Charlestown Township
Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC)
Great Valley High School Library
Meeting Minutes
Monday, July 12, 2021

Meeting was held in Great Valley Middle School, Chorale Room, Room 154.

Attendees present:
Pete Goodman (Chair), Carol Armstrong (Vice Chair), Veda Maany (Secretary), Meg Solomon, Ester Estes and Sharon Richardson. Daniel Walker– absent.

Pete Goodman (chair) opened the meeting at 7:10 pm.

Minutes were approved on a motion by Solomon, seconded by Richardson, and were approved unanimously.

August 18th– community presentation series– there is a task list in social media folder in our drive. We reviewed the task list of what we need to do to have a live presentation.

A subcommittee has been created for planting maintenance for all planting projects by the EAC, such as at Deerfield HOA and Brightside where the trees, shrubs, and stakings need to be established. We will try to engage the Deerfield neighbors in the plantings on their properties. Armstrong, Goodman, and Solomon volunteered and will meet to outline short and long-term needs and schedules.

Consider survey of residents’ interests in environmental issues. Get some examples from other EACs that have conducted surveys.

We discussed the PA Board of Education recommendation to remove the Science standards for Environmental studies Ecology and Agriculture. What are the two sides of the issue? Richardson as a retired educator could write a summary for the newsletter.

What are rules and regulations about holding EAC meetings remotely during winter months? Goodman will check with Linda Csete.

Armstrong asked Solomon if she would consider attending the Resource Recycling conference In Harrisburg in August, and requested that the conference fee be paid by the EAC. Richardson moved to cover the expense for an EAC member to attend recycling webinar. Armstrong seconded the motion.

We shall discuss specifics in the August meeting for our table at the September 25 Charlestown Day. We discussed how to make Charlestown Day an earth friendly event that does not produce trash and plastic waste.

The Deerfield Riparian tree/shrub buffer is doing well.

The update on the Ailanthus tree removal at Brightside is that the trees may be responding to treatment after all as they have been weakened.

Northern Chester County EAC meeting is coming up and will be discussing pesticides. Only relevant issue to bring to that meeting is what our requests were when concerns were solicited by Parks & Rec for the new township contracting with a landscape company for our public parks.

Goodman’s talk about streams of Charlestown will be pushed back to take place later in the fall after he returns from Canada.

Nature News– will need topics for October issue. Some ideas are: watersheds and flooding.

Regarding our Charlestown riparian buffer survey-it could be incorporated with the talk about “streams of Charlestown”.

No update on Soundwalls.

EAC bylaws– subcommittee is going to meet to work to review when Pete returns, but our target is to have the bylaws in time for approval at our Organizational Meeting in January 2022.

Electric supplier for township building. There was energy co-op out of Philadelphia that appeared to be a promising provider of 100% PA renewable energy mostly wind. Township however has declined to contract with them at this time due to the higher cost for all renewable energy.

Meeting adjourned at 9 pm.