Municipal Report: East Nantmeal looks for more cohesive identity

Chip Giacoponello, of the Environmental Action Committee, and resident Jim Moore think it would be better if East Nantmeal Township were to have one identifying postal designation.

Residents would be able to retain their former address if they chose. The areas of the township would have new identifying names but the same zip codes. The EAC is asking permission through a second enquiry directed to the U.S. Postal Service. In 2012 the initial attempt did not work because the Postal Service was against the idea.

We never had a resident of the township complain of Elverson, Chester Springs or Glenmoore [designations], only Pottstown, said Chairman Jim Jenkins. Those names had been assigned to various geographical areas of East Nantmeal Township with the corresponding zip codes.

The Pottstown designation may affect property values, said Supervisor Tyler Wren. He said he supported the proposal of the EAC to pursue other names for the areas contained in the zip codes.

Wren said that he, Supervisor Bill Cochrane and Ed Bacon, member of the planning Commission, met with the community relations department of Sunoco Pipelines. There are two Sunoco pipelines which transverse the area of Millard Road, and the company plans to repair one. The line will be fitted to pump shale gas to Marcus Hook, where it will be sent overseas. The right of way will be expanded.

They have contacted the property owners who own land which is crossed by the pipeline. Wren said officials want to monitor the situation and work with Sunoco and the property owners affected and work with them.

A second pipeline may be built. The pipeline runs along the boundary of the township, mostly through farmland. The cost of the line could be $500,000,000.

East Nantmeal resident Anthony Malcom, a member of Troop 37 in Elverson, was recognized for completing his Eagle Scout Leadership Project. He planned, supervised and executed the construction of three picnic tables, rehabilitated the pavilion and cleaned the playground equipment at the park at Elverson Borough Hall. It will benefit the residents of Elverson and others who visit the park. Malcom will now serve as Assistant Scout master of Troop 37. Malcom is also one of only two scouts in Troop 37 to earn more than 40 Merit Badges.

After a very lengthy debate over the location of a building, East Nantmeal Building Inspector Chuck Cutlip of LTL Consultants, Ltd. said to resident Ricky Winn, I will work with you. We will get together and see what we can do.

Winn who lives along Route 401 in the area called Bulltown had presented a rough sketch of a 24 by 32 foot building he wants to locate behind his house. Several existing sheds would be removed. Setbacks from the property line were a constant concern. He bought the property from his father.

Wren said he is not entitled to a variance unless there is a hardship. Everyone else in the township has to abide by the rules regarding set-backs. He recommended relocating the building to another place on his property.

Township Solicitor Tom Oeste said Winn needs a plot plan drawn to scale.

The land has to be surveyed, said Cutlip. The property line could be in a location where you do not think it is. You must be aware of what the parcel looks like.

Wren said if Winn can come up with a plan that meets the required setbacks, he will not have to go to the Zoning Hearing Board.

On Oct. 30, papers were signed which provide the contract to preserve 92 acres of the Nestoric Farm located along Route 401. The first payment has been made to the Nestorics in purchasing easements.

The Natural Lands Trust and East Nantmeal and Chester County are cooperating in an agreement to purchase easements on the McAffee property located at the northeastern side of the intersection of Route 401 and Fairview Road. Several discrepancies have been resolved.

Township officials are working with the new superintendent at Warwick Park to get more attention drawn to the park, said Jenkins. They are considering a community day to involve Warwick, South Coventry and East Nantmeal Townships. The township picnic would be held at the park, but the flea market would still be held at the municipal building.

The township is looking for a date for a celebration of the anniversary of the establishment of East Nantmeal Township and West Nantmeal Township in 2015, said Jenkins.