Municipal Report: West Nantmeal considers new stormwater guidelines

Chester County Commissioners adopted an updated stormwater management plan for all of Chester County on March 27, and all municipalities in the county have to adopt it by Jan. 2.

The guidelines vary with the lot size, said West Nantmeal Engineer April Barkasi. New agricultural-related buildings over a certain size will not be exempt. The new plan covers all water sheds and requires record keeping and management of rules.

All locations in Chester County are covered by the same rules. Sheds of 1,000 to 2,000 square feet in size have basic rules for stormwater management, but for buildings over that size the rules are more complex.

Complete details of the Chester County stormwater management plan are available at all Chester County public libraries and at the Government Services Building in West Chester. The plan was prepared by the Chester County Water Resources authority, the Chester County Planning Commission and the Chester County Conservation District. About 25 percent of the streams in Chester County are polluted from stormwater pollutant run-off or channel erosion, according to officials.

Zoning Officer Frank Newhams said July was a busy month. Frank Alenovitz will be fined for junk on his property.

“If he was interested in cleaning up his property, he would,” said Newhams.

The person who was reported burning toxic materials such as treated wood and plastic has stopped doing it.

The former country store, made into a rooming house at the corner of Manor Road and Little Conestoga Road at Loag’s Corner, is in the process of being sold. A use and occupancy permit has been requested. The two buyers are from Coatesville said Newhams. They claim it is a single family dwelling.

Much pertinent information is unknown, but the main building is said to contain eight rooming units. A smaller house on the property was converted into rooms. There was an attempt to convert what appeared to be a chicken coup into rooms.

It is full of occupants, and Newhams said the location has three addresses. Chairman Gary Elston and Supervisor Dave Mast both agreed that they are concerned about the number of people who live at the addresses.

Mast said the walking trail next to the township park is for walking and jogging. Golf carts are not permitted on the walking trail or on public roads.

The Twin Valley Soccer League is planning a celebration on September 6. They will be using all of the soccer fields in the park, said Mast.

A fundraiser is being held at Wyebrook Farm on Oct. 19 from 4 to 9 p.m. The proceeds will be used to rebuild the stone walls in the St. Mary of Providence area. There will be a silent auction. Donations are requested for the silent auction, said Township Secretary/Treasurer Susan Ward. The fundraiser will be restricted to adults only.

A stone wall building work shop is being planned for Sept. 28 and Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program will be directed by local stone masons. The cost is $50. Those who participate need gloves, a hard hat, goggles and heavy boots. Emergency Management Coordinator Barclay Hargreaves said there will be a fire police trailer nearby, traffic control cones and signs letting motorists know work is going on in the area. Since it is heavy work, anyone participating with health issues should be careful.

A date will be set for a comprehensive emergency services seminar in October or November, said Hargreaves. Representatives from F.E.M.A. and representatives from many local tri county police and fire departments will be at the meeting. All hazards resulting from natural or manmade incidents will be discussed, said Hargreaves.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is doing a feasibility study on the cost of widening the turnpike. Wallace, East Nantmeal and West Nantmeal Townships will be affected. No date has been set for the project.

The Sunoco pipeline extending, from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and running through part of West Nantmeal in the area of Millard and Pumpkin Hill Roads, will be converted from transferring oil to transferring gas, said Elston. Representatives from the pipeline management will visit area residents in the fall of 2014, said Ward.

Mast said the gun issue is “calm at the moment.”

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