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Archived Home Pages - March 2000

03/30/00
Road Construction - Yesterday's The Phoenix has an article by Michael Quay on several planned road construction projects in Charlestown in the coming months. In "Whitehorse Road to undergo construction", Quay reports on the closing of sections of Whitehorse Road for about two months beginning April 14 for the replacement of a water main. In addition, PennDOT will be milling and resurfacing Rt 29 all the way from Charlestown Road to Phoenixville. The Rt. 29 bridge over Pickering Creek is to be replaced later this year and that project will close Rt. 29 at the creek for three months. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. (Note that the article will not likely be on-line after today.)
03/27/00
"Grants preserve farmers' way of life" by Marcella Peyre-Ferry in today's Daily Local News reports on four Chester County farms "saved" through the state's Growing Greener program through the purchase of development rights. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"The fight against sprawl - New laws aim to give communities tool" by Carl Hessler, Jr. in today's The Mercury reports on the progress of the bill now before the House of Representatives to give communitees tools to work together to control urban sprawl. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/26/00 (7:30 PM)
I apologize for the unavailability of the site much of the weekend. Murphy was having fun with me as the server has had no problems for some time and then I go away for the weekend and it hangs up twice. Fortunately, my son was able to come over and restart it both times.
Loretta Watson's report for the March 20 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted on our Neighborhood News page. Had I been here, I'm sure it would have been posted much sooner.
Please give some thought to the time and effort Loretta Watson puts in to attending these meetings on behalf of Charlestown Greene and preparing her comprehensive reports, all on a volunteer basis, so all of us who visit this site can learn what's taking place at our important Township meetings. Furthermore, to the best of my knowledge, she does not have internet access to view the fruits of her labor. We all owe Loretta a BIG THANK YOU!
03/24/00
If you experienced an electric power surge on March 11 with loss of some appliances, you might be interested in the following email that came in from a resident on Hollow Road.
On Saturday, 3/11 at 12:20 pm our house (4133 Hollow Rd.) was hit by an electricity surge that knocked out several appliances, including microwave, VCR, computer printer, etc. One immediate neighbor lost several items as well. Some of these items were protected by surge protectors. PECO acknowledges the surge, but disclaims responsibility. We would be interested to know if any others lost any equipment and might be interested in lodging a group complaint, on the theory that a unified front might be more effective. Interested parties could post a note here or contact us at Hollowrd2@aol.com.
John and Emily Pickering
A resident's comment has been added to our new Traffic and Congestion page.
03/23/00
"Great Valley weighs costs of building, renovating school" by Susan Weidener in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the many issues facing Charlestown and the Great Valley School Board regarding the renovation or replacement of Charlestown Elementary School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Bid to contain sprawl gains step in Harrisburg" by Diane Mastrull, also in today's Philadelphia Inquirer, reports on David J. Steil's anti-sprawl bill moving out of committee to the full House of Representatives. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/22/00
Two articles on open space issues appear in today's Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • "Group says property tax is one cause of sprawl" by Diane Mastrull reports on a study by an environmental advocacy group. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
     
  • "A strategy is needed, but not at expense of owners' rights" by John Dewey (president of the Home Builders Association of Chester and Delaware Counties) is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/21/00
The Official Minutes of the March 13 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
03/20/00
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. The meeting is in the Memorial Chapel at the Valley Forge Christian College (directions).
03/17/00
Loretta Watson's report on last Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted on our Neighborhood News page.
The Official Minutes of the February 22 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Sue Staas, Alternate Member to the Rt. 29 Slip Ramp Citizens Advisory Committee from Charlestown, has provided the draft minutes of the February 23 meeting of the CAC, along with her own introductory comments. These are available from our Reports on Meetings page within our Slip Ramp Opposition Center.
A resident's comment has been added to our new Traffic and Congestion page.
03/15/00
Announcement:
Earth Day Volunteers Sought for Litter Clean-up of Township Roads. In conjunction with April 22nd, Earth Day, the Board of Supervisors would like to invite residents to help organize and participate in a roadside litter clean up project. Generally a "captain" is needed for each road and a few helpers. The Township will provide trash bags, safety vests, traffic cones where needed, and a truck. If interested, please call the office at (610) 240-0326, fax us at (610) 240-0328, e-mail us at admin1@charlestown.pa.us or write to us at P.O. Box 507, Devault, PA 19432.
Express Your Views -
I have a feeling I'm asking for trouble, but I have started a page for resident comments on traffic issues in Charlestown Township. This being the internet, and knowing a little about human behavior, I have set up some guidelines for those who wish to post comments to the page. I have also set up a special email account for such comments. Please read the rules and guidelines before submitting comments for the new Traffic and Congestion page.
03/14/00
The following announcement was received from the Township Secretary.
Announcement:
The Board of Supervisors is interested in hearing from residents about any school bus stop in the Township that you think is unsafe. If you're concerned about the safety of any bus stop, please let us know by providing the location of the bus stop, what bus(es) stop there and what you believe makes it unsafe. This information may be called into the Township office at (610) 240-0326, Faxed to (610) 240-0328, mailed to P.O. Box 507, Devault, PA 19432, or e-mailed to admin1@charlestown.pa.us.
The Official Minutes of the March 6 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
03/13/00
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. Note that this meeting has been moved to the Memorial Chapel at the Valley Forge Christian College. We have directions.
Loretta Watson's report on last Monday (03/06) meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted in our Neighborhood News section.
"Land-use battles frustrate Pa. towns" by Diane Mastrull in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the problems the curative amendment law has made for townships and municipalities trying to control urban sprawl. A builder is quoted as saying "the curative amendment law 'the big hammer' that developers turn to when municipalities oppose their plans." [At this time, a curative amendment application is being dealt with by Charlestown Township regarding the Altemose property at the corner of Whitehorse and Ashenfelter Roads.] The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Pa. panel to vote on two bills to end sprawl" by Diane Mastrull reports on Bucks County lawmaker David J. Steil's attempts to develope a new approach to land use that involves more cooperation among municipalities in planning for urban growth. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/08/00
"Ousted Charlestown official asks court to halt board's action" by Christopher Merrill in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the controversy and possible legal action associated with the status of Bob Jones as a member of the Township's Planning Commission. Jones was appointed by the outgoing 3 member Board of Supervisors in December and the new 5 member board rescinded the appointment in January. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chester County residents fed up with traffic" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the results of a 1998 study of County residents to learn their concerns about the growing traffic and congestion in the County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/07/00
The Official Minutes of the February 28 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Did You Know?   Longwood School, the only black school in Charlestown, was built at the corner of Valley Hill and Bodine Roads, where the ruins can still be seen. The school opened in 1856 and closed in 1901. [Baldwin, "20 Questions"] [Did You Know Archives]
The Fire Marshal's report for February has been posted.
03/06/00
The audit presentation originally scheduled for tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been postponed to March 20.
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer Education column in the Chester County section has a report on activities of 4th and 5th graders at Charlestown Elementary School who participate in the Charlestown Kids Care program. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. You have to scroll down the page to the "Great Valley" section to find the report.
03/04/00
Loretta Watson's report on last Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted on our Neighborhood News page.
A slip ramp comment received via email letter from a Charlestown resident has been posted in our Slip Ramp Opposition Center.
03/02/00
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 6 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Official Minutes for the February 21 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Web site statistics for February have been posted.
Via Sally Willig, Tom Pascocello, Director of the Great Valley Nature Center, provided this item.
On the evening of Friday, February 25, 2000, vandals struck at the Great Valley Nature Center, smashing the windshield of a nature center van and breaking into two donation boxes, one for the nature center in general and one for animal food donations. State Police were contacted. Anyone with information about this vandalism should contact Tom Pascocello, director of the Great Valley Nature Center, at 610-935-9777.
For those of you wondering about the construction at Whitehorse Road and Rt. 29, it was announced at the 2/14 Board of Supervisors' meeting (minutes) that water main work is to be done on Whitehorse Road this March that will close the road. Detours from state roads, such as Whitehorse Road, are supposed to be routed along other state roads, not local township roads.
Your Input is Requested -
In an effort to reduce the amount of commuter traffic on our roads and hopefully provide a convenient service to commuters, a suggestion was received from Bill Davison, vice-chairman of the Township's Planning Commission, that I facilitate car pooling on this web site. While this web site is still visited by a minority of Charlestown residents, we have over 130 "subscribers" to our notification list plus others who visit the site though not subscribers, and the traffic to this site is still growing steadily. Before I add some kind of car pooling information exchange feature, I would like to know the degree to which you think it will be used. I envision a car pool mailing list or bulletin board method of facilitating contact between commuters with similar departure and destination locations. Please send me your thoughts on how much you think such a feature would be used as well as your thoughts as to how such a service should be implemented.
A different but complementary program that would require action by the Board of Supervisors is to provide "Park and Ride" locations within the Township. This could work in conjunction with the car pooling network by providing locations where the "riders" could leave their cars in those cases where it is not convenient to be picked up at home. Please let me know your thoughts on the feasibility of such a program in Charlestown.
03/01/00
I apologize for not posting the announcement of yesterday's meeting at the High School to learn about and discuss the four options for continuing the education of Charlestown Elementary School students during the upcoming construction at the school. A report on that meeting appears in today's Daily Local News. "Building plans draw residents' concerns" by Scott Paida is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Two articles on East Whiteland's moratorium on building appear in today's papers. "Builders threatening suits over moratorium" by Susan Weidener appears in today's Philadelphia Inquirer and is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"E. Whiteland puts brakes on building" by Gretchen Metz is in today's Daily Local News and is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

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