Birmingham punts on greenway resolution

Birmingham Township supervisors are taking no formal stance on participating in the Brandywine Creek Greenway project – not yet, anyway.

Greenway project participation was on the agenda for the Oct. 5 supervisors’ meeting, but no one representing the project attended the session. Supervisors’ Chairman John Conklin still commented.

He said the Brandywine Conservancy — which is spearheading the project — is looking to get more than 30 municipalities to offer formal resolutions in support of the plan, which covers conservation and open space initiatives along the Brandywine.

“The conservancy is already helping us with our plans, which we greatly accepted. [But] I don’t have a resolution in mind,” he said.

Conklin added that many other organization want resolutions because they look good on grant applications.

Supervisor Bill Kirkpatrick said there’s no objection to the project, but suggested writing a letter rather than passing a resolution. The letter, he said, would say the township supports what the conservancy is doing “in a broad sense.”

Fellow Supervisor Scott Boorse also said he doesn’t think a resolution is necessary.

With no motion on the table, the discussion ended.

According to http://www.brandywinegreenway.org/about.php, the greenway is a regional planning initiative of the Brandywine Conservancy and 24 municipalities. It is spurred because “development pressures threaten the very landscapes that attract those who go there to live and work. Development often cannot be avoided. Municipalities, however, can choose to make resource protection, land preservation, recreation and alternative transportation the top priorities that shape their communities.”

Other business

• The board granted a temporary sign for the new West Chester Infinity dealership on Route 202 and chose to support a zoning variance request for Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Freddy’s wants to go into the former location of Luk Oil on Route 202 at Old Wilmington Pike. The variance being sought is for the number of parking spaces. The company would still need to go through a conditional use hearing before getting final approval.

•Supervisors also awarded a snow removal contract to Page Excavating, the company who provided the same service last year. Page was the only bidder and Conklin said he would have preferred more than one, but Page has performed well in the past and the rates — based on the amount of snow and the equipment needed — are the same as last year.
Roadmaster Dave Rathbun said he received no complaints about Page from residents last year and added, “I know from experience over the years [Page] does an excellent job.”

He said Page prepares well and is ready with materials when needed.

 

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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