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March, 2021

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TOWNSHIP NEWS

Board of Supervisors Meeting Notes:
March, 2021


March 2, 2021 Board Workshop Meeting
  • The Board of Supervisors approved the Phase 2 Plan for The Woodlands at Greystone residential subdivision project.
  • The Board of Supervisors continued discussion of the proposed West Chester University Overlay Zoning Ordinance.
March 16, 2021 Board Meeting
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed but tabled approval of the Verizon Cable Television Franchise Agreement and Ordinance.
  • The Board of Supervisors awarded the 2021 Township Paving Program bid to Allan Myers, Inc., for $645,999.
  • The Board of Supervisors awarded the Idlewild Stormwater Basins Retrofit Project to Trio Excavating, Inc., for $145,001.95.
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed instituting a plastic bag and single use plastics ban for West Goshen Township.
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 7-2021, documents destruction for the Township Codes Department.
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 8-2021, establishing April 2021 as, “Pennsylvania Safe Digging Month.”
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 9-2021, establishing no left turns from the Henderson High School parking lot onto Lincoln Avenue.
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 10-2021, extending outdoor dining for West Goshen Township restaurants due to the on-going COVID-19 situation.

In case you missed it last month!


West Goshen Township launched a new website. We think you’ll find the new website easy to navigate and filled with important information including news releases, meeting schedules, trash and recycling information, township planning and improvements, board, committee and commission news and much more! 
www.westgoshen.org

Subdivision & Land Development

  • The Board of Supervisors approved the Phase 2 Plan for The Woodlands at Greystone residential subdivision project.
  • Township Engineer review continues of 305 Westtown Road for a commercial development project.
  • Township Engineer review continues of 504 South Concord Road for a residential subdivision project.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the West Goshen Park and Recreation Department has not scheduled programs or activities through the spring. 

“The hope is that we will be able to resume summer concerts, Summer Recreation programs, and other group activities this summer,” says Park and Recreation Director Ken Lehr.  “Our goal is to know the status of transmission rates later this spring so we can provide details of the return of public events.”

Factors affecting public events include the availability of bathrooms which would meet CDC requirements for COVID standards.  As a result, permits are not being issued by the Park and Recreation Department for large picnics and parties in the parks through at least the end of June.  Smaller groups of under 25 people may use picnic facilities provided that participants wear facemasks, follow social distancing protocols (at least six feet between people of separate households. Small groups would not be given exclusive reserved use of any pavilions during this time.  West Goshen Township does NOT guarantee surfaces in picnic pavilions will be disinfected, so visitors to pavilions are advised to bring sanitizing wipes to clean tables and benches before and after use.  Since bathrooms are unavailable, all visitors to West Goshen Parks are advised to bring hand sanitizer.

Read More Here

Avoid mailbox mishaps  - Be sure to correctly install your curbside mailbox to avoid plow or mail truck damage. It should be placed 6-8" from the end of the curb and 41-45" high. For sturdiness it should be dug 24" into the ground.  See the diagram above for proper placement. 
Read More Here

TOWNSHIP IMPROVEMENTS

West Goshen Township is in the process of stormwater improvements, remediation, and planning. The township initially started working on stormwater ordinances and remediation in 2003 as part of county-wide Act 167 Plan. West Goshen has had an MS4 permit for 18 years now and it was recently renewed in 2019. In addition, the township has started working on some pollutant reduction projects and hopes to begin construction on the first one in a month or two.  Although the improvements on the stormwater system are not as visible to residents, the purpose of the retrofits and upgrades that West Goshen Township is currently implementing will result in great improvements in water quality for streams throughout the township. In addition, controlling the volume and velocity of stormwater provides important functions to residents including flood risk management and storm damage prevention. Finally, groundwater recharge is an important part of stormwater management as it helps maintain the base flow in nearby streams and wetlands, replenishing drinking water supplies and reducing the overall volume of runoff which, in turn, reduces or eliminates erosion. Most importantly, as we protect our water resources and ecosystems with effective stormwater management, we invest in our future.

Click here to learn more about the Township's stormwater improvements, remediation and planning. 

POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

On March 1st, the West Goshen Police Department said farewell to Captain Gregory Stone as he set out on his retirement. Captain Stone started his police career with the West Goshen Police department in 1986 and although many congratulations are in order, we are sad to see him go. We will never forget the difference you've made. Congratulations and best wishes on your future adventures!

Learn more about the West Goshen Police Department here. 

The West Goshen Police Department proudly presents the West Goshen Police Traffic Safety Committee.  This committee is hosted by the Traffic Safety Division.  The committee will meet quarterly. The meetings will allow our community members to address their concerns as well as learn the methodology of our traffic officers.  Reserve your spot today by contacting the trafficcommittee@westgoshen.org.  The dates and times are listed in the flyer above. 

The West Goshen Police Department is excited to announce that the Junior Gumshoes Camp will be returning for the summer of 2021! The camp is open to 4th grade students entering the 5th grade in the fall of 2021. In this immersive camp experience students are introduced to an age appropriate mock “crime scene”. Everyday, officers from the WGPD Juvenile Unit along with special guests will be instructing students on how to collect and document evidence, dust for fingerprints and other investigative techniques. With the evidence they collect throughout the week, the students will be able to pinpoint a major suspect in the case and make an “arrest."

To sign up email smyers@westgoshen.org
Changing your clocks is also a good time to test your smoke alarms.

Be sure to change replaceable batteries if needed. For more info, click here. 

COMMISSION & COMMITTEE NEWS

On Arbor Day, April 23, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., we will celebrate West Goshen’s heritage trees at the township’s most well-known tree, a European weeping beech. The socially distanced event is open to everyone and will feature a formal proclamation, local history, and free reusable grocery bags. For details, click here. 

Take Our Survey on Plastic Bag Use:

Even before the pandemic, studies showed a significant increase in the use of plastic bags. It has only gotten worse. With a groundswell of community support, local and state governments are now launching initiatives to curb the use of plastic bags and other single-use plastics. 

Please take this simple five-question survey to help us gauge how West Goshen Township residents think about use of plastic bags in local stores. All responses will be anonymous. Click HERE to begin survey.

Sustainability Advisory Committee Adopts a Logo:

After obtaining permission from the township to adopt a unique logo that promotes its brand and mission, the Sustainability Advisory Committee reviewed 23 different designs submitted by its secretary, Dorothy Verdon.

Following discussion and narrowing of choices, a vote was taken and this one emerged as the winner. Let us know what you think!

Historical Commission: Meet General George Archibald McCall of "Belle Aire"

On August 22, 1853, George Archibald McCall, after 31 years of military service in the United States Army, resigned his commission as colonel and Inspector General of the Army.  The Philadelphia-born McCall retired to a 42-acre farm east of West Chester in West Goshen Township on Goshen Road (and present-day Phoenixville Pike) near the old Fern Hill station of the West Chester Railroad (later Pennsylvania Railroad). It is presently not known whether he built the mansion known as “Belle Aire” or simply expanded an earlier farmhouse. McCall was the great-grandson of George McCall who came to Philadelphia from Scotland around 1701. He was the youngest son born to Archibald and Elizabeth Cadwallader McCall on March 16, 1802.

Young George would later receive an appointment to West Point and graduated in the class of 1822 where he ranked 26 out of 40. He then embarked on the first phase of his military career which took him to Florida, the southwest, and the western part of the United States. He would serve in both Seminole Wars as well as the Mexican/American War of 1846. He was recognized for his actions at the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. 

Click here to learn more about General George Archibald McCall.

(credit: Kevin Pistiner and Thomas M. Walsh: West Goshen Township Historical Commission)

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

CDC Releases Guidelines For Those Who are Fully Vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
    • However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
Click here for more information. 
See these government sites for additional COVID-19 information: 

COMMUNITY NEWS

23rd Annual CRC Streams Cleanup

The Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association is seeking enthusiastic volunteers for its 23 rd Annual CRC Streams Cleanup on March 20, 2021, from 9:00 to 11:30 am at some 30 sites throughout local watersheds. Find a cleanup site near you by checking the map here. Volunteers are encouraged to register for the event via a form on the same website page.

The annual cleanup includes hundreds of volunteers, fanning out to multiple sites and removing about 10 tons of trash each year from local streams and creeks. Many faithful volunteers return year after year for the fun, camaraderie, and opportunity to improve their communities. Due to Covid 19, CRC had to cancel the Streams Cleanup in 2020; this year there will be special safety protocols in place, including social distancing, mask requirement and of course gloves and hand sanitizer.

All are invited to volunteer and make our 23rd year the biggest and best cleanup yet. Children under the age of 18 are encouraged to participate, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
More Info Here

Roonie Says....Ways to Show Your Pet You Love Them!

Are you tired of being stuck at home and looking for fun things to do with your pet? The experts at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) have some fun ways to celebrate with your furry friends that will show them just how much you love them! 

  • Taking your pet for a walk or hike is a great way to spend some time with them and lets you both get some fresh air and be sure to take them on a new path that they have not explored!
  • Make a special treat for them! There are so many delicious and healthy recipes to choose from online. But be sure that any recipes you choose are pet-friendly and veterinarian approved before making them for your pet.
  • Give them a new view. Cats in particular love to view the room from a higher location. Consider adding a cat tree closer to a window where they can watch the birds. 
  • Plant some cat grass for your feline friends!
  • Create fun toys with water. Try adding a little bit of food coloring to water, freeze it in ice cube trays and, voila, your pet has a new toy! 

Click here to learn more about ways you can show your pet that you love them dearly!

At The West Chester Public Library 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
6:30pm- 8:00pm
If you will be joining the ranks of Medicare soon, are already in the Medicare system and have questions, or you just want to understand what this Federal program is all about, this session is for you. 

Click here to register. 

Friday, March 19, 2021
Join us at 7pm for a fun hour of trivia online. We have four categories of 10 questions each to challenge you. You will receive a Zoom invitation in your email by 5:30 pm the day of the event.


Click here to register!

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:
  • Monthly Sustainability Advisory Committee Meeting- March 23 at 6:00 pm
  • Zoning Hearing Board- March 24 at 7:00 pm
  • Waste and Bulk Trash Pickup- March 25 at 6:00 pm
  • Historical Commission Meeting- March 25 at 7:00 pm
  • Board of Supervisors Workshop- April 6 at 6:00 pm
  • Sewer Authority Meeting- April 7 at 7:00 pm
  • Township Planning Commission- April 13 at 7:00 pm
  • Board of Supervisors Meeting- April 20 at 7:00 pm
  • Parks and Recreation Meeting- April 21 at 7:00 pm
  • Historical Commission Meeting- April 22 at 7:00 pm
  • Sustainability Advisory Committee- April 27 at 6:00 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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