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May, 2021

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TOWNSHIP NEWS

Board of Supervisors Meeting Notes:
May, 2021


May 4 Workshop Meeting
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed The Woodlands at Greystone improvements schedule.
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed a draft residential property resale Ordinance.
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed and tabled a request for a handicapped parking spot in The Village of Shannon.
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed and approved to be advertised the West Chester University Overlay Ordinance.
  • The Board approved Ordinance No. 6-2021, amending the Township Signs Ordinance. 
May 18 Meeting
  • The Board of Supervisors approved a seven-lot residential construction project at 504 South Concord Road, site of the former Boy Scouts facility, at their May 18, 2021 meeting.
  • The Board of Supervisors continued discussion of quality of life and public safety issues at The Quality Inn, 943 South High Street.
  • The Board of Supervisors approved The Boot Road Corridor Improvements Project bid in coordination with East Goshen Township.
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed possible uses for the $2.2M in federal funds from COVID-19 Recovery Act.
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 12-2021, Police Department document destruction.
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed and approved moving back to in-person Township public meetings beginning June 1, 2021.

Subdivision & Land Development

  • The Board of Supervisors approved a seven-lot residential construction project at 504 South Concord Road, site of the former Boy Scouts facility, at their May 18, 2021 meeting.

Plans under Review, Plans approved for construction, Construction Updates

  • Construction and homebuilding continues at The Woodlands at Greystone.

Pipeline Report

  • Sunoco / Energy Transfer conducted a hydrostatic test on the Mariner II / II x pipelines on May 18, 2021.  A hydrostatic test is used to determine if the newly installed pipeline has any leaks.

Roadwork

  • The Township’s 2021 Paving Program is complete.  The Township paved approximately 5 miles of Township roads again this year.
  • The Board of Supervisors approved The Boot Road Corridor Improvements Project bid to restripe the Boot Road corridor from East Goshen Township to Rt. 202 and add left-turn arrows at Greenhill Road.

Thank You and Best Wishes...

Derek Davis, West Goshen’s Assistant Township Manager, has accepted the role of Township Manager at neighboring municipality East Goshen Township, effective June 24, 2021.
 
Mr. Davis began his service to West Goshen Township in 2014, filling the critical role of Assistant Township Manager.  He was tasked with many initiatives over the years, including most recently, upgrade of the Township’s website.
 
In 2019, Mr. Davis was promoted to the dual role of Assistant Manager and Director of Planning and Zoning, where he oversaw the Township’s Codes & Engineering Department.
 
On behalf of the Board of Supervisors and Township staff, we thank Mr. Davis for his seven years of service to West Goshen Township and wish him well in his new role.
West Goshen Township would like to wish everyone a happy Memorial Day. Thank you to the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Barker Park Expansion

West Goshen Township recently purchased a 1-acre property at 321 Westtown Way, adjacent to the existing Township’s Barker Park.  Mr. Kenneth and Mrs. Joanne Barker approached the Township to purchase the property as an addition to the existing Barker Park.  The $10,000 purchase price was funded through the Township’s Open Space Fee Fund. 

The Township Board of Supervisors thanks Mr. and Mrs. Barker for the offer to sell the property, as the sale expands Barker Park.  The property is at the confluence of two small creeks and is adjacent to the Township Sewer Authority’s Westtown Waste Pump Station.  This property acquisition will allow the Township to explore restoration of the two creeks to improve stormwater quality.

Mr. Barker provided a very interesting historical narrative with the township about the property and shared an interesting insight into a part of West Goshen Township’s past. 
Read the History HERE

Again, many thanks to the Barker family. 

Reminder from the Sewer Authority

TOWNSHIP IMPROVEMENTS

Thank You to Our Public Works Department:

Thank you to the public works department for keeping our township beautiful! see photos below of the Parks Department working on the grounds and the streets Department mowing road banks.

POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

Coffee with a Cop: June 5 from 8 to 11 am


West Goshen Police are starting back up their Coffee with a Cop event.  In an effort to still provide adequate space for those attending the event will be held outside in the parking lot next to the Dunkin Donuts Lot located at 1009 West Chester Pike.  Please stop by and meet some of your local police officers.

ROAD RULES: AGGRESSIVE DRIVING:

What is aggressive driving?

Aggressive driving includes speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors.  In Pennsylvania, these behaviors are some of the leading factors of highway crashes and fatalities.  In the year 2019 alone, there were 29,640 speed-related crashes in Pennsylvania, which resulted in 415 fatalities.  Aggressive drivers engage in this high-risk behavior and take out their frustrations on those around them.  

Click here to learn what to do when confronted by an aggressive driver. 

*Traffic Pop Quiz*
What is the only exception to Pennsylvania Vehicle Code section 3345- Meeting or Overtaking School Bus 🚌 ? In other words, when is the only time that you do not need to stop on a roadway when the red lights 🚨 of a school bus activated? 

Answer: Vehicles separated by a physical divider such as a grass median, raised median, “Jersey” barrier, etc.
West Goshen Township Parks Reminder

As we move into the warmer weather, please remember that our township parks close at dusk.
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Officer Spigarelli got to enjoy some lemonade purchased from this lemonade stand on the corner of Glen Ave! Perfect for a hot day! ☀️
It’s National Emergency Medical Services Week! The West Goshen Police want to thank all of our emergency services, especially those we work next to daily! 🚑
**Those pictured not wearing a mask are fully vaccinated**
A big thank you to David Marconi, DMD of the Dental Health Care Associates for the cookie tray and dental specials! 🦷

FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS

Have you ever considered giving back to your community? there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at one of The West Chester Fire Departments in three locations. We are looking for members who are 14 and older, NO EXPERIENCE necessary. We will provide 100% of all of the training required at no cost to you. We are seeking Active Firefighters and members who can help with administration (fundraising, maintenance, etc)

The West Chester Fire Department comprises of three 100% volunteer fire companies. On average, the West Chester Fire Department responds to over 1,200 calls for service each year. Find out more about how you can make a difference in our community by clicking here. 

In March, the department placed into service two new Fire Engines. Both engines were built by Custom Fire Apparatus, Inc. in Wisconsin and feature Hale Q-Max 2250 gem pumps with 750 Gallon Water Tanks. We look forward to these apparatus serving the community for many years to come. See pictures below. 

The West Chester Fire Department was completing some training on May 15! 🚒🚔

COMMISSION & COMMITTEE NEWS

Arbor Day Celebration Gets Ink in Daily Local

On April 23, township representatives and residents gathered to commemorate Arbor Day at the historic European weeping beech on Old Fern Hill Road, satisfying one of four standards required to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The ceremony, which featured guest speakers and giveaway items, was covered in the Daily Local. 

To read the full article, co-authored by Sustainability Advisory Committee members Susan Charkes and Dorothy Verdon, click here.

Thank You Goshen Tree Tenders

The Township appreciates the participation of Goshen Tree Tenders (GTT) in its Arbor Day ceremony on Friday, April 23rd. Eunice Alexander explained that the Historic Weeping Beech tree's daughters of the approximately 190 year old tree seem to have risen from the historic tree’s root system (the main trunk is no longer present). This tree is one of the Township’s Heritage Tree sites, as discussed by Goshen Tree Tender and SAC member Susan Charkes.  (See database and map here by clicking on “View Application.”) The public is encouraged to nominate other sizable, old trees by contacting the Township or Goshen Tree Tenders (email: elatoad64@gmail.com).

EVs Get a Charge Out of Town Hall

Since its installation on September 1, 2020, the ChargePoint® electric vehicle charging station in front of the township complex’s Public Works Department building has been getting a workout while improving the environment. Fifty-two different vehicles have used it thus far, receiving over 500 kw of energy. Data from the ChargePoint dashboard attest to the benefit: almost 300 kilograms of carbon dioxide have been prevented from entering the atmosphere—analogous to planting eight trees and letting them grow for 10 years!

A second station will open soon at Community Park, 1023 Fern Hill Road. Both charging stations were partially funded through the Volkswagen Emissions grant program.

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.  

Free Virtual Lecture: Chestnut Grove Cemetery

Host: West Goshen Historical Commission
Date: Sunday, May 30, 2021
Time: 2:00pm
Join us virtually on the original Memorial Day as we hear from local historian Thomas Walsh who will speak on the history of the Chestnut Grove Cemetery. This cemetery was organized in 1862 at the corner of East Gay Street and Garfield Avenue in West Goshen Township. Learn about the cemetery's history as a burial place for Americans of black African heritage. As we virtually explore Chestnut Grove, we will discover that over 70 black Civil War veterans were buried in the cemetery.

Click here to register.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

CDC GUIDELINES FOR VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
    • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
    • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  • 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 or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Click here to learn more. 

See these government sites for additional COVID-19 information: 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Saturday September 11
2PM to 6PM
Our Friends at The Crime Victims Center of Chester County (CVC) just announced that they plan on holding their annual Emergency services BBQ competition this September 11th 2021 as long as Covid restrictions allow. ( Looking good ) The event is open to the public and has teams from all aspects of emergency services competing for trophies in Pork ,Chicken, Ribs, Wings and their specialty. Our own West Goshen Police department has two teams that enter and one just happens to be the defending champs. 🏆🏆

Please mark your calendar and save the date! Come out and meet the members from the police department and others from throughout the county. There will be Fire Trucks and Police Cars along with the Chester County Emerald society and Live Music. Not to mention all the BBQ you can eat is included with your ticket.

Tickets will be sold starting July 1st 2021. Think you have what it takes to compete??? Contact CVC or SGT Maurer and he will get you a spot reserved for the BBQ.

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 AM - 12PM for entries, 3PM Awards Ceremony
  • 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 Top 10 Male and Female Pet Names of 2020

Throughout 2020, the veterinarians at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) helped over 370,590 animals. During this time, they kept records of each and every case and at the end of the year, rounded up the records and pulled together both the top 10 male and female pet names they received calls about in 2020. See if your pet’s name made the rankings below!

Chester County Journeying Toward Freedom with 2021 Town Tours 

Join Chester County this summer in “Journeying Toward Freedom” during the 2021 Town Tours and Village Walks program! 

This year’s program will kick off on Thursday, June 17, with a virtual ceremony and Juneteenth Commemoration starting at 5:00 pm, followed by optional in-person walking tours at 6:45 pm at the Chester County History Center.

The Town Tours and Village Walks program is made possible through a partnership between the Chester County Board of Commissioners, Chester County Planning Commission, Chester County History Center, Chester County Historic Preservation Network, Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau, and many volunteers.
Read More Here

At The West Chester Public Library 

Virtual-Cooking for Kids!
Saturday June 12
10:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Join us at the Barclay Park for Summer Reading registration and activities! Masks and social distancing measures will be strictly enforced!

Click here to learn more!

Storytime at the Park!
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
11:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Join Miss Treena for a storytime at the Barclay park, right down the street from the library! Bring a blanket or a towel to sit and stand on, wear a mask, and enjoy the sunshine!

SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES WILL BE ENFORCED!

For ages 3-5

Required Registration begins 5/19/21. Click here to learn more. 

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:
  • Sustainability Advisory Committee- May 25 at 6:00 pm
  • Historical Commission Meeting- May 27 at 7:00 pm
  • Pension Committee Meeting- May 26 at 8:00 am
  • Historical Commission Meeting- May 27 at 7:00 pm
  • Board of Supervisors Workshop Meeting- June 1 at 6:00 pm
  • Sewer Authority Meeting- June 2 at 7:00 pm
  • Township Planning Commission- June 8 at 7:00 pm
  • Board of Supervisors Meeting- June 15 at 7:00 pm
  • Parks and Recreation Meeting- June 16 at 7:00 pm
  • Sustainability Advisory Committee- June 22 at 6:00 pm
  • Historical Commission Meeting- June 24 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
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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