Meeting Minutes for May, 19 2015

Friends of the Chester Valley Trail Draft

May 19, 2015 West Whiteland Township Bldg. Presiding: Tim Lander Board members present: Mike Broennle, Bob Cochlin, Gail Lipstein, and Steve Warren Absent: Phil Hoke Representing Chester County: Park Superintendent Owen Prusack 10 other attendees including Ron Medykiewicz 1. Minutes
  • Phil Hoke has not yet submitted the March 17, 2015 minutes.
2. Treasurer’s Report
  • Bob Cochlin reported a balance today $10,643.84.
3. County Update Park Superintendent Owen Prusack reported:
  • Volunteer projects: Approximately 50 volunteers reported on Earth Day to the trail behind hhgregg, an effort coordinated and promoted by TMACC’s Amanda Lozniak. Unfortunately a strong thunderstorm interrupted the activity limiting the amount of litter collected and trailside tree maintenance.
91 VOYA volunteers spread mulch, painted gates, weeded and painted a kiosk. A fourth kiosk has been completed.
  • On May 26 installation will begin on eight historic and informational panels.
  • On May 8 approximately 40 riders participated in the annual Bike to Work Week kickoff organized by TMACC. Riders began at the Exton and Westlakes Trailheads, gathering at the PNC Bank in Uptown Worthington. Participants included State Representative Duane Milne, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan, and Tredyffrin Township’s bicycle and motorcycle police. Cerner Corporation won a trophy for the most registered riders.
  • The Park policy is to limit large events on the trail to two per month. Recent and coming events include: May 3, Adaptive Sports’ Cinco de Mayo bike ride; May 30 We Grow Hope 5 K run / 1 mi walk; and on June 15 a 5 K evening run.
  • On Phase III the contractor will be replacing dead junipers and shrubs under warranty.
  • The chief complaint from trail users is speeding bicycles. The Facilities staff will soon be painting 15 MPH marks on the pavement. Other approaches to encouraging safe behavior were discussed while minimizing the number of signs including an intermittent sign campaign and chalk notices. Also discussed was painting a centerline.
  • Vertex Corporation obtained permission and completed a trail connection at D’Ambrosio Park in a timely, professional manner.
  • An additional bench has been installed with another available.
Suggestions for a location are requested. ? at Rte. 30.
  • PennDOT will soon be painting the sides of the Rte. 202 culvert with gel paint. The top layer of pavement will be done in late June or early July.
  • Surveying for Phase IV is pending.
  • PennDOT is planning improvements to the Rte. 29 crossing to improve safety for trail users. The Rte. 29 northbound ramp to Matthews Rd will be realigned. The project will require a detour at the intersection.
  • The County received a grant to study potential right-of-ways for the CVT between Exton and Downingtown.
  • The CVT in Montgomery County has been delayed because of a right-of-way issue with the contracting now expected to occur in 2016 and construction in 2017.
  • Tredyffrin Township has begun a volunteer Trail Watch program. Volunteers wear a fluorescent yellow vest.
  • The contractor continues work to establish reliable function to the water fountain at Exton. The severe winter resulted in this fountain freezing despite being designed for frostless function.
  • West Whiteland Twp. Building is an official trailhead.
  • Trail usage: There were approximately 30,000 trips recorded by the county’s counters in April, 2/3 at Bacton Hill and 1/3 at Cedar Hollow.
4. Events – Reports and Plans
  • Opening Day for Trails, Saturday, March 28.. This is a national event created by the Rails to Trails Conservancy. It was publicized by RTC and TMACC. Three sites were staffed by the Parks staff and FCVT volunteers (Tim L, Gail L & Mike B): Exton TH, E. Whiteland Twp. Bldg, and Westlakes TH. The public turnout exceeded expectations given the chilly, windy weather.
  • Chester County Library Community Day, April 18, had a Passion to Action theme. The FCVT table was staffed by Mike B & Bob C.
  • West Vincent Sustainability Fair, April 18, FCVT table staffed by Gail L.
  • Vanguard Earth Day, April 22, FCVT table staffed by Mike B & Gail L.
  • YMCA Healthy Kids Day, April 25, FCVT table staffed by Tim L & Mike B.
  • Paoli Hospital Employee Health Fair, May 15, FCVT table staffed by Mike B.
  • Rep. Duane Milne’s Kids Fest, Great Valley Middle School, June 13, FCVT table staffed by Bob Cochlin & Gail Lipstein.
4. Rino’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria’s owner has meet once with Gail Lipstein to explore whether there is a way he can support the trail. 5. Potential projects to improve the trail were discussed. Before we can approach potential major donors cost estimates are needed from Facilities and Parks, and projects need to be chosen and prioritized. Project ideas:
  • Foundry Way crossing safety enhancements in Uptown Worthington.
  • Optical sensors for road crossings at Ship Road and Cedar Hollow.
  • Benches
  • Frostless water faucets at East Whiteland Twp. Bldg., Cedar Hollow Park and Penn Med.
6. A plaque acknowledging the funding for the Exton Trailhead fix-it station is needed. Adjourned at 7:47 pm. Next meeting: Tuesday, July 21, East Whiteland Township Building, 209 Conestoga Rd., Malvern. Respectfully submitted, Mike Broennle Draft 7/20/15; revised 7/21/15