By Nancy Johnson
At their June 4 meeting, Penn Township’s Board of Supervisors granted the conditional use application of Giant Foods, LLC for a gasoline sales facility. But, Curtis Mason, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, expressed his belief that it may be quite a while for gas pumps to be up and running on the western side of the Shoppes at Jenner’s Village.
In the continued Conditional Use application hearing, prior to the supervisors' voting, township solicitor Sam McMichael noted, “This has been going on for almost two years, but the supervisors will make a decision tonight to approve or deny the application.” He emphasized, “What is being discussed is only the use of the property. The access, traffic, etc. will all be addressed in the conditions.”
The approved application, along with conditions put forth by the board, can be found in its entirety on Penn Township’s website, www.penntownship.us. Giant will have 30 days in which to appeal the conditions.
In other business, road master Skip Elvin’s report, led to a discussion about possible stronger measures to handle speeding on Pennock’s Bridge Road. Elvin told the board that the missing stop signs and flashing lights at the all-way stop intersection had all been replaced.
Mason warned, “If they come out again, we may have no choice but to install speed humps. You can’t take them out.”
Corp. Kelly Cruz of Pennsylvania State Police Avondale Barracks, presented a report of 90-day statistics for the township. While there were 237 calls received during that time period, he noted, “The percentage [of calls that are] of a serious nature in your township is very low compared to surrounding municipalities.”
“Of that number, 20 were crashes, 3 DUIs and the rest a kaleidoscope of incidents ranging from barking dogs to speeders in neighborhoods.”
It was reported that Pusey Mill Road Bridge has been reopened. The next regularly scheduled board of supervisors meeting on July 2 has been cancelled.
Penn Township embarks on feasibility study of Jennersville Village
The first of two planned public meetings regarding Penn Township’s multi-modal connectivity feasibility study was held on June 4. Dennis O’Neil of McCombie Engineering described the basic concept as a feasibility study being conducted in partnership with Chester County Planning Commission that will look at ways to make the village area of the township more walkable and bike-friendly and also address public transportation needs. “We are trying to take from what’s already been done by others,” O’Neil said. “Right now we are just in the data collection phase. We are having discussions and planning surveys.”
In an effort to include as many local residents as possible in the surveys, the hope is to put it online and possibly have it available at Penn’s annual picnic in September as well.