Marker planned for historic schoolhouse

Pocopson Township supervisors will include money in the 2019 budget to purchase an historic marker for the Locust Grove Schoolhouse when it is dedicated next year.

At last week’s meeting, the supervisors voted unanimously to amend next year’s budget to add the $3,200 needed to buy the marker. Funds to purchase the marker were included in this year’s budget but not used, according to township Treasurer Peggy Lennon.

Don McKay, chairman of Pocopson’s Historical Committee, updated the supervisors on the ongoing work to renovate the historic schoolhouse. There are about 50 square feet of flooring left to install, which will be done Nov. 18, and the committee will re-create a partition in the 19th century schoolhouse where kids used to hang their coats, he said.

Barnard Baily, a resource member of the committee, has the schoolhouse’s original stove which will be reinstalled once work is completed.

McKay said a contractor will be hired to paint the eaves, and the air conditioning unit will be moved out of sight.

The goal is to have the building dedicated in August or September of 2019. For more information on the schoolhouse renovation, go to www.locustgroveschoolhouse.org

Trains

Supervisors will invite the president of East Penn Railroad to their next meeting to discuss issues with trains tying up traffic.

Township resident Judy Lovell said at Monday’s meeting that train crossings in Pocopson caused several school buses to be late to Unionville. Traffic can be waiting for up to an hour for the train to finish crossing, she said.

Supervisor Alice Balsama said she too was stuck in the traffic delay around 6 a.m. the same day.

Supervisors’ Chairwoman Ricki Stumpo suggested inviting East Penn President Al Sauer to the next meeting.

T-Mobile

The supervisors denied a request by T-Mobile to discuss the possibility of installing a monopole on the Barnard House property.

The request, according to Stumpo, was as a backup location in case the mobile carrier’s negotiations with Pocopson Home and the Chester County Prison to place a monopole on either of those properties failed. T-Mobile was looking to improve coverage by placing a pole somewhere near Lenape-Unionville and South Wawaset roads.

Township Secretary Susan Simone sent the T-Mobile representatives a copy of the covenant and deed restrictions for the Barnard House property.

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