BUSINESS MEETING - October 5, 1998

The first business meeting for October was held October 5, 1998 at the Charlestown Elementary School on Charlestown Road, Devault. John B. Sauser, Chairman, Robert C. Wert, Vice Chairman, Irene W. Ewald, James E. McErlane, Esq., Surender S. Kohli, P.E., Linda M. Csete, Secretary, and those on the attached attendee list were present.

The meeting was called to order at 7:35 P.M. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


There were no announcements.

Approval of Minutes

Mr. Sauser moved to approve the minutes of 9/21/98 with a correction on page 2, second paragraph, to read “42 inches” instead of “42 feet” and Mr. Wert seconded. Mr. Sauser and Mr. Wert were in favor, and Mrs. Ewald was opposed.

Treasurer’s Report

Mrs. Ewald moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report for September 1-30, 1998. Mr. Wert seconded and all were in favor.

Accounts Payable

Mr. Wert moved to approve the Accounts Payable for October 5, 1998 and Mr. Sauser seconded. Mr. Sauser and Mr. Wert were in favor. Mrs. Ewald was opposed solely due to check #1828.


Written reports from the Valley Forge Sewer Authority, Zoning Officer, Roadmaster, Fire Marshal, Historical Commission and Planning Commission have been circulated.


Mr. Thompson will consult with Mr. Kohli on costs for paving the 950 foot portion of Howells Road referenced in his memo to the Board of 10/2/98.

Mr. Wert asked Mr. Kohli for an update on traffic signalization. Mr. Kohli responded that a survey crew is being established to produce a conditions diagram for Route 401, a process that should take approximately one month. Ongoing work on plans for a traffic signal improvement at Route 29 and Charlestown Road continues.

Mrs. Ewald stated that road and traffic signs are disappearing throughout the Township and suggested that the Township offer a reward for information in addition to requesting assistance from Townwatch.

Fire Marshal

Mr. Alston reported that a fire drill at Charlestown Elementary School took place this morning which went extremely well. He commended the teachers, administration, and students for vacating the school in under three minutes, and described them as “absolutely fantastic”, particularly considering that this was only the second fire drill of the year.

Parks and Recreation

Mrs. Ewald referred to a letter received by the Supervisors by Paul Hogan calling for an inspection of the playground, voicing concerns that the recent work was not performed up to spec. Mr. Connolly will be asked to follow up.

Citizen’s Forum

Mr. Zaro stated his strenuous and vigorous objection to the Board’s consideration of an action to condemn a portion of Chesterfield Lane to allow access to the Somerset subdivision. He referenced a letter dated 10/1/98 from Bob Pingatore, who also objected to the motion. Mr. Churchill responded to Mr. Zaro’s comments and Mr. Pingatore’s letter, stating that he has no interest in the action other than to carry out his duties as a Planning Commissioner.

Motion to Condemn Chesterfield Lane

Mr. Sauser tabled this motion to the next meeting, date to be announced.

Resolution #533-98 Dedication of Roads

Mr. Sauser read aloud Resolution #533-98 accepting dedication for the roads in Phase I & II of the Whitehorse at Charlestown development, which was approved at the 9/21/98 meeting. The Resolution and dedication documents will be recorded by the Township Solicitor.

Fall Road Tour

The Fall Road Tour was scheduled for October 11, 1998, 8:00 A.M. to begin at the Soccer Clubhouse at Charlestown Park.

Charlestown Oaks Escrow Release #9

Mrs. Ewald moved to approve Escrow Release #9 for Charlestown Oaks Inc. in the amount of $312,489.50. Mr. Wert seconded and all were in favor.

Other Business

Great Valley School District Sketch Plan

Planning Commission Chairman Bud Zeigler will draft a letter to the School District inviting them to come to the Planning Commission to discuss their sketch plan for playing fields on their Yellow Springs Road parcel.

Document Fee Schedule

Mr. Sauser placed this matter on the agenda for the next meeting, date to be announced.

The Board recessed at 8:55 P.M. for an executive session to discuss real estate matters. The meeting was called back to order at 9:40 P.M.

Citizens’ Forum - Non Agenda Items

No matters were brought forward.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 P.M. The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors will be held on November 2, 1998 at 7:30 P.M. at the Charlestown Elementary School.

Respectfully Submitted,

Linda M. Csete, Township Secretary