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07/30/04 (6:30 PM)
Missing Dog - From Kerry Dibble
We are missing a brown Australian Kelpie. She's about 50 lbs, with collar but, probably no tags. She might have been seen across from the Mill on Charlestown Road sometime after 2:00 this afternoon (July 30th). Her name is Annie and is friendly. Her owners are Liz and Bill Andersen, 2432 Charlestown Road. My number is 610-935-2766. Please call me with any information. (The State Police have been notified.)
"A race against builders" by Betsy Gilliland in today's Daily Local News reports on efforts at the county level to increase the county's more than 5,000 acres of open space, trails, woodlands and meadows. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Planner: Trails could cost $6.2 million" by Jason Kotowski in today's Daily Local News reports on Upper Uwchlan's goals for trails in that township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the August 2 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Wet weather gets mixed reviews from local farmers" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News reports on the pluses and minuses of the rainy summer for area farmers (and gardeners). The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Charlestown Day Camp gets a new home - No longer able to use the farm of camp founder "Miss Betty" Stonorov, who passed away last December, the Charlestown Day Camp has been relocated on the former Ostrander property in West Pikeland Township. An incredible amount of donated materials, services and volunteer time has led to this move. "Charlestown Day Camp gets a new home" by Jason Kotowski in the West Pikeland Citizens News reports on this wonderful achievement. I have reposted the article here.
CHS Patrons' Dinner Announced - The Charlestown Historical Society will be holding its 2004 Patrons' Dinner fund raiser Saturday, September 18 at Vincent Kling's property on Pikeland Road. This is one of the few township-wide social events of the year, and an opportunity to have an excellent dinner, meet with friends and neighbors, enjoy a live auction, and help a very worthy cause. The announcement with all the details is posted here.
Wisner Rapp House Vandalized - Around 11 A.M. last Monday, the 19th, someone vandalized the historic Wisner Rapp House on Yellow Springs Road, along the Brightside Farm property. Damage to the house owned by the Charlestown Historical Society was extensive. If you recall seeing any vehicles or activity at the Rapp House in the late morning last Monday, please call the State Police - Embreeville Barracks at 484-340-3241 and report what you saw. I hope to have an incident number posted here soon, but if you remember anything from that time period, please contact the State Police.
Index to Township Gov't Info - Note the new entry in the left menu column under "About Charlestown". The Index to Gov't Info entry is my "first pass" at making an index to all of the official information (and some unofficial) provided by Charlestown Township for posting on this site. This new page is the quickest way to look for and access Township government information on this site. I may have missed or mistakenly identified some items in this index, so don't hesitate to let me know if you have problems with it or other suggested categories. Note also that our General Info pages as well as our Neighborhood Links page have additional information from our region.
"Charlestown Residents Share Garden" by Kelly Devine in Monday's Daily Local News is a follow up article to the one posted in The Phoenix last Thursday. The print article includes three more garden photos including one of Nancy Pittock picking beans in her plot. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Building Permit Info Posted - Township Administrator Linda Csete has prepared a new document "Guide to Permits for Construction Projects and Changes in Use" and provided it as well as the forms associated with a variety of building permit situations for posting on this web site. The "Guide..." will help you determine if a building permit is required for a particular project, as well as tell you what forms are required for different types of projects. Linda also sent me the 195 page Charlestown Township Zoning Ordinance. I have set up a section on Building Permits, the introductory page of which is linked from our General Info page as well as by clicking here. The "Guide to Permits for Construction Projects and Changes in Use" is available as a web page as well as a pdf file. All other forms and the Zoning Ordinance are provided as pdf files.
Index to Township Gov't Info - I realize that we now have a good bit of official Township ordinances, forms and directives posted on this site and it is not easy to find what you are looking for. As soon as I get a chance, I will reorganize the General Info page and also prepare an "index" so you can quickly determine if official info you need is posted on this site and if so to link directly to it.
"Altemose plan discussed" by Kelly Devine in today's The Phoenix reports on Monday night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the focus of which was the Charlestown Continuing Care Retirement Community proposal for Whitehorse Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"'Bright side' of summer" by Kelly Devine in today's The Phoenix reports on our Charlestown Township Community Garden at Brightside Farm. The front page article with two color photos includes comments from gardeners Michell Muldoon, with a photo of Michell's daughter Darragh Friedman with some of their just harvested veges, John Pittock, Margy Crawford and Jen and Ben Bingham, who appears in a second photograph. The article, without the photos, is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 19 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Fred Alston's Roadmaster reports for May and June have been posted, click here
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal reports for May and June have been posted, click here.
Reminder - The second quarterly Charlestown Township earned income tax payment is due July 31, 2004.
I have updated the resident tax information on our General Information page.
Mail Box Damage - Many Charlestown residents have had their mailbox vandalized at least once, if not many times. Paul Stevens, a resident on Bodine Road, sent me the following report and suggestion. If anyone wants to continue a dialog in this issue, send me your comments and if needed, I'll set up a "forum" page for the topic. Here are Paul Stevens' remarks -
On Wednesday morning, July 7 our mailbox was stolen. The box, post, everything - ripped out of the ground. Our mail carrier told me that three others along her route, which includes Bodine Road, were stolen the same way, along with a fourth box without the post.
The Official Minutes of the June 21, 2004 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The problem is, there was mail in our box, making this not an act of vandalism but a federal crime.
I reported it to the US Postal Service who is filling out forms and assigning it to inspectors...but I don't think anything will come of it. What I do think is that the residents of our township could do a lot to stop this kind of theft and help each other out.
I'm betting many others in Charlestown have had their mail boxes stolen or vandalized. If we could all keep an eye out for each other's mailboxes - report any unusual activities - even scan along the roadsides - maybe we could gather enough evidence to make a Postal Investigation worthwhile. For example, a neighbor told me she saw a white mailbox lying along Bodine Road in the tall grass. I found it - it wasn't ours - it belonged to another neighbor. But that's how we could help each other, and maybe catch a thief.
"Regional consultant meets Charlestown planners, supervisors" by Kelly Devine in today's The Phoenix reports on the Phoenixville Area Regional Planning discussion at Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Program accepting applications for farmers who want land preserved" by David Bernard in today's Daily Local News reports on the Chester County's Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, which is open to land owners with farms of at least 50 acres that are located in an agricultural security area. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Building Permit Processing Changes - from Linda Csete
With the July 1, 2004 adoption of the PA Uniform Construction Code by Charlestown Township, substantial changes are in effect for the procedures to obtain a building permit. Click here for an explanation of what this means to your plans to build in Charlestown. This document is permanently linked from our General Info page.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 12 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 13 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Townships growing rapidly" by David Bernard and Jill Nawrocki in today's Daily Local News reports on the rapid growth of several Chester County townships, including Charlestown, with quotes from Township Administrator Linda Csete and Supervisor Chairman Kevin Kuhn. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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