The first business meeting for July was held July 1, 2019, at the Great Valley High School in Room 227, 255 N. Phoenixville Pike, in Malvern, PA.
Mr. Kuhn announced that a conservation easement has been placed on the 23.8-acre Thompson property on Union Hill Road.
Mr. Findlay said thank you to Mr. Hubbard for his help with a state police incident on Charlestown Road. A fence was down, and the culprits were apprehended. Speed monitoring equipment, used for data collection only, might be helpful to make this state road safer. The Township traffic consultant is working on this road and the Board is waiting for suggestions. Following up on recommendations in the Act 209 Report is the consultant’s first priority. Also, Mrs. Csete forwarded pictures to PennDOT proving certain improvements had not been made, but PennDOT said had been completed. The Township is waiting to hear back from PennDOT.
Mr. Martin from the Charlestown Historical Society said the latest concert had over 200 people attend and thanked the Roadmaster for mowing the parking zone. The next concert is on July 11th.
Mr. Martin reported that the Janet Rubino application had a second hearing with a modified plan and it was approved. He suggested the Planning Commission review and wordsmith the part of the Ordinance regarding “expansion of a building”. The Zoning Hearing Board acknowledged the Rubino plan now showed the expansion of non-conforming use to be under 50%.
The new Vice Chairperson of the Zoning Hearing Board is Ms. Jean Bomm.
Mr. Philips moved to approve the minutes for the June 3, 2019 Business Meeting, and Mr. Kuhn seconded. Mr. Piliero called for discussion and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Kuhn moved to approve the June 2019 Treasurer’s Report and Mr. Piliero seconded. Mr. Piliero called for discussion and there being none, called the vote, all were in favor.
Mr. Willig moved to approve the Operating Fund Accounts Payable Report for July 1, 2019 and Mr. Kuhn seconded. Mr. Piliero called for discussion and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Philips moved to approve the Capital Improvements - General Fund Accounts Payable Report for July 1, 2019 and Mr. Kuhn seconded. Mr. Piliero called for discussion and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Philips moved to accept the June 2019 reports #1-14 as submitted and Mr. Piliero seconded. Mr. Piliero called for discussion and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Willig stated the update to the Comprehensive Plan was complete and will be coming to the townships for review and adoption in the near future. West Pikeland has also decided to rejoin the group and if there are no objections will do so. Charlestown Supervisors had no objections.
Mr. Philips stated that the Planning Commission reviewed the draft resolution prepared by a subcommittee consisting of two members each from the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Environmental Advisory Committee. The draft was posted on the Township website to invite public comment and 17 comments were received. Following a few edits, the Planning Commission recommended the adoption of the resolution.
Mr. Philips moved to adopt Resolution #945-2019 promoting renewable energy goals and strategies, and Mr. Kuhn seconded. Mr. Piliero called for discussion.
Mr. Piliero wrapped up the comments by telling the audience that everyone seemed to be primarily in agreement, and to pass the resolution so that progress can be made and an action plan with a date, be formulated.
Since Mr. Kuhn had previously seconded Mr. Piliero, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Thompson recommended the Township file a complaint against Hartman Run LLC in the Court of Common Pleas. The owner of the property placed four condominiums without subdivision approval at Hartman Run Lane (tax parcels 35-2-95,35-2-101, 35-2-102). The requirement states a minimum lot area of 80,000 square feet for a conventional lot containing a single-family dwelling in the FR Zoning District; therefore they are non-conforming.
Mr. Kuhn moved to direct Mr. Thompson to file the complaint against Hartman Run LLC and Mr. Philips seconded. Mr. Piliero called for discussion and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Wright gave an update on a zoning violation for a property on Conestoga Road (Rt. 401) operating a business. Mr. Wright said that although the owner has collected large equipment and moved earth, no business is operating there, and the berms are not in the right-of-way. The owner will be paying his fine and submitting the zoning and erosion control permits that are required. He will begin smoothing out the earth, seeding, and planting vegetation.
The Aldham Road property is unoccupied and has collected junk. Mr. Wright is waiting for the stronger ordinance to pass, then he will contact them.
Mr. Philips provided an update on the ordinance amendments relating to Conditional Use, which were recommended by the Planning Commission for adoption during their June 11th meeting. Mr. Philips described how the Township wants to be proactive, anticipate some uses, and also prevent litigation. With the new definitions and new uses under assigned districts, the draft is ready to be sent to Chester County for comments. It will be on the next Board agenda.
Mr. Motel said that the designation of Fast Food will be adjusted in TND-3 since it allows drive-thrus, and there is pedestrian emphasis in the TNDs. TND’s are not meant to accommodate drive-thrus due to car stacking and increased traffic, so Fast Food will be permitted, but no drive-thrus.
The question arose, if the Township doesn’t provide for this use, could the Regional Comprehensive Plan come into defense for this? Ms. Bednar asked if they needed to prohibit drive-thrus in TND’s. In the I/O/B district (south of the Turnpike entrance) any other lawful use is to be considered per Mr. Thompson. Mr. Thompson will analyze the fast food drive-thru issue, then submit the amendments to Chester County.
Mr. Philips moved to send the ordinance amendments to Chester County for review with the new changes provided by Mr. Thompson regarding drive-thrus. Mr. Kuhn seconded. Mr. Piliero called for discussion, and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Dettore of J.D. Bravo Co., updated the Board on the steps needed to repair the perimeter wall at the old Charlestown Cemetery on Charlestown Road. He reviewed the original cost estimate and added estimates for additional clearing and obtaining stone to match the existing stone. He noted that historically similar stone would not be available commercially and would have to be salvaged from an existing location, which could involve cleaning and transporting to the site. His highest (potential) estimate for the project is $190,900.
There are some sides of the wall that are in worse repair than others. The walls may need to be faced with the old stone and therefore, widened. Or a different method of how the wall is built could be incorporated into the original (ex. adding stucco). Whatever the method, it will be determined after Mr. Dettore finds out how much stone there is for the project.
Mr. Frens will be involved with preparing the bid specs. Mr. Dettore will contact Mr. Frens and they will coordinate the bid package, most likely requiring prevailing wage and public bidding. As they develop a plan that will tell them how much stone they need, they will also find out exactly how much stone they have to work with, and plan from that point.
Mr. Dettore will check on the bathroom upgrade project at the farmhouse for Brightside Farm.
Mr. Dettore will get a price from a different signage company for completing the Mill. He will also check on the order already in process.
Mr. Dettore deferred to Mr. Thompson, who stated that there is a motion for reconsideration with a judge on the Charlestown Park project. It is taking a long time, therefore the restroom door issue is still pending.
The landscaper for Charlestown Park will be told by Mr. Hubbard to remove and replace three dead trees. Mr. Hubbard did not feel that Davey Tree needed to be called in.
Mrs. Csete said in accordance with the state’s records disposition schedule, she proposed the destruction of selected 2011 financial records as they are only required to be retained for 7 years.
Mrs. Csete said the scanning training is going well and looks promising. After the new computers are installed, additional hardware will be installed with training to follow. There is no need to have an intern for scanning yet but may be planned for next summer.
Mr. Philips moved to adopt Resolution #946-19 authorizing the disposition of these records, and Mr. Kuhn seconded. Mr. Piliero called for discussion and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Township Engineer Mr. Wright presented information on pervious pavement. A copy of the PowerPoint material is included as an addendum to the minutes.
Mr. Piliero adjourned the meeting at 9:25 p.m. The next Board of Supervisors Meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m. at Great Valley High School, Room #227, 255 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern, PA.