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Archived Home Pages - April 2000

04/28/00
Loretta Watson's report on the April 24 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted on our Neighborhood News page.
The Official Minutes of the April 17 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
04/25/00
As of yesterday morning, only 98 traffic surveys have been returned to the Township Office. Please complete your survey and mail it as soon as possible. If you did not receive the survey or have misplaced it, please email the Township Secretary at admin1@charlestown.pa.us or call her at (610) 240-0326. The survey will be mailed to you immediately.
Creek Road Bridge (from the Twp Secretary) - The following update appeared in the April 2000 Chester County Journal, Volume 2, Number 4, page 6.
The following information has been supplied by the County's Bridge Engineer:
"County Bridge # 175 on Creek Road over Pickering Creek in Schuylkill Township is closed due to flood damage from Hurricane Floyd. Design of repairs has been completed. Construction proposals are due to the County on April 19, 2000. Construction start is anticipated for May 1, 2000. Work should take approximately four weeks to complete."
The Daily Local News, The Phoenix, The Mercury and the Suburban Advertiser all have a new look on the web this morning as all have a common design with advertising, etc.
Spring seems to be moving in slowly this year, but the mustard plant on the Township's land at the corner of Hollow and Yellow Springs Roads is in full bloom.
Twp Land - Hollow and Yellow Springs Rd
04/22/00
Loretta Watson's report on the April 17 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted on our Neighborhood News page.
04/21/00  (10 AM)
The Preliminary Agenda for next Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
04/21/00
A letter from a Rees Road resident has been posted on our Traffic Forum page.
Two critiques of the April 12 Philadelphia Inquirer article "Sprawl not a problem, report says" appear in today's issue of the paper. The critiques are available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
A Daily Local News editorial takes a light hearted look at the "NIMBY" (Not In My Back Yard) and similar acronyms as reactions to development of open space in "Nimby fever gains strength across America ". The editorial is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/20/00 Did You Know?   The Phoenixville - West Chester Railroad through Charlestown Township had two stations within the Township and three more just outside our Township border. Click here for a portion of a 1904 map showing the railroad and its stops, with the Sidley Station incorrectly shown within Charlestown. [Scarborough, "Map of Pennsylvania"] [Did You Know Archives]
A comment on speed and dangers of traffic on Bodine Road has been added to our Traffic Forum.
The Preliminary Agenda for next Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
This comment came in from John Martin regarding the next CAC meeting, which will be May 10.
Although it is somewhat early the next meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) evaluating the proposed slip-ramp will be held Wednesday May 10 from 7 - 9 pm at the Desmond Hotel. An agenda has not been issued as of this date but I expect the meeting to focus on alternatives to the present proposed three designs that dump traffic onto local roads. Alternatives include exiting the slip ramp directly to the northern part of the Great Valley Corporate Center. As in the past the public is invited to attend as "observers", that is the right to attend and listen but not participate by asking questions. Charlestown Township will be represented by Sue Staas and myself as members of the CAC.
"Happy Days Farm bought by Vanguard" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News reports on the purchase of Happy Days Farm and additional land in Uwchlan Township by Vanguard Corporation. The farm had previously been considered for retail space. Note near the end of the article the mention of a possible slip ramp to/from the PA Turnpike at Route 113. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Land-use group wins grant from state to study water supply" by Matthew P. Blanchard in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a planned study of ground water supplies in Bucks County for the purpose of determining if future development will cause water shortages. A similar study is sponsored by the Brandywine Conservancy in northern Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/19/00
The Official Minutes of the April 10 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
CHS Needs Your Help - Charlestown artist Geraldine Berg is assisting the Charlestown Historical Society by researching and archiving information on Charlestown's artists, authors, architects and craftsmen. If you are a Charlestown artist, author, architect or craftsman, they would appreciate it if you would send a resume of your background and talent including a list of where some of your work has been or will be available to be read or viewed. If you have the information on your computer, you can email me by clicking here or sending it to webmaster@charlestown.org. Alternatively, we ask that you mail the information to
Geraldine Berg
2068 Valley Hill Road
Malvern, PA 19355
04/18/00
Supervisor chairwoman Irene Ewald has asked me to remind all residents to complete and return the Traffic Questionnaire as soon as possible. The Board would like to get as close to 100% participation as possible.
We have not posted links to any articles in The Phoenix for a while because their web site is "stuck" on the April 7 issue. Even the Daily Local News has been missing issues on their web site lately.
04/17/00
The Chester County section of today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports (as Loretta Watson did in her report posted here Saturday) that developer Leon Altemose has been directed to pay Charlestown Township $14,000 to cover legal costs incurred by the Township as it fought Mr. Altemose's challenge of the Township's decision to reject his proposed development. The article is not available on-line.
04/16/00
Charlestown resident and well known mystery author Lisa Scottoline is the subject of the cover story in today's Inquirer Magazine. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/15/00
Notice to New Subscribers - When I receive an email address for a new subscriber to our email notification list, I always send an acknowledgement, generally within 3 days. I occasionally receive new subscriptions to our notification service that have specified an invalid email address. I find this out when the acknowledgement "bounces" back as undeliverable. Needless to say, I have no way to notify the new subscriber that he or she cannot receive notifications due to the bad address. Therefore, if you should subscribe to our notification service and do not receive an acknowledgement within a few days, it's safe to assume the email address was misspelled. Simple re-apply with the correct address and you will begin to receive our notifications.
The Preliminary Agenda for Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Loretta Watson's report on the April 10 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
New Feature - I have completed a first pass at a page covering Kids Recreational Facilities in our area. It lists facilities for organized sports, horseback riding, summer camps and birthday parties in our area. The new page is permanently linked from our the Recreation section of our Organizations page, or you can check it out by clicking here. I welcome additions to this list, especially if you have a first hand positive experience with the facility.
04/13/00
The Official Minutes of the April 3 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the March 28 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
04/12/00
Comments and concerns from a Union Hill Rd. resident regarding reckless driving on that road have been posted to the Traffic Forum.
Charles Philips and Sue Staas have voiced their comments on Joseph Viscuso's guest column in last week's Philadelphia Inquirer. The two comments are published in today's Philadelphia Inquirer and are available by clicking here.
"Sprawl not a problem, report says" by Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer describes a report produced by three housing and urban-policy experts for the Commonwealth Foundation and reactions to it. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/11/00
The new "Traffic Forum" link above-right takes you to the Traffic Forum page (formerly "Traffic and Congestion") where residents' comments on traffic issues (other than the slip ramp) are posted.
A letter about Rt. 29 traffic problems (especially with White Horse Rd. closed) has been posted to our Traffic Forum.
04/10/00 (11:30 AM)
The Preliminary Agendas for tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors and tomorrow night's meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
04/10/00
Many of us were out in our shirt sleeves on Saturday, but this is what greeted us on Sunday (most of our snow was gone when I took these photos) -

Snow, Sunday 04/09/00
Hopefully everyone's flowers will bounce back soon.
Loretta Watson's report on the April 3 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted on our Neighborhood News page. Sue Staas' slip ramp CAC report presented to the Board at the April 3 meeting has been posted in our Slip Ramp Opposition Center. You can go directly to it by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the March 20 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
04/06/00
"Planners admit to altering data" by Evan Halper in the Metro section of Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a recent admission of highway planners that "they manipulated computer traffic counts that showed the proposed Route 202 Expressway would not overwhelm Buckingham with thousands of cars." The planners manually altered computer traffic count projections that they thought were too low. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. Thanks go to Supervisor Hugh Willig for bringing this article to my attention. One has to wonder about the various traffic count projections being put forth by the Turnpike Commission regarding the proposed Rt. 29 slip ramp.
Editorial-
I have been asked by Walter Green, an employee or representative of the PA Turnpike Commission, "in the interest of presenting all points of view...", to describe and provide a link to a contrasting article to Irene Ewald's comments in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer. That article was written by Joseph Viscuso, Chairman of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry. Visitors to this site who would like to read Mr. Viscuso's views are welcome to read a copy of yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer or to locate the article on the paper's web site.
As a Charlestown resident (since 1944) and as one who will be personally disadvantaged by the proposed slip ramp, and as one who wants to preserve what is left of our rural heritage, I feel no obligation to present the views of the many Chester, Montgomery and Delaware County residents who advocate the construction of the interchange, especially if they are not residents of Charlestown Township. I have posted letters from residents who want the slip ramp, but feel no compulsion, as the Inquirer must, to maintain a "balance" of the two sides on this matter. In fact, the Chamber of Business and Industry and similar organizations have ample resources to promote their points of view, and my main concern as the webmaster of this site (run by a resident, for residents) is to give voice to those in Charlestown who wish to comment on the slip ramp.
The Official Minutes for the March 27 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted. (I missed the March 20 minutes and will be posting them soon.) The Official Minutes for the March 14 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted as well.
04/04/00
I regret not having posted this sooner as I want to encourage residents to support the Charlestown Historical Society and learn more about our area and how to preserve it.
Charlestown Historical Society
Wednesday, April 5, 2000 Meeting
8:00 PM at the Charlestown Playschool

We will be privileged to hear Jean Pierre Bouvel, president of the Valley Forge Historical Society. He was the speaker at the annual dinner of the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area at the Columbia Station in November. His message is that it is time for small local historical societies to work together for their common goals - something especially pertinent for us since Valley Forge was originally part of Charlestown. He has big plans for creating a large museum devoted to Revolutionary War history near the Visitors Center in Valley Forge Park. This meeting should be both interesting and inspirational. We also have a lot of local catching-up to do after the extra-long winter break.
At the December 6h supervisors meeting many of the historic house owners, while objecting to the proposed historic preservation ordinance, nevertheless expressed a wish to have some appropriate guidance for making changes in their own homes. CHS therefore proposes to present our own Wesley Sessa of 18th Century Restorations, Inc. at our May 3rd meeting, our last meeting this season. He will discuss the principles and techniques of proper maintenance for older homes, and the major restoration pitfalls to avoid. We will personally invite all 150 historic property owners to join us at Playschool that night.
"C'town slip ramp returns" by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix reviews Sue Staas' report to the Board of Supervisors last night on the activities of the PA Turnpike's Citizen's Advisory Committee. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal Report for March has been posted.
04/03/00
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Loretta Watson's report on the March 27 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page. The meeting comprised a lengthy hearing on the Toll Bros. plan to develop the property along Route 401 extending from Newcommen Road most of the way to Valley Hill Road. Note that at the end of the meeting, it was announced that PennDOT had approved the Township's request for installation of traffic lights at Route 401 and Newcomen Rd. as well as at Route 401 and Valley Hill Rd. A timetable for the design and installation of the two sets of traffic lights was not stated.
Our Neighborhors of Note page has been updated with an entry regarding Charlestown's celebrated author Lisa Scottoline.
I have posted additional remarks on traffic on our Traffic and Congestion page.

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