Police Discussion - I have posted three additional comments to the discussion page. Note that these are published in the order that I receive them from the bottom of the page to the top, with the most recent comment at the top of the list.
"New voting system still a big question" by Gina Zotti in today's Daily Local News reports on the dilemma facing the Chester County election officials and many others in the state regarding the choice of a mandated replacement for the current punch card system. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/15/06
The Official Minutes of the January 10, 2006 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Immaculata Art Show - The annual Immaculata University Art Show opened this past Sunday and runs through next Sunday, the 19th. My wife and I have been to this show, which is quite large, and generally find both paintings by Charlestown residents and other local artists and often paintings of scenes in and around Charlestown. You can find out much more using the link above to the show's web site, including a list of artists.
Beth Nielsen Chapman at Great Valley HS - Beth Nielsen Chapman will be performing at the Great Valley High School at 8pm on Friday February 24th. She is a singer/songwriter and wrote Faith Hill's "This Kiss". She is excellent. (Thanks to Debbie Kuhn for bringing this to my attention and reminding me about the art show.)
Research Help - Charlestown resident and Ursinus College student Devyn Madsen is writing a research paper on the ecosystem management of Charlestown Township. If anyone can help her with either of the following requests, you can contact her at demadsen@ursinus.edu.
  • I was wondering if anyone could tell me or give me a link to information about the ecology of Charlestown- the watersheds and their importance, the wildlife, the air quality, etc. It would be a huge help and greatly appreciated!!!!
  • I was wondering if anyone could tell me about any species (plants and animals) that have come up in concern. I have been trying to find info on the species that inhabit Charlestown or any that may be threatened or endangered. Are there any? I would really appreciate any help you could give me. THANKS!!!
"Road crews come up short against snowstorm", an editorial in today's Daily Local News, comments on both West Chester and several other communities' problems with slow and inadequate snow clearing this past weekend by PenDOT and others. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"GVSB approves land acquisition" by Michael Crist in today's Daily Local News reports on parcels of property adjacent to the south end of the Great Valley High School that have been purchased by the School Board. The land will be used for athletic fields. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/14/06
Landfill Discussion Tonight (reminder from Bob Jones) -
Tonight, Tuesday February 14th Allen Meyers will be going before the planning commission. It is my understanding that they will be presenting a development plan for their properties on Route 29. I would highly recommend that anyone who is interested in the development should attend the meeting. The meeting is at the Middle school in the choral room.
Important Note: Legal Counsel has been engaged. Donations for the cost would be appreciated. If you can help out in this manner please email me your information. Bob_jones@slvfx.com
Police/Fire Department - I have posted an extensive comment from Andy Motel, a member of the Planning Commission, and someone who has been involved in researching the costs and benefits of a township police department in the past. His comments, as well as all others received to this point are posted on our discussion page.
"Fires and mischief have Charlestown on edge" by Jason Kotowski in today's Daily Local News reports on the two recent hay fires in our township and quotes several residents who expressed concerns about vandalism to mailboxes and trash near their property. The article is not posted to the paper's web site, but appears on page 3 of the print edition.
"Local open-space committee presents study to commissioners" by Gina Zotti in today's Daily Local News reports on the recommendations of the county's committee that performed an 18 month study on the county's trail systems. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The fourth annual Keep Farming First summit will be held Thursday, February 16 at the Penn State Great Valley campus. Click here for details as well as registration information.
02/13/06 (5 pm)
(As far as the volume of public comment goes, this police topic is right up there with the slip ramp and whether we should move from three supervisors to five. JM)
I missed a second article in today's The Phoenix pertaining to Charlestown. "Charlestown residents want own police force" by Karin Williams reports on current discussions regarding a possible Charlestown police force. Three supervisors and resident Lisa Scottoline are quoted. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. Thanks to Lisa Scottoline for bringing this to my attention.
In addition, since my earlier posting today, I have received two more comments on the subject which I have just posted. One is from supervisor chairman Kevin Kuhn.
02/13/06
"Officials investigating second hay bale fire in a week in Charlestown" by Karin Williams in today's The Phoenix reports on a second hay fire Saturday night. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Police/Fire Dept - Three comments received over the weekend and today have been posted to our discussion page regarding the desirability of having a township police and/or fire department.
02/10/06
Police Department - Two more comments from residents have been added to the discussion page regarding the desirability of a Charlestown police and/or fire department.
"Pa.'s barns must be saved", a Pennsylvania Commentary by Sheila Miller in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer comments on the desirability of preserving barns across the state of Pennsylvania. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chesco plan would help to preserve Amish farms" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a proposed change in the county's open space program whereby initiatives would be established to preserve Amish farms. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/08/06 (3 pm) - I inadvertently placed a comment intended for the Official Map Ordinance page on the Police/Fire Dept. discussion page this morning. The comment, from Russell and Suzanne Naylor, has been moved to the "Other Comments" section of the Official Map Ordinance page (at the bottom).
02/08/06
The Official Minutes of the January 23, 2006 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 14 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Four additional comments, all posted 02/08/06, have been added to the discussion page regarding a township police and/or fire department.
02/07/06
"Suspicious fire burns for 15 hours" by Karin Williams in today's The Phoenix reports on the hay fire at the corner of Wells Road and Canvas Hill Lane Sunday Night and Monday morning. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Township Police and Fire Departments - Five additional comments, including one from Fire Chief Charles Fields, have been posted to our new discussion page on the issue of having our own police and/or fire department.
Policy Change - I'm adding one more condition to this site's policy regarding posting comments on issues. Please do not quote a third party in your comment. I don't have time to verify quotes with the source, and we all know several people can hear the same thing and come away with different memories of exactly what was said.
Neighborhood Issues Page - I have replaced the old Neighborhood Issues page, linked from the green button bar at the top of most pages, to be a list of current and recent issues before our township. This is a way to access pages of resident comments on issues as well as other related information from the Township Office, newspapers and other sources.
"Landmarks' latest history is one of impeding traffic" by Marc Scholol in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on some successes and failures trying to preserve historic buildings in Chester and neighboring counties. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/06/06 (2 pm)
Information Sought on Hay Fire (from Kevin Kuhn) -
I just came back from the site of the fire on Wells Road and spoke with both Chuck Fields, the Kimberton Fire Chief, as well as Trooper John Clifford from the PA State Police Fire Marshal Unit. Both confirmed that the fire is being treated as "suspicious" and under investigation. Anyone having any information should contact Trooper Clifford at one of the following numbers - Station: 484-340-3241 or his Office: 484-340-3643.
Do we need our own police force? - Lisa Scottoline, who lives adjacent to the site of last night's hay fire, has brought up the issue of our township having its own police force. This topic has been brought up before, and I suspect it will generate more discussion, especially as our township becomes more heavily populated. I have set up a "discussion page" for comments pro or con regarding a Charlestown police force. Lisa's entry is the first posted to that page. If you wish to comment, please read my message at the top of the new page before sending me your views on the issue.
02/06/06
Hay Fire - There was a large hay fire late last night/early this morning in a field at the corner of Wells Road and Canvas Hill Lane. Many pieces of fire equipment were on hand, and it has been reported that the fire had to have been arson.
02/03/06
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 6 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
 
 

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