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Archived Home Pages - May 2000

05/31/00
"Despite a loss, foes of sprawl claim a victory" by Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the status and prospects of Sen. James Gerlach's anti-sprawl legislation. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Trail to debut first section" by Erin Mendell in today's Daily Local News reports on the official opening of the section of the new walking/biking trail extending from Ship Road in Exton to Phoenixville Pike. The trail will ultimately be extended to King of Prussia. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/29/00
A ruling by a Bucks County Court Judge that farmland is not vacant land, but developed land, is sure to be controversial. "Bucks judge's ruling classifies farms as development Common Pleas Court Judge John J. Rufe said farms were not vacant, and thus not unused land. A builder plans to appeal." by Evan Halper in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the decision. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/25/00
Did You Know?   A favorite commercial community swimming hole and picnic grounds in the ´20s and ´30s was "Baughman´s Beach" on the Pickering Creek, just west of the old Baughman barn by the old mill in the village. [Ref: Baldwin, "20 Questions"] [Did You Know Archives]
The Official Minutes of the May 9 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
05/23/00
Registration for the Phonexville Area Soccer Club is May 25 and June 3. See the club's Schedule page for time and place.
05/22/00
"Great Valley board weighs renovating vs. building costs" by Susan Weidener in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the School Board's examination of the alternatives for renovation or new construction of the Charlestown Elementary School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for tomorrow night's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Loretta Watson's report on the May 15 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted on our Neighborhood News page. Note there is no Board meeting tonight. The Board is returning to its original two meetings per month schedule, with the meetings on the first and third Monday of the month.
05/19/00
"Chesco policy chief quits, shocking board" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the resignation of Molly Morrison, long time advocate and architect of Chester County's open space programs. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/18/00
Another comment from a resident has been posted to our Traffic Forum.
05/17/00
The Official Minutes of the May 8 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted. This meeting was largely devoted to discussion of Charlestown Hunt issues.
Another comment from a resident has been posted to our Traffic Forum.
"New road signs to come to C´town" by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix reports on the approval of new signs on Union Hill Road at last Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/15/00  (10:30 AM)
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. Note that there are no further May meetings scheduled. The next meeting is scheduled for June 8.
05/15/00
Loretta Watson's report on the May 8 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
The Official Minutes of the two April meetings of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"County receives $40,000 grant to study farming" by Gretchen Metz in today's The Phoenix reports on a grant to the study the business of farming in Chester County. The study will focus on the needs of farmers in today's economy in Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/12/00
"Charlestown finds itself in a familiar fight" by Susan Weidener in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the Toll Bros. plan to construct a 199 home community along Rt. 401 between Newcommen and Valley Hill Roads. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/11/00
The following announcement was received from Ellen Behrle, President of Charlestown Green, Inc. -
Charlestown Elementary School
Renovation/Construction Project Update

In April the Great Valley School Board agreed to consider building a new school in addition to the three renovation options which Dr. Rita Jones has been discussing with us over the past few month. A synopsis of the costs associated with all four options is as follows:
  1. Renovate our existing school with our children occupying Sugartown School in Willistown. $10,193,000 cost and 2.2 years completion time
     
  2. Renovate our existing school with our children remaining in Charlestown School during renovation. $11,170,000 cost and 1.5 years completion time
     
  3. Renovate our existing school with our children occupying space in the K.D. Markley facility, $11,237,000 cost and 2.2 years completion time
     
  4. Build a new Charlestown Elementary School on the old Pyle property Which the GVSD presently owns with a capacity for 450 students $14,570,000 cost and 3.5 years completion time
GVSD Superintendent Rita Jones will be making a formal presentation to the School Board Directors at the next School Board meeting which is this Monday May 15 at 7:30 PM in the District Offices at the K.D. Markley School, Church Road, Malvern.
The School Board has already committed to make a decision as to which option to accept at the June meeting of the Great Valley School Board. All Interested parties are urged to attend the meeting on Monday, May 15th.
"Residents, state meet about slip ramp in Charlestown" by Michael Quay in The Phoenix reports on last night's CAC meeting at which options for the Rt. 29 Slip Ramp were discussed. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the May 1 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
05/06/00
The Preliminary Agenda for this Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Loretta Watson's reports on the April 27 and May 1 meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted on our Neighborhood News page.
The Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge has announced their plans for their May 20 Armed Forces Day Event. We have posted the announcement.
05/05/00
G O   F L Y E R S !
"Region's land-preserving efforts up, but still deficient" by Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer spells out the report card on open space preservation programs in the area over the past year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"County development risks creating L.A.-like crunch", a Philadelphia Inquirer commentary by a resident of Elverson anticipates Los Angeles type development and congestion in Chester County's future. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/04/00
At next Wednesday's meeting of the PA Turnpike's Citizens Advisory Committee, there will be discussion of many alternatives to the proposed slip ramp at Route 29 in Charlestown Township. Sue Staas reports on the upcoming meeting and Four New Alternatives are included in her report, none of which should impact on our existing congestion at Charlestown, Whitehorse and Rt. 29 intersections as much as the original proposals from the Turnpike Commission. Sue's report and the four alternatives are available from our Upcoming Events page in our Slip Ramp Opposition Center.
The Official Minutes for the April 24, 26 and 27 meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for next Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The web site statistics for April have been posted.
Our "Search" feature is "down". I'll get it fixed soon.
05/03/00
A resident from Charlestown Hunt has posted a review of the Rt. 29 and Union Hill Rd. traffic issues in the Township and made some new suggestions for their resolution. His comments are in our Traffic Forum.
05/02/00
The Charlestown Historical Society holds their final Spring Meeting tomorrow, Wed. May 3rd at 8 PM at the Playschool. It should be an enjoyable meeting for anyone interested in historic homes of the region, even if you do not live in one. Here is the announcement.
Our final 1999-2000 meeting should be fascinating. Wesley Sessa of 18th Century Restorations, Inc. in East Nantmeal will be talking about his sixteen years of meticulous restoration of historic buildings and older homes. He recently replaced all the first floor joists in our own Markley House. Once an English teacher, and then a buyer & seller of antiques, Wesley gave up teaching in 1984 to begin what has become an impressive career of rehabilitating historic structures, based on the experience gained on his own 1828 home. His work can now be seen all over the Delaware Valley: Coventry House, home of the French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust; the Downingtown Log House; the Diamond, Iron & Jenny Lind Spring Houses at Historic Yellow Springs; Hope Lodge, in Fort Washington; the Levis Mansion in Springfield; the Lincoln House in Birdsboro; the Morton Homestead in Prospect Park; and Historic Waynesborough among others. We have invited all the historic property owners in Charlestown to join us at Playschool next Wednesday to hear Wesley's advice about the principles and techniques for maintaining and changing older homes. He will be bringing slides to illustrate his work. Please join us to greet these township friends over refreshments at the end of the meeting.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal Report for April has been posted.
05/01/00
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
For the first time in two years, Chester County's ground water levels are back to normal. Read about it in "Groundwater levels in Chester County have reached normal levels for the first time in two years, county officials say." by Chris Barber in today's Daily Local News. The Drought Warning, which is still in effect, is expected to be lifted as a result of these measurements. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
 

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