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Archived Home Pages - February 16 - 28, 1999

I have posted more detailed information on last Thursday's slip ramp "open house" at the High School, including the essential elements of the three alternatives proposed by the Turnpike Commission. I will be adding a few more pages of information from the Commission's presentation and additional photos taken at the meeting. The section is linked from the "Be Informed" and the "Reports on Meetings" sections of the Slip Ramp Opposition Center.
I have posted two letters by Janet Baldwin, Chairwoman of the Charlestown Historic Commission. One is to Governor Ridge (with photo) and the other to Kurt Carr at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission expresses concern for historic structures that would be affected by the slip ramp. Both letters are linked from our Letters to Officials page.
Reminder: If you have not sent slip ramp letters to public officials, this weekend would be a good time to do that. See our Letter Writing Help page.
Many of us were frustrated at Thursday's slip ramp open house that there were no handouts that we could take with us depicting the information on the "boards" presenting the three options proposed by the turnpike commission. I will be posting the information from those boards soon (via digital camera), but fortunately, the boards themselves will be available at the Township Office (in the Devault Post Office building) starting on Monday (see information from Sally Willig below).
The following was received from Citizens Committee Chairwoman Sally Willig -
  • The slip ramp issue will be the first item on the agenda for the Monday township meeting, March 1st.
  • The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission boards showing the three slip ramp alternatives are in the township office and available for review there. Hours are 9-3 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • Also available for review in the township office is the Historic Resources Survey report done for the turnpike (this was sent by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Historic Preservation and not the turnpike commission to Janet Baldwin, head of the Charlestown Historical Commission). Also available is the response of the Charlestown Historical Commission to this report.  (Note: I will be posting the CHS response letter here as well.)
I have been receiving and posting more comments on the slip ramp from residents (and commuters who pass the Rt. 29/Phoenixville Pike intersection). Comments without the full name of the author will not be posted (nor will comments with foul language or personal attacks). Note that I do not post the author's email address unless specifically requested to do so.
(noon)  Revisions have been made to the Preliminary Agenda for Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
We have received our first pro-slip ramp email which is posted on our Comments from Residents page in the Slip Ramp Opposition Center.
(Morning)  There are three local newspaper articles on last night's slip ramp meeting at the high school. Two of them are available on-line for today only.
Title (click to read)
Philadelphia Inquirer
Foes of slip ramp protest at meeting
Susan Weidener
Daily Local
Irate residents flood meeting on slip ramp (today only)
John Crawford
The Phoenix
Protestors meet turnpike officials on slip ramp issue (today only)
Lou Costello
Our own initial coverage was posted last night, with details to follow in a few days. See posting below.
(10:45 P.M.)  Tonight's turnpike slip ramp "meeting" was very well attended by residents of Charlestown and other townships and by many of our elected officials. For those who missed the meeting or would like to review the options again, I will post explanations of the three alternative slip ramp configurations presented by the Turnpike Commission, hopefully by Monday. The fourth option (No Slip Ramp) was not part of the presentation but was the obvious sentiment of most in attendance. I also hope to have some "official" counts from the exit poll that was conducted by the many volunteers at the meeting, and I am sure there will be newspaper coverage. I regret that I do not have the equivalent of a transcript of the group question and answer session kicked off by Sue Willig about 8 pm.
Here are some small photos of the event. I have others that will be used as part of our upcoming report on the meeting. Click on any of these small images to see a larger photo.
Start of Student Demonstration
Alternative 3 diagram
Alternative 3 Diagram
Wendy Leland
Wendy Leland kicks off Group Q&A
Tpk Rep
Tpk. Representative Answers Questions
(1:00 P.M.)  I have posted the preliminary agenda for Monday's regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
(8:00 A.M.)  This is the big day (evening)!!  Please make every effort to visit the Great Valley High School some time between 4 and 9 p.m. for the Turnpike Commission sponsored "open house". Charlestown Green is urging attendance at 7:30 P.M. so as to show a large group, but if you cannot be there at that time, it is still important that you attend earlier or later. Visit our Slip Ramp opposition Center for information on a variety of issues associated with the slip ramp, or click here for the specifics of this particular meeting (which will be taped by Harron Cable for later showing on public television) as well as lists of questions you are encouraged to ask of the turnpike representatives who will be at the High School. There will also be volunteers at the meeting from various organizations to provide you with information about the ramp as well as assist you in writing letters to elected officials and the commission to voice your objections.
We continue to receive comments regarding the slip ramp. They are posted on the Comments from Residents page and include a comment from a resident of West Pikeland Twp. and another who commutes to the Corporate Center from Pottstown. Send your comments to
Susan Weidener reports in today's Philadelphia Inquirer article titled "Public panel to advise on Pa. Turnpike ramp" that the executive director of the Turnpike Commission has agreed with the County Commissioners to create a citizens advisory panel that will have input on the proposal to build the Rt. 29 Turnpike Slip Ramp. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. The Daily Local has not updated its web edition since Tuesday, so I do not know if that paper has an article on this panel or tonight's meeting.
The Philadelphia Inquirer also has an article on the governor's stance on urban sprawl and the struggles of people in central Bucks County to fight development. The article, "Officials urge state help against sprawl" by Diane Mastrull is available from the paper's web site by clicking here.
A third article in the Philadelphia Inquirer warns of the upcoming congestion associated with the major reconstruction soon to get under way on Route 202, between Swedesford Rd. and King of Prussia. "To Rte. 202 travelers: Get ready for tie-ups", by Jere Downs, is available from the paper's web site by clicking here.
8:15 P.M. - My apologies to the Great Valley Association whose meeting Wednesday evening, which I noted this morning as being open to the public, is open only to members of the association.
I have posted the February 1999 Newsletter of the Charlestown Democratic Committee. The Committee urges all residents to attend Thursday's informational meeting at the Great Valley High School, and also requests that registered Democrats interested in running for positions in this year's elections contact the committee members.
Meeting Announcements:
  • Wednesday, February 24 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is holding a public presentation at the General Wayne Middle School. The subject of the meeting will be the proposed improvements to Section 300 of Route 202. Scheduled presentations are at 6:30PM and 7:30PM and a video will be running at other times. Come and bring your questions.
  • The most important meeting for all who are opposed to the slip ramp to attend is the one sponsored by the Turnpike Commission Thursday, February 25 from 4 pm to 9 pm. The County Commissioners, Charlestown Supervisors, Charlestown Planning Commission, Charlestown Civic Association, Charlestown Green, Charlestown Democratic Committee and the Charlestown Republican Committee all urge all Charlestown residents to stop by this "open house" meeting at the Great Valley High School cafeteria.
I received a copy of the "official announcement" of the Feb. 25th slip ramp meeting from County Commissioner Hanna and have posted it to our page on that meeting.
If you are one of our many new visitors in the past few months, be sure to check out the sections in the left menu column, especially The Early Days and the Photo Albums. Remember, in most cases, clicking on small photographs anywhere on this web site will allow you to look at larger images.
According to yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer, the Great Valley school board unanimously passed a resolution opposing construction of the Rt. 29 slip ramp.
Charlie Philips, Chairman of the Charlestown Township Planning Commission, sent me a list of questions worded for use at the February 25th "Open House" at the Great Valley High School.
I have added a photo to the previously posted report on the Feb. 15 meeting on the slip ramp.
On the lighter side, see how times have changed -
Did You Know?   Dr. Rubin, a Phoenixville dentist with 1932 office hours of 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. Daily except for closing at 6 P.M. on Wed and Sat, offered "Painless Air Extraction, asleep or awake" for 50 cents per tooth, with a "Nurse always in attendance". You could also get a "Full mouth X-Ray for $5, no appointment necessary". [Ref: Bell Telephone (Spring 1932), IFC] [Did You Know Archives]
3:30 p.m. - This was just received from John Sauser via email -
I spoke with the Regional Manager of Harron Communications today and she has agreed to have Harron Cable video-record the entire PA Turnpike open house that will be conducted at Great Valley High School on February 25th. Their coverage of this event will subsequently air unedited on Public Access Television.
Thank you and regards,
John Sauser, Chairman
Board of Supervisors
Charlestown Township
This reinforces the sentiment at last Monday's meeting that a large turnout is important to make a statement, and now we know there will be a "permanent" record of that turnout.
The next set of interviews for candidates for the Board of Supervisors is this coming Monday evening, 7:30 p.m. February 22nd at the Charlestown United Methodist Church. Interested citizens are welcome to attend. Those interested in interviewing should send a letter and resume to Sue Staas, PO box 427, Devault, or email to
The Citizens Opposed to the Turnpike Slip Ramp Committee has provided a number of sample letters that you can use for ideas when writing your own letters to the governor, state government officials, county commissioners, school board members and the PA Turnpike Commission. The letters are available from our Slip Ramp Opposition Center (under the "Help with letter writing" section) or directly by clicking here.
If your neighborhood is holding a slip ramp letter writing get-together, please let me know and I'll "advertise" it here.
This from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Community experts in woodworking, doll houses, cooking, gardening, dance and science will visit Charlestown Elementary on Feb. 23. The professionals will demonstrate their crafts at the school's seventh annual after-school "Curiosity Shop." The program is run by the Parent Teacher Organization.
Our Turnpike Slip Ramp Opposition Center has been entirely reorganized to make it easier to find what you need and to make it easier to add information. We want to accommodate those new to the issue or just now getting motivated to do something about it, as well as those who have been working to stop the ramp form the beginning. We hope to have a number of sample letters to various government officials posted soon.
Charlestown Hunt is holding a turnpike slip ramp letter writing event tonight from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hunt's Recreation Building. We posted a letter from Kelley Kelly, Director of Charlestown Hunt, on the Letters page of the Slip Ramp Opposition Center.
We now have 80 people receiving email notifications when changes are made to this web site. If you are not a "subscriber" to the Notification List, learn more about this feature by clicking here or the permanent link in the left menu column.
The official minutes of the January 26 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
If you think the traffic in the slip ramp area looks congested now,
as shown here,....

... imagine what it would be like with an additional 4,000+ cars a day!
I have posted a report on last evening's meeting of the Citizens Opposed to the Turnpike Slip Ramp. See Neighborhood News. Lou Costello has an article on the meeting in today's The Phoenix titled "County commissioner urges residents to fight slip ramp". The article is available on-line from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here.
Some near-term slip ramp related events include -
  • Tonight - Feb. 16th, the Great Valley School Board votes on a resolution to oppose the slip ramp. The meeting is at the boardroom at the KD Markley School.
  • Residents of Charlestown Hunt are holding a slip ramp information and letter writing "open house" tomorrow, Wednesday Feb 17th from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Charlestown Hunt Recreation Building. If you have questions about the ramp, you can get them answered at this event. If you need help writing letters, they can assist and will even provide paper, pens, envelopes and a copier so you can easily cc other officials. Even if you do not live in "The Hunt", you are welcome to their assistance in writing these important letters.
Contributuons to support informative mailings and the posting of signs to call attention to the slip ramp issue may be mailed via checks made out to Charlestown Green, Inc. bearing the notation "slip ramp". These are tax deductible contributions and should be mailed to
   Charlestown Green, Inc.
   P.O. Box 469
   Devault, PA 19342-0469
I will soon be posting an extensive list of questions and issues associated with the slip ramp as well as sample letters to assist those who have not yet written letters of opposition. These are being provided by Citizens Opposed to the Turnpike Slip Ramp Committee.

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