Supervisors honor conservancy; call for traffic counts

Brandywine Conservancy and River Museum of Art Executive Director Virginia Logan, center, holds a plaque noting April 2017 as Brandywine Conservancy and River Museum Appreciation Month. With Logan are, from left, Supervisor Noelle Barbone, conservancy Chairman of the Board Morris Stroud, Supervisors’ Chairman Frank Murphy and Supervisors’ Vice Chairman Samantha Reiner.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Brandywine Conservancy and River Museum of Art. The conservancy will have its 50th anniversary gala on April 29 and, last night, the Chadds Ford Board of Supervisors declared this April as “Brandywine Conservancy and River Museum of Art Appreciation Month.”

All three supervisors — Frank Murphy, Samantha Reiner and Noelle Barbone — read from the proclamation citing the conservancy for its dedication to preserving land as well as art.

Since its formation in 1967, the conservancy holds “460 conservation and agricultural easements and has contributed to the permanent preservation of more than 62,000 acres of farmlands, forests, water resources, historic sites and scenic vistas in Pennsylvania and Delaware,” Murphy read from the resolution.

The resolution also cited the conservancy’s 1971 creation of the Brandywine River Museum that has an international reputation and is dedicated to the preservation of American art “with primary emphasis on art from the Brandywine Region.”

After supervisors read the resolution, they presented a plaque to Virginia Logan, the conservancy’s executive director, and to conservancy Chairman of the Board Morris Stroud.

Other business

• During the main body of the April 5 meeting, supervisors voted to spend up to $5,000 for traffic counts to discover the number of vehicles traversing some roads in the township. This is in response to the concerns over the proposed widening of Ridge Road as part of the Pettinaro commercial development in Concord Township at Ridge Road and Route 202.

A fuller traffic study could cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000, Murphy said, but doing the traffic counts could determine whether a fuller study is warranted.

Township engineer Michael Schneider will set up the parameters for the counts, but intersections to be looked at include Heyburn and Ridge roads, Ridge and 202 and the intersections along Route 202 from Ridge Road north to Route 1.

• Tpr. Tim Greene, the community affairs officer at the Pennsylvania State Police Media barracks, told supervisors that there has been an increase in daytime home burglaries in the area. He said the general routine is for criminals to ring the bell or knock on the front door. If there’s no answer, they go to the rear of the home and attempt to break in through the back door.

Greene reminded people to report any suspicious activity they might see in the area. He added that the police would like to have a list of any businesses tat have surveillance cameras that might help solve crimes. He said the list would remain confidential.

• The board postponed a vote on adopting an updated comprehensive plan until the next workshop on April 26.

• Township Manager Amanda Serock announced that the township would hold its annual recycling day in conjunction with the Civic Association’s Road Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 22. In addition, the official opening of the Harvey Run Trail would be the following Saturday, April 29.



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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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