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Archived Home Pages - May 2001

05/31/01
The Preliminary Agenda for the June 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Announcement from Monday's Agenda -
A joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Parks & Recreation Commission is scheduled for June 11, 2001 at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School to conduct a visioning process for the 55 acre Pyle Farm on Yellow Springs Road.
05/26/01
"The roads to Phoenixville" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on proposed and planned road/bridge improvements in the Phoenixville area. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/25/01
"New wiring to let school keep pace with others" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the decision by the Great Valley School Board to allow Charlestown Elementary to be outfitted with wiring and new computers so staff and students can use the same technologies as other students in the district. This, in spite of the fact that the arrangement is temporary and will have to be "moved" to Sugartown Elementary during the 2003-04 school year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/24/01
"Charlestown has the right idea", the editorial in today's The Phoenix complements Charlestown Township for its efforts to upgrade our Comprehensive Plan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes for the April 24, May 1 and May 8 meetings of the Planning Commission have been posted.
05/23/01
"Charlestown continues discussion of comprehensive plan" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's public meeting to discuss the proposed updates to the Township's Comprehensive Plan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/22/01
Reminder: The Public Meeting on the proposed Comprehensive Plan is this evening. See yesterday's entry below for time and place.
"Charlestown supervisors continue Altemose hearing" in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's Board of Supervisors conditional use hearing on the 1,875 dwelling unit development proposed by Leon Altemose for his 58 acre property on White Horse Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the May 7 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
05/21/01 (2:45 PM)
Meeting Room Change (From Linda Csete) -
Because the band is practicing tonight next to our usual meeting room and will be very loud, the school is putting us in the Library tonight for the Supervisor's meeting. When you come through the main doors, go straight and the library is at the end of the hall.
05/21/01
Comprehensive Plan -
The Special Public Meeting on the proposed Comprehensive Plan for Charlestown Township is tomorrow evening May 22 at 7:30 PM at the GV Middle School. Township Planner Tom Committa & Associates will present the current draft of the plan that is to be the foundation of Township planning in the future. This is an opportunity to learn about the plan and to ask questions and comment on it.
Open Space Commission - This announcement was received from Township Administrator Linda Csete:
The Public is invited to the first meeting of the newly formed Open Space Commission on June 5, 2001 at 7:30 PM at the Great Valley Middle School Choral Room. Guest Speaker John Johnson of West Bradford Township will be present to speak about his experience on his township's commission. Public Participation is Welcome.
05/17/01
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 21 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
05/16/01
Charlestown Green's report on the May 7 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
Election results from Charlestown Township are available from the County's web site by clicking here.
Election results for the entire county are available here.
05/11/01
With Toll Bros suing our Township for denying its application to construct 191 homes along Route 401, east of Newcomen road, it is interesting to note the problems others have had with Toll Bros developments. In late April and earlier this month, The Boston Globe "Spotlight Team" ran a four day series of investigative reports on various Toll Brothers subdivisions. Titled "Luxury by Design, Quality by Chance", the series cites many complaints, disputes and building code violations and false representations associated with some Toll Brothers' developments. The first in the series of articles, with links to the other articles of the entire series, is available from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"District and township need to work together", an editorial in today's The Phoenix comments on the need for cooperation on the matter of funding a turn lane at Charlestown Elementary School. The editorial is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/10/01
Two articles in local newspapers cover the Board of Supervisors' preliminary approval of the Great Valley School District's plans for the renovations of Charlestown Elementary School. The implementation of a left turn lane on Charlestown Road is the main point yet to be fully resolved.
  • "First draft approved for school addition" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

  • "Charlestown, Great Valley expected to share costs on road" by Pamela Batazel in today's Daily Local News is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal reports for the months of March and April have been posted.
05/09/01
"Hearing Set in Toll's Suit" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the scheduling of a conference in U. S. District Court to decide how to proceed with the Toll Bros. suit against Charlestown for denying Toll's plan to build 191 homes at Newcomen Road and Rt. 401. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/08/01
The Official Minutes of the April 16 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Annual Clothing and Canned Goods Drive -
As he does every year, Charlestown Historical Society president Phil DeFranco is collecting clothing and canned goods for the City Gate Mission in Coatesville. The collection will be this Saturday, May 12 at the Rapp House on Yellow Springs Road between Hollow and Valley Hill Roads. Please bring used clothing (adult and children), bedding in good condition and non-perishable canned goods. Donations will be accepted from 9 AM to noon on the 12th. If you can't make it then contact Phil at pdef@prodigy.net to arrange pick-up on May 19th.
As some of you know, I am an antique tractor enthusiast and also created and maintain the web site for Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association (R&T) in Kinzers, PA. R&T's annual "Spring Steam Up" is this coming Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12. If you have never seen huge steam traction engines from the turn of the century and all sorts of antique tractors, engines and equipment operating, then you owe it to yourself to go to the Spring Steam Up and/or the annual Threshermens Reunion (August 15 to 18 this year). The Spring Steam Up includes plowing demonstrations with 10 to 20 ton steam tractors. You can see photos from last year's Spring Steam Up by clicking here. The R&T web site has directions to the museum grounds as well as schedules and other information useful to visitors. Over 750 photographs of last year's events are posted there.
05/05/01
"Townships at odds about speed limits" by Keisha Young in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on a dispute between Charlestown and Schuylkill Townships over the appropriate speed limit for Buckwalter Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/04/01
The Preliminary Agenda for next Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for next Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Great Valley School Board set to OK $10 million bond" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the likely approval of a new bond issue by the Great Valley School Board for use in renovating the High School. The article also discusses the upcoming renovations at Charlestown Elementary School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Verdict against Altemose reversed" by Karin Williams in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on the guilty verdict against Lance Altemose being overturned by the Court of Common Pleas. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Wednesday evening's meeting of the Charlestown Historical Society was very well attended. In addition to a fascinating presentation on the history of railroads in our area, the following members were elected officers for the next two years.
  • President:  Phil DeFranco
  • Vice President:  Will Palmen
  • Treasurer:  Russ Hanscom
  • Secretary:  Jean Helker
05/01/01
"Guilty verdict reversed" in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the reversal of the guilty verdict against Lance Altemose, who had been charged with trespass following an altercation during a closed meeting of the Board of Supervisors in October of last year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Our Neighborhood Links page has been updated again with the addition of the web site for the Phoenix Iron Canal & Trails Association, which is working towards the Phoenixville Greenway system of trails, and other projects. Thanks go to Mark Connoly for bringing this site to my attention.
 
 

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