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Archived Home Pages - April 1999

04/30/99
The preliminary agenda for Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
What's Happening?....  A number of visitors to this web site have recently emailed me questions about Charlestown to which I have not responded and others have asked as to why there have been so few updates, newspaper article links and update notices recently. As most of you know, from Friday afternoon April 9th until Thursday morning the 15th this site (and ten other sites I host and maintain) were down at various times due to "technical difficulties". I am still catching up on a lot of work delayed during that week and simply have not had much time for this site, which remains a personal project that has to take a back seat to work. Actually, it's good to know the updates have been missed. We should be back to normal soon.
The following email regarding Charlestown Hunt came in last Sunday from David and Trish Chawaga. I apologize for taking so long to post it (see above). Perhaps I should set up a permanent page for Charlestown Hunt issues. What do you think?
With the nature trail nearing completion, several residents have expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of grading on the trail surface. This is mostly a problem in the wooded area behind the single family homes. In this area, the trail is severly sidehill sloped leaving it susceptible to erosion and making it an uncomfortable for walking or jogging. Similar sidehill sloped portions of older trail section are washing away. Without proper grading, users of the trail are at risk of hip, knee and ankle injury. For these reasons, we are concerned that, at some time in the future, the trail will be abandoned. Realen and its subcontractor should be held to a higher standard. Your help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.
I have posted a slip ramp letter from an eleven year old resident on Howells Road. It's on the Comments from Residents page in our Slip Ramp Opposition Center.
Yesterday's Suburban Advertiser published "Township reps offer views on conference" by Bryan G. Robinson reporting on the recent 1999 Chester County 2020 State of the County Conference. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site for the next week by clicking here.
04/26/99
Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer had a feature article on the Chester County Flower Show that highlighted Charlestown's Michael Bowell, a frequent visitor to the winner's circle at the Philadelphia Flower Show. "Flower show taps into creative spirit" by Lubna Khan is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/23/99
The Charlestown Historical Society's second spring meeting will be held Wednesday, May 5, 1999. After the business portion of the meeting, a Commonwealth Speaker of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) will speak on "Environmental Ethics." Click here for the full press release on the presentation.
We have links to three articles in today's local newspapers focusing on land use issues and the governor's visit to Chester County.
  • "Ridge praises county land reforms" by Kyle Ashinhurst in the Daily Local News is available on-line for today only by clicking here.
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  • "Ridge wants committee to study sprawl" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line by clicking here.
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  • "State sets forums to seek opinions on growth issues" by Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line by clicking here.
04/22/99
There is a Slip Ramp Citizens Committee meeting featuring remarks from Representative Carole Rubley on Monday at 7:00 PM at the Charlestown Elementary School. Click here for the agenda.
I regret that while many folks now have access to this site, others do not. Everyone should have access by the end of today.
I have posted Ellen Behrle's report on the April 13 meeting of the Planning Commission.
Yesterday and today's Philadelphia Inquirer issues have articles of interest to Charlestown Residents -
  • "Millions for space and towns in Chesco" by Nancy Petersen in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line by clicking here.
     
  • "Efforts to contain sprawl falling short, group's report says" by Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the Greenspace Alliance's recent analysis of land preservation efforts in the Delaware valley. The article is available on-line by clicking here.
04/16/99
I have posted the entire text of the Township's petition to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania requesting a declaratory judgment that would require the Turnpike Commission obtain legislative approval prior to constructing the Slip Ramp. The petition is linked from our Letters to Officials page in the Slip Ramp Opposition Center. You may also access it by clicking here.
04/15/99
According to PennDOT, Suburban Water will close Phoenixville Pike at night from 6 PM to 6 AM between Sidley Road and Rt. 29 from the 19th until about the 26th of April.
I have posted the official minutes of the March 9 meeting of the Planning Commission.
There will be no second meeting for either the Planning Commission or the Board of Supervisors this month. The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors is May 3rd, and the next meeting of the Planning Commission is May 11.
04/14/99
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer has an article titled "Municipal officials in Pa. urge a step against sprawl" by Diane Mastrull reporting on the vote by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors to lobby for changes to the law originally put in place to ensure all levels of housing are provided for by each township in the state. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I have posted a slip ramp letter to Senator Gerlach from Paul Stevens, in response to the Senator's earlier reply to Mr. Stevens. It's in the Letters to Officials section of the Slip Ramp Opposition Center.
04/08/99
The Preliminary Agenda for next Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The minutes of the January 18, 1999 meeting of the Board of Supervisors were never approved by a majority of the Board, but now stand as submitted and have been posted. The Official Minutes of the March 1, 1999 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have also been posted. Both are available from our Official Minutes page.
04/07/99
Two local papers have articles on the court action to be filed today against the Turnpike Commission by Charlestown Township. The filing challenges the authority of the Commission to build the proposed Route 29 slip ramp without legislative approval. The two articles are available on-line for today only from the papers' web sites.
  • The Phoenix - "Charlestown files lawsuit over slip ramp" by Lou Costello is available here.
  • Daily Local News - "Charlestown: Legislature's OK needed for slip ramp" by John Crawford is available here.
04/06/99
Ellen Behrle's timely report on last evening's meeting of the Board of Supervisors is available on our Neighborhood News page.
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer has a report by Susan Weidener on the decision by our Board of Supervisors to file a request for a declaratory judgment in Commonwealth Court to determine the authority of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to build the proposed Route 29 slip ramp without legislative approval. The article, "Slip-ramp issue is headed to court", is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for March has been posted.
04/05/99
Today's The Mercury has two articles related to land preservation and fighting development and the slip ramp. Both are available on-line from the paper's web site today and probably several more days.
  • "Alliance on Chesco development: 'Enough is enough'" by Pat Andrien focuses on the Open Space Preservation Alliance and its efforts in Chester County, including fighting the Route 29 slip ramp. Click here for the article.
     
  • "'Irritating' woman leaves mark on preservation" by Margaret Fitzcharles reports on the extensive work over the years by Eleanor Morris to preserve both open space and historic sites in Chester County. Click here for the article.
04/02/99
The Great Valley School District has formally filed an application to subdivide the District's Yellow 49.5 acre Springs Road property into two lots ranging in size from 25 acres to 29.5 acres. Review of the project is tentatively scheduled for the April 13 meeting of the Planning Commission.
I have posted a panel of additional "Barns of Charlestown" photos, with associated large individual photos. They are the first page linked from our Photo Albums page.

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