Minutes recorded for meeting on June 13th, 2018 at the Great Valley High School Library, 225 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern, PA 19355. Meeting was held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Attendees were Carol Armstrong, Richard Findlay, Veda Maany, Daniel Walker, Linda Csete, Kevin Kuhn, Jane Dugdale (Resident)
Apologies for being absent from Pete Goodman and Greg Nesspor.
The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm with Carol Armstrong in the Chair.
Linda encouraged all EAC members to visit the township Official website where there is detailed coverage of activities and official documents.
Linda focused on Environment activities she was personally involved in or provided over sight.
The act covers both residential, institutional and yard waste. It requires a report by each township in the commonwealth on the tonnage of waste collected and disposed of. The report is made two times/year with raw data being provided by the refuse collecting companies to Chester County, which is then passed on to each township to report individually. Given the overlap of zip codes across borders and shared postal descriptors e.g. Malvern for Charlestown, there are questions about the accuracy of the allocation of the tonnage to a specific township. The reports re subject to audit, and its data are the bases for grant applications that Linda submits. The township receives annual grants of $2000 to process the report. Charlestown residential yard waste is collected at a Phoenixville site which provides another challenge to the accuracy of the data. Refuse collectors need to register annually with the Township. Further information is available on the Township website.
EAC Help: Would be helpful and instructive for a member of the EAC to attend the County meeting about the mandated reporting. EAC members were interested in way to check if residents are complying with recycling. Richard suggested he could survey who was putting out material on trash day, and perhaps gathering data from a Housing Association(s). Linda also suggested that a tour of the Honey Brook Landfill could be informative.
Action: No specific objectives for action were identified at this meeting as the EAC is in a process of gathering information to develop a goal plan for the EAC.
Chester County previously tracked the rate of septic system pumping, but this system fell apart due in part to growth in the County. Two years ago a new system was adopted, and the Township as required has an ordinance requiring all residences on a septic system to have their system purged/pumped every three years. The township manager receives emails on the work done in the township by each septic company. This system covers approximately 1000 out of the 2200 residences in the township. Linda Csete estimated that about 75% of the township does not pump at the required frequency, and suggested that a fine may be put in place for noncompliance after the three year deadline and multiple reminders from the township.
The Township office maintains a spread sheet of notifications by the septic pumping companies when an action is undertaken. As this data only started in 2017 the three year deadline will only be enforced starting in 2020. There have been notifications to all residents concerning the ordinance and the requirement but as the ordinance has not been enforced to date it may be advisable to conduct an update/educational program.
EAC help: Draft a communication program for residents and include a township Newsletter notice.
Action: Richard Findlay to liaise with Linda and Draft.
The 811 call line is to help residents that are making earth disturbance projects
on their properties, to learn if there are water, electric, sewer, or gas lines in the work area, and Jan Bird receives
about 60 such calls/month. The report requires outline details of the project and location on their property. A service
engineer then visits the property and marks (Color coded) any underground wires, cables pipes, etc. All such 811 requests
are reported to the township, logged and passed to the township engineer Dan Wright. Dan will make a site visit as
appropriate to ensure the required permits are in place.
EAC Help: No objectives were identified, unless Dan Wright requests help from the EAC.
The Charlestown EOC plan and response is managed by Linda Csete and Kevin Kuhn on the Board of Supervisors. Timothy Hubbard, Fire Marshall and Emergency Management Coordinator, conducts a biennial drill, the last being in November 2017. The date is pre-determined but the nature of the emergency is not disclosed; emergencies may include pipeline breaches or blasts, Hazmat releases, or Limerick Nuclear Power Plant releases. The last exercise Charlestown gained an excellent rating.
EAC Help: No objectives were identified at this time.
This is a DEP Storm Water Ordinance to cover as a minimum a control program for storm water management. A report on activities and measures in place is made on an annual basis by the township Engineer Dan Wright. Linda provides certain sections for the report. The program and report covers:
Dan Wright does an inspection two times/year of all the retention/detention basins and rain gardens in the township. After heavy storms Ed Theurkauf, tours the township to observe storm water runoff issues and advises Dan Wright accordingly. Ed also provides advice on basins and water gardens on a voluntary basis. Eileen Juico, an attorney in Charlestown, provided a pipeline education series in the past.
Further information is available on the township website under storm water management. Fun fact: Charlestown township has received an award for its website!
EAC Help: Public participation, education and outreach could be an area where we can assist the MS4 requirements. Perhaps on Earth Day and Charlestown day.
Action: This objective will be considered as the EAC creates a goal plan.
EAC Help: It was agreed that Linda will forward emails and attachments about environmental issues to Carol and Pete for now.
The EAC committee thanked Linda for her thorough presentation and is looking forward to working with her.
EAC help: Richard will discuss whether Andy Motel and Mike Allen of the Planning Commission are interested in light of the limited businesses in Charlestown.
EAC Help and Action: At the next EAC meeting, we will contribute further suggestions. Richard identified a list of projects found at NESA.org (tag down to Become an Eagle Scout, then tag showcase, to see on a national level previous approved projects.
Help from EAC: The EAC has posted a notice on the township website to reach out to township residents, invite them to make comments (create an eRegistration account at www.ferc.gov), provide them with Pete’s letter as a source of information, and give them docket number CP18-46; https://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/doc_info.asp?document_id=14634543.
Help from EAC: There is a website, earth911.com, which gives companies and locations where almost any item can be recycled based on your zip code.
Help from EAC: The goal is to come up with 4–6 topics for now. Some presentations might be hosted at Charlestown park with refreshments and draw in families that way.