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Archived Home Pages - July 2001

07/30/01
"Conservation plans top commission's agenda" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on an interview with Andy Motel, chairman of the Charlestown Open Space Commission. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/26/02
"Protection from future development" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on a purposed program by French and Pickering Creek Conservation Trust and The Federation of Northern Chester County Communities to preserve farmlands in the northern portion of Chester County and to help the growth of municipalities. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/25/01
Did You Know?   The Valley Forge Military Hospital on Charlestown Road operated during WW II, the Korean and the Vietnam Wars, 1943 - 1975. An attempt to donate the land of Coldstream Farm and Middlemarch Farm to the government for the hospital was made by Frank Foster. The donation was rejected by the War Department who, on July 1, 1942, purchased the 180 acres for $25,200. On July 2, 1942, Henry L. Simpson, Secretary of War, took formal possession of the land. [Ref: United States Army, "Silver Anniversary..."]
The above note is an update and correction to a similar "Did you know?" posted last year. I want to thank Bill Stewart for providing the facts and the reference.
"Automobile deaths rise in Chester County" by Katrina Macleod in today's The Mercury reports on the County's annual Coroner's Statistical Report that includes a breakdown of various types of traffic fatalities. There is an alarming trend towards not wearing seat belts - "According to his statistics, 74 percent of those who died in crashes last year were not wearing their seat belts, compared with 59 percent in 1999 and 56 percent in 1998.". The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
If you have been following the bombings in the Phoenixville area, be aware that a reporter at The Phoenix has received another "letter" from the bomber, as she did in March. An article on the letter is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/24/01
The Official Minutes of the June 12 and June 27 meetings of the Planning Commission have been posted. The previously posted Official Minutes of the July 10 meeting have been pulled as they are not yet "official".
"Two in critical condition after blast" by Benjamin Wallace-Wells in last Saturday's Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the condition of the two men hurt in last Thursday's tanker truck fire on Route 401. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Solicitor says open space fund is illegal" by John Gentzel in yesterday's The Mercury reports on discussions regarding the legality of townships requiring commercial developers to either donate open space or funds when they take open space for development. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Keeping easements as open space is role of Lands Trust" by John Gentzel in today's The Mercury reports on issues of open space easements in Montgomery County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/20/01 (10:15 AM)
I have posted the Official Minutes of the July 2nd meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the July 10 meeting of the Planning Commission. Minutes for the PC in June will be posted soon.
Charlestown resident Fran Nodlin sent me this gripping report on yesterday's tanker truck accident on Route 401.
I was two cars behind the horrible explosion on Rt. 401 yesterday. It appeared to me that the truck ahead of me was sprinkling the road until I opened my window and smelled what I knew was not water. The driver of the large truck got out to warn the tanker in front of him that he had leakage, realized the potential for a problem and warned the driver of the car in front of me. When I saw the horror on his face, my immediate reaction was to turn around as fast as I could as by this time the liquid was under and around my car. As I did, my passenger and I saw and heard the most horrific explosion one could ever imagine. It was as though a bomb had dropped or a plane had crashed right in front of us. Flames and black smoke spewed high above the road and I think we saw the driver running away from the immediate area. Several cars were lined up behind me by this time and I feel fortunate to have escaped having the fire follow the liquid and ignite before we were far enough away. I hope all of them did as well.  I have heard since the event, that a chain hanging from the back of the truck created sparks which ignited the material. We called 911 immediately and learned, surprisingly,   that it had already been reported. In what seemed like only a few minutes and before we were very far away on Bacton Hill Rd., helicopters had reached the scene. It was an experience I will never forget and my prayers are with the drivers of both trucks. I don't see how either of them escaped death.
07/20/01
Charlestown Green's report on last Monday evening's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
Many residents in the southern end of our Township lost power yesterday afternoon, and the case was a major tanker truck fire on Route 401 in the vicinity of Bacton Hill Road. Three articles in local newspapers describe the scene -
  • "2 hurt in fiery crash" by Tarek Tannouus in today's Daily Local News is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

  • "Residents startled by blasts" by Gina Zotti in today's Daily Local News is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

  • "Two people injured in truck fire" by Jonathan Gelb in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/13/01 (1:45 pm)
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 16 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been updated.
07/13/01
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 16 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Regional forum debates growth" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's first Phoenixville area regional planning meeting at which Charlestown Township was represented. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/12/01
"Meeting for a common cause" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on the thoughts of several participants in tonight's first regional planning meeting hosted by the Phoenixville Planning Commission. Charlestown Township has been invited to participate, along with East and West Vincent, East Pikeland and Schuylkill Townships. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/11/01
Charlestown Green's report on the July 2nd meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
"Developers will pay for road improvements in East Coventry" by Margaret Fitzcharless in today's The Mercury reports on the application of state Act 209 in East Coventry Township to levy fees on developers based on additional traffic resulting from new development. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/10/01
"Phoenixville initiates regional planning commission meeting" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on the upcoming regional planning meeting initiated by the Phoenixville Planning Commission. Charlestown is among the neighboring townships invited to participate. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Rental ratio decreases as area homeownership rises" by Pateen Corcoran in today's Daily Local News reports on the growth in housing in Chester County since 1990. Chester County has the fifth-highest percent increase in housing units in the past 10 years among counties in the state, with a trend towards higher priced units and fewer rental units. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/09/01 (2:45 PM)
The Preliminary Agenda for tomorrow's Planning Commission meeting has been revised.
07/09/01
The Preliminary Agenda for tomorrow night's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Perrier agrees to limits on water at Chesco site" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the settlement between the large seller of bottled water and South Coventry Township which essentially gives the township the water conservation protection they have been asking for for years. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/07/01
"GVSD officials will revise, continue program splitting students by skill levels" by Pamela Batzel in today's The Phoenix reports on the Great Valley School District's decision to proceed with the plan to send elementary school children to as many as three teachers a day. The article includes quotes from a Charlestown Elementary teacher and parent regarding the fourth grade pilot program completed last year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/06/01
"County to offer funds for farms" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the decision by Chester County to offer matching funds for the purchase of development rights for farms north of Route 30. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"E. Whiteland halts building moratorium" by Pateen Corcoran in today's Daily Local News reports on the end of the East Whiteland Township moratorium on development in that township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The list of waste haulers licensed to operate in Charlestown Township has been updated. It is linked from our General Info page or by clicking here.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal reports for May and June have been posted. Note that these reports include a list of vehicle accidents in the Township as well as fires and other incidents.
07/04/01
Charlestown Park Lighting Announcement -
(Received from Township Administrator Linda Csete)
The Board of Supervisors will decide the matter of upgrading the soccer field lights at Charlestown Park at their July 16, 2001 meeting at the Great Valley Middle School, 7:30 P.M. The public, as always, is welcome to attend and comment. Test balloons will be placed in the proposed lighting locations at 9:00 AM on July 14th with a rain date of July 15th so neighbors to the park can get a visual understanding of any impact the lights may have on their properties.
I have (finally) updated the list of Elected and Appointed Officials linked from our General Info page (left menu column).
The Official Minutes of the June 18, 2001 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Joining in the vision" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on East Pikeland's decision to join the Landscapes program, leaving Schuylkill and West Marlboro the only two townships not members. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Web site statistics for June have been posted. They are linked from the bottom of the left menu column.
07/03/01
"Charlestown discusses adding lights to the park" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on Board of Supervisors discussion of the proposed playing field lighting for Charlestown Park, located at Coldstream and Township Line Roads. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
 

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