Schuylkill Township
Environmental Advisory Council
MEETING DATE: February 28, 2017


EAC Members: Michelle Garg, Mary Ellen Heisey, Tom Heisey, Steve Kunz, Jerry O’Dell, & Michael Roscoe
Board of Supervisors (BOS): Martha Majewski, Jim Morrisson, & Fred Perry
Public Participation: Kate Jansen, John Werth (North Coventry EAC chair), and Morris Quigg

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm. Meeting adjourned at 9:05pm.

  1. EAC Meeting Summary Approval
    • The meeting summary of the January 2017 meeting was read and approved. 
  2. Announcements
    •   Mr. O’Dell announced Township Forum:  Phoenixville Country Club, March 23rd 7:30 - 9:00 pm (see below).
    •  Mr. O’Dell announced Land Ethics Symposium:  March 9 at Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, PA.
    •  Mr. O’Dell announced Schuylkill Watershed Congress, March 11 at Montgomery County Community College, Pottstown. 
    • Mr. O’Dell announced   Environmental Advisory Council Network 2017 Conference:  May 6, 2017 at Doubletree Resort, Lancaster, PA

  3.   Public Participation
    • Kate Jensen discussed some of Valley Forge Park environmental projects.   
      • The forest improvement / deer management program has allowed the natural regrowth of native plants.
      • Formal meadows management plan in progress.
        • Controlled burn and glyphosate based herbicides.
        • Use native grass seed for bare areas.
      • Project to control invasive species (plants and animals) integrated pest management.
        • One in particular is the emerald ash bore.  She noted that 75 trees were proactively treated for the borer.
        • VFP also has a program to remove the invasive rusty crawfish. Volunteers are welcome.
      • Mr. Morrisson questioned the new tree line being established along the area of the turnpike expansion.  Ms. Jensen commented that the park is proactively planting a combination of native trees (Maple/Oaks) in this area.

  4.   Reports/Updates on Ongoing Business
    • Bird Town -
      • Ms. Heisey announced she had 13 attendees at her Birdtown. She would like to host the same next year.
      • Ms. Heisey presented Birdtown to ~25 3rd graders at East Pikeland School.  The response was very well accepted.  The attendees asked her to return next year.
      • Ms. Heisey announced that there is one more day to post the annual bird count totals.
      • Ms. Heisey will host an informal meeting with representatives from different community groups on March 11th to better further develop the Birdtown project.
      • Ms. Heisey will host Steve Saffier at the April EAC meeting.
      • Ms. Heisey announced she needs two course to complete the tree tenders course.
    • Environmental Resources Inventory (ERI) -
      • No updates.
    • Great American Cleanup
      • Date April 29, 2017 from 8-10.  EAC will clean up the Pickering Preserve.
    • Pickering Preserve -
      • No updates. 
    • Name Unnamed Streams Project -
      • See above under public participation.
      • Mr. Heisey passed out the waterway naming initiative update handout and reviewed the 8 stream names proposed by the Historical Commission.
    • Trails Committee -  
      • The multimodal map was posted to the township website.
    • Valley Park -
      • No updates.
    • Native Plant List-
      • Mr. Heisey presented the proposed updates to the list and narratives. There are 17 added species. Narrative section updated. 

  5.  Developments
    • Nolen Property- Pawlings Road
      • Mr. Morrisson announced that the design plan changed from 9 to 8 total buildings.  The architecture changed from apartments to townhomes.
    • Pohlig Builders - Reeves Property/Planned Residential Development (PRD)
      • No updates.
    • The University of Valley Forge Conference Center
      • Mr. Morrisson announced that the university requested a traffic impact permit for the design of a new development plan.
    • Chester County Intermediate Unit at the Technical College High School
      • No updates.

  6.   New / Other Business
    • Township Forum
      • Forum agenda
        • EAC member introduction
        • “What’s In Your Garden” guest speaker: Kelly Sitch, PA-DCNR, Bureau of Forestry
        • EAC / Historical Commission unnamed stream project
        • Environmental Resources Inventory update
      • Mr. Heisey to update EAC Project List Handout.
    • Eagle Leadership Service Project
      • An Eagle Scout contacted Township for a service project.
        • EAC will propose a project that will align the Maine Medal of Honor Grove recipients’ plaques.  There are 67 recipients in the state of Maine.

  7. Township Raingarden
    • Mr. Heisey announced he will complete the artwork for the signage to reduce the overall costs.  He presented a proposed draft of the artwork for the project.