May 5, 2003
The Board of Supervisors of Pennsbury Township held a regular meeting on Monday,
May 5, 2003. All members were present and the minutes approved as submitted.
Open Space Initiative
MaryAnna Ralph gave an update on where we are in information gathering and
responses to the public. She stated the township has spoken to resident groups and
has asked a consultant, The Ivy Group for a proposal to conduct a phone survey on the
ope space issues. This interview would cost $5500 conducted in the next week and
the results would be announced on May 27th at 7:30 p.m. in the Pocopson Elementary
School. It was noted that professional polling is exempt from PA do not call list. A
discussion followed as to the validity of mail vs phone surveys. With no further
discussion it was moved and passed to accept the proposal. Mrs. Ralph presented bar
graph comparisons of where we fall in terms of the level and amount of taxes we pay
compared to surrounding townships. The following was discussed with the board and
Bill Reynolds stated there has been lots of information gathering and rigorous
exchanges between residents. We will continue to do this and will make a final
decision on June 2nd. The meeting will be held in the Pocopson School cafeteria.
Manager Kathleen Howley stated that Rusty Drumheller would not be in attendance
and read his report to the board. The Board would like an update on the status of
Courts at Longwood at the next meeting.
Chester County 2020 is sponsoring a housing seminar at West Chester University on
June 12th. The Board is to let Ms. Howley know who will attend.
Mary 5, 2003
The Zoning Hearing Board for the Walls barn conversion could not make a decision
because the property has not been subdivided yet. If the property meets all subdivision
requirements, the applicant does not have to seek relief to convert the barn. The
property is zoned resident and this is permitted.
John Walls, son of Cecil Walls was present and stated the following:
He is upset that the township is letting new owners develop the property. The township
assured him that the new owners will not get any special preference and they will have
to adhere to the same ordinances that his father would have been subject to. They will
also have to take into account the wetlands and steep slope that exists. If there are
bog turtles and they are identified as endangered species, the developers will have to
adhere to the regulations for this. Environmental issues are important to the township
and we will keep track of this.
Bob Updegrave stated he thought the duplication of newspaper articles mailed out to
all residents biased the township. They were passed onto the district attorney and also
sent to the state ethics commission. The Board commented that there was no
intention to shed a poor light on anyone and were simply sharing the articles with
residents in case they did not see them in papers. Pat Barron was not a candidate
when the articles were written and the township thought they were well written in
response to Mr. Barrons newspaper articles.
Jenny Fenton stated she was not happy with the way Mr. Updegrave was conducting
his opposition campaign against the township open space initiative and hoped all
involved could keep to a higher road in all this.
A bill list dated May 5, 2003 numbering 4377-4405, state fund #176-177 was submitted and approved for payment by the Board. With no further business the meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Kathleen Howley, Township Manager