Charlestown Township Parks & Recreation Board
The next meeting will be in the Great Valley Middle School Choral Room #154.
The July minutes were approved with comments. Mr. Leary and Mr. James responded to the July minutes. See August comments of July approved minutes by Mr. Leary in italic parenthesis below:
Original note: ”The club is growing and appears to have about 50 members with 3 coaches.” The following items were brought to P&R’s attention. (Corrected: There are 60 bikers signed up, but about half show for practice, and 20 coaches).
Original note (corrected note)
Johnson and Johnson employees were at the Pickering Trail and Ice Dam Trail to haul stone and Geotech fabric. Mr. Quay and Ms. Smith worked with other P&R volunteers, and Mr. Beyer trimmed areas in preparation. Work was done in an area where stone can only be carried in and dumped, and wooden raised platforms were built over wet areas. No heavy equipment can be used on the Pickering and McDevitt trails.
Mr. Lawrence reminded the group that Mrs. Csete is researching work crew availability or other groups interested in doing community service. Mr. Beyer said the landscaper isn’t mowing the trails often enough so he contacted them. More workdays will be scheduled in September and October.
Mr. Findlay and Members discussed the problem with invasives and the lack of volunteers. Mr. Findlay suggested finding mechanical means or contracting trail cleanup since the trails are being taken over, especially by the Mile-a-Minute Vine.
Mr. Beyer asked the attendees to please walk all the trails. He warned that the Thompson Trail is not connected, and the Horse-Shoe Trail is not maintained by Charlestown, it simply goes through the Township. It is maintained by the Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy, headed by Ms. Ingrid Cantarella-Fox, President.
Mr. Maurer stated:
Mr. Maurer had talked with Ms. Julia Patton, Director of Operations at the University. His club had offered to restripe the parking lot, clean up trash around the dumpster, and tried to re-establish a working relationship with the University so that they can use that area of the parking lot. Currently, it is locked up, and weeds have begun to grow and are unsightly. He is hoping to re-establish this relationship by watching over the area for the University, especially since it looked better before they denied the club access. Mr. Lawrence suggested the area be added to the Earth Day schedule, continue to take care of any dumping, and he will begin including Ms. Patton in his emails.
The only item for PMYC is the need to get rid of the weeds near the clubhouse.
Stone is being delivered for trash can pads, drains, and erosion problem.
Dogs run out in front of bikes, sometimes dogs aren’t on a leash, or walkers are not looking up from cell phones, so the Members discussed all the precautions that are being taken to prevent injuries in this Township Park. Mr. Lawrence will ask Mrs. Csete to include some of the items below on the website since the next newsletter isn’t due until October, which is too late. Mr. Beyer asked the bike club to reach out to him, he would like to see the trails and learn how they were established.
Mulch is being ordered for the benches, six trees, and the kiosk area, from Charlestown Landscaping. Alix Coleman asked for undyed mulch since the black is toxic. There is a bench being dedicated for Supervisor Rodgers, Mr. Lawrence will keep Alix informed.
The PASC and the PMYC have franchise agreements with the Township that give it first right to fields, but the bike club only has a verbal agreement. There needs to be a written agreement for the bike club. Mr. Lawrence is using the same template that is used for the other sports clubs. But, to do this, biking rules on Township property need to be changed since the current speed is 7 mph, too slow for the bikes. Mr. Lawrence will forward a new agreement to Mr. Leary to review, it won’t change the rules of operation but will provide for a variance for a 15-mph speed limit. Alix will also receive this information.
Mr. Findlay said he felt as though Charlestown is a step ahead when looking at creating pollinator sites. He distributed information on Project Wingspan. It is a 2-year project supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation to the non-profit Pollinator Partnership. There will be funding needed for (1) creating pollinator sites for the monarch and Rusty Patched Bumble Bee and (2) maintenance for sites at a later date. He stated there are good spots in Charlestown Park, and will also contact the Historical Society. The project will send surveyors to a spot the Township would choose to verify its suitability. Members continued to discuss possible locations, pulling weeds, and spreading wildflower seeds.
The Chester County Clean Energy Tour is on Saturday, October 19th.
Mr. Findlay said a recent volunteer to the EAC was a former I.T. consultant and he was hoping to get the “push app” idea going.
Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Findlay discussed the problem of getting volunteers into action, Corporate Social Responsibility Reports, and changing demographics in the Township.
Mr. Lawrence said he will take care of the URL for Great Valley Nature Center in case it is needed in the future. Mr. Findlay will check and get back to him.
Mr. Lawrence will check with Mr. Wright about the silt socks at Brightside Farm. Alix wants Charlestown Landscaping is to check for wires around the silt socks.
Alix bought a Giant Fly Trap to show what can be used against the Lanternfly. Unfortunately, it also catches birds and butterflies unless it is caged with wire. There is an infestation at the Brightside Farm Gardens. Organic methods were discussed, but Mr. Buck fears that gardeners will be tempted to bring non-organic remedies in to try and combat the pests. He will be posting viable options on the fence for gardeners.
Adjourned at 9:00 p.m.