Charlestown Township
Board of Supervisors Business Meeting
Minutes of March 27, 2006

A third meeting for was held in March on March 27, 2006 at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154. Kevin R. Kuhn, Chairman, Michael Rodgers, Vice Chairman, Paul Hogan, Charlie Philips, Hugh Willig, Linda M. Csete, Township Administrator, and those on the attached list were present. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 P.M.


Mr. Willig announced that the Phoenixville Regional Planning Commission will hold public meetings to present the draft regional comprehensive plan developed by members including the townships of Charlestown, East Pikeland, East and West Vincent along with Phoenixville Borough. Meetings will be held as follows:

March 29th, 7:00 P.M.- Kimberton Fire Hall
March 30th, 7:00 P.M.- Valley Forge Fire Hall
April 6th, 7:00 P.M.- Colonial Theater

Mr. Philips announced that the Township will hold a roadside cleanup event on Earth Day, April 22nd, and invited residents to volunteer to join the efforts. Mrs. Csete said the volunteers will meet at 9 AM at the Township office for safety vests and other supplies and the clean up would conclude around noontime.

Citizen’s Forum/Non-Agenda Items

No matters were brought forward at this time.


Minutes of March 20, 2006 – Business Meeting

Mr. Rodgers moved to approve the March 20, 2006 Business Meeting minutes and Mr. Philips seconded. Mr. Kuhn called for discussion, and there being none called the vote. All were in favor.

New Business

Burgoon and Coleman – Easement Applications

Open Space Director Aliena Gerhard gave a brief description of the two properties under consideration by the Township for purchase of development rights. Grant applications to the DCNR for matching funds will be submitted for both properties. Ms. Gerhard said the Burgoon property is approximately 71 acres in size and is located between Green Lane and Yellow Springs Roads. It is adjacent to the Township’s protected 75 acre Brightside Farm. The Coleman property has approximately 16 acres and is located on Green Lane Road abutting the Burgoon property. Public input was requested to incorporate into the grant application. Mr. Kuhn asked for a show of hands of those in favor of preserving these two parcels. The great majority of those in attendance were in favor. No one expressed opposition.

Request for Extension – Maher Conditional Use Application

The Secretary referenced a letter dated March 20, 2006 from Sean and Jill Maher requesting an extension to October 1, 2006 for their conditional use approval issued on July 7, 2003. The Mahers expect to begin their project prior to the new extension date. Mr. Willig moved to grant the extension on the Maher conditional use approval to October 1, 2006, and Mr. Philips seconded provided the conditional use approval that remains in place isn’t altered in any way. Mr. Kuhn called for discussion, and there being none called the vote. All were in favor.

Presentation by Charlestown Township Emergency Services Providers

The proceedings were recorded by Tom Corcoran, Court Reporter. The following representatives were present on behalf of the State Police:

Station Commander Lt. Brian Naylor
Sgt. Rich D’Ambrosio
Sgt. Doug O’Conner
Trooper Matt Carr
Criminal investigators Metzer and Barton.

The County Fire Marshal, Harrison Holz, and the Township Fire Marshal/EOC Coordinator, Fred Alston, were also present.

Lt. Naylor began with background on the state police and the services they provide to the Township. This was followed by a question and answer session that lasted approximately one hour. Main concerns voiced by residents were traffic accidents and road safety issues, vandalism, and nuisance complaints such as noise and dogs running at large.

Mr. Holz explained the 911 system in Chester County and how calls are dispatched to the responders.

Members of the public expressed their appreciation to the State Police for their services.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:33 P.M. The next meeting is scheduled for April 3, 2006, 7:30 P.M. in Room 154 of the Great Valley Middle School. The Board held an executive session following the meeting to discuss legal matters.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda M. Csete
Township Secretary