The Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors held their second meeting of the month on Monday, March 21, 1994, at the Charlestown Elementary School, Charlestown Road, Devault.
|Present:||John C. Martin, Jr., Chairman; John B. Sauser, Vice Chairman; Irene W. Ewald, Member; Gary Bender, Esq.; Surender Kohli, P.E.; Thomas F. Oeste, Esq.; Ruth W. Buckwalter, Secretary; Arlene LaRosa, Court Stenographer; Ted and Linda Mondzelewski; Joe Ryan, Esq.; and those on the attached attendees list.|
The first order of business was the continuation of the LauraBrooke public hearing which began at 7:00pm. The Court Stenographer recorded the minutes. This was the final hearing.
At 8:30pm, the Chairman opened the regular meeting.
The first item of business was the decision of the Board on the Bonnie Rodgers’ conditional use application. The Chairman announced the Supervisors denied the application for lack of notice to all property owners within 250’ of the property Ms. Rodgers proposed for a home day care as stated in the Township Ordinance. Sondra Slade, Esq., protested and made a plea for her client to be allowed to come back without depositing another $1,000 - as an act of grace. Mrs. Ewald suggested the Board review the expenditures on this case and notify Mrs. Slade of the Board’s decision. Mrs. Slade said this was acceptable. Mr. Oeste stated that he would forward a copy of the signed decision to Mrs. Slade.
The next item of business was the Stewart Subdivision Final Plan. Bob Plucienik, Chester Valley Engineers, representing Dr. and Mrs. William Stewart, stated that the Stewarts are asking for final approval of their 30 acre 5 lot subdivision located on Union Hill and White Horse Roads. Mr. Plucienik listed the following items suggested by the Fire Marshal: 1) widening the driveways to 12 feet - the Stewarts agree to this change, 2) widening the common drives 18 to 20 feet - the Stewarts agree to this change, 3) the recommended dry hydrant is not practical because the Stewarts say the pond is only 2 feet deep and dries up in the summer. 4) the recommendation that sprinkler systems be installed in each house was not approved by the Stewarts. Mrs. Ewald noted that this is not required by the Township Ordinance but that smoke detectors are required. Mr. Oeste said note #14 should be changed to a blanket statement that no LI uses shall be permitted on property subject to this subdivision. Mr. Martin moved for approval of the Final William and Gail Stewart Subdivision Plan subject to amending note #14. Mr. Sauser and Mrs. Ewald seconded the motion, which made it unanimous.
The written Agreement between the County of Chester and the Township of Charlestown on Bridge #178 was reviewed by the Supervisors. The Agreement will be submitted to the County Board of Commissioners.
Mrs. Ewald reported on the discussion with PECO representatives, held at Mr. Kohli’s office, having to do with PECO tree cutting. PECO is upgrading their major supply of electricity from 4,000 volts to 34,000 volts which are more sensitive to trees. The proposed routing is from Devault - up Charlestown Road to Hollow Road - down Hollow Road to Pikeland Road - to Three Ponds where this improvement is already accomplished. Two trees will have to be removed. The present 35 foot poles will be replaced by 45 and 55 foot poles. Extensive tree trimming needs to be done where the new poles will be placed. Reforestation was discussed.
The next item to be presented to the Board was the Spring Oak Preliminary Plan. Tim Townes presented a schematic highway improvement plan. The Chairman listed several items discussed previously, such as compliance with Mr. Kohli’s letter, compliance with Mr. Comitta’s letter, off site improvements and the cooperation with Charlestown Brae. Mr. Martin went into the cost figures on the improvement of the intersection of Rt #29 and Charlestown Road. He proposed a partnership with Hough/Loew not to exceed $40,000 or $50,000. Mr. Sauser said that this basically is a motion to approve this project with this condition. Mr. Townes would like to talk to Jack Loew about this concept and volunteered to FAX a time extension for Spring Oak to the office.
The Chairman reviewed the 1993 Audit Report to the public, noting that it had been published on March 10,1994.
The Spring Road Tour was set for Sunday, April 24th, starting at 8:00am from the Charlestown Elementary School.
Mr. Kohli reported on a request from Michael Mains for a driveway in order to access his property for maintenance purposes.
The Planning Module for Phase I of Charlestown Oaks was reviewed. Resolution #480-94, to supersede the former approved Resolution #469-94, was approved by a motion made by Mrs. Ewald. The motion was seconded by Mr. Sauser and carried unanimously.
The certification of franchising authority to regulate basic cable service rates and initial findings of lack of effective competition (form FCC 328) was adopted by Mr. Martin’s motion for approval. Mrs. Ewald seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
All business completed, Mrs. Ewald moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Mr. Sauser and unanimously carried. The Chairman adjourned the meeting at 10:20pm.