Community Bulletin Board

Chester County
FEMA Open House

New Floodplain
Maps to be Final on 9/29/2017
Thursday, July 20th from 4:30 - 7:00 pm
Chester County Government Services Center
Room 171, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has updated the Chester County Flood Insurance Rate Maps to revise floodplain boundaries for the Octoraro, Brandywine, Red Clay and White Clay Creek watersheds. These changes to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps are final and go into effect September 29, 2017. Stop by the FEMA Open House and FEMA staff will show property owners the revised floodplain boundary mapping, explain what it means and answer questions. This event is being coordinated by the Chester County Water Resources Authority and the Chester County Planning Commission. Property owners can also review the pending FEMA floodplain mapping posted on ChescoViews. There is no need to register for this event. For more information, please contact Dani-Ella Betz, Chester County Water Resources Authority at wauth@chesco.org or call (610) 344-5400.
   
CATCH THE RAIN
In Pennsylvania and across the nation, municipalities strive to manage stormwater to reduce the impacts that urbanization has on our natural resources. Here in our area, stormwater washing off land is the largest source of pollution to the White Clay Creek. Unless it is properly managed, almost all of the rain falling on roofs, driveways, roads, parking lots, mowed lawns, and patios ends up as stormwater runoff. Projects to reduce stormwater runoff can be too costly for homeowners. Well, now, the White Clay Creek, National Wild & Scenic River Program and the Brandywine Conservancy have a new program called “Catch The Rain”, where residential properties are eligible to receive a lifetime total of $2,500 per property in rebates if they perform certain projects like adding rain barrels, rain gardens, tree canopies and conservation landscape plantings. Your property must be located in the White Clay Watershed to be eligible for the program and once you have entered the website, you can enter your address to see if you qualify. Click Here for more details.
 


Brandywine Valley Association and Red Clay Valley Association have merged to form Brandywine Red Clay Alliance as of June 30th, 2015. With over 70 years of experience, we will continue to reach out for clean-up volunteers, undertake improvements in both watersheds, turn more red streams blue, advocate with a stronger voice, and educate school children throughout our districts.
Upcoming Events & Programs

  • Polar Plunge:  Saturday February 11th.  To register visit www.brandywineredclay.org
  • Books & Boots:  10 - 11:30 AM,  Thursdays - Feb. 16th, March 16th & April 13th
  • Red Clay Clean-up:  Saturday March 25th
  • Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point Races:  Sunday April 2nd
  • Brandywine Creek Clean-up:  Saturday April 29th

 

ReadyChesCo: Chester County is Upgrading
its Emergency Service Alert System
 
Your safety, and the safety of everyone who lives, works or visits Chester County, is our top concern. Because of this, we are upgrading the emergency notification system that you already subscribe to. The new system – much more technically advanced and flexible – is called ReadyChesCo. Because of updated security measures in the new emergency notification system, ReadyChesCo requires you to create a new account. I ask that you please take a few moments to sign up at www.ReadyChesCo.org to ensure all your contact details are up to date and accurate. ReadyChesCo notifies you during a major crisis or emergency, and will also deliver important alerts such as weather, health or community notifications. Because it is an “opt-in” service, you will only receive the alerts that you request, via email, phone or text messaging. The success of this service relies on YOU. Providing us with your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency. Please sign up at www.ReadyChesCo.org - it only takes a few minutes to create your account! How does the ReadyChesCo emergency notification system work? The process begins when Chester County issues a message about a current or imminent safety hazard or emergency. ReadyChesCo sends the message to your first choice of contact – email, phone or text message, and we will ask you to confirm receipt. If you unable to confirm receipt of the message on your first choice of contact, the system will move on to your second choice, and so on. The flexibility of ReadyChesCo allows for more specific community and regional notifications to be sent to you, but only what you choose. As you complete the registration process on ReadyChesCo, you will see additional options for types of information you would like to receive from your local municipality, as well as Chester County government programs and services. Thank you for your participation in this important program – and please spread the word about the new ReadyChesCo notification system. Your safety is our top concern, and ReadyChesCo will deliver emergency messages to you in seconds, when seconds count! For questions, please contact: ready@chesco.org or call 610-344-4779. Chester County Respects Your Privacy. Chester County will never share or distribute your personal information, unless required to do so by law. Additionally, Chester County will never use your information for any purpose other than to send notifications or information that you have registered for on ReadyChesCo.

http://conserveland.org/system/uploads/580/original/girlundertree_cropped_copy.jpg?1418414615The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association has published a Guide to Nature Play. You can view or download the beautifully illustrated edition, at ConservationTools.org or access the text-only edition.
Unstructured, frequent childhood play in informal outdoor settings powerfully boosts the cognitive, creative, physical, social and emotional development of children. It also engenders deep conservation values-more so than any other factor. If we want future generations to carry on the work of conservation, then we need to be paying attention to what is happening in childhood. To make conservation efforts endure, we must emotionally connect children to nature.

Part 1 of this guide explores the essential characteristics of nature play, the benefits nature play provides and the societal barriers to it. Part 2 describes the array of concrete actions that organizations may take to restore nature play to children's lives. This includes the creation of spaces for nature play, which don't have to be expensive ventures, and the various features that can be added or enhanced in a play space to make it more attractive to kids and effective in promoting nature play.


The Chester County Solid Waste Authority is sponsoring a compost bin and supplies sale. Click Here for a link to the Sale!
   
Avon Grove School District
Communications Survey

As a commitment to improving communication, the Avon Grove School District is conducting a Communications Survey for Residents and Community Members to help AGSD determine how best to achieve this goal. Please know that all surveys are completely anonymous. Please CLICK HERE to participate. Thank you for helping us make positive changes!
  
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Eagle Scout Rain Garden Project
at the Franklin Township Building

 
A local Eagle Scout, Nick Dinsmore has constructed a rain garden adjacent to our Township Building. The project is part of his Eagle Scout qualification. There is a secondary benefit for residents and the Township Government as the rain garden will be a working example of a storm water BMP (Best Management Practice). Residents who are considering projects that need storm water management can see a functioning system.
Several years ago the PADEP (Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection) required that home improvements and new construction that create an impervious surface also install an appropriately sized system to receive storm water from the impervious surface and direct it back into the ground water system in lieu of just running off with sediments that pollute local streams and Chesapeake Bay. There are various approved devices that can be used. These devices are called BMPs and consist of the following:
·  Infiltration Bed
·  Infiltration Trench
·  Infiltration Trench with Pipe
·  Tank with Holes
·  Infiltration basin
·  Rain Garden
The rain garden consists of a depressed bed to contain the storm water in conjunction with specialized plants that can withstand being submerged and also thrive through dry periods. Storm water from the Township roof drain system will be conveyed to the adjacent garden by pipe. The plants are unique and also expensive. A local grower, North Creek Nurseries owned by Steve Castorani provided the plants and visited the site to help arrange the rain garden. Besides providing quality plants for many uses, they are experts with rain gardens and other storm water control devices. They also have some excellent working systems on their site located near Wickerton Rd and North Creek Rd in Franklin. This organization is very environmentally oriented could provide interesting story all by itself.
The Township always sponsors Scout projects, proving up to $500 for material. Nick also obtained donations of materials from local businesses.
This is certainly a great Eagle Scout project for the Township because it is timely to demonstrate a  storm water mitigation technique. Several years ago, the Township recognized the onerous nature of the Act 167 ordinance. The Planning Commission and Supervisors worked very hard to developed a document Simplified Approach to Stormwater Management (reference page 12 and A2 for rain garden). This document allows home owners doing smaller projects to design the storm water system themselves without engaging and expensive engineer. The Township always helps the home owners with their projects.
 

    EAGLE SCOUT ACCOLADES
Nick Dinsmore was named an Eagle Scout at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony on June 3rd. In attendance was Chairman John Auerbach, shown in this picture with Nick. Nick designed and, along with his fellow scouts, built the beautiful rain garden adjacent to the Township Office. Congratulations to Nick on this milestone achievement!

  

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These sites make it easy for consumers to find Internet and cable TV providers in their area and compare them using factors like pricing, available speeds, and customer reviews.
 
Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley. We are proud to offer an easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child.  
New 511PA Mobile App Puts Traveler Information in Drivers’ Hands
Travelers in Pennsylvania can now get better traffic information before and during a trip with PennDOT’s new, free 511PA mobile app.
Click Here for more information

 
VERIZON  FiOS TV STILL NOT AVAILABLE IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP
Once again Verizon appears to be directing residents to call the Township to complain about holding up a contract for FiOS TV services.  THIS IS NOT TRUE.  Since early 2013 the Township has been waiting for Verizon to present us with a franchise agreement.  Verizon's management acknowledges that the delay is with Verizon, not the Township.  If you speak to a Verizon sales representative who blames the holdup on the Township, please get the name of the representative and contact Mr. Douglas R. Smith, Verizon Municipal Representative, at 610-429-8003 or email him at douglas.r.smith@one.verizon.com. If you are unable to reach Mr. Smith, please contact Anthony A. Lewis at 202-515-2488 or email at Anthony.a.lewis@one.verizon.com.
Click Here for more information.