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January, 2021

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TOWNSHIP NEWS

Board of Supervisors Meeting Notes:
January 19, 2021

  • The Board of Supervisors welcomed newly sworn-in Chief of Police Michael P. Carroll to the meeting
  • The Board of Supervisors were provided an annual review of services provided by Good Fellowship Ambulance Corps
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Liberty Inspection Group of Huntington Valley, PA as a 3rd-Party Electrical Inspector
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed the Elected Tax Collector responsibilities and compensation
  • The Board of Supervisors were provided an overview of a proposal to redevelop the Quality Inn at 943 South High Street
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed an amendment to the existing sign Ordinance to address political signs

Letter from Ashley Gagné, West Goshen Township Supervisor

Dear West Goshen Residents,

As we begin this new year of 2021, I hope that you are safe and well. 2020 was extremely difficult, and my heart goes out to those who have suffered loss and continue to do so during this pandemic. Our frontline workers and first responders have endured the brunt of this disease. The closure of businesses has hurt many in our community, but I know many of you have stepped up to support these businesses by ordering curbside and shopping locally. The closure of schools has been challenging. As a parent, I know the difficulties that remote learning brings. Our teachers have done a phenomenal job adjusting, and continuing to love our kids even in a virtual classroom. I pray that, whatever your current circumstances are, this New Year brings positivity and healing.

A New Year means new opportunity. Here in West Goshen, our Board has the opportunity to make your community better for you. Please feel free to email me at agagne@westgoshen.org. I would love to hear from you. 

Happy New Year Blessings!

Ashley Gagné
Supervisor

Subdivision & Land Development

  • Construction of homes continues in The Woodlands at Greystone residential subdivision project
  • Construction continues on the new Tru-Mark Financial Bank at 900 East Market Street
  • Construction began on the 3-lot residential development at 600 Greenhill Avenue

Sunoco Mariner II Pipeline Update

  • Construction has concluded at the Boot Road Sunoco Mariner II Pipeline site.  Site Restoration continues.

Recycling Notice: 

  • Glass recycling has been mandated since 1988 in Pennsylvania and still is.  Please place empty, clean and dry glass in your recycling toter for curbside pickup
The Aqua, PA water main project in the vicinity of Ellis Lane is complete.  Aqua, PA’s contractor will continue with final restoration through Spring 2021

TOWNSHIP IMPROVEMENTS

The Raven’s Lane Stormwater Project began on January 18, 2021 and will continue through April 2021, weather dependent

POLICE/FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS

   
   Police Department News

You may notice that all of our uniformed Officers will be wearing a body-worn camera on their persons.  This is the culmination of a long process and we are proud to give you a little insight into how it all came about.  Ultimately, we feel this program will provide us with greater access to information and evidence to better serve the community and will allow for increased transparency and public trust.  

The Department has been using video recordings of incidents since we began using our Mobile Video Recording (MVR) systems in all of our patrol vehicles more than ten years ago.  These systems have proved to be very effective and are now a normal addition to a vast array of criminal prosecutions.  We started to consider increasing this program to include the body-worn cameras several years ago.  At that time the Pennsylvania laws that govern these types of recordings made the implementation of the program difficult and Chief Joseph J. Gleason did not want to put any of our officers in a situation where they could inadvertently break the law.  We decided to wait and the Pennsylvania Legislature changed that law in 2017.  We then began moving forward with the project.  

Click here to read more.

Road Rules: Winter Safety Tips

It’s not too late to make sure your vehicle is prepared for the winter. Drivers are reminded of the importance of a well-maintained vehicle.  If left unchecked, even minor malfunctions could potentially cause an unsafe situation.  Worn or defective tires, bad belts, low fluid levels, a weak battery or any number of minor maintenance issues that may arise between annual safety inspections can leave a driver sitting along the road broken down, or worse yet, cause the loss of control of a vehicle.  Further information can be found here.  The section contains suggested weekly and monthly vehicle checks as well as a free downloadable Winter Driving Guide.  As always, please drive safe and make sure you move over for emergency vehicles! 
Officer Laura Ashe

West Goshen Fire Department News:

What’s New at the West Chester Fire Department:


A new year brings new changes to the West Chester Fire Department.  We welcome a new Fire Chief, Steve Pelna and Assistant Fire Chief, Justin McClure.  They both join the leadership team which includes Mark Scanlon and Mike DiMeo who hold the rank of Assistant Fire Chiefs.  


Additionally, we welcome new line officers in the following positions:

  • Billy Ronanye – Captain
  • John Morris – Lieutenant
  • Chris Simpkins – Lieutenant
  • Liam Pierson – Lieutenant
  • Tanner Crum – Lieutenant
  • Andrew Fitzgerald – Lieutenant
  • Rob Rawley – Lieutenant

The West Chester Fire Department is 100% volunteer and serves the citizens of West Chester Borough, as well as portions of West Goshen, East Bradford, Westtown, Birmingham and Thornbury Townships.  

We would like to especially thank Jon Stafford for his service as Fire Chief the last three years and the countless hours he has dedicated to the West Chester Fire Department during his 25 year tenure.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Chester County COVID-19 Vaccine Information


As of January 19, 2021 the Chester County Health Department has adjusted its Phase 1A populations to include individuals 65 and older and those ages 16-64 with certain underlying medical conditions, to align with the recent announcement by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the recommendation from U.S. Health and Human Services Operation Warp Speed on January 12, 2021. 

The Health Department is currently working through the impact of this change on existing vaccination plans, operations and available vaccine supply, in coordination with other vaccine providers. Please be patient as we continue to vaccinate individuals as quickly as possible, given the current limited vaccine supply.

Visit the Chester County website HERE for additional information

January 19, 2021: PA Department of Health COVID19 Update

Department Of Health Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, Launches Eligibility Tool To Help People Prepare When Vaccine Is Available - Vaccination Eligibility Expands To Approximately 3.5 Million Pennsylvanians

01/19/2021
Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Health released the latest revised COVID-19 vaccination plan that includes people who are 65 and older, and those 16-64 with certain underlying medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to the disease.

“Pennsylvania is expanding our vaccination efforts to start including anyone over 65 and people ages 16-64 with serious medical conditions that make them more at risk for severe illness due to COVID-19,” said Cindy Findley, Department of Health’s Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and leader of the state’s Vaccine Task Force.

The CDC has defined this group as people who have conditions like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cancer, sickle cell disease and chronic kidney disease. Pregnant women also are included in this group. A full list of these medical conditions is available in version 5 of the interim vaccine plan on the department’s website.

It is important to note that while the number of people eligible to get vaccinated is expanding, the allotment of vaccine doses that Pennsylvania is receiving from the federal government is not increasing.

Read More Here

Please visit the West Goshen Township website for information about coronavirus. Click here for the latest West Goshen Township updates. See these government sites for additional information: 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Recyclables are picked up on Mondays. For single family homes, recyclables must be placed in Township-issued recycling toters. There is no maximum limit to the amount of recyclables accepted.

The following items may be placed into recycling bins:
  • Cans: aluminum, steel, or tin. Pie tins and clean aluminum foil.
  • Bottles and jars: clear, brown, or green glass
  • Plastics: #1 through #7
  • Flattened boxes: cereal boxes, gabled juice and milk cartons, and other cardboard boxes.
  • Paper: junk mail, telephone books, catalogs, white paper, wrapping paper, magazines, and newspapers
The following items are NOT recyclable:
  • Tissues, paper towels, and napkins
  • Food wrappers
  • Wax or plastic coated boxes
  • Tyvek envelopes
  • Metallic wrapping paper
  • Light bulbs
  • Plate glass, window glass, drinking glasses, or mirrors
  • Pizza boxes – delivery
  • Lids (Water bottles, milk jugs, etc.)
  • Plastic bags (recycle at your grocery store)
  • Crystal
  • Ceramics
  • Aerosol paint cans
  • Ovenware
  • Plastic wraps
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastics without identifying recycling numbers
  • Oil cans or bottles (Note: Motor oil containers must be disposed of with household hazardous waste.)
More information about recycling is available from the Chester County Solid Waste Authority.

Goshen Tree Tenders: Basic Tree Tender Training (Virtual)

Learn how to plant and care for trees by becoming a PHS Tree Tender! Learn tree biology, identification, planting and proper care. You can choose between sessions on Wednesdays from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm or on Thursdays from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Each course is 4 sessions. In this 4 week training, you will be sent a pre-recorded video presentation to watch each week on your own and then choose a one-hour, weekly time slot to speak with our tree experts in a small group and review that week’s topics. Groups will not exceed 25 students, so, to attend a Tree Tenders class this winter, please sign up soon for the Wednesday OR Thursday course.

More information is available here.

Roonie Says....Tips for Adopting During a Pandemic!


Despite the constant grim news throughout 2020, one bright spot was that many families chose to adopt or foster a pet this year. The ASPCA reported an increased interest in fostering animals in need and many shelters across the country have experienced more people looking to adopt animals as well. But in the middle of all this puppy fever, shelters and rescues aren’t the only ones reporting more families coming to them looking for a pet. Many are turning to pet stores and online sellers. Pet stores and online sellers might have cruel practices such as buying from puppy mills that prioritize profit above their animals. If you are looking to get a new furry friend during these hard times consider adopting from local shelters that are still following effective protocols to ensure pets match their adopters' lifestyles, even when their guardians return to a post-pandemic schedule. Click here to learn more.

At The West Chester Public Library 

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.
A short list of tentative upcoming meetings is below:
  • Monthly Sustainability Advisory Committee Meeting- January 26 at 6:00 pm
  • West Goshen Pension Committee Meeting- January 27 at 8:00 am
  • Board of Supervisors Workshop- February 2 at 6:00 pm- TELECONFERENCE
  • Sewer Authority Meeting- February 3 at 7:00 pm- TELECONFERENCE
  • Board of Supervisors Month Teleconference Meeting- February 16 at 7:00 pm- TELECONFERENCE
  • Park and Recreation Board Teleconference Meeting- February 17 at 7:00 pm- TELECONFERENCE
  • Monthly Sustainability Advisory Committee Meeting- February 23 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


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

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