The regular monthly Honey Brook Township Supervisors meeting was held Jan. 5. The meeting following the reorganizational meeting. During 2004, the Board of Supervisors will meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. in the afternoon.
The Chester County Solid Waste Authority, through the Lanchester Landfill, presented a gift of $50,000 to Honey Brook Township at the end of 2003, stated Chairman Wes Darby.
The supervisors granted permission for Philadelphia Suburban Water Company to pass over a flood hazard while laying a water main from the Grantstaff Development to Cambridge Road to serve the Doutrich Homes development. Grantstaff is located along Route 322 opposite Heatherwood Retirement Community.
The supervisors asked for an environmental study on the Wilson subdivision of four lots near the corner of Supplee and Talbotville roads. Jacob Stoltzfus has requested a subdivision for a two acre lot with a dwelling on Mt. Pleasant Road.
Calvin Smoke, who has a cabinet shop near the Industrial Park, has little extra land for a future alternate septic system. The supervisors will review his land development plans.
Advice and guidance in planning is being given for the Evergreen Ridge phase three along Beaver Dam Road.
The owner of the Brandywine Terrace Mobile Home Park along Route 322 is considering replacing the trailer court with a townhouse development. A sketch plan of the proposal was presented for consideration several months ago.
The Doblis property of 17 acres along Morgantown Road has been approved for inclusion in the township agricultural security zone.
Honey Brook Township will participate in the Chester County Hazardous Household Waste Program. Residents can take such things as oil based paint, paint thinners, solvents, cleaning fluids and various garden sprays, etc., which are no longer needed to any of the four drop off locations. Let water based paints dry up first. The collection locations and dates are as follows:
Tredyffrin Township Building, Berwyn, April 24; Owen J. Roberts High School, May 8; New Garden Townships Building, Sept. 11, and the Government Services Building, West Chester, Oct. 2. the hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Honey Brook Township is planning a contest to come up with a design for a township seal. The contest will be open to township residents and students in the Twin Valley School District. An agricultural theme is of importance. There will be a $100 prize for the winning design. More details will be available later.
The supervisors are considering a transportation study in certain areas of the township where there are pressures for development, said Mike Brown, township manager. The two areas are near the Borough of Honey Brook and at the eastern end of the township. Traffic impact on intersections would be a target of study with a developer setting aside funds from each unit. Each area studied should comprise about seven square miles. Brown said the studies are expensive.
Brown said the supervisors will have the Brandywine Valley Association prepare and mail out folders to township residents which contain information on storm water related issues. The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System or NPDEA now requires that anyone disturbing the earth in even an acre of land must acquire a permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DEP) and comply with a number of directives. Previously, the guidelines only applied to disturbances of five or more acres of land.
"It is important to educate the community on storm water related issues,' said Brown.
Sometimes developers will pay the township a fee per unit that can be applied to providing recreation facilities at another location within the township. Supervisor Greg Cary said he is an advocate of rails to trails. Brown said the fee in lieu of providing open space is traditionally $1,000 per lot or an acre of open space for 20 units.
In the past, the funds have been used to improve the township park on Supplee Road. Chairman Darby said the township park is convenient to the borough where there are a lot of children. The formation of another Recreation Committee was discussed. Brown said they should consider collecting funds to create another park in the eastern end of the township. He said, "The problem is the public schools do not make their playgrounds available to the townships.'
Ernie Barkman's property is known as the Welsh Hills superfund site. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees uses of the property. Brown said. "The area which was a landfill must be covered with two to four layers of dirt with trees to suck up the water. The land is not suitable for building. Barkman stills owns the land.'
"The land is deed restricted against future development,' Brown continued. A representative from the EPA will attend the February supervisors meeting. The property has to be maintained.
Cary suggested the supervisors consider the future needs of the township by creating an agenda for each year.
Brown said, "Only a few highly developed townships have such plans.'
Cary continued, "We should consider our core values. What is our vision in how we are preparing for the future. He said he has discussed it with some employees. What are our goals and objectives?
Darby answered, "Be friends with the borough.'
Darby added, "There is grant money available to apply to dry fire hydrants. Dry hydrants can tap into a pond or stream for a water source.' He said there is one dry fire hydrant near Tel Hai. Another could be placed at Hillbrooke and one at Struble Lake.
Funds from the grant will help with excavation. Supervisor Don Johnson said to see what is involved. Brown said, "Permission to dig must be obtained from the landowners first.'
Darby continued saying that, "Volunteers are needed to help on various township committees such as the planning commission, the zoning hearing board, etc. ' The supervisors will interview those who volunteers. Brown said all of the positions are filled, at least for the time being.
The supervisors will meet again on Feb. 11 at 4 p.m.
During December, the police department had 240 calls for service. There were 15 traffic arrests and six non-traffic arrests. There were five traffic accidents investigated by the police and 34 ambulance calls. There were five reports of criminal mischief, one theft and four 9-1-1 calls. There were 25 businese/well being checks made. A complete report is available at the police department office.