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Archived Home Pages - March 2001
If you commute to work on Route 202 anywhere between Route 30 and King of Prussia, you should check out http://www.us202.com. In addition to in depth descriptions of the work planned for 2001 and the subsequent two years, there is a page labeled "Traffic Conditions" that has the current day's work schedule, identifying lane closures by time of day and even work that is scheduled that does not directly impact traffic.
The Preliminary Agenda for Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
She's already been listed on our Neighbors of Note page several times, and we keep running across fabulous reviews of novels written by Charlestown's acclaimed author, Lisa Scottoline. A quick search on the web led me directly to her slick and comprehensive website at http://www.scottoline.com. Check it out (allow time for the sub-menus to load the first time through). In addition to reviews, her site includes everything from the first several chapters of each of her eight books to the "Lisa Cam", which allows visitors to the site to see her office during working hours.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's web site has the Report Card of the Schools posted, showing demographics of students as well information on teacher salaries, computers and other aspects of the schools. The report for the Great Valley School District is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. A summary report just for the High School is available here.
The first Spring Meeting of the Charlestown Historical Society has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 3 at 8 PM at the Playschool. Come and learn about the many mills that once populated northern Chester County. Here is the announcement from John Martin -
The speaker for Tuesday, April 3 will be Chris Jones, a resident of East Pikeland Township and a Senior Researcher at University of Pennsylvania Museum. Chris recently gave a presentation to the East Pikeland Historical Society on the history of Pennsylvania canals. On Tuesday Chris will present a program including slides of the History of Mills in Northern Chester County and will particularly focus on the economic impact of those mills. Chris will present an interesting program and we look forward to a large turnout.
From Linda Csete, Township Administrator -
Phoenixville Area Transportation Study
From yesterday's The Phoenix (but not on their website) -
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission will present an update on the Phoenixville Area Transportation Study at the Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors Meeting on April 16, 2001 at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School. The public is invited to attend.
The Charlestown Elementary School will present its annual production "Dragontale" on Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday March 29 at 7:30 pm in the school's gymnasium.
The Official Minutes of the February 26 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The next meeting of the Rt. 29 Slip Ramp Citizens Advisory Committee is from 7-9 tonight at the Desmond Hotel on Route 29. Click here for more information.
The Official Minutes of the Planning Commission meeting of Jan 9 were also posted yesterday morning.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for February has been posted.
"Local officials study results of open space rally" by Pateen Corcoran in today's Daily Local News reports on the Save Our Countryside Rally held last Friday evening at Ludwigs Corner. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/20/01 (10:30 AM)
The Official Minutes of the Planning Commission meeting of January 9, 2001 were just posted. We are now caught up on the posting of PC minutes.
"Crime declines in Charlestown" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix summarizes the State Police report presented 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.
The Official Minutes of the Planning Commission meetings on Jan 23, Feb 13 and Feb 27 have been posted. The minutes for Jan 9 will be posted soon.
Congratulations Lee Raden!
Charlestown resident and horticulturist Lee Raden is featured in "Locals score honors at Philadelphia Flower Show" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix. Lee won several first place awards at this year's show. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Pitts pushes tax relief for farmers" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's The Mercury reports on Chester County Representative Pitts efforts to push the Open Space Preservation Act and the Farmland Preservation Act. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/17/01 HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!
"County isn't saving enough land, according to GreenSpace report" by Jonathan Jones in today's Daily Local News presents the results of the GreenSpace report which criticizes the county for not preserving enough farmland from development. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Region earns 'D' for open space preservation" by Margaret Gibbons in today's The Mercury reports that "More than one acre of open space is being developed each hour in the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania area..." based on Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/16/01 (3:15 PM)
Our Search Feature is Back!, (at least temporarily)
Many of you found the search engine feature we used to have very valuable, especially for searching official minutes of meetings. Unfortunately, the search engine used then was not usable after I moved the site from my home/office to our current hosting service. I have been able to implement new a Search Feature for this site based on a third party product from FusionBot.
Given that this site currently has over 700 pages and large quantities of text from official minutes and reports on meetings, the Search Feature is a very powerful tool. For example, if you live on Merlin Road and are looking for references to that road, search this site for "Merlin" and you will quickly (a very few seconds) have a list of links to the 59 pages out of 701 on the site that contain the word "Merlin".
The current search engine provides features we did not have in our earlier version. For example, you can search for matches on an exact phrase by enclosing the phrase in parentheses. (Use the "Search Tips" link on the search and results pages to learn about all the search features.) In addition, this search engine shows the text around the found search string with the search word(s) highlighted.
Temporary or Permanent?
How long this Search Feature is going to be available is dependent on how much use it gets! It is costing me more per month to provide this feature than to have the site hosted. If it gets plenty of use, I'll consider it worth it. If not, then I'll have to remove it.
Give it a try!
Please check it out. Use the "Search" link at the top of the left menu column (or click here). Enter your word or phrase and see how it works. Look for your's or some other person's name, your road name or anything else that might have been mentioned on this site.
You will also find that the Site Map has been re-implemented as well. The site map is a list of links to every page, structured according to the organization of the site. The site map is available near the bottom of the left menu column. WARNING: It is a long page and will take a while to load.
Please report any problems to me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or using the Contacting us link near the bottom of the left menu.
SAVE OUR COUNTRYSIDE RALLY
A rally with an impressive speakers list is to be held at 7:30 this evening at the Ludwig's Corner Horse Show Grounds, on Route 100 just north of its intersection with Routes 401. I have posted an announcement submitted to us by Alix Coleman which is available by clicking here. Two articles in local newspapers also promote the rally -
Open space is also topic of "Open-space goals unmet, planners say" by Ovetta Wiggins in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
- "Teaming up to save precious open space" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
- "Land lovers plan rally to support open space" by Pateen Corcoran in today's Daily Local News is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I have received the official minutes of three recent Planning Commission meetings and will post them soon.
The Preliminary Agenda for the Monday, May 19 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. Note that the State Police will update the community on its investigation of an incident of major vandalism in the township at this meeting.
"Upper Uwchlan open space may be preserved" by Pateen Corcoran in today's Daily Local News reports on efforts in Upper Uwchlan to purchase a 57 acre farm to preserve open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for tomorrow's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Meeting Canceled - Tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been canceled due to the lack of a quorum. The next meeting will be March 19 at the Great Valley Middle School.
Charlestown Green's report on the February 26 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
Yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer had an excellent commentary titled "Alter landscape, damage ecosystem" by Charlestown Township resident James F. Schambereg, an organizer of the Save Our Countryside Rally. The commentary focuses on the fact that the effects of development are more wide-ranging than just a simple loss of open space. I have been unable to find an on-line copy of the commentary, which is on page B7 of the Chester County section of the paper. If anyone finds the commentary on the Inquirer's web site, please email me the url (address) of the page, and I will post a link here.
"Chester County has highest growth" by David Barnard in today's Daily Local News reports on our county's growth based on the most recent census. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
According to an article in today's The Phoenix, Supervisor Chairman Hugh Willig will run uncontested for re-election to his second term as a supervisor. "Council, supervisor races set for May primary elections" by Tony Roberts is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Fire damages Charlestown home" by Karin Williams in today's The Phoenix reports on yesterday afternoon's fire in a residence in Charlestown Hunt that caused up to $100,000 in damage. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Supervisor Kevin Kuhn has prepared an explanation of the snow removal process for roads that are the Township's responsibility to clear. The document is posted below and is also permanently linked from our General Info page.
Snow Removal, by Kevin Kuhn
Note that we still have a table of Charlestown Township roads identifying, among other things, whether each road is a Township road or a State (PENNDOT) road and who is responsibility for its maintenance. The table (split into three pages) is a premanent resident on our General Info page.
By now we have had our third substantial snowfall of the 2001 Winter season. The first occurred on January 20 & 21 and deposited 7 inches. The second occurred on February 4 & 5 and dropped in excess of 12 to 14 inches of wet snow on Township roads before it was all over. The problem with this snow was the initial freezing rain that provided a base of ice and proved extremely difficult to remove. The third snowfall occurred on February 22, and while it only deposited 7 inches, it came during the afternoon rush hour complicating road clearing.
Our road contractor for this year is Melchiorre Construction Company, Inc. and is directed by Roadmaster Dorando Faggioli. Dorando schedules all roadwork in the township and directs our road contractor in snow removal. Dorando is retired from the paving business with over fifty years experience. Should you need to get in contact with him for any road or snow related issues, he can be reached 24 hours a day at 610-331-8372. The Board of Supervisors recommends calling Dorando first for any road or snow removal issues.
Now that you know who to call you may find it helpful to understand the approach the township takes with respect to clearing roads in a severe snow storm. Township plowing is typically done utilizing a three pass system. The Roadmaster first directs the plows to open all major arteries. This does not mean that these roads are finished but merely passable. Second, he directs plowing on secondary roads, then a third pass through the Township’s smaller and less populated roads. After this first round is completed the Roadmaster has the contractor start all over again "pushing back" all the roads in the same sequence to open them completely. This process, in a severe storm, can take several days. Additionally applying salt or spreading anti-skid where needed also helps to clear the roads. When temperatures are below 28 degrees, salt is ineffective so other mixtures must be applied. As you can see, this is not an exact science, and we are always at the mercy of the weather, which at best, is unpredictable. Another factor that greatly impacts snow removal is the local traffic. Our contractor can not clear the roads if his equipment is stuck in traffic. Unfortunately ours is a township that experiences heavy traffic during rush hour.
For those of you who live or travel on roads like Charlestown, Route 29, or Whitehorse, these are some of the State roads, though in our Township, are plowed and maintained by PennDOT. Should you have a concern with respect to one of these roads, contact PennDOT directly at (610) 436-1900. As you already know the best thing you can do in inclement weather is stay home and call Dorando if you have a problem.
Supervisor Meeting Postponed -
(10:15 AM) From Linda Csete, Township Administrator -
The Board of Supervisors meeting for tonight has been canceled and has been rescheduled for Monday, March 12, 2001 at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School.
CHS Meeting Postponed -
This Wednesday's meeting of the Charlestown Historical Society has been postponed to April 4. Here is the announcement from John Martin, President of CHS.
The Charlestown Historical Society meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 at Charlestown Playhouse is POSTPONED and rescheduled for Wednesday April 4 at the Playhouse. A newsletter announcement will be mailed in several weeks. We are postponing the meeting due to the never ending winter weather and some difficulties in scheduling a university professor during a spring break period. Hopefully the April 4 date will result in a very nice spring evening.
Slip Ramp Meeting March 21
This announcement also received from John Martin -
The next meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee ( a group of representatives from the municipalities, school districts, county agencies and the business community in the Great Valley Corporate Center) will be held Wednesday, March 21 at the Desmond Hotel from 7 to 9 pm. At the meeting responses from the municipalities on population growth, employment and traffic will be discussed. The meeting is open to the public, but the public cannot ask questions - similar to "work sessions" of public bodies.
Home Electric Generators -
Snow storms and power outages have reminded my wife and me of the benefits of our electric generator which provides us with heat and hot water and the use of almost any appliances during extended power outages, with a very simple hookup. If you have young children or elderly folks living in your home, the generator provides a lot of piece of mind during bad weather. For those of you who might be interested in such a set up for your home and have not seen the information I posted in November 1999, click here for the details.
03/04/01 (6:30 PM)
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 5 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. Note: If I receive notification tomorrow that this meeting has been cancelled due to the weather, I will post the announcement as soon as it is received (assuming I can connect to our web server).
"Area farmers join in cooperative agriculture" by Danna Cornick in today's Daily Local News reports on the renewed interest in Community Supported Agriculture farms in our area. A CSA is one of the possible uses for Brightside Farm, recently purchased by Charlestown Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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