December 18, 1990

The Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors held a meeting on Tuesday, December 18, 1990, at the Charlestown Elementary School.

Present: Irene W. Ewald, Chairman; John C. Martin, Jr., Vice Chairman; Vincent G. Kling, Sr., member; Ruth W. Buckwalter; and those on the attached list of attendees.

Mrs. Ewald called the meeting to order at 8:00 P.M. She noted this meeting had been called to close the books for 1990 and at this time the December 18, 1990 Accounts Payable -were reviewed. In addition to those bills so listed, a year-end bill from the firm of Lamb, Windle & McErlane in the amount of $27,445.14 and a bill from Thomas Comitta Associates for the Charlestown Hunt review in the amount of $6,736.40 were also submitted. Mr. Kling moved to approve payment of the above, Mr. Martin seconded the motion. Mr. Martin called for a discussion. He stated that Thomas Comitta Associates use of number of people to do work for the Township and he would like future bills to itemize who performed the service and at what hourly rate. The same applies for the firm of Lamb, Windle & McErlane. The Supervisors were in agreement on this issue and the motion was carried unanimously.

Escrow Accounts: Mrs. Ewald explained the function of escrow funds. This year, some applicants have been slow in reimbursing their excrow funds and the Township has had to carry this expense. Applicants have been noticed that next month, if the Township is not reimbursed in a timely fashion, it will be made public. She stated that Mr. McErlane and Mr. Kohli suggest a review of the amount in escrow and perhaps change it to:

3 or less lots - $2,000 escrow
4 to 10 lots - $5,000 escrow
very large development - perhaps $10,000

A discussion on handling this issue was followed by a motion made by Mrs. Ewald that the Supervisors re-draft the escrow requirements, have a trigger point of 25% of the escrow amount for replenishing that amount, and request Mr. McErlane to draft that into the form of an Ordinance and advertise it. Mr. Kling seconded the motion, it carried unanimously.

Charlestown Oaks. – Mr. Martin moved to approve the Resolution and Interim Order. Mrs. Ewald questioned paragraph 10 of this document. A discussion followed. Mr. Kling seconded the motion, it carried unanimously.

A letter from PSATS re. Impact Fees was received by the Supervisors urging them to write to the Governor and request him to veto this bill. Mrs. Ewald will write this letter.

Option II of the S.P.C.A. Contract for 1991 was reviewed and approved on a motion made by Mr. Kling, seconded by Mr. Martin and unanimously carried. The cost of this contract is $1,195.

Apple Pie Farm: Julianne Street re-stated the hazards at the intersection of White Horse and Union Hill Roads as contained in her letter of November 21. The problem was discussed and Mr. Kling suggested alerting PENNDOT to put up signs to slow traffic. Also, possibly the St. Police could set up a speed trap. Mrs. Street also questioned the reason for not having her deceased husband’s name eliminated from the per capita tax list. Mr. Martin explained that there is no way the Township Tax Collector can know of the death of a resident unless he is notified. Mrs. Street deferred discussing Devault Crushed Stone, Inc. until she talked to Mr. Kohli.

Newcomen Road: A letter to the Supervisors from Alfred R. Brady, Chairman of the West Pikeland Board of Supervisors dated December 10 stated that, effective immediately, West Pikeland will cease responsibility for that portion of Newcomen Road located north of Rt. 401. They claim it lies in Charlestown Township. Mr. McErlane maintains the Township line runs through the center of the road. Charlestown Supervisors do have the option to vacate their half of the road if landowners agree. Mrs. Ewald will consult with Mr. McErlane on this issue. Mr. Martin will write to Mr. Brady and tell him his position is untenable.

Mary Jane Duncan reviewed the auto accidents in the Township.

Galloway C. Morris, of Buckwalter Road, reviewed his problem of flooding which has not been resolved despite the work done there in October. He stated the pipe on the Morris’ side of the road is one size and the pipe on the Henry’s side is a smaller size. He reported the road is beginning to buckle. If the culvert could be cleaned out, it would temporarily relieve the problem. Mrs. Ewald said she would speak to the Roadmaster to have the culvert cleaned and discuss the size of pipe with Mr. Kohli.

At 9:30 P.M., all business completed, Mr. Kling moved to adjourn the meeting, Mr. Martin seconded the motion, It so carried. The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,