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Archived Home Pages - December 2006
Snow Removal - Roadmaster Fred Alston has updated a notice regarding snow removal in the township. In addition to explaining how the removal process is handled, Fred has added a diagram showing where you should plow or shovel the snow near the road end of your drive so as to minimize snow being pushed back into your drive by the truck plowing your road. The updated page is available here and is permanently linked from our Index to Gov't Info page (under "Roads").
"$3.3 million land trust approved" by Anne Pickering in Tuesday's Daily Local News reports on the recent approval of county funds to assist in the conservation of 13 projects totaling 864 acres of land. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"School district's hard lesson about eminent domain" by Dan Hardy in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the Great Valley School District's battle to obtain a property adjacent to the high school. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chesco budget raises tax" by Brian Fanelli in today's Daily Local News (and also in today's The Phoenix) reports on the approved property tax increase of 2.84 percent for 2007. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agendas for the Tuesday January 2nd Reorganization and Regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Soldier phones hometown" by Colleen McCullough in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on a phone call to the newspaper from Charlestown resident and Baqubah, Iraq-stationed US Army specialist Andrew Ruccius. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Principal Swymer to leave Great Valley Middle School" by Will Hobson in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the planned retirement of Stephen Swymer as principal of the Middle School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Stormwater Runoff, Flooding and Erosion are subjects of a series of ten articles by Anne Pickering this week in the Daily Local News. The articles are available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking the links below.
12/24/06 XMAS Eve
- Flood problems arise when it rains
- Heavy rains from June 2006 storm resulted in widespread damage
- History repeats itself with recent spate of flooding
- Residents try to cope
- Residents: Development causes floods
- Families struggle to recover after life-altering floods
- Common stormwater solution turns into nightmare for some
- Management for prevention
- Weathering the storm: Day three
- A man fights to save his property
News Bulletin (Final):
Santa Claus is very close to Charlestown! Has everyone cleaned up their room and gone to sleep? The sleigh is very full.......listen for the hoofs on the roof........... Are they loud or quiet? You might even hear Santa say something! Merry Christmas to all... and to all a good night
News Bulletin (2):
Rudolph has just been spotted over Canada! Santa is due to arrive in Charlestown later tonight, just after all the good children go to sleep. The reindeer really like carrots as a snack or other vegetables. So, make sure you wash them and put a tiny bit of sugar on them for the reindeer. Santa likes cookies but cannot have too many because he wants to stay healthy. They look near the chimney or front door for snacks.
News Bulletin: From the North Pole to the Children of Charlestown
Santa has left the North Pole!
Rudolph was so excited about the big trip that he developed a case of hiccups. Can you imagine the funny noise that makes in a reindeer? Try making a noise like a reindeer .now add deer-hiccups to that. Isn't that funny? Some of the other reindeer thought so too but they didn't want to hurt Rudolph's feelings by laughing too loud. So they just smiled with their heads looking down.
Santa will be checking to make sure all the children are sleeping so he can make his visit. You can check the sky to see if you can spot Santa and the sleigh before you go to sleep.
"TOP 10 of 2006: Townships voted to buy open space" by Colleen McCullough in today's The Phoenix reports on open space referendums passed this year in East Pikeland and Schuylkill Townships, with funding facilitated by increases in the earned income tax (EIT). The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Santa Reports Coming - I am told by Charlestown resident Irene Ewald that I will have progress reports Christmas Eve as Santa heads out with his load of gifts. I'll send out an email notice tomorrow with the first sighting. Typically I get two or three updates after the initial sighting somewhere over northern Canada. I'm guessing the reports will come in around 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm :) .
"Charlestown supers OK Stonorov drive" in today's The Phoenix is a brief summary of what transpired at last Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Official Map Amendment Proposal (from Linda Csete) -
The Supervisors have scheduled a hearing on February 26, 2007, 7:30 PM at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154, to consider the adoption of an amendment to the Official Map. The amendment would add seven parcels under the "Proposed Municipal Use" designation. The parcels consist of the Pennsylvania Rail Lines LLC rail road bed, and the Township is hoping that at some point in the future they may become available for a rails-to-trails conversion. (JM note: The draft amendment text as well as the revision to the map itself (17"x11") are available as PDF files from our Official Map page, which is permanently linked from our Index to Gov't Info page.
Nature Center Winter Break Camps - The Great Valley Nature Center will be conducting Winter Break Camps from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm for children ages 4-10 between Christmas and New Years. Each day of winter camp is filled with crafts, stories, outside adventure, and hands-on activities. Sign-up for one, two or all three days! 610-935-9777.
"County economy seen as strong" by Josh Eisenberg in Friday's Daily Local News reports on the third annual "Economic Outlook and Review" from The Chester County Economic Development Council. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
- Wednesday 12/27/06 Winter Weather: Learn about snow, sleet, and blizzard conditions.
- Thursday 12/28/06 Winter Plants: Learn all about how plants adapt and survive in the winter.
- Friday 12/29/06 Winter Animals: Learn how animals survive the harsh weather, and even meet some of our captive species up close and personal.
The Preliminary Agenda for the December 18 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the November 14 and 28 meetings of the Planning Commission have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the December 2 work session of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Citizens' Tax Study Commission Recommendation Posted - The Citizens' Tax Study Commission (TSA) recently recommended to the Great Valley Board of School District Directors that the Board enact an Earned Income Tax (EIT) at the rate of one percent under the tax-shifting provisions of Pennsylvania Act 1. A News Release from the School District has been posted on the district's web site, announcing the recommendation and summarizing the pros and cons of Earned Income Tax and Personal Income Tax approaches to funding. The News Release is available from the district's web site (28kb PDF) by clicking here.
PC Agenda Updated (from Linda Csete) - The Valley Forge Christian College's engineer has indicated representatives do not plan to attend tonight's meeting of the Planning Commission and asked to be taken off the agenda. They asked to be placed on the January 9th agenda. The updated agenda is available here.
Ordinance Updates (from Linda Csete) - Two revised ordinances, one new recently passed ordinance, and one draft ordinance have been posted. Note that the Board of Supervisors has scheduled a hearing on January 22, 2007, 7:30 PM at the Great Valley Middle School to consider the ordinance to revise the zoning ordinance relative to Noise and adding a section on Sound Barriers (see #4 below). The links below have been updated on our Index to Gov't Info page and other appropriate pages.
- Updated Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (1.6mb PDF)
- Updated Zoning Ordinance (1.5mb PDF)
- New Horse Trail Ordinance (80kb PDF)
- Draft ordinance to revise the zoning ordinance relative to Noise and adding a section on Sound Barriers (140 kb PDF)
The "Thompson Sketch Plan - Discussion" item has been removed from the Preliminary Agenda for the December 12 meeting of the Planning Commission.
The Official Minutes of the November 20, 2006 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the December 12 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Chesco votes to hike property taxes" by Benjamin Y. Lowe in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports the county's commissioners have approved a near 3 percent increase in property taxes for 2007. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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