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"Officials concerned over open space funding" by Jonathan Jones in today's Daily Local News reports on efforts by township officials and conservation groups to get the county to increase efforts to save open space and farmland in northern Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Township Administrator Linda Csete has prepared a guide for residents in the event they see a stray animal, capture a stray domestic animal, see a sick animal, a dead animal on the road, lose a pet or are bothered by animal noise (dog barking). The document 2002 Animal Control Guidelines for Charlestown Township is posted here and is permanently linked from our General Info page.
On this topic, as noted in the guidelines, if you find a stray domestic animal or lose a pet of your own, be sure to contact me (click here or email to firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will post the information asap. There have been times in the past where these postings have helped quickly return a pet to its owners.
Life in Afghanistan - That's the "Subject:" of an email I received today from Charlestown resident Lt. Colonel Wendy Leland who is stationed at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Thanks Wendy, we are so proud of what you're doing and enjoy your updates. Check out today's report by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the July 1, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted. (The delay in getting these posted is my fault, as I have had the minutes for over a week and did not realize it.)
The Official Minutes of the June 25, 2002 and July 9, 2002 meetings of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Have you tried our Search Feature?
It's been a while since I posted a reminder that this site has an excellent Search Feature that allows you to quickly find all pages that contain specific text. We typically have over 200 searches per month using this facility. Given that we have over 950 pages on the site and many with a great deal of text representing meeting minutes going back through 1996, this is a powerful tool for researching activities and individuals in our township. To use the feature, click Search near the top of the left menu column. Use the Search Tips link on the Search input page to see all the options available to you.
Hint: If you wish to search on something and limit the search to official minutes, include "Respectfully submitted" (including the quotes so the two words are treated as a single phrase) in your search text. For example, to find all references to Merlin Road in the official minutes of meetings, search on the text
"Merlin Road" "Respectfully submitted"
Township Administrator Linda Csete has provided a clear summary of the practical implications of the current Drought Emergency Guidelines. The Guidelines, as well as links to more information, are available here.
Linda Csete also reports the following meeting cancellations.
"Officials: Area hasn't had significant rain since early June" by Bajeerah Lowe in today's Daily Local News reports on the seriousness of the current drought emergency. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
- August 13, 2002 Planning Commission Meeting: Items that would have been scheduled for this meeting will be covered at the August 27th meeting.
- September 22, 2002 Board of Supervisors Visioning Session #4 for the Brightside Farm. An alternate gathering is being planned in place of this meeting. Date and details to be announced.
"Great Valley conducts teacher exchange" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on a visit to the Great Valley School District by 20 Japanese teachers to discuss education systems with local educators. The visit is part of an exchange of teachers that has taken place at Great Valley for the past nine years. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Incentives discussed for re-use of historic structures" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on discussions at last night's Planning Commission meeting regarding incentives to prevent the destruction of historic buildings in Charlestown Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I have had several queries as to what is going on at Charlestown Elementary School. As most of you know, students and faculty of Charlestown Elementary will be using the Sugartown Elementary School building for the 2002-2003 school year while Charlestown Elementary is renovated. The Summer edition of Great Valley School District On Line, a newspaper published by the school district, reports the following summary of the renovation project.
The renovation/expansion project at Charlestown Elementary School began immediately upon the close of the school year, according to Dave Renn, Great Valley's Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds.
Once teachers and staff moved their materials June 11-14, asbestos removal began. E. R. Steubner of Reading is the general contractor on the project. Steubner is the same contractor who oversaw the conversion of General Wayne into an elementary school.
Three additions, totaling 10,000 square feet, have been planned. They include two classrooms, a "small office complex" that will house the principal's office, the guidance department and nurse's suite, and a small classroom wing behind the existing gymnasium.
The existing structure, which dates to 1925, faces total renovation - a new mechanical system, wiring, heating, plumbing, air conditioning, data infrastructure, walls, floors, doors and ceilings. Charlestown is expected to reopen in August, 2003.
Road Closing Clarification #1 - I received an explanation of the Phoenixville Pike weekend closing at the Turnpike Bridge from Walter Green of the PA. Turnpike Authority. The large high bridge that was widened in February and March (our photos are here) will be closed again while work on the original interior portion of the bridge proceeds. See the reference to the Inquirer article immediately below under 07/22 for details.
Road Closing Clarification #2 - The closing of Charlestown Road from the school down the hill to the Rt. 29 intersection will be delayed, according to a report from Township Administrator Linda Csete. (See 07/20 entry below). We will keep you posted when we learn more.
The agenda for tonight's special Brightside Farm Visioning Meeting of the Board of Supervisors is available here.
"Part of pike closed on weekends" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is a confusing (to me, at least) report that Phoenixville Pike near the intersection of Charlestown Road and State Route 29 will be closed from 5 a.m. Saturday through 5 a.m. Monday on the weekends of July 27-29, Aug. 3-5, Aug. 10-12 and Aug. 17-19. It seems likely to me that they are referring to the previously announced closure of Rt. 29 where it passes under the PA Turnpike, not where Phoenixville Pike passes under the PA Turnpike. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Charlestown Road to be Closed - Yesterday I received the news from Township Administrator Linda Csete regarding an upcoming closure of Charlestown Road from the Elementary School down the hill to route 29 for installation of a new water main for the school. The tentative closing date is July 29th for four weeks. I'll update this as soon as any additional info is received.
Free Window Sashes Available - Twp. supervisor Paul Hogan sent me the following notice. If you would like one or more sashes, contact Paul at PaulJHogan@aol.com.
I have a few dozen window sashes that are up for free grabs. They can be used for hot beds for seedlings or whatever. They are around 2' x 3'. I don't want to dump them so perhaps someone might want them for their garden or greenhouse.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 22 Brightside Farm Visioning Meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 23 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Lt. Colonel Wendy Leland has sent some photos of Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, including one of Wendy herself in her own little home away from home. In the hopes that Wendy will continue to send us observations and photos of her experiences, I have set up a separate page on which I will post her emails and from which I will link to her photos. Check it out and the new photos by clicking here.
"Decision to join regional planning group tabled" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on East Pikeland Township's reluctance to join the Phoenxiville Regional Planning Group due primarily to cost concerns. Charlestown Township has already agreed to join the group. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Daily Local News article comparing area municipal web sites is, in fact, on their web site and is available by clicking here.
07/16/02 (11 AM)
Oops! My email notification identified the Board's notice as "The Buck Stops Here". I should have identified it as "The Buck Starts Here".
The Township Administrator and Board of Supervisors are encouraging residents to get involved earlier in the process of reviewing and approval/denial of specific development proposals in the township. To that end, they have written a notice "The Buck Starts Here" encouraging residents to attend Planning Commission meetings, the place where developers begin their application process. You are encouraged to read the article which is posted here.
On a closely related subject, "Officials to notify adjacent properties owners of possible development" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on the discussion at last nights Board of Supervisors meeting regarding a possible new policy whereby the Township itself would take on responsibility of making sure residents adjacent to property coming before the Planning Commission for development are notified of the upcoming discussions of that property. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Taking a look at municipalities with good, and not so good, Web sites" by Pateen Corcoran and Michael P. Reilahan in the Sunday Daily Local News rates municipal web sites in Chester County and rates this site with what amounts to an honorable mention and in the top 8 sites in the county. The article is not posted to the paper's web site. Thanks to Linda Csete for bringing this to my attention.
News from Afghanistan - Over the weekend, I received the following report from Charlestown resident and Army National Guard Lt. Colonel Wendy Leland in Afghanistan.
My unit has settled into the hot, dusty environment and we have fit in to the big picture for our (US) involvement here in Afghanistan. We marked 10 days in country today.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for June has been posted.
The landscape is quite harsh here. Bagram Air Field is located north of Kabul (about 1 1/2 hours by road) and is surrounded by mountains. But we are on a high desert, which means although it is near 100 degrees now in July, the temperatures are expected to drop sharply in August, which is also when we can expect our first frost. At that time, the nomads which surround us will move to the south near Kandahar.
Some members of our unit have deployed out to surrounding orphanages and schools on humanitarian missions. The need here is great and the smallest token is appreciated. Various schools back in the states have sent over school supplies and the coalition forces are in the position to turn these items into gestures of good will toward the Afghanis. They are always well received.
Security and force protection remain the main focus here, especially after the unfortunate event on 1 July 02 when one of the Vice Presidents was killed in Kabul. We carry our weapons with us 24/7, and believe me, no one forgets where we are. There are a number of locals who work on the base and they are under constant guarded surveillance by a US soldier.
The most unexpected observation from my vantage has been the utter junk yard we are operating and living on. Bagram was a former Soviet Union air base and they certainly forward-staged quite a lot of equipment here. This was the front line of Taliban and Northern Alliance fighting and the shelling of all that was built here to support the Soviets has rendered Bagram a junk yard. Add to the mix the sheer volume of unexploded ordnance, mines and razor wire and it is very easy to stay on the beaten path.
The chow (OK, "food" in civilian-ese!) is actually quite good considering we're feeding a crew here. Steaks and lobster tails are flown in daily from the states. I thought I'd be loosing weight, but I better be careful! We get a "hot" meal at breakfast and dinner, then we eat an MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) for lunch. The PX (our little base store) has long lines and not too much on the shelves. But we are waiting to receive care packages from home. According to our postal section, the turn around time is approx two weeks.
Hope all are surviving the heat/humidity back home. Doug is getting lots of support and occasional adult conversation from neighbors and for that I am grateful.
Until later, best regards.
An updated Automatic Protection Device Registration form has been posted (in PDF format). The primary change from the original form is the addition of Carbon Monoxide Alarms. For a link to this form and more information on your responsibilities regarding registration of alarms click here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 15 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Thanks to Cathy Sbarbaro, the white bird posted yesterday has been identified as a white domestic dove. We have not seen the bird since Thursday afternoon. If anyone knows of a missing pet dove in our area, they should be aware that it was here Thursday, adjacent to Brightside Farm on Yellow Springs Road.
I have a feeling this is a dumb question, but can anyone tell me what kind of bird this is? It appeared in our heavily wooded yard late yesterday afternoon and walked around quite a while before taking off when I tried to get closer with my camera. It is pure white, with very light color beak and legs and it is clean as a whistle. It's bigger than a dove, more like a crow. We suppose it might be a pigeon, but we have never seen a pigeon near our house, and it seemed more like somebody's pet. Please click here if you know what it is.
Charlestown Green's report on the July 1, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
More Road Closures - "Weekend closures planned for Route 29" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on the planned closure of Route 29 between White Horse Road and Yellow Springs Road for work on the Turnpike bridge over Route 29. This segment of Route 29 will be closed during the weekends of July 13-15, July 20-22, and July 27-29 from 5 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Municipal building could be part of proposed office complex" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on discussions at last night's Planning Commission meeting regarding the possible use of the existing residence structure at the proposed Spring Oaks Business Park as a Township municipal building. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Fillippo's Cocker Spaniel was located yesterday and all is well.
Missing Dog - Tom Fillippo sent in the following.
We are missing a Cocker Spaniel (larger size/cream in color). Last seen at Mine Road on July 5th. Please contact JoAnne or Tom Fillippo @ 610-935-5437 or 610-644-2536. Your help is appreciated. Thank you.
"To understand drought, look at past years' snows" by Anthony R. Wood in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the theory that we are in the midst of a five year drought that began five years ago. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Charlestown Planning Commission member Wendy Leland, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard, has arrived in Afghanistan as part of a joint task force with the 18th Airborn Corps. (Click here for a June 3 newspaper article on Wendy and her assignment.) Wendy emailed some comments after her arrival. They are a reminder of the dangers our service men and women face in Afghanistan and the sharp contrast of tyranny with the liberties we celebrated here yesterday. Some of Wendy's comments follow -
"Supervisors approve contract with the Chester County SPCA" by Kristin Smith in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on Monday's decision by the Board of Supervisors to contract with the county SPCA to pick up stray, injured or roaming animals in Charlestown Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
... Afghanistan stinks. We landed and got set up in our tents and shortly heard a loud explosion two hours being in country. Some 12 year old boy was running in the field behind our complex when he stepped on unexploded ordnance. Lost his left leg. Not sure what else.
We're still trying to figure out where we fit in best here as far a job is concerned. But Bagram as a whole is a disaster. Talk about your urban planning!
"Developers' proposal concerns W. Caln" by Pateen Corcoran in today's Daily Local News reports on a proposed 540 home development in West Caln Township that would singlehandedly increase that township's population by about 10%. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Subdivision comes one step closer to preliminary approval" by Kristin Smith in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on Monday night's Board of Supervisors approval of the conditional use application for the Dixon Subdivision sketch plan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 9 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the June 17, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"County forms new entity for Landscapes" by Jonathan Jones in today's Daily Local News reports on steps taken by the Chester County Commissioners to undertake and finance projects aimed at promoting the county's "Landscapes" growth management plan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Norco establishes board to review open space policies" by Laura Catalano in today's The Mercury reports on discussions in North Coventry Township as to implementation of their recently passed referendum to raise tax monies for use in preserving open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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