Birmingham residents object to trail extension

The Sept. 20, Birmingham Township Board of Supervisors
meeting audience included many resident from Meetinghouse Road who objected to
extending the existing Birmingham Hill walking trail to include the lower half
of Meetinghouse.

Many Meetinghouse Road residents vigorously objected to Birmingham
Township’s Recreation, Parks and Open Space
Committeerecent survey regarding extending the walking trail. Residents
said they were concerned about their privacy, the potential for littering and
undesirable visitors walking along their property boundaries.

Negative public comments included concerns about the Board
of Supervisor’s recent vote to posting small directional signs along the
existing portion of the trail and the future implications of a Greenways trail
linkage between the Sandy Hollow walking trail and the Brandywine Creek.

Supervisors responded no one has suggested expanding right
of ways to extend the existing walking trail. The Board of Supervisors declined to reconsider their prior
approval of Birmingham Hill trail sign markers as the approved signs are very
small four inch trail marker signage.

The Board of Supervisors thanked Birmingham Road residents
for their numerous public comments and welcomed them to attend Birmingham
Township Meetings.

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About Jim Phreaner

After 41 years of auditing large NYSE global corporations, former IRS Agent Jim Phreaner was looking for a project in retirement with fewer regulations and more people. He joined the staff at Chadds Ford Live more than a year ago. James Edward “Jim” Phreaner, 64, died suddenly in his Birmingham Township home on Dec.17, 2012. Jim was a devoted husband, son, father, friend, and neighbor.

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