Environmental Advisory Council
MEETING DATE: February 28, 2017
EAC Members: Michelle Garg, Mary Ellen Heisey, Tom Heisey, Steve Kunz, Jerry O’Dell, & Michael Roscoe
Board of Supervisors (BOS): Martha Majewski, Jim Morrisson, & Fred Perry
Public Participation: Kate Jansen, John Werth (North Coventry EAC chair), and Morris Quigg
Meeting called to order at 7:30pm. Meeting adjourned at 9:05pm.
- EAC Meeting Summary Approval
- The meeting summary of the January 2017 meeting was read and approved.
- Mr. O’Dell announced Township Forum: Phoenixville Country Club, March 23rd 7:30 - 9:00 pm (see below).
- Mr. O’Dell announced Land Ethics Symposium: March 9 at Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, PA.
- Mr. O’Dell announced Schuylkill Watershed Congress, March 11 at Montgomery County Community College, Pottstown.
- Mr. O’Dell announced Environmental Advisory Council Network 2017 Conference: May 6, 2017 at Doubletree Resort, Lancaster, PA
Reports/Updates on Ongoing Business
- Kate Jensen discussed some of Valley Forge Park environmental projects.
- The forest improvement / deer management program has allowed the natural regrowth of native plants.
- Formal meadows management plan in progress.
- Controlled burn and glyphosate based herbicides.
- Use native grass seed for bare areas.
- Project to control invasive species (plants and animals) integrated pest management.
- One in particular is the emerald ash bore. She noted that 75 trees were proactively treated for the borer.
- VFP also has a program to remove the invasive rusty crawfish. Volunteers are welcome.
- Mr. Morrisson questioned the new tree line being established along the area of the turnpike expansion. Ms. Jensen commented that the park is proactively planting a combination of native trees (Maple/Oaks) in this area.
- Bird Town -
- Ms. Heisey announced she had 13 attendees at her Birdtown. She would like to host the same next year.
- Ms. Heisey presented Birdtown to ~25 3rd graders at East Pikeland School. The response was very well accepted. The attendees asked her to return next year.
- Ms. Heisey announced that there is one more day to post the annual bird count totals.
- Ms. Heisey will host an informal meeting with representatives from different community groups on March 11th to better further develop the Birdtown project.
- Ms. Heisey will host Steve Saffier at the April EAC meeting.
- Ms. Heisey announced she needs two course to complete the tree tenders course.
- Environmental Resources Inventory (ERI) -
- Great American Cleanup
- Date April 29, 2017 from 8-10. EAC will clean up the Pickering Preserve.
- Pickering Preserve -
- Name Unnamed Streams Project -
- See above under public participation.
- Mr. Heisey passed out the waterway naming initiative update handout and reviewed the 8 stream names proposed by the Historical Commission.
- Trails Committee -
- The multimodal map was posted to the township website.
- Valley Park -
- Native Plant List-
- Mr. Heisey presented the proposed updates to the list and narratives. There are 17 added species. Narrative section updated.
New / Other Business
- Nolen Property- Pawlings Road
- Mr. Morrisson announced that the design plan changed from 9 to 8 total buildings. The architecture changed from apartments to townhomes.
- Pohlig Builders - Reeves Property/Planned Residential Development (PRD)
- The University of Valley Forge Conference Center
- Mr. Morrisson announced that the university requested a traffic impact permit for the design of a new development plan.
- Chester County Intermediate Unit at the Technical College High School
- Township Forum
- Forum agenda
- EAC member introduction
- “What’s In Your Garden” guest speaker: Kelly Sitch, PA-DCNR, Bureau of Forestry
- EAC / Historical Commission unnamed stream project
- Environmental Resources Inventory update
- Mr. Heisey to update EAC Project List Handout.
- Eagle Leadership Service Project
- An Eagle Scout contacted Township for a service project.
- EAC will propose a project that will align the Maine Medal of Honor Grove recipients’ plaques. There are 67 recipients in the state of Maine.
- Mr. Heisey announced he will complete the artwork for the signage to reduce the overall costs. He presented a proposed draft of the artwork for the project.