Chairman's Corner

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August 13, 2017

For my second installment here, I want to start by saying thank you to all of you who let me know of storm drain issues, road problems, park issues, or any other potential safety issues.  Recently, we fixed a broken storm drain off of Bough Road and patched a 16-inch by 16-inch square opening on Longwood Road.  Mrs. Samples, of Robin Road, while jogging very early in the morning, stepped into the opening and fell.  The cause of the square opening in the road is unknown; however, it was fixed by 3:00 p.m. the same day by our Roadmaster, Jimmy Peterson.

So if you see something needing attention and it’s not normal business hours, you can always call me at the home number listed at the bottom of this page.

On a personal note, many of you know our long-term township manager, Doug Hanley.  In early July, Doug suffered a stroke and was treated at Paoli Hospital.  During his rehabilitation, he’s been back at work for half days and is expected to return full time August 21st.  He expects to make a full and complete recovery.  Doug’s leadership and impact within our township has been clearly outstanding.  If someone in the county wants to know how to get something done, they call Doug Hanley.  He has been missed!

In conjunction with our Veterans Memorial and our local Boy Scout troops, for some time we have been trying to find an old, used mailbox with a pull-down flap.  We want this as a drop-off receptacle for worn American flags.  Discarded flags are required to be disposed of in a certain fashion and our local Boy Scouts will be assisting in that process.  I’m happy to report that Vietnam Veteran and Uwchlan resident Sandy Lopacki has found one for us.  We will get it transported here and refurbished/repainted for use. 

This Saturday, 8/19, will be the first annual “Fred’s First Responders 5K” held at the Eagleview Town Center.  Registration will be at 7:30 a.m., with the run starting at 8:30 a.m.  All proceeds will benefit first responders of Uwchlan Township.  This is in memory of Supervisor Fred Gaines, who passed away last August.  Registration:  Runtheday.com.

Sunoco Update

As you know, each week I meet with our Police Chief Scott Alexander, our E.B. Walsh inspectors, and Wade Lee from the Uwchlan Safety Coalition to assess Sunoco activities, any shortcomings, problems, and complaints.

This week was, again, relatively quiet.  There was an issue raised about grass cutting on the pipeline easement and there were no police complaints for the week.  During a conversation on Friday evening with a Sunoco representative, I was informed they are re-committing to our No Smoking policy on the pipeline easements as well as grass cutting and trimming along the easements.

Also, Sunoco is going to replace the orange plastic netting that’s currently being used as a gate and will replace it with a composite gate material that can be closed and secured in a more substantial way.

Talk to you next week!

Joe Toner

610-594-2545

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August 5, 2017

Thanks for taking a look at the Chairman’s Corner. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time and hope to post updates every week or so as events dictate. What a great, active, and vibrant community we live in!!

So here goes …

First, our annual Community Day is an exceptionally popular event, all run by volunteers. The fireworks are spectacular! This year, we added two events to the day: the dedication of the Uwchlan Log Cabin and the Veterans Memorial.

Supervisor Patricia Gaines led the Log Cabin dedication and discussed its creation and financing as well as the origin of the logs. This historically accurate cabin was built from logs that were embedded in the Hoffecker house on Route 113. Mr. Hoffecker donated the land that is now Lionville Park.

It’s a great story and a great effort thanks to our Historical Commission!

The Veterans Memorial dedication was a large recorded event put on by veterans from our township with support from outside groups such as the Junior ROTC from Coatesville Senior High School. Our local veterans raised the American flag as well as the POW flag while Uwchlan native Tom Force played “To The Colors” on the trumpet. Additional music was provided by Victory Baptist Church. Congressman Ryan Costello was our speaker and Pastor Dan Mawson gave the invocation and benediction.

I was more than gratified with the meaningfulness of the dedication. Veterans took turns reading the names of the veterans on the pavers to honor them and the families that wanted to remember and celebrate their loved ones past and present. We had over 100 people come out on a very hot afternoon. My thanks go out to the Uwchlan Veterans for their efforts.

Of special interest, Congressman Costello provided us with an American flag that had flown over the US Capitol on June 26, 2017. This flag was flown in honor of the Veterans Memorial at the request of Congressman Costello.

Sunoco Pipeline

Sadly, this is not a good thing for our community. Each week, I meet with our Police Chief Scott Alexander, Inspector Dan Daly, and Wade Lee from the Uwchlan Safety Coalition to assess Sunoco’s activities and any shortcomings, problems, and complaints. This week was relatively quiet – one township complaint of a damaged sidewalk on Whitford Road and no police complaints. The sidewalk was not damaged enough to be a tripping hazard. But if it does become one, it will be replaced with asphalt until a permanent fix can be made.

I expect drilling activity to pick up as the Court permits, and we will all be doing our best to limit the impact on our community.


Questions or comments?  Feel free to give me a call at 610-594-2545.

Joe Toner