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WEST PIKELAND TOWNSHIP NEWSLETTER
MARCH 2021
PECO is tagging trees for possible maintenance in April.

If trees have been tagged on your property, you will be receiving a letter from PECO.

The township cannot answer any questions about tree tagging.

You can reach PECO here
The West Pikeland Police Department would like to thank the Giant Food Store in East Bradford for their generous donation during these difficult times. This month Giant Food Stores dropped off 2 loads of Hand Sanitizer, Hand Soap and Alcohol wipes to the West Pikeland Police Department for us to distribute to local First Responders Stations. For more information click here
We'd like to take a moment to extend a huge thank you to our Public Works Department, as well as our Snow Plow Contractor, D & L Construction, for keeping township roads safe and plowed this winter.
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Contractor PJ Reilly has started the site clean up of the remains of the Palmer Horse Barn at Pine Creek Park.

Currently, there are no definite plans for the site.
PARKS AND RECREATION NEWS
Socially distanced Yoga in the Park is back! Join us at the West Pikeland Township Amphitheatre for an hour of yoga every Saturday morning from 9am to 10am, May 8 through June 12. This event is free to the public, no registration required.

Waivers need to be filled out online or in person. To fill out your waiver online, visit here
Summer in the Park Series Teams Up with Tails and Tales
 
West Pikeland Township Parks & Recreation Committee and Chester Springs Library are teaming up to offer a great lineup of summer programs for all ages. Enjoy these three outdoor shows at Pine Creek Park. Registration will be available soon from the library’s e-calendar at www.chesterspringslibrary.org > calendar. For a complete listing of events, click here 
ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL NEWS
March 23, 2021 @ 7:30pm
Presented via Zoom
by Sharon Richardson
June 12, 2021 9am to noon
West Pikeland Township Building
1645 Art School Road
Start collecting your papers for our free Annual Shredding Event!
Limit 4 boxes per car
For more info email us at eac@westpikeland.com
WEST PIKELAND LAND TRUST
Preserving Open Space and Land Stewardship in West Pikeland Township

The West Pikeland Land Trust would like to extend an invitation to landowners interested in helping us in our mission to preserve open space in West Pikeland. Land stewardship and preserving open space helps in many ways. It helps in protecting and improving wildlife habitat, streams for fish and offering more natural resources for public access and enjoyment. Preserving land also helps to limit traffic on our roads, conserves our underground water sources, protects our clean streams that provides quality drinking water to downstream communities, and maintains the beautiful rural character of the township.  Land stewardship can be accomplished when a landowner grants a conservation easement.

A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement that allows a landowner to limit the type or amount of development on their property while retaining private ownership of the land. By granting a conservation easement, a landowner is assured the property will be protected forever, regardless of who owns the land in the future. Additional benefits of granting a conservation easement is that the donation or sale of an easement may provide financial and tax advantages to the landowner.

Conservation easements are not the same as deed restrictions. Deed restrictions are established by a property owner who wants to retain some extent of influence and can be easily eliminated by mutual consent of adjacent landowners or court action. Also deed restrictions do not have any tax benefits.

The West Pikeland Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2000. We are an all-volunteer organization and appreciate the support we receive from our community. We meet monthly throughout the year and offer occasional public education programs. We also work to create, maintain, and improve public trails throughout the township. 

Please follow us on Facebook, visit us at wplandtrust.org, call us at 610-827-7660, or email us at info@wplandtrust.org with any interest you may have in learning more about how West Pikeland Land Trust is helping landowners secure conservation easements through guidance and funding. 

West Pikeland Land Trust Board of Directors

Michael Minnich, Kim Pavia, John Fiorillo, Roger Horn, Ted Gacomis, Thomas Kramer, Catherine Renzi, Charlie White, James Wenger, and Wes Williams
NEWS YOU CAN USE
Dept. Of Health Seeks Focus Group Members To Discuss Private Water Wells
If you have a private well, the state Department of Health invites you to participate in a focus group this spring.

The Division of Environmental Health Epidemiology within the Department of Health is hosting a virtual focus group on March 30 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. to learn more about private well water use in Pennsylvania.

If you own a private well and have access to a computer and/or phone, you can participate!

DEHE staff will be asking open-ended questions on how private well owners use their water, their safety-related concerns, treatment methods, and resources they use often.

The focus group is part of a larger Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded program to ensure safe water for private well owners.

DEHE is partnering with Penn State Extension to expand safe water programming in Pennsylvania through webinars and free water testing for private well owners.

Please send an email to dehe@pa.gov indicating your interest in participating. A separate link to join the focus group will be provided.
Discover the History of Your Home!
Now, for the first time in the entire history of the Chester County Recorder of Deeds office, they are providing free online access to images of land documents, including recorded deeds and mortgages, from the County's founding up to and through 1994.

This new public database is available through the IQS Search program.
DARC 2021 Programs Are Now Available!

Sign up for Playground Camps, Golf Camps, Drawing Classes, Piano Lessons, Chess Lessons, Summer Photography and much more!

Visit online for more information

COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Senator Comitta is pushing for an increase in our vaccine supply. Along with our legislative and congressional delegation, she has urged the Pa. Department of Health to reexamine and reconsider how its limited vaccine supply is distributed.

When it comes to vaccine deployment, Chester County communities need better and more frequent communication, fairer and more transparent distribution, and an increased and stable supply of doses.

COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP)
Beginning March 15, Chester County restaurants, taverns, and other businesses in the hospitality
industry that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for up to $50,000 in state pandemic relief funding.

Under Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP), approximately $5.9 million has been allocated to support Chester County’s hospitality industry.

Applications will be accepted between March 15 and April 12. For more information or to apply: https://ccedcpa.com/CHIRP/


Behind the Smoke: Vaping is No Joke   
Please join this free virtual program about the dangers of vaping and best practices to prevent and stop vaping use. It will be presented by the Office of Public Engagement, PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and State Senator Carolyn T. Comitta.
The event will be held on Thursday, March 25 at 7pm. Please register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Please know that my office is here to assist you with any state-related questions or concerns. I encourage you to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and my website for all the latest updates in the district.
Chester Springs Library

Chester Springs Library is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 6PM. You are welcome to come inside to browse, use the public computer, print, and use the free Wi-Fi. Visit the library on Facebook  

For more information on upcoming events click here or visit their website


Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee

Check out the Phoenixville Regional Comprehensive Plan on our Environmental Advisory Council website here. There, you will also find information on their next meeting on March 31, 2021 at 7:30pm via Zoom here

UPCOMING MEETINGS
Board of Supervisors Meeting
March 15, 2021 @ 7:30pm via Zoom


Meeting ID: 505 608 3320

You can also sign up for automatic text and emails alerts with ReadyChesco. The public is welcome to attend.
Zoning Hearing Board
March 11, 2021 @ 7:00pm via Zoom


Meeting ID 947 8768 3568

The public is welcome to attend.
Zoning Hearing Board
March 16, 2021 @ 7::00pm via Zoom


Meeting ID 916 1559 4124

The public is welcome to attend.
Parks and Recreation Meeting
April 1, 2021 @ 7:30pm via Zoom


Meeting ID: 984 1490 9160


The public is welcome to attend.
Environmental Advisory Council Meeting
April 6, 2021 @ 7:30pm via Zoom


Meeting ID: 938 4884 3476


The public is welcome to attend.
Meeting information, including agendas, can be found on our website
HISTORIC YELLOW SPRINGS NEWS
Historic Yellow Springs
48th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show
April 24 - May 23

SALT Stagelight University
Theatre training for grades 5-12
Chester Springs Library
Family Yoga via Zoom
March 20 @ 10:00am
CHESTER COUNTY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
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Chester County COVID resources include statistics by township, support strategies, employer and workforce resources and testing locations.

For more information click HERE
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