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December, 2021

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TOWNSHIP NEWS

A Letter from Ashley Gagné, Vice-Chair, Board of Supervisors

On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I want to wish each and every one of you a happy and healthy holiday season. This year brought many positive changes to our Township. In-person meetings resumed at the Township building, and it has been a pleasure to see our residents face-to-face once again. Our Board and staff worked diligently to deliver online bill pay for sewer and refuse bills.

We received approximately $1.2 million dollars of federal aid from the American Rescue Plan Act, all of which has been allocated toward much-needed stormwater projects. Our Board, along with the Sustainability Advisory Committee, passed a ban on single-use plastic bags and straws in West Goshen Township. We successfully adopted a University Campus/Township overlay district in partnership with West Chester University that will benefit Township residents and University students alike. Our Township installed two electric vehicle charging stations, and worked with developers to install additional stations in existing residential developments. Our Board met with the Chester County Department of Emergency Services to conduct a tabletop exercise in emergency response, and we drafted and adopted a crucial Emergency Response Plan that will keep residents notified and informed during emergencies. And though there are issues that still need our attention, our collective goal continues to be providing excellent service to you while keeping taxes low, and to demonstrate fiscal responsibility in all areas of the Township budget.

READ MORE HERE.

Board of Supervisors Meeting Notes:

 December 7, 2022
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance No. 14-2021, Personal Uses
  • The Board of Supervisors announced and approved health insurance benefits for incoming Supervisor Tinamarie Smith
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed creation of a new tree Ordinance
  • The Board of Supervisors approved participation in the National Opioid Settlement
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 18-2021, adoption of the Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 19-2021, approval of participation in the PennDOT grants program
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed the proposed bus shelter at the Stanbery redevelopment project on Paoli Pike.
 December 21, 2022
  • The Board of Supervisors wished a fond farewell to out-going Township Supervisor Hugh J. Purnell, Jr.
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 20-2021, adopting the 2022 Township Budgets
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 21-2021, adopting the 2022 Real Estate Tax Millage Rate at 2.00 mills with no tax increase
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 22-2021, increasing quarterly residential Trash & Recycling fees from $85 to $95
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance No. 15-2021, regulating street trees and Township trees
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance No. 16-2021, prohibiting the distribution of single-use plastic carry-out bags and single-use plastic straws

Credit Cards Now Accepted!

 
West Goshen Township now accepts online credit card and e-check payments for sewer and trash bills. Set up an account by creating a username and password. Link your billing account number and CID number which can be found on your bill. You can now manage your bills. You can set up to pay automatically every 3 months. If you need assistance, please contact the Utility Billing Department, 610-696-5266 ext. 4108.

Supervisor Hugh Purnell


After six years as an elected Township Supervisor and many years as an Elected Township Auditor, Supervisor Hugh Purnell’s tenure comes to an end on January 3, 2022.  Supervisor Purnell was an active member of the greater West Chester Community, with service to the West Chester and West Goshen Lions Clubs, the West Chester Police Auxiliary and the West Chester Fire Department.  Mr. Purnell has served for the last six years as Board of Supervisors liaison to the Township’s Pension Committee and has committed to remaining a member of the Committee as a resident member for 2022.  The Board of Supervisors and staff wish Mr. Purnell a bon voyage!

Township Manager Casey LaLonde Retires


After serving fifteen years with West Goshen Township and an additional seven years at two other municipalities, West Goshen Township Manager Casey LaLonde has announced his intention to retire from public service on January 3, 2022.  Mr. LaLonde is most proud of the effective, productive and well-regarded Township departments and staff members.  During his tenure, West Goshen Township was named one of Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” five times over ten years.  He thanks the Board of Supervisors, the outstanding volunteers on the Township’s various Boards, Commissions and Committees and the Township staff for their hard work and dedication to make West Goshen Township a great place to live and work.  Mr. LaLonde has accepted a position in the private sector.

New Meeting Start Times for Board of Supervisors and Sewer Authority


The Township Board of Supervisors meetings, the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, will start at 6:00 PM, beginning in 2022. The West Goshen Sewer Authority meetings, the 1st Wednesday of each month, will also begin at 6:00 PM, beginning in 2022.  Please see the Township’s meeting calendar and upcoming meeting agendas at www.westgoshen.org

Volunteer with West Goshen Township
West Goshen Township currently has vacancies on the Zoning Hearing Board, Park & Recreation Board, Sustainability Advisory Committee and Historical Commission. 

Township Boards, Commissions and Committees are responsible for advising the Board of Supervisors on many topics and volunteers are needed.  If you are interested, please complete the form on the township's website HERE

Applicants must be West Goshen Township residents.  You may also submit a resume with the specific Board(s) you may be interested in serving on by emailing your resume to twp@westgoshen.org or dropping it off at the Township building at 1025 Paoli Pike.  

Single-Use Plastic Bag and Straw Ban

After much hard work and research by the Township’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, the Board of Supervisors approved a single-use plastic carry-out bag and single-use plastic straw ban effective April 22, 2022.  April 22, 2022 is also Earth Day, so the ban’s effective date is very appropriate and a win for the environment.  
The Township Sustainability Advisory Committee and Board of Supervisors were very supportive of instituting the ban, which will lead to less plastic waste and litter in West Goshen Township. 

The ban only affects certain retail businesses such as restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores and other general merchandise retailers.  The Township has planned a series of public business-focused meetings and will be contacting those businesses with information beginning in early January 2022.

Stormwater Projects Under Construction


Stormwater projects on Sunset Hollow Road and Pine Valley Circle continue through the holiday season.  A project to improve stormwater flow west of Pottstown Pike on Sunset Hollow Road is near completion.

A project to replace or line failing corrugated metal pipe (CMP) on Pine Valley Circle and Amelia Drive is on-going and will be completed in Spring 2022.
2021 Christmas Tree Pickup
  • January 8, 2022: Curbside
No other trash or yard waste will be accepted at this special collection. Do not leave trees in plastic bags. Make sure all decorations, wire, tinsel, and stands are removed.
Wreaths will not be accepted. This service is for Township residents only. Anyone illegally dumping additional trees will be prosecuted. 

Township residents may bring Christmas trees to the West Goshen Community Park at the lower end of the main parking lot (next to Fern Hill Road) from December 26, 2021 through January 8, 2022.
Township Holiday Hours

The West Goshen Township offices will be closed on Friday, December 24th in recognition of the Christmas Holiday and on Friday December 31st in recognition of the New Year's Holiday.

Holiday trash collections will be on Monday, December 27th and Thursday, December 30th

Updated Snow Removal Guide

The West Goshen Public Works Department takes great pride in its ability to quickly and safely clear snow from the Township’s 100 miles of roadways.  

West Goshen residents play a key role in the Township’s snow removal efforts.  Each year, the West Goshen Township Newsletter publishes an updated snow removal guide for property owners, with important information about snow removal and simple steps you can take to ensure our plow operators have safe access to your neighborhood.  Please keep this guide handy before, during and after each snowfall.

Snow and Ice Removal Code Reminder

West Goshen Township would like to remind residents to clear all snow and ice on their property. Please see the township code on snow and ice removal. Click here to see the code.

Park and Recreation

Santa Claus Holiday Breakfast Thank You


West Goshen celebrated the holiday season at Timothy's with the return of the annual Holiday Breakfast on Saturday, December 18th. Thank you to everyone who participated! See pictures from the event below.

Wreath Decorating Event


The West Goshen Park and Recreation Department hosted its 24th annual Holiday Decorations Workshop in the Community Room of the West Goshen Township Administration Building on December 7th and December 8th. Thank you to all who participated. See pictures from the event below.

POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

Road Rules: Get Ready For Winter

Regardless of whether there’s snow on the ground, you can take steps to prepare yourself for winter and all that it brings. Feel free to use the information below as you prepare yourself for winter travel.

Preparation is key to successfully navigating winter roads. Winter weather can bring unexpected conditions, so make sure that your vehicle is ready for ice and snow.

For the majority of Pennsylvania, all-season radial tires that are mud and snow rated are appropriate for winter driving. In areas of the state that experience more snow, motorists may choose to install dedicated winter tires or carry a set of tire chains or cables.

In addition to preparing your vehicle, carrying an emergency kit in your car is an easy but important way to make sure you’re ready for the season.

READ MORE HERE.

The West Goshen Police honor guard was proud to participate in the Downingtown Christmas parade again this year. #goodneighbor 🎅🏼👮‍♂️🇺🇸
Officer Boyle stopped by the West Chester Christmas Light Display, located in the 800 block of S. Concord Road in West Goshen, to see what all the fuss was about only to find Santa hiding out. Gavin’s annual Christmas light display raises monies for the SPCA. Learn more here.

FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS

Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.
Holiday decorating
  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
See more holiday fire safety tips here.

COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE NEWS

Sustainability Advisory Committee 2020-2021 Recap


The SAC helps guide the Board of Supervisors (BOS) on the development of sustainable policies and practices for West Goshen Township by promoting environmental awareness through strong community connections, outreach, and workshops. 

Additionally, the SAC is committed to increasing sustainable behaviors by fostering individual responsibility for living sustainably, and aims to create a vital, ethical, and prosperous civil society. The SAC is excited to report on accomplishments since our establishment in September 2020. Many of these goals are either in their final steps of completion or completed. One of our very first initiatives was to develop a logo, which you can see above. Read about everything SAC has accomplished here.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

See these government sites for additional COVID-19 information: 

COMMUNITY NEWS

WEST GOSHEN PET OF THE MONTH: Meet Lilly!

Lilly is a Maltese rescue dog from an Amish puppy mill in Ohio. The puppy mill dropped her off at a veterinary office in Ohio to be euthanized because she had liver shunt and was not a money maker.  Lilly had to overcome a lot of obstacles in her life (liver shunt; major surgery; died 3 times on the operating table; abuse; 4 homes before she got her forever home with us), but she wakes up every day happy to be alive and help make other people happy. 

Learn more about Lilly here.

Submit your favorite pet to be featured as West Goshen Township's "Pet of the Month". Your pet will be featured in the monthly eNews and on the township's social media sites!

CLICK HERE to submit your pet! 

Roonie Says....Cold Weather Safety Tips


Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, please heed the following advice from the ASPCA about keeping your pet safe.

Each year, there are 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees sold in the U.S. And the debate continues whether it’s more sustainable to buy a real tree or a fake tree. Fake trees can be used year after year, while a real tree is cut down, can only be used once, and then discarded. So why would anyone want to cut down more trees?

Real trees are more sustainable because they are biodegradable, unlike plastic trees which fill landfills and cause more harm than good to the environment. Plus, Christmas tree farms provide many of the same benefits as community trees and forests; cleaning the air and water, removing carbon, stabilizing soil, and more.

One of the other benefits of a real Christmas tree are the different ways you can recycle it at the end of the season. Many communities offer free Christmas tree recycling and make mulch, compost, and woodchips from the trees. Click here to see  8 ways you can reuse your Christmas tree long after the season is over from the Arbor Day Foundation.  

At The West Chester Public Library 

Thank you to all who participated in the Holiday Home and Door Tour! As a reminder please see the library's holiday hours below:

Friday-Saturday, 12/24-25/2021 – CLOSED
Monday-Thursday, 12/27-30/2021, 10am-7pm
Friday, 12/31/2021, 10am – 3pm.
Saturday, 1/1/2022 – CLOSED (Happy New Year!)
 
In addition, look for story time registration in early January and always remember that ebooks are always available via the Libby app from phones and tablets. Learn more here.


A big thank you to the West Chester Garden Club for the beautiful holiday greens arrangement donated to help decorate the library. Thank you for helping our library look so festive!
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:
  • Historical Commission Meeting- December 23 at 7:00 pm
  • Sustainability Advisory Committee- December 28 at 6:00 pm
  • Board of Supervisors Reorganization Meeting – January 3 at 5:00 pm.
  • Sewer Authority – January 5 at 6:00 pm.
  • Planning Commission – January 11 at 7:00 pm.
  • Parks & Recreation Board – January 19 at 7:00 pm.
  • Sustainability Advisory Committee – January 25 at 6:00 pm
  • Historical Commission – January 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
Chris Bashore, Assitant 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
Cynthia Sheikh, Member
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,  
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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