Mr. Kuhn said Charlestown Day was a great success with a good turnout; thank you to the Parks & Recreation Board.
Mr. Heleniak said please proceed to the podium for all comments.
Ms. Sharon Richardson read aloud a prepared statement available at the Township Office. Originating back to 2012, Ms. Richardson voiced her frustration with a neighbor that accumulates debris. The latest instance was reported to the Township on August 16. The Township Zoning Officer followed up on August 17 with a Notice of Violation and the property owners have until October 16, 2023, to improve the condition of their property. This is vital to the sale of Ms. Richardson’s home which has been on the market since May of 2023. She (1) requested all records regarding the neighbor’s property since 2012, (2) invited the Board to visit her property, and (3) requested an official statement for prospective buyers showing intent of action by the Township.
Since no progress has been made at the neighbor’s property since August, discussion followed:
Mr. Kuhn moved to approve the reports listed below and Mr. Philips seconded. Mr. Piliero called for discussion, and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Kuhn moved to accept the September 2023 reports #1-16 as submitted, and Mr. Philips seconded. Mr. Piliero called for discussion, and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Willig stated that the Borough of Spring City may join the Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee.
Mr. Marco Paredes attended tonight to represent Verizon along with two colleagues. Their goal is to increase cell coverage along Charlestown Road. Verizon can cover the geological gully by building a 170-foot tower in a 1200-square-foot base station in Charlestown Park. It is a permitted Use in this zoning district.
Questions from the audience followed regarding the results of exposure accumulation, leasing, and other possible sites.
Mr. Guevin, of the University of Valley Forge, asked the Board to keep Charlestown Park as a park. His statement can be obtained at the Township Building.
The reps for Verizon responded:
The Board reminded everyone that this evening was a presentation, not an application for approval.
Mr. Wright gave the annual update to the Township’s MS-4 Program, stating that the last annual DEP report was recently submitted by the Sept. 30th deadline. When he presented the 2022 update last year, the Board agreed to change the street sweeping plan to a new plan for the former Volpe property near the Turnpike. Plans are to install an infiltration basin on this Township’s property at 3017 Phoenixville Pike. It would stop sediment from turnpike runoff from reaching the road and entering the Valley Creek watershed. This project would be done in stages.
This year Mr. Wright said the design to reduce the sediment load by 10% has been finalized. The next step will be to obtain DEP approval and go out for bids. In 2024 the Township will begin construction in the spring so the infiltration basin is in place by 2025 as required. Mr. Wright also mentioned that the Township must submit information regarding pathogens, PCBs, and clarify definitions in ordinances. After a review by Mr. Thompson, a hearing will be held to update the language of the ordinances as required by the DEP.
Mr. Heleniak explained that the current solicitor for the Planning Commission, Ms. Wendy McLean, requested reappointment under her new firm name now that her previous firm has merged with them.
Mr. Philips moved to appoint Ms. Wendy W. McLean Esq., of Wisler Pearlstine, LLC as Planning Commission Solicitor, and Mr. Kuhn seconded. Mr. Piliero called for discussion, and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
EAC Chair Carol Armstrong requested a letter of support from the Supervisors proposing the name “Kwiamwis Siput” for the currently unnamed stream at Charlestown Park. It was suggested by the Lenape and Delaware tribes and means “Hawk Creek”.
Mr. Philips moved to approve the letter of support to the USGS, and Mr. Piliero seconded. Mr. Piliero called for discussion, and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mrs. Csete asked the Board to schedule the Budget Work Session for advertising the review of the draft 2024 Budget. The Board will meet at 6 p.m. on October 16th. They will need to identify projects from the Long-Term Plan to be included in the 2024 Budget.
There being no other business, Mr. Piliero adjourned the meeting at 8:40 p.m. The next Business Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 6, 2023, at 7 p.m., at 11 General Warren Blvd., Suite 1, Malvern, PA.