Name: Robert T. Lange
Address: 640 Sugartown Road, Malvern
Running For: Willistown Township Supervisor
Positions Previously Held: Willistown Township Supervisor (1997-2005; 2007 until present)
What do you think can be done to improve pedestrian travel in the area:
Willistown Township is a unique area where sidewalks come into play in the Northern and Southern ends of the township. We will continue to maintain the sidewalks that we presently have and add additional sidewalks where they are needed.
Explain what issue motivated you to run:
As a lifetime resident and farmer of Willistown Township, I have watched the township transform from a rural to a suburban township. We are indeed fortunate to have many concerned citizens trying to preserve the rural character that makes are township so distinct. I became a Supervisor so that I could give a voice to those citizens. Our Open Space Bond Referendum that I initiated in 2001, has preserved nearly 400 acres for township parks. Additionally, our Referendum has leveraged $4,975,000 from State, County, and Federal agencies and another $6,525,000 from land conservancies.
Prior to becoming involved in local politics, I initiated the preservation of 58 acres of my family farm to be protected in perpetuity from development so that our township residents would continue to enjoy their way of life.
This year alone we added 22 acres off of Line Road and purchased the 6.2 acre Greentree Park from the Great Valley School District. This is a further testament to how effective our Open Space Referendum has become. These and other parks and properties are there for the enjoyment of our township residents. And for that I am very proud! It should be noted that our parks range from the Southern end to the Northern end. I will continue to try to add to our park acquisitions.
Is there an area in which you think the current administration could have preformed better, and how would you address this area?
The Board of Supervisors hold public meetings the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month to which citizens can come out and voice their concerns. As a Supervisor I feel that we could do a better job of encouraging citizen participation at these meetings.