J. David Woodward has been the public works director since 2016. With a staff of approximately 41 they handle over 95 miles of Township roadways, over 111 acres of parkland, 225 miles of sewer lines, 10 pumping stations, trash, recycling, and yard waste collection for the township.
COVID-19 did not slow the public works department down. With residents depending on the services they provide; adjustments were made in crew splits and they kept moving forward to ensure services were uninterrupted. West Goshen’s beautiful parks became an integral part of residents' lives during the shutdown with usage well above normal even without their usual event programming. The Township’s Parks Department kept them mowed and cleaned providing a haven for residents during the difficult time.
The Streets Department, a division of public works, is responsible for 95 miles of Township roadways. With the goal to pave approximately five miles of road a year, the township spends approximately $700 - $800k on paving to ensure township roads are safe and smooth. Currently residents should start seeing paving projects begin the week of April 19th on Box Elder Drive, Staghorn Way, Hawthorne Lane, Valley Circle, Spring Valley Lane, Joy Lane, Maule Lane, Hallowell Lane and Francis Circle. Starting the week of April 26th work will begin on Steward Lane, Trafalgar Lane, Mayfair Circle, Hamlet Hill Drive, Victoria Lane, Banbury Circle, Raleigh Drive, Taylors Mill Road, North New Street, Fox Knoll Lane and Amanda Lane. The goal is to have the paving projects finished by the beginning of May, weather permitting.
The West Goshen Township Wastewater Treatment Plant, a 6 million gallon per day facility located on South Concord Road, has been undergoing a $27M renovation. The renovations include adding procedure, switching presses out, collection systems work, and pump station work. The project should conclude in mid-summer 2021. Several storm water projects are also underway in the Township that will help mitigate stormwater runoff that can pollute our waterways.
Woodward feels that “If we’re doing our job right nobody even thinks about us – that’s how we know we’re doing a good job.” and he wants to keep it that way.
Mr. Woodward grew up in West Goshen and now resides in Kennett Square.
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