February 12, 1986 |
By a 6-0 vote, the Tabernacle Township Planning Board gave preliminary approval last night to the reopening of a quarry on Bozarthtown Road. Residents had protested that operation of the quarry would increase truck traffic and possibly damage the water table. As a condition of approval, the board ordered James E. Haas, owner of the 63-acre sand-and-gravel operation, to construct a landscaped buffer zone on the site's Bozarthtown Road border, drill wells to monitor local water-table levels and improve the quarry's entrance and exit roads.
December 7, 1986 |
Upper Uwchlan supervisors have approved an ordinance designed to close a loophole in the township real estate transfer tax regulations. "This is to protect us from anybody cheating us from our 1 percent," Supervisor Charles Lobb said at Monday night's meeting. He said under the old regulations, buyers could legally avoid paying tax by understating the value of their property. The new ordinance will permit property to be transferred by family members and nonprofit groups for a nominal sum. The ordinance would also exempt some farm transactions.
October 27, 1988 |
Ronald Calabrese is over one hurdle, with what could be a marathon left to go. The Upper Providence developer received a recommendation from the township Planning Commission this week for a plan to build 10 single-family homes on his Summit Trailer Park property. However, the recommendation came with a two- page list of conditions. The conditions deal mainly with erosion control and storm-water management, something Calabrese has argued with residents and township officials about for more than a year.
October 13, 1988 |
Ambler's borough manager announced Tuesday that all residents must restrict their water use for the next 30 to 60 days. The summer's drought had depleted the water table to dangerously low levels, and the North Wales Water Authority fears that wells could be overpumped if mandatory restrictions aren't applied, borough manager Donald Colosimo said. Other municipalities supplied by the North Wales Authority - Lower Gywnedd, Whitpain and Upper Dublin - were on mandatory restrictions this summer while Ambler residents were asked to cut their water use in half, he said.
August 7, 1998 |
For 11 sweltering days in July, Robert Seneca and Stephen Stahl went without water. The taps in their New Hope apartment had coughed up a few gasps of air and then stopped altogether on July 2. Seneca and Stahl live only a few hundred feet from the seemingly endless torrent of the Delaware River, but the well they share with two neighboring buildings just off Main Street no longer reached the water beneath the town. "We had to buy our water in plastic jugs for almost two weeks," Seneca said.
November 4, 1990 |
With one last opinion about the availability of water, seven months of hearings on a plan to build 360 condominiums on 96 acres near the Great Marsh came to a close last week in East Nantmeal. The township supervisors have 60 days from Tuesday's final hearing to decide whether to accept the plan put forward by Hastings Investment Co. of Lionville and opposed by the East Nantmeal Planning Commission. Held sometimes as often as two or three times a week since spring, hearings had become a way of life for some residents, who listened to testimony while June bugs flew through the windows in the summer and who kept up with all the arguments while huddled in sweaters in the cold township building at the 28th hearing last week.
June 14, 1987 |
In East Bradford Township, where the majority of homes use well water, more than 60 residents told the Board of Supervisors they are concerned about the township's underground water supply. At a meeting Tuesday night, the residents said a study should be done of the township's water table and an independent water study should be done before a proposed subdivison, Winchester, is approved. The water table study, proposed to be conducted by the Brandywine Valley Authority, would determine areas of the township that could not handle increased development, said Supervisor John H. Spangler.
July 22, 1990 |
Two expert witnesses supported East Nantmeal residents' worst fears about the impact of a proposed high-density condominium project on a fragile marshland and traffic safety. The expert commentary came Wednesday night, at the 19th in a series of hearings conducted since March. Attending were 34 residents, the township supervisors and applicants David H. Moskowitz and Robert MacMinn of Hastings Investment Co. Geologist Andrew T. Rowan, who was hired by the Planning Commission, said the planned withdrawal of 125,000 gallons of well water a day by the development was not possible.
January 23, 2006
By the rules, any crime demands punishment Monica Yant Kinney's column "After 16 years in prison, time for clemency" on Jan. 12 is a reminder of why I read The Inquirer: to gain prospective on the liberal point of view and to firm up my own views. The woman killed another human being. End of discussion. Would you rather open all the cell doors and let the "poor misunderstood" go free? I would submit that if you did that, The Inquirer would be the first to exclaim that we are not being protected by the government.
July 16, 1995 |
Though the hearings and discussions about a proposed quarry expansion took years, it took township supervisors only 10 minutes to tell quarry owners their expansion plans were halted. Tuesday night, the supervisors unanimously rejected James D. Morrissey Jr.' s request to expand the 158-acre quarry on Route 611 by another 83 acres. The audience of about 50 people, many of whom had been following the issue since its inception, applauded politely. Thomas Guinan, who served as the attorney for the quarry, said that because the township had rejected the expansion, the quarry would have to mine deeper for rock.