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The Official Minutes of the March 12, 2002 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"State preserves area dairy farm" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the first Chester County farm to be preserved under the state's purchase plan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Creek land trust's mission remains the same despite changes in leadership" in today's Daily Local News reports on the passing of the leadership of the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust from founder Eleanor Morris to Kate Damsgaard and others at the organization. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Earlier this week I added a list of links to neighborhood townships and boroughs to our Neighborhood Links page.
"Recommendations made for proposed subdivision" in today's The Phoenix reports on Planning Commissions considerations of the proposed Scipione subdivision on Pikeland Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"GVHS senior to speak at diploma seals hearing" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on Jessica McCrory's upcoming presentation at a PA state Board of Education hearing today regarding the proposed use of diploma seals that would reflect the students' performances on standardized exams. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley opposes state seals in today's Philadelphia Inquirer also reports on the diploma seal issue. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 26 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Charlestown renovation will cost $1 million less" by Pamela Batzel in yesterday's Suburban Advertiser reports on the receipt and likely acceptance of a construction bid for renovations to Charlestown Elementary School that is $1 million less than originally anticipated. The work is expected to start at the end of this school year with students attending Sugartown Elementary in the 2002-2003 school year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Engineer addresses residents' concerns" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's Board of Supervisors hearing regarding the proposed 12 lot subdivision on the Dixon property adjacent to the southeast side of Three Ponds on Pikeland Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the March 4, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
You can monitor the ground water levels and other water resources data in Chester County by checking the USGS Water Resources of Pennsylvania web site where a variety of current conditions are available. Chester County's test well "CH10" near intersection of SR 82 and 841 at Doe Run is constantly monitored with the results displayed here.
Charlestown Green's report on the March 4, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
The recent Fire Marshal's letter to residents indicates the full text of the new Fire and Hazardous Materials Ordinance is available on this web site. In fact, a draft is available via link from our General Info page, but not the final version. I hope to have the final ordinance posted soon, as well as forms for registering alarm systems.
Homes needed for barn cats -
They are neutered, vaccinated, healthy cats whose home is being torn down due to construction. Must be relocated as soon as possible. If you think you can help in any way, please call Debbie at (610) 296-2300 or email CGSbarbaro@aol.com.
The Preliminary Agenda for the Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been revised.
03/14/02 (11:30 AM)
This was just received from Township Administrator/Secretary Linda Csete regarding the Toll Bros. proposed 192 townhouse development on 76 acres along Route 401 east of Newcommen Road. -
The Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors has reached a tentative settlement with Toll Bros, and has placed the matter on their agenda for Monday night, March 18, 2002, 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School. The agenda for Monday night includes several conditional use hearings, so this item will probably not be addressed until at least 9:00 P.M. Toll Bros will provide a settlement plan and agreement for the Board's consideration of approval.
"Rembrandt" has been found and is back home, safe and sound.
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 18 meeting of the Board of Supervisors (with no less than six hearings scheduled) has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the February 12, 2002 regular meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the February 26, 2002 joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission to discuss the Comprehensive Plan have been posted.
"Man escapes accident uninjured" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on an auto accident yesterday on Charlestown Road, with photo. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Message is going out on water emergency" by Jonathan Gelb in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Chester County's efforts to get the word out on the seriousness of the current water shortage. According to the article, two weeks ago it was determined that 11 of 22 monitoring wells in Chester County are at record low levels and continue to drop, and reservoir levels are as much as 42 percent off normal levels. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Ads Win! - It's finally happened. The Daily Local News web site has a zillion ads and not one shred of news on its home page today. It used to take just a few minutes to check local papers for Charlestown related news. More and more rotating advertisements have been drastically slowing down the page loading process and today they seem to have won, at least for the Daily Local News.
Dog Missing -
Whitehorse Road residents Saul & Neila Kun's 14 year-old salt & pepper colored (predominately black) English Cocker Spaniel "Rembrandt" wandered off their property near Ashenfelter & Whitehorse Roads yesterday around 3:00pm. There was a report of a dog seen near Phoenixville Pike & Charlestown Road later in the day. Rembrant has a blue collar. If you see him, please contact the Kuns at 610-917-9383. (from Kevin Kuhn).
The Phoenixville Area Soccer Club's section has been updated with their 2002 registration schedule. PASC anticipates an enrollment of 625 boys and girls this year.
When I drove over to the Rt. 29 Pickering Creek bridge Saturday to take the photos I posted yesterday, I ran into a road block preventing passage under the turnpike bridge on Phoenixville Pike. Workmen were erecting the last of the steel girders that span Phoenixville Pike to provide for widening of the turnpike, and I was able to take photos of the process. It's incredible how they "splice" those huge girders together to make the entire span. A four page, eleven photo album of the event is available by clicking here.
The discussion of sound barriers continues with a new posting from Kim Walsh to our Traffic Forum.
"Closing in on open space" by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix reports on Charlestown Township's commitment to open space as stated by supervisor chairman Hugh Willig and Open Space Commission chairman Andy Motel. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
If you have cable tv in your home, especially if it originates from the Phoenixville branch of Comcast Cable Communications, then you might be interested in "The rising cost of cable TV" by Tony Roberts in last Friday's The Phoenix. The article reports on the price increase recently implemented by the cable provider to a large portion of our Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Yesterday I checked on the status of the construction of the new Rt 29 bridge over the Pickering Creek at the old ice dam. Click here or the photo to see our seven photo, two page photo essay of the new construction.
Congratulations to well known Charlestown resident and horticultralist Lee Raden who garnered three ribbons last Tuesday at the Philadelphia Flower Show. "Flower Show Winners" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer lists Lee as winner in the following classes -
And Happy Birthday to Miss Betty (Stonorov) who recently celebrated her 96th birthday. Miss Betty tells me she will know the site of this year's Charlestown Playschool Spring Sale in a few days at which time I'll post the schedule for this popular event.
- North American Rock Garden society - Class 342, Primula Cowichan Red
- Delaware Valley Daffodil Society - Narcissus Classes, Narcissus jonquilla minor
- American Primrose Society award - Class 342, Primula Cowichan Red
Charlestown resident Robert Loose, Jr. who, like Andy Motel, lives near and commutes on Whitehorse Road, has added his thoughts on sound barriers to our Traffic Forum. Mr. Loose focuses his remarks on the Devault area and the likely worsening of the noise problem with the turnpike expansion, slip ramp and Spring Oak Corporate Center's removal of existing sound absorbing trees.
"As roles change, boys show up more in cooking, sewing, parenting classes" by Susan Weidener in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the increased enrollment of boys in areas of study that used to be nearly 100% girls. Much of the article focuses on the trend at Great Valley High School, with Yvonne Woodworth of the Village of Charlestown quoted, among others. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
My wife and I would like to thank the anonymous person who delivered a lot of month old but important mail to our front door last night.
Those who attended last night Charlestown Historical Society meeting were very fortunate to hear the presentation on the role of the Pennsylvania 97th Regiment (mostly Chester County residents) in the Civil War, and also learn about several Union Soldiers from Charlestown who fought in the war. Brian, a junior music major at West Chester University, is also a Civil War history enthusiast and very knowledgeable about the role of Pennsylvanians in the war. Brian came in uniform, which he described in detail, and which he wears during many reenactments in which his regiment participates. The question and answer period after his presentation went on for over a half hour and no one left early. The next CHS meeting will be May 1st when Charlestown resident and well known architect Vincent Kling will speak on Historic Buildings in Charlestown.
Speaking of the Charlestown Historical Society, relatively few residents voted in last November's elections and therefore relatively few CHS members renewed their membership at the registration table the Society has at elections. If you are a member and have not paid your 2002 dues yet, please use the form on the last page of the most recent newsletter to pay dues for this year. Membership information is also available at the bottom of our CHS page.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal Report for the month of February has been posted.
Kim Walsh, who started our Traffic Forum's recent busy discussion regarding sound barriers along the PA Turnpike in Charlestown Township, has contributed more comments on the issue.
On the subject of sound barriers, "Residents want sound barriers on Route 202" in today's Suburban Advertiser is another article on the cries of Tredyffrin Twp. residents for sound barriers on the soon to be widened 300 section of Route 202 from Swedesford Rd. to the Rt. 30 bypass. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Two articles in today's The Mercury report on concerns with the effect of development on our water supply, as well as actions being taken by Upper Pottsgrove to deal with the shortages and dry wells.
- "Development plays role in groundwater shortage, too" by Evan Brandt reports on how highly developed areas worsen the problem created by the drought. A land planner is quoted as saying "Every time a house goes up, that's another straw in the bucket." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
- "Township forms water task force" by Laura Catalano the formation of an informal task force by Upper Pottsgrove officials to focus on areas where wells are drying up in order to anticipate needs for public water. (Hopefully, Charlestown will not allow development to reach the point where that is needed here. [JM]). The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Reminder - CHS Meeting Tonight - The CHS Newsletter was mailed late and some members may not have received it by today. Click here for information on the program for tonight's meeting.
The Official Minutes of the February 25, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Great Valley residents voice concerns over Route 202" by Pateen Corcoran in today's Daily Local News reports on the concerns by members of the Gt. Valley Assoc. regarding the planned widening of Rt. 202 from Swedesford Rd. to the Rt. 30 Bypass. The concerns relate to noise, specifically the questions of sound barriers and the use of asphalt vs concrete for the road's surface. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Closed loop traffic system in the works" by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix reports on the planning for a closed loop signal system that spans East Pikeland Twp., Phoenixville Borough and Schuylkill Twp. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Slip Ramp Plan - The recent Township Newsletter did not include the diagram showing the latest Rt. 29 Slip Ramp plan. The diagram is now linked from our Slip Ramp Opposition Center or directly by clicking here. Note that the image you will view first is an 830 pixel wide (119 kb) rather fuzzy image. A link is provided which will download a much better 530 kb PDF version that you can zoom in on as well as print in high quality. Both of these versions are in color, which is important since the legend identifies phases of projects by color.
New State Representative for Charlestown Township
As we have discussed here before, the 2000 census led to redistricting Charlestown Township from Carol Rubley's legislative district to Robert Flick's district. Township Secretary Linda Csete recently received this letter from Representative Flick.
Representative Flick has a comprehensive web site with background on himself as well as a lot of other information and links. Click here to go to his web site. I have updated our State and US Representatives page (linked from General Info in the left menu column) with Representative Flick's contact information.
Based on the principle one person - one vote, state and federal legislative districts are redrawn the year following each new census. Congressional districts are established by statute with the approval of legislation by the General Assembly and the signature of the Governor. A Reapportionment Commission sets the legislative and senatorial districts in the General Assembly. The commission has five members, one representing each of the four caucuses and one selected by agreement of the four or appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court when agreement cannot be reached.
As a result of the 2000 census, a Reapportionment Commission was appointed and hearings were held during the summer and fall. New legislative district plans for the House and Senate were released last November. After a 30-day public comment period, the commission approved final plans. Those who opposed either plan filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and hearings were held, On Friday, February 15, 2002, the Supreme Court dismissed all appeals and approved the final House and Senate reapportionment plans. The new districts took effect, immediately.
Charlestown and East Pikeland Townships, so capably represented by Carole Rubley for many years has now been added to the 167th Legislative District, the district I represent. Change presents each of us with new opportunities and I look forward to working with and for all the residents who now become my new constituents. In the near future, I hope it will be possible to meet to discuss your concerns and to learn about the issues you feel are important.
In order that you might become more familiar with my legislative career, I have taken the liberty of enclosing some material to give you a quick glimpse into my background.
Best regards and I'll be in touch.
Robert J. Flick
Charlestown's Lee Raden is again out in front at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Lee won the North American Rock Garden Society Delaware Valley Chapter Ribbon for his Primula cowichan. Lee, who is also an official in the horticultural division of the show, is quoted in "At the Flower Show, on the trail of spring" in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer regarding the level of competition at the event. As Lee puts it, "We'll kill for a 22-cent ribbon". The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Resident organizes neighbors against proposed development" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's Daily Local News reports on North Coventry Township residents' concerns about a proposed 91 home development that may adversely effect already low wells and bad traffic in the area. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Charlestown Green's report on the February 28, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
Charlestown Elementary Scores in the Top Percentile - The portion of the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer which was delivered yesterday contains a Section 'P' consisting of the "Report Card on the Schools". The reports in this section cover the school districts in the counties of southeastern PA and southwestern NJ. Among other statistics, PSSA (PA System of School Assessment) scores are posted for the 5th, 8th and 11th grades. Charlestown residents should be very pleased to know that among Great Valley's three elementary schools, Charlestown Elementary was the only elementary school to score in the top percentile (top 20% statewide) in Math, and the only to score in the top percentile in Reading. In the 8th grade scores, Great Valley scored in the 2nd percentile (61-80%) in Math and the first percentile in Reading. In the 11th grade scores, comparable percentiles were not given, but Great Valley scored 1450 points in Math (five-county public school high was 1530) and scored 1420 in Reading (five-county public school high was 1470). Today's Philadelphia Inquirer web site lists only the high school test results and district level demographics and does not show results for the elementary and middle schools. See the Great Valley results on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. If and when I can find the complete statewide 2002 stats on-line (The old 2000 stats are still available at http://www.paprofiles.org/pa9900/Cheste.htm#124153503.) I'll post a link to them.
Note: If you did not get your email notification of today's posting it's probably because msn.com "bounced" the notices that were sent to subscribers using that service.
The Charlestown Historical Society will be holding it's first Spring meeting this coming Wednesday, March 6 at 8:00 PM at the Charlestown Playschool. The speaker will be Brian Curtis who will speak about the Civil War era in Chester County and to some extent the events and effects specifically in Charlestown.
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 12 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Board of Supervisors has scheduled a special meeting to continue the visioning process for the Brightside Farm, to be held Monday, April 22nd at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154. The meeting will begin with a presentation/Q&A by Chester County Open Space/Facilities Grants Coordinator Bill Gladden in order to acquaint ourselves with the restrictions that come along with the acquisition grant funding the Board is seeking on a portion of the property. This will be followed by the visioning discussion. (from Linda Csete)
Our Traffic Forum discussion of possible sound barriers along the PA Turnpike has been updated with comments from Andy Motel, a Whitehorse Road resident and chairman of the Open Space Commission and member of the Planning Commission.
Chester County 2020, a trust for community and environmental leadership, has posted an article in their web site's "News" section on our area's very severe water shortage. The article also points out the important role of open space in order to recharge the underground aquifers. The article is available on-line from the organization's web site by clicking here. (Thanks to Andy Motel for bringing this organization and article to our attention.)
"Fast-forward to wheezes, sneezes and bees" by Anthony R. Wood in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on how much ahead of schedule spring is this year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Plan unveiled to help state, region fund Metro project" by Margaret Gibbons in today's The Mercury reports the latest financial planning for a proposed Schuylkill Valley Metro light-rail passenger train that many hope will provide an alternative to many commuters along the Schuylkill River corridor. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Official: Metro won't solve region's problems" by John Gentzel in today's The Mercury discusses the many traffic and congestion problems that will not be resolved were the Schuylkill Valley Metro built. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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