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Archived Home Pages - July 2003

07/31/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the August 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's special Board meeting on the Earned Income Tax is still available here.
Route 401 Closing: Township Administrator Linda Csete has forwarded a press release from PennDOT announcing the following -
State Route 401 will be closed and detoured weekdays and Saturdays in West Pikeland, Charlestown and East Whiteland Townships, Chester County, for approximately two months, starting August 11, for the installation of sewer mains by Toll Brothers. Route 401 through traffic will be detoured between State Route 113 and U.S. Route 202 Mondays through Fridays from 9 AM to 3 PM and on Saturdays from 7 AM to 5 PM. The posted detour will take through traffic over Route 202, U.S. Route 30, State Road 100 and Route 113. Local access on Route 401 will be maintained. Crews will install new sewer lines under Route 401 between the intersections of Newcomen Road and Phoenixville Pike. The work is expected to be completed in October.
07/30/03
The Preliminary Agenda for tomorrow night's special meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. The meeting deals with the Referendum on the Question of the Imposition of an Additional Tax to Raise Revenue to Purchase Open Space Property.
07/28/03
Two articles in today's local newspapers report on a reunion of Vietnam veterans who were treated for serious war injuries at the Valley Forge Army Hospital in the late 60's. The reunion was held at the former Army Hospital, now the Valley Forge Christian College, last Saturday. The articles are available on-line from the papers' web sites -
  • "Amputees reunite at former hospital" by Emmett Gruici in today's The Phoenix is available here.
  • "Ward was lifeline for amputees" by Bonnie L. Cook in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available here.
07/23/03
Township Administrator Linda Csete has sent the following announcement regarding the Earned Income Tax -
At their July 7th meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted to hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 7:30 P.M. in room 154 of the Great Valley Middle School to consider an ordinance placing a referendum question on the November 1, 2003 ballot asking if the 1/2% earned income tax to be collected beginning January 1, 2004 should be used solely for purposes of open space preservation. This meeting is open to the public, and as always, comments are welcome.
Township Administrator Linda Csete also reports that the best information she has at this time regarding the closing of Rt. 401 (a sign has been posted at Rt. 401 and Phoenixville Pike) is the following -
Route 401 will be closed from Phoenixville Pike to 113 starting July 28th (or thereabouts) for sewer line installation for Charlestown Meadows. The pre-construction meeting hasn't been scheduled yet, so PennDOT couldn't tell me how long it will be closed, but said they are hoping it will re-open before school starts.
I checked PennDOT's website and could find nothing on Rt. 401, but did find they have a "2003 paving schedule" page. The only Charlestown Township roads listed for paving are Yellow Springs Road from Rt. 113 to Hollow Road and Hollow Road to Rt. 29. PennDOT's web page for this info is here.
The Official Minutes of the July 7, 2003 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Ginny Durkan has written regarding the issue of proposed billboards along PA Turnpike as it passes through the Township and encourages attendance at the August 12 Planning Commission meeting where it is currently on the agenda. Ginny's comments are posted in our Traffic Forum.
"Supervisors institute tax to save open space" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on the passage of a 0.5% earned income tax on Charlestown residents with proceeds to be used exclusively for preservation of open space. The passage was voted at Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"E. Nottingham voters to consider tax hike" by Marcella Peyre-Ferry in today's Daily Local News reports on East Nottingham Township supervisors' decision to place a referendum on the November ballot for that township to increase their earned income tax to generate funds for the preservation of open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/21/03
The agenda for tonight's Board of Supervisors meeting includes discussions of Union Hill traffic control, outdoor advertising on Phoenixville Pike, and the earned income tax, among other things.
"Open space added to November ballot" by Marcella Peyre-Ferry in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on Lower Oxford Township's decision to place on their November ballot the question of an increase in the township's earned income tax to help pay for open space preservation programs. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chester County's economy leads region" by Marc Shogol and Bob Fernandez in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports the fast growth in Chester County over the past decade, its sources and its impact on traffic. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/17/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 21 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
07/16/03
BSF GardenThe Community Garden at Brightside Farm has had its growing pains in this its first year, but as you can see from this small section of Gail Perrone's garden with a zucchini framed by four nasturtiums, the early delays and weather issues have not hampered some very creative gardening. I'll be posting additional garden photos in our Community Garden section soon.
The Official Minutes of the June 24, 2003 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report and Roadmaster report for June have been posted.
07/14/03
Planning Commission Meetings Canceled - Township Administrator Linda Csete reports that the Planning Commission meetings originally scheduled for July 22nd and August 26th have been cancelled. The regular first meetings of the month on August 12th and September 9th will be held as scheduled.
The Official Minutes of the June 16, 2003 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted. These minutes include a presentation of the Earned Income Tax concepts and a lengthy question and answer session on the tax.
The Official Minutes of the June 23, 2003 joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission have been posted. This meeting was devoted to presentations and discussions of the Devault Village concept.
"Grants help preserve farms in northern Chester County" by John Gentzel in today's The Mercury reports on open space grants from Chester County for preservation of farms in the northern region of the county, including grants towards the preservation of a farm in East Vincent and another in East Nantmeal Townships. The article reports that municipalities in our area are overwhelmingly embracing the idea of paying for open space preservation. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Tunneling toward profits" by Brian McCullough in today's Daily Local News reports on how in contrast to last summer's drought, this springs wet weather is pushing back crop yields. Those of us who help out at Brightside Farm are finding that with our almost daily rain shower, it difficult to get cut hay dry enough to bale. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/12/03
"Voters asked to spend $150M on open space" by Margaret Gibbons in today's The Mercury reports on the fall election ballot question Montgomery County voters will see whereby they may choose to authorize a ten year $150 million program to preserve open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/11/03
"Regional plan map unveiled" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on the recently published preliminary plan from the Phoenixville Regional Planning Group comprising the borough of Phoenixville, East and West Vincent, East Pikeland, Schuylkill and Charlestown Townships. One element of the plan anticipates higher density activity in the Devault area. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/10/03
"Light system expanded for emergency services" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on scheduled changes to the traffic light at Rt. 401 and Valley Hill Road in order to provide quicker passage of emergency vehicles through the intersection. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/09/03
"Planner argues against assisted living proposal" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on discussions of the proposed 1,800 bed assisted living center on the Altemose property on Whitehorse Road that were held at Monday night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Township planners discuss subdivision, trail access" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on discussions of the Horseshoe Trail held at last night's meeting of the Planning Commission. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/02/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the June 7 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the June 8 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
 

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