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April, 2021

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TOWNSHIP NEWS

Dear West Goshen Residents and Business Owners,

On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well. Like me, I am sure that with increased vaccine supply and widespread inoculation now available, you are eagerly anticipating putting the COVID health crisis behind us. I am very much looking forward to resuming in-person public meetings at the Township building, hopefully within the next couple of months.

Throughout the pandemic period, Township staff have continued to focus on ensuring that essential services are provided to our community as close to normal as possible, including pushing on with substantial infrastructure projects in our stormwater and sanitary sewer systems (read more about the Ravens Lane stormwater project on the Township website HERE). As an engineer, I strongly believe maintaining and improving our physical infrastructure is critical for creating a vibrant community. These investments will support our neighborhoods for decades to come. It was certainly welcome news that the Township will be the recipient of Federal aid from the American Rescue Plan Act (COVID-19 Relief Bill) in the total amount of $2.27 million.

We have much more work ahead of us in 2021, including bidding for our Waste and Recycling contract; fully understanding the compliance and funding impact of our Stormwater Permit issued late 2019 by the PA Department of Environmental Protection; and on-going assessment of investment needed for road improvements, stormwater and sewer systems. As always, I encourage you to attend our public meetings, whether held virtually or in-person, as your Board wants to hear from our residents on all matters being considered. The Board of Supervisors meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month with the agenda and meeting materials posted on the Township website the Friday before the meeting.

Best regards,

Shaun Walsh
Chair, Board of Superviors

Read More Here

Board of Supervisors Meeting Notes:
April, 2021

Board of Supervisors Meeting Notes:
 
April 6 Workshop Meeting
  • The Board of Supervisors approved the 2021 Arbor Day Proclamation
  • The Board of Supervisors were provided an update of the Raven’s Lane Stormwater Project
  • The Board of Supervisors reviewed several Zoning, Subdivision & Land Development and general Ordinances
 
April 20 Meeting
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance No. 1-2021, approving the new Verizon Cable Television Franchise Agreement
  • The Board of Supervisors reviewed various Zoning, Subdivision & Land Development and Solar Ordinances
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance No. 2-2021, establishing new False Fire Alarm regulations
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance No. 3-2021, amending Chapter 75, Fines
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance No. 4-2021, amending Chapter 70, Snow and Ice
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance No. 5-2021, amending Chapter 7, Police Chief Reporting
  • The Board of Supervisors approved the 2021 Pavement Markings bid

Subdivision & Land Development

  • The Township continues to review a 7-lot residential subdivision project at 504 South Concord Road

Pipeline Report

  • The Mariner II/IIx pipeline work is complete in West Goshen Township.  However, Energy Transfer intends to continue to use the Boot Road site as a construction storage lot for the foreseeable future.

Roadwork

  • PennDOT has temporarily closed the eastbound lane of the Boot Road bridge over Rt. 202 due to a maintenance issue.  Eastbound and westbound traffic is not restricted, but please follow all traffic controls and please use caution when using the bridge.

West Goshen's Public Works Department: Working to Ensure Uninterrupted Service During COVID

J. David Woodward has been the public works director since 2016. With a staff of approximately 41 they handle over 95 miles of Township roadways, over 111 acres of parkland, 225 miles of sewer lines, 10 pumping stations, trash, recycling, and yard waste collection for the township.

COVID-19 did not slow the public works department down. With residents depending on the services they provide; adjustments were made in crew splits and they kept moving forward to ensure services were uninterrupted. West Goshen’s beautiful parks became an integral part of residents' lives during the shutdown with usage well above normal even without their usual event programming. The Township’s Parks Department kept them mowed and cleaned providing a haven for residents during the difficult time. 

Read More Here

The West Goshen Township Public Works Department...at Work!

Sewer Repair
5 Points Repair
 




Hamlet Hill Repair

April is PA Safe Digging Month

PENNSYLVANIA 811 SAFE DIGGING MONTH

Traditionally outdoor projects start in the spring. Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging Month serves as a reminder to all excavators and homeowners to call 811 at least three business days before you dig, so that the approximate location of their underground utility lines can be identified and marked by facility owners. The call before you dig process helps to prevent injuries, property damage, and inconvenient utility outages. 

Safe Digging is a shared responsibility among excavators, homeowners, and facility owners. The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), a member-driven association committed to raising the public’s awareness of underground safety, conducted a recent survey where approximately four in ten homeowners stated that they plan to dig on their property this year for an outdoor home or property improvement project. Of those homeowners who plan to dig, forty-five percent did not plan to call 811 before they dig. Two-thirds of homeowners believe they would not hit an unmarked underground utility line or cause a service outage if they dug without calling 811. 
Read More Here

TOWNSHIP IMPROVEMENTS

2021 Township Road Paving Program

The 2021 West Goshen Township Paving Program is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 19th.

The week of April 19th will see contractor Allan A. Myers beginning work on Box Elder Drive, Staghorn Way, Hawthorne Lane, Valley Circle, Spring Valley Lane, Joy Lane, Maule Lane, Hallowell Lane and Francis Circle.

The week of April 26th will see contractor Allan A. Myers work on Steward Lane, Trafalgar Lane, Mayfair Circle, Hamlet Hill Drive, Victoria Lane, Banbury Circle, Raleigh Drive, Taylors Mill Road, North New Street, Fox Knoll Lane and Amanda Lane.

Work on all streets could be complete as soon as May 1, 2021, weather dependent. Click here to learn more. 

POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

On June 24, 2019, the West Goshen Police Department conducted their first-everJunior Gumshoes Camp! The camp was offered as a trial to 22 fourth-grade students from Fern Hill Elementary School. Students were introduced to an age-appropriate mock “crime scene.” They were instructed on how to collect and document evidence, dust for fingerprints, and pour shoe molds. In the end, their hard work and determination paid off. With the evidence they collected, the students were able to pinpoint a major suspect in the case leading to an “arrest.” The kids were beaming with pride at their success. To end a great week at camp, all the children received a Junior Gumshoes certificate and an official letter from the Chief.

Junior Gumshoe Camp is returning this summer with 4 separate weeks being offered to West Goshen Township residents until May 1st. Then available days will be open to the surrounding schools. The venue has been moved to Fugett Middle School. Slots are still available so email Ofc Myers today at SMYERS@WGPD.ORG.

Available weeks are listed below:
June 28 - July 2 July 19 - 23 August 2 - 6 Aug 9 -13

See pictures below from our Gumshoe Camp last year!

COMMISSION & COMMITTEE NEWS

Arbor Day Celebration to Honor West Goshen Heritage Trees:

In honor of Arbor Day 2021, West Goshen Township is celebrating its heritage trees – the oldest and largest arboreal residents of our community. The public is invited to join the socially distanced event at the historic weeping beech site on Friday April 23 at 5:00 p.m. In addition to celebrating trees, both old and young, we will have information about tree planting available and will be giving out free reusable grocery bags to help contribute to a sustainable future. Although the most well-known of the township’s heritage trees is the European weeping beech at (roughly) 908 Old Fern Hill Road, four other such trees have been identified. To learn more about them click here. For details about the Arbor Day event, click here.

Tree City USA Initiative Underway:

West Goshen’s Arbor Day 2021 is not just a celebration of the township’s heritage trees, it is also the first step to attaining Tree City USA certification by the Arbor Day Foundation. To be a Tree City, a community must meet four standards: establish a tree overseer, board, or department; a tree care ordinance for public property; $2.00 per capita annual spending on tree management; and an annual Arbor Day ceremony and proclamation. The SAC is coordinating the application process. Click here to learn more. 

Survey on Plastic Bag Use Results:

Last month, the Sustainability Advisory Committee conducted a 5-question survey of WGT’s residents regarding single-use plastic bags. We are grateful to the 330 respondents who completed the survey and wish to share our key findings. More than 98% of residents do their shopping at big chain grocery stores (e.g., Acme) where plastic bags are readily available. When asked if major supermarkets should stop providing single-use plastic bags, 39.1% of responses strongly agreed, 19.7% agreed, 16.7% strongly disagreed, and 11.8% disagreed; 3.0% were unsure.  Clearly, the majority (58.8%) of WGT residents are in favor of a ban on single-use plastic bags. Reducing bag use can mitigate harmful impacts to oceans, rivers, lakes, forests and the wildlife that inhabit them, as well as relieve pressure on landfills and waste management. The full survey results can be found here.

Reuseable Grocery Bags Available

Initiated by the Sustainability Advisory Committee, the Township is offering to residents (one per customer) a free, reusable grocery bag just like the one pictured. Our supply is limited, so hurry on down to the Township Building to get yours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the front desk.  

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

County Receives $34.5 Million for Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance for County Residents

Individuals and families in Chester County who are facing challenges in paying rent and utility bills brought on by the pandemic, can receive help through the Chester County Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance Program.  
Read More Here

See these government sites for additional COVID-19 information: 

Gov. Wolf: Effective April 4, More Options for Restaurants and Other Businesses, Mass Gathering Maximums Increase

As COVID-19 cases have declined and vaccination rates are climbing, Governor Tom Wolf announced the lifting of some targeted restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, as well as increased gathering limits.

Put into effect on April 4, restaurants may resume bar service; alcohol service will be allowed without the purchase of food; the curfew for removing alcoholic drinks from tables will be lifted; and indoor dining capacity will be raised to 75 percent for those restaurants that are currently self-certified and those that undergo the self-certification process, which involves agreeing to strictly comply to all public health safety guidelines and orders. Requirements such as mask-wearing, and social distancing, including 6 feet between diners, also still apply.

Capacity for other businesses also were increased on April 4, including moving personal services facilities, gyms and entertainment facilities (casinos, theatres, malls) to 75 percent occupancy. Click here to learn more.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Thank you to the volunteers who helped place stakes along the creek at Barker Park!
The Goshen Tree Tenders cut and planted live stakes (shrub branches) along the creek at West Goshen Township's Barker Park to become new rooted stems.  Live stakes help stabilize streams, lessen erosion, moderate temperatures and improve water quality/flow. The native shrubs (alder, dogwood, choke and elderberry, hardhack and willow) also provide food and habitat for aquatic and terrestrial life. 
Read More Here
Tree Tenders Basic Training (also en español)/Entrenamiento Básico de Los Tree Tenders: 
Spring 2021 (4-class series)
When:  Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2021 from 6pm-9:15pm 
Virtual Classes
Fee:  $40

The eight-hour virtual course will teach tree biology, identification, planting, and proper care. (Una traducción al español con todos los detalles sobre la clase está disponible a través del link abajo.) Tree canopy in urban settings is correlated with many health, environmental, and economic impacts. Since 1993, more than 5,000 volunteers in the region have become certified Tree Tenders®, receiving hands-on training on the biology, identification, planting and proper care of trees. Each year, with PHS support, neighborhood Tree Tenders groups plant more than 1000 trees, and also focus their efforts on follow-up monitoring and care to ensure their survival. 

REGISTER HERE

Lanternfly's Attraction to Vertical Silhouettes Could Help Monitor, Trap it

The Pennstate Extension just recently discovered a new behavior of the spotted lanternflies that might help in preventative measures. Like moths to a flame, spotted lanternflies are visually drawn toward and seemingly captivated by vertical objects such as utility poles. This behavior could be valuable in predicting where the pests might be heading, according to entomologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Click here to learn more. 

15th Annual BOPC Car Show!

15th Annual BOPC Car Show Presented by Delaware Valley Oldsmobile Club. All Buicks, Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, & Cadillacs Welcome Featuring National Hurst Olds Day!
  • WHEN: May 22 2021, 9:00-3:00
  • WHERE: West Goshen Community Park: 900 Lawrence Drive, West Chester, PA 19380
  • DETAILS: Fair Weather Only (call to confirm) .Covid protocols in place . Masks required.
  • Click here to learn more. 

Roonie Says....The Official Top 10 Pet Toxins of 2020

Every year, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) compiles a list of the top toxins commonly reported that year. In 2020 alone, APCC helped more than 370,500 animals, providing their pet parents with lifesaving information and easy-to-use safety guides.Keep an eye out for these common pet poisons listed below and learn more about how to protect your pets here!

At The West Chester Public Library 

Virtual-Cooking for Kids!
Saturday April 24 
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join us for a free virtual cooking class for kids hosted by Jena Wood, our local Dietitian from Shoprite West Chester! Families who register will receive a Zoom link and an ingredient/supply list so they can cook along at home. Cooking along is not required, but is definitely more fun!
Click here to learn more. 

The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities
Virtual program - Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7pm

Presenter Matthew Duman, armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, embarked on a “grotesque safari”, traveling to 10 universities around the country to photograph the unique grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings. 
To register to receive the Zoom link click here.
The Library is now doing a hybrid schedule.

Library open for in-person visits:
Tuesdays, 10:00am to 7:00pm
Thursdays, 10:00am - 7:00pm
Saturdays, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Contactless holds pickup hours:
Mondays, 11:00am to 6:30pm
Wednesdays, 11:00pm to 6:30pm
Fridays, 11:00am to 4:30pm

Looking for a way to support WCPL that can make a difference in our day-to-day operations?

Check out our wish list on Amazon for items we need (all the time) or click here for more information. 

Visit our website for more program information and access to our Events Calendar.

Public Township Meetings


Please note, all meetings/events are subject to cancellation or postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please see the township calendar for the latest updates and meeting links.
A short list of tentative upcoming meetings is below:
  • Historical Commission Meeting- April 22 at 7:00 pm
  • Sustainability Advisory Committee- April 27 at 6:00 pm
  • Zoning Hearing Board- April 28 at 7:00 pm
  • Board of Supervisors Workshop- May 4 at 6:00 pm
  • Sewer Authority Meeting- May 5 at 7:00 pm
  • Township Planning Commission- May 11 at 7:00 pm
  • Board of Supervisors Meeting- May 18 at 7:00 pm
  • Parks and Recreation Meeting- May 19 at 7:00 pm
  • Sustainability Advisory Committee- May 25 at 6:00 pm
  • Historical Commission Meeting- May 27 at 7:00 pm
West Goshen Township Information
Board of Supervisors
6 year elected term
Shaun Walsh, Chair
Ashley Gagné, Vice-Chair
John Hellmann, Member
Hugh J. Purnell, Jr., Member
Robin Stuntebeck, Member

Administration
Casey LaLonde, Township Manager
Derek J. Davis, Assistant Township Manager
Christine J. Riffey, Finance Director
J. David Woodward, Public Works Director
Richard J. Craig, Township Engineer
Mark Bertolami, Streets Superintendent
Dorine A. McClune, Parks Superintendent

Park and Recreation Board
Robert M. Cifone, Chair
Gerald L. Napiecek, Vice-Chair
Edward T. Smith, Secretary
Eunice Alexander, Kenneth W. Lehr, Dorine A. McClune, Michael A. Pillagalli, Nancy Pine, Allison Cifone, Mary Lou Enoches, Alternate , Michael McKinley, Alternate

Planning Commission
Vito Genua, Chair
Carrie Martin, Vice-Chair
Jeffrey S. Lieberman, Carrie Martin, John Mattia, Dr. Douglas White, DMD, John T. Wildrick, R. Douglas Stewart, Corey Wegerbauer, Alessandra O’Reilly Bellwoar

Sustainability Advisory Committee
Melanie Vile, Chair
Henry Alexander, Vice-Chair
Dorothy Verdon, Secretary
Natalie Caruso, Susan Charkes, Cynthia Sheik, Tinamarie Smith
Ashley Gagné, Board Liaison


Zoning Hearing Board
Joseph DeFelippes, Chair
Scott T. Cullinan, Vice-Chair
Shannon Royer, Member, Alternate, Salvatore Triolo, Alternate

Auditors
Nick Deminski, Chair
Carter Membrino, Secretary
Len Iacono, Member

Tax Collector
William R. Keenan

 
West Goshen Police
1025 Paoli Pike, W.C., 19380
Police 911 or 610.696.7400 | Fax 610.696.3935
Email: police@westgoshen.org
Michael P. Carroll, Chief of Police

Wastewater Treatment Plant
848 S. Concord Rd., W.C., 19382
610.696.0900 | Fax 610.429.9360
Michael Moffa, Wastewater Superintendent


Sewer Authority
Theodore J. Murphy, Chair
Tinamarie Smith, Vice-Chair
Shaun Walsh, Secretary, 
Walt Wills, Treasurer,
Philip J. Corvo, Jr., Member


Pension Committee
David B. Brune, Robert Holland, Hugh J. Purnell, Bob Sheller, Walker Tompkins, Angelo Savelloni


Historic Commission
Kevin Pistiner, Chair
Michael Pillagalli, Vice Chair
Kent Smith, Treasurer
Nancy McCabe, Secretary
Richard Davis, Elizabeth Dean, Norman Pine, Keith Smith, Edward Tiernan, Thomas Walsh, 
Dr. Douglas White, DMD


The Friends of West Goshen Park, Inc
Non-profit group assisting the Park and Recreation Board; meets bimonthly
John Herley, President
Larue Morgan, Vice-President
Susan Batten, Secretary
Maria Janoski, Treasurer
Gerald L. Napiecek, Peggy Niemeyer,
Sallie Yoder

Township Parks
Barker Park: Falcon Lane by Westtown Way
Coopersmith Park: Spring Lane, off West Chester Pike
Lambert Park: 1145 Pottstown Pike
West Goshen Community Park: Fern Hill & North Five Points Roads
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