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Archived Home Pages - June 2000

06/30/00
"Township claims it's been 'had' by PennDOT" by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix reports on an open letter from Schuylkill Supervisors to Governor Ridge protesting the treatment the township has received from the PA Turnpike Commission in regard to the proposed Rt. 29 Slip Ramp. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Meeting airs threats to watersheds" by Marcella Peyre-Ferry in today's Daily Local News reports on development concerns in Oxford, especially as they pertain to water quality in the Elk Creek watershed. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/29/00
"Role Reversal" -
Role ReversalNormally we expect to see powerline poles holding up the wires along our roads. In this case, the wires, with an assist from some ropes, are holding up a segment of a powerline pole.
This photo was taken on Yellow Springs Road along Charlestown Oaks, where the poles have been moved further back from the road. Click the photo or here to see more.
This week's issue of the Suburban Advertiser has an article on the School Board's decision to renovate Charlestown Elementary School rather than construct a new school. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/26/00
Ambitious plans for improvements to Charlestown Park are reported by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix. "Charlestown unveils plans for community park" is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/23/00
The Official Minutes of the June 5 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Great Valley budget is $43.5 million" by Scott Padia in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on the 2000-2001 budget for the school district, which includes a 2.9% increase in property taxes. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Two local papers report on Governor Ridge's signing of the anti-sprawl bills recently passed by the state legislature. The signing took place at a Chester County farm.
  • "Preserved Albertson-Yerkes farm serves as a political symbol." by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
     
  • "Ridge visits county to sign anti-sprawl bill" by Christian Bottorff in today's Daily Local News is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/21/00
"G.V. board advances plan for renovation" by Sharon Hinchberger in today's Daily Local News reports on the Great Valley School Board's decision Monday night to continue with plans to renovate Charlestown Elementary School, rather than build an entirely new school. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Turnpike panel rapped over ramp plan" by Christopher Merrill in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on complaints by Schuylkill Township supervisors and other area officials about the lack of data from the PA Turnpike Commission regarding the proposed Route 29 slip ramp. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/20/00
"Charlestown sups deny 119-home development" by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix reports on the unanimous vote by our Board of Supervisors to deny the application by Toll Bros. for the firm's proposed Charlestown Meadows development adjacent to Route 401, near Newcommen Road. A second application is now in the pipeline from the builder. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/19/00
Two very important issues relating to Charlestown Township are to be voted on this evening, and each is the subject of a newspaper article.
  • "Vote is tonight on new school" by Susan Weidener in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the School District's vote tonight on whether to renovate the existing Charlestown Elementary School or construct a new school, possibly on the Brightside (Pyle) Farm tract the district owns on Yellow Springs Road.The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
     
  • "Charlestown to vote on development plan" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News reports on the Toll Bros. proposal for Charlestown Meadows to be voted on by our Board of Supervisors at tonight's meeting. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/16/00
The Preliminary Agenda for the June 19 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"East Bradford to discuss raising open-space tax" by Lisa Fine in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on an effort in East Bradford Township to increase the monies available for purchase of development rights through additional taxation. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Sprawl law leads planners to more Landscapes work" by Christian Bottorff in today's Daily Local News reports on the County's planners' reaction to the recently passed state anti-sprawl bills. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Today is the last day to register children for the Organic Farming Academy.
06/15/00
The Planning Commission will not hold their second meeting this month on June 27th. The next meeting will be held on July 11, 7:30 PM at the elementary school.
The Official Minutes of the May 23rd meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"County celebrates protecting farmland" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Chester County passing the 10,000 acre milestone in its farmland preservation effort. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Now, to put antisprawl law into practice" by Diane Mastrull and Thomas Fitzgerald in today's Philadelphia Inquirer examines the implementation issues of the anti-sprawl bills recently passed by the state legislature. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/14/00
Help Wanted (with pay) -
Several folks with strong backs and some free time this Friday, June 16, are needed to help Rosmarie Gabrielsen move her belongings from the Cornog Supplee house to a nearby moving van. Helpers will be paid $12/hr. (This would be a particularly nice way for students just out of school to earn a few dollars and help a lady in distress.) If you can help, please call Janet Baldwin at (610) 827-9351.
Background - Built in 1790, the Cornog Supplee house is in the wooded area at the corner of Yellow Springs Road and Phoenixville Pike. The overgrown entrance is on Phoenixville Pike, a short distance north of the intersection. The property was sold some time ago and will be developed into an office complex by General Residential Properties. Rosmarie Gaberielsen is a long time resident of the property who must vacate the house. A moving van will be located at Phoenixville Pike, and a pickup truck must be used to transport her belongings down the long drive from the house to the truck. Help is needed loading the pick-up truck at the house and unloading at the moving van.
"GVSD to build science center" by Scott Paida in today's Daily Local News reports on an Environmental Study Center to be developed by the Great Valley School District on land near the High School that was donated to the District by Iacobucci Management Corp. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Sprawl reduction bills sail through" by Thomas Fitzgerald and Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the two bills that contain "...the first significant changes in the state's 32-year-old land-use law...". The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/13/00
The preliminary agenda for tonight's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Loretta Watson's report on the June 5 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
The minutes of the 4th and 5th meetings of the Rt 29 Slip Ramp Citizens Advisory Committee have been posted. They are available from the Reports on Meetings page in our Slip Ramp Opposition Center. Formatting these minutes for the web is time consuming, and I have omitted the attendance list from these postings.
"State legislators get set to vote on measures to combat sprawl" by Christian Bottorff in today's Daily Local News reports on two key anti-sprawl bills to be voted on soon. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/09/00
I received the Official Minutes from the May 3rd meeting of the Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors. Two matters of interest to Charlestown residents are quoted below.
Creek Road Bridge - Mr. Fetterman, Chief of Police, advised that contracts should be signed between contractors and the County for the repair of the Creek Road Bridge. Once work has begun, it will take approximately four weeks to complete.
Slip Ramp - Projected population studies and development within municipalities were discussed. Mr. Vutz stated that the Chester County Planning Commission has to do the studies not individual townships. Mr. Sugarman stated that the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission is resistant to local government and that they are proceeding with studies for the slip ramp with categorical exclusion.
Sue Staas has sent me the minutes of the last two meetings of the Rt 29 Slip Ramp Citizens Advisory Committee which I will post soon. She also made this comment -
The next meeting (and maybe the last) of the CAC is scheduled for July 13, 7PM at the Hotel Desmond. A good turnout from Charlestown residents would be very helpful! The consensus of all the CAC members whether "pro" or "anti" is that we need more REAL data and therefore more meetings to receive the results of the studies that the turnpike is supposedly making in response to the demands from our County Commissioners and from the CAC.
Organic Farming Academy - An additional entry on our Area Recreation for Kids page describes a two week summer program for children in grades 6-8 through which students find out where their food comes from, as well as some of the principles of ecological resource management and organic agriculture. Students will be learning hands-on about soil fertility practices, crop rotation principles, organic pest control methods, and other.???ects of the art and science of growing great vegetables. For more information, click here.
06/07/00
These announcements were received from Township Secretary Linda Csete -
Charlestown Township Meeting Schedule Changes for July
Please note: Due to the July 4th holiday, the Board of Supervisors will hold their regular business meetings on
July 10, 2000
And
July 24, 2000
Instead of the usual 1st and 3rd Mondays.
The meetings will be held at the Valley Forge Christian College,
Memorial Chapel at 7:30 P.M.
The Board of Supervisors have scheduled a hearing for the new Toll Brothers Inc. "Charlestown Meadows" plan application to open on July 10, 2000 at 7:30 P.M. at the Valley Forge Christian College Memorial Chapel. Plans are available at both the Charlestown Township office and the West Pikeland Township office.
The Official Minutes of the May 15 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
" Pa. House reaches compromise on sprawl" by Thomas Fitzgerald and Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the passage by the state House of a bill to "would prod municipalities to abandon their patchwork regulation of development and get together to plan for growth regionally". The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/06/00
'Historic preservationist' awarded by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's award ceremony by the Board of Supervisors to honor Jane Davidson. Davidson has been honored locally and nationally for her efforts to preserve the history of our area and has been of great help to historic preservation in Charlestown Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for May has been posted.
06/05/99
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
This announcement came in from Michael Bowell -
Two dogs have been found in the Bodine Road area.
Found two dogs One is a dalmatian and the other is a dachshund. They can be claimed at 2148 Bodine Road in Charlestown.
Thanks,
Michael W. Bowell
06/03/00
"Charlestown will install reduce speed signs" by Michael Quay in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on the Supervisors' approval of new stop signs and speed restrictions on Union Hill Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/02/00
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! This web site is 3 years old today! Our home page has been visited almost 33,000 times since the site went on-line June 2, 1997.
Needless to say, the response has been far greater than I ever imagined when our first page went up. Click here to see the text on our home page 06/02/97. You'll have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the text from that first day.
The web site activity statistics for May have been posted. Click here or the last link under "About this site" at the bottom of the left menu column. You'll see that over 21,000 total pages were served from this site in May and that we had visits from seven countries in addition to the USA.
 

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