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Archived Home Pages - November 2003

11/29/03
Turnpike Advertising Signs Issue - A hot topic at recent meetings of the Board of Supervisors is on the Preliminary Agenda again Monday, December 1. The issue involves a conditional use application by GenTerra, the owner of much of the land on the north side of Yellow Springs Road from the Phoenixville Pike to the PA Turnpike. In an effort to facilitate affected individuals learning about where the signs and road would be located, I have taken photos of a map document available at the Township Office which shows the location of the signs and the access road. I have "traced" the relevant components and created my own map which is available here. While the scale is not 100% accurate, it is plenty close to give you a sense of what is proposed and where.
"Water levels on rise" by Betsy Gilliland in today's Daily Local News reports on the possiblity of the 2003 Chester County rainfall exceeding the record set in 1996. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/25/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the December 1 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the December 9 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
11/20/03
"Great Valley asked to allow nativity scene" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on efforts by some parents of Charlestown Elementary School children to get the Great Valley School board to permit the school to display a nativity scene at Christmas. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"VFCC enrollment continues to rise" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on the rapid growth in enrollment of the Valley Forge Christian College, located at the northwest corner of our Township at the site of the old Valley Forge Army Hospital. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"County slightly revises budget" by Betsy Gilliland in today's Daily Local News reports on likely county tax changes discussed at last night's county commissioners' meeting to discuss the preliminary budget. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/19/03
The Official Minutes of the November 3, 2003 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Historic reuse vote tabled" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on Monday night's Board of Supervisors meeting at which an ordinance amendment concerning commercial use of historic homes was tabled. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Local educators recognized" by Pamela Batzel in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the recognition of three area school teachers and administrators for tapping businesses, their peers and the community to expand students' educational experience. One of those recognized is Great Valley's David Morgan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Charlestown's caution is understandable" is an editorial in today's The Phoenix. The article is not posted to the paper's web site and appears only in the print edition. If it's posted tomorrow I'll provide a link to it.
"Modest tax hike won't forestall cuts in Chesco" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a public hearing tonight to discuss the county's preliminary budget. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/17/03
"Two killed in accident" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on a single car accident on Charlestown Road Saturday night, between the Phoenixville line and the village. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
A second article on the accident is in today's Philadelphia Inquirer and is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/14/03
Slip Ramp - Walter Green, an employee of the PA Turnpike Authority, has assured me that contrary to my report of November 7, 2003, "The slip ramps continue to be designed. At this time the cost of construction is estimated. When the design is complete the cost of construction will be better known. the project can then be put into the construction funding pipeline."
11/13/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 17 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Budget for 2004 has been posted as a PDF file. Click here to download the budget. The budget will be voted upon at the December 15 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
The Official Minutes of the October 28, 2003 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted. This meeting was devoted to a workshop aimed at developing ideas for the future of the Devault area.
"Open space money flows freely for some township" by David Bernard in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on recent voter endorsements of several townships' plans to raise funding for the preservation of open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/12/03
"Planners reject 4 billboards" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's Planning Commission meeting at which a request to construct four lighted billboards along the PA Turnpike on Sidley Hill was denied. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/07/03
Fred Alston's Roadmaster report for October has been posted, click here.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for October has been posted, click here.
"Townships open wallets for open space preservation" by David Bernard in today's Daily Local News reports on the approval by voters in five townships to increase their earned income tax for open space preservation. (Charlestown's supervisors recently approved the implementation of such a tax.) The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Slip Ramp - It has been reported to me and hopefully will soon be made publicly official that the proposed PA Turnpike Slip Ramp at Rt. 29 in Devault will be tabled by the Turnpike Commission as soon as the engineering work has been completed. If this is true, it means at the least that it will be many more years before the slip ramp becomes a reality.
11/06/03
Note
: I had the date of the next Planning Commission meeting incorrect in my notification email this morning, as well as in the posting. It should have stated November 11.
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 11 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Township Office will be CLOSED Tuesday, November 11th for Veteran's Day.
"Hogan, Philips to serve as supervisors" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on the supervisor election won by Hogan and Philips. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Emerson wins Charlestown auditor" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on the auditor's race in Charlestown and the fine effort by Great Valley High School student Zachary Smith who received 28% of the vote and said he'll be back on the ballot in the future. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/05/03 (11:30 AM)
Unofficial Election Results - See earlier 11/05/03 entry below. For complete election results across the county, click here and use the links in the left menu column to see the particular results in which you are interested. Charlestown's precinct number is "065"
CHS Mtg Tonight - The Charlestown Historical Society is having our second fall meeting and you are urged to come and bring friends and neighbors. The meeting will start at 8:00 PM and we expect to wrap up about 9:30, at which time we will have refreshments and an opportunity to personally converse with our speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Hamilton, Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hamilton will address us on The Legend of King Arthur: Are there Facts Behind It?
Of all the rulers that England has known, the most famous is undoubtedly King Arthur. Much has been written about him, his Queen Guinevere and his Knights of the Round Table. His story has spanned generations, from vague appearances in contemporary documents to the sagas of the High Middle Ages, to the modern era of Camelot and Disney's The Sword and the Stone. But was there really a King Arthur? And if there was, who was he, when did he live, and was his life anything like the legends? Dr. Hamilton will answer these questions through a discussion of what is known, what has been written, and how the two have produced the modern image of this most famous of English kings. Please support CHS and come to this meeting and bring friends.
"Charlestown tax needs a careful eye", today's editorial in The Phoenix comments on the just passed earned income tax. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/05/03 (1:05 AM "edition")
Unofficial Election Results - Charles Philips and Paul Hogan won the two positions for Charlestown Township Supervisor. The results of the contest were -
Candidate Votes Pct.
CHARLES A. PHILIPS
PAUL HOGAN
PETER D. BUNTEN
WRITE-IN
WRITE-IN
672
534
351
10
0
42.88
34.08
22.40
0.64
0.00
 
The Charlestown Auditor race was won by Robert Emerson (546 votes) over Zachary Smith (216 votes).
The County Commissioner races were won by Carol Aichele, Donald Mancini and Andrew Dinniman.
For those following the Saha fight to keep their farm from being taken over by Coatesville for a golf course, the three Coatesville Home Rule Charter Ammendments all narrowly passed.
11/04/03
Election Day - Please Vote!
The Official Minutes of the October 20, 2003 and October 27, 2003 meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Supervisors adopt earned income tax for open space" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on Monday night's board meeting at which the earned income tax was approved. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chesco elections have a lot at stake" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the key positions and referendums being decided in today's elections. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/03/03
Reminder - Tomorrow's election will be held at the Bacton Hill Bible Church on Route 401, just west of the Valley Hill Road intersection. See our Charlestown Voter Information page for our map and directions. Please come out and vote.
"Voters to settle issues" by Betsy Gilliland in today's The Phoenix summarizes the county level and municipality level issues and candidates that are to be voted on in tomorrow's election. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Testing a commitment to open space" by Sandy Bauers in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on open space preservation funding issues that are up to vote in eight county municipalities. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/01/03
"Open space grows" by Betsy Gilliland in today's Daily Local News reports on the preservation of 112 acres of Chester County farmland through the combined efforts of the County, Natural Lands Trust, and the state of Pennsylvania. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Three vie for supervisor spots" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on two of the three candidates for the two, four-year term Charlestown Township supervisor positions to be elected next Tuesday. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Vaughn says experience with plan offers edge" by Nancy Petersen in Thursday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Michele Vaughn's candidacy for Chester County commissioner. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
 

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