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Notes on West Chester, Pennsylvania
Borough Council Meeting Minutes, 1962

by Jim Jones

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1962/01/02
Borough Council of West Chester, organization meeting minutes (January 2, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas, Baldwin and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Rev. Robert Boell, Mr. Shay (Controller), Chief of Police Guss, Tax Collector Taylor, Justice of the Peace Stancato and Heald, and Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

Called to order at 8:00 P.M.

Justice of the Peace Anthony L. Stancato administered the Oath of Office to Mayor Charles E. Lucas, Jr., who then administered the Oath of Office to Councilmen J. Dewees Mosteller, Edmund F. Cosgriff, William L. Underwood, and C. Harry Barber, Jr., and also to Controller John B. Shay.

Mayor Lucas called upon the Rev. Robert Boell, of the Westminster Presbyterian Church to open the meeting with a prayer.

Mayor Lucas called for nominations for the office of President of Council. After a motion by Mr. Underwood, seconded by Mr. Baldwin, Councilman J. Dewees Mosteller was nominated for President. After a motion by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Cosgriff, the nominations were closed and the secretary was directed to cast a ballot for the unanimous election of Councilman J. Dewees Mosteller for president of West Chester Borough Council. [...]

Adjourned at 9:10 P.M.


1962/01/10
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (January 10, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas, Baldwin and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Shay (Controller), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Mussleman (Housing Inspector) and Mr. Roman (Shade Tree Commission).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M. [...]

After a motion by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Spaziani, it was approved to offer $15,000 for property at 207 W. Miner St., to be used for off-street-parking. Mr. Baldwin abstained from voting. [...]

Adjourned at 10:30 P.M.


1962/01/23
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (January 23, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Thomas, Spaziani, Baldwin and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works) and all members of the Borough banning Commission.

Called to order at 5 P.M. [...]

After a motion by Mr. Baldwin, seconded by Mr. Barber, it was approved that the recommendation of the Planning Commission regarding the hiring of Jack M. Kendree, Planning Consultants, 1717 Sansom St., Philadelphia 3, Pa. to prepare a comprehensive plan on a local basis, be adopted, it being understood that adoption of the recommendation is contingent on the obtaining of a Federal Grant of 2/3 of the cost of the study, and that a proper resolution to this effect be prepared by the solicitor and Planning Commission. [...]

Solicitor Marrone presented and read letter addressed to Hon. David R. Baldwin, Budget Secretary, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania concerning Water and Sewage System expansion at the West Chester State College. After a motion by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Underwood, the letter was approved and ordered to be mailed, with copies as indicated. [...]

Letter received from Borough Planning Commission, recommending that House and Lot, 207 W. Miner St., be purchased for off-street parking. After a motion by Mr. Spaziani, seconded by Mr. Thomas, Ordinance No. 4-62, "An Ordinance providing for the purchase of 207 W. Miner St., West Chester, Chester County, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a Municipal Parking Lot" was approved by a vote of 5 Yeas. Councilman Baldwin abstained from voting. [...]

Adjourned at 11:15 P.M.


1962/02/14
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (February 14, 1962).

Council members present: Underwood, presiding, Barber, Cosgriff, Thomas.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Shay (Controller) and Mr. Mussleman (Housing Inspector).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M. [...]

Answer to Borough letter of January 29, 1962 received and read from Wyeth Laboratories, Inc, Grocery Store Products Co. Brandywine Mushroom Co. and National Foam System, Inc. After considerable discussion the motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Cosgriff, to extend February 15, 1962 deadline for 60 days was approved. [...]

Letter received from The League of Women Voters of West Chester commending Council for retaining services of Jack Kendree, planning consultant, to draw up a comprehensive plan for the Borough. [...]

After a motion by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Barber, Resolution No. 6-62, authorizing the preparation of a comprehensive plan for the Borough of West Chester by the Planning Commission and to make application for Federal Funds needed to finance cost of such a plan, was approved.

After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Barber, secretary was authorized to write letter to Pa. Department of Highways for study and permission to erect Traffic Signals at intersection of Market St. with Walnut St., Matlack St., and Darlington st., and also New & Gay Streets.

After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Thomas, the erection of "No Parking" signs on west side of Worthington St. between Market & Gay Streets was approved. Councilman Barber voted No. [...]

After a motion by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Cosgriff, solicitor was requested to prepare an amendment to the zoning ordinance to permit Council to use land or property for Municipal purposes regardless of district zoning provisions. [...]

Adjourned at 10:00 P.M.


1962/03/14
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (March 14, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Mr. Shay (Controller), Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Mussleman (Housing Inspector) and Mr. Devere Kauffman (Planning Commission).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M. [...]

Letter from Rev. Frederick Mathias, First Presbyterian Church thanking Council for plan to convert 207 W. Union St., to an off-street parking lot.

Letter from Chester County Development Council clarifying Council policy relative to handling of prospective new industrial firms.

Letter from John W. Furlow Engineers, Inc. 308 Walnut St., Phila, 6, Pa. requesting permission to install air-conditioning system utilising water at the West Chester State College dining hall and kitchen, Job No.16-21. Referred to Water Committee. [...]

Letter received from Grocery Store Products, Brandywine Mushroom Co. and National Foam System Inc., concerning Goose Creek Disposal Plant. [...]

Mr. Thomas reported that College wants copies of agreement. He also discussed delinquent water and sewer accounts. This matter was referred to Water Committee and Solicitor with power to act. ...

Adjourned at 11 P.M.


1962/03/28
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (March 28, 1962).

Council members present: Councilman Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas and Underwood.

Also present: Estrada and 0'Connor from Albright & Friel, Inc.; Widdall, Furlow, Kyle and Wolf (West Chester State College), Marrone (Solicitor) and Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

Called to order at 7:00 P.M. [...]

After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Underwood, Ordinance No. 8-62, "An Ordinance amending the West Chester Zoning Ordinance of 1939" as amended by adding the following: Section 44 - In any district land may be used and buildings or structures may be erected for any lawful Borough use - was approved by a vote of 6 Yeas.

President Mosteller requested the Secretary to read correspondence received to date from the State College relative to request for permission to install an air-conditioning system utilizing water in the proposed new Dining Hall and Kitchen at the College. After considerable discussion the motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Underwood, that the request be granted with the understanding that the operation of the air-conditioning system would be curtailed in the event of a drought or other water shortage, was approved by a vote of 6 Yeas.

The subject of garbage disposal units in the Dining Hall and Kitchen was then brought up and discussed. The motion of Mr. Barber, seconded by Mr. Thomas, that Council will accept sewage from garbage disposal units installed in the College at the time that the Treatment Plant facilities are adequate to treat such an additional load, with the further understanding that an additional charge, commensurate with the loading, be made for necessary capital additions and increased operating costs, was approved by a vote of 6 Yeas.

Mr. Thomas raised question concerning status of Marsh Creek Study. Mr. Estaada stated that the study would be completed by April 11, 1962. Accordingly, it was decided to meet with representatives of the Borough of Downingtown on April 12, 1962 to review the report.

President Mosteller raised question concerning what could be done to remove abandoned vehicles from the streets of the Borough. After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Spaziani, it was approved that the Police be instructed to take all steps available to remove these cars and that the Solicitor and Police Committee prepare an appropriate towing ordinance.

Mr. Bayliss brought up question relative to obtaining land belonging to Mr. Samuel Trego at Green Field. Referred to R. E. Committee.

Adjourned at 10:15 P.M.


1962/04/11
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (April 11, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas, Baldwin and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Mussleman (Housing Inspector) and Mr. Roman (Chairman of the Shade Tree Commission).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M. [...]

Mr. Lawless of 517 W. Hiner St. appeared and inquired concerning the possibility of widening Miner Street between Wayne and Bradford Sts, Mr. Bayliss reported that this matter is under consideration by the State H'way Department.

Mr. Anthony Ricardo, 410 W. Lafayette St. and Mr. B. Joseph Ricardo of 504 W. Lafayette St. appeared and raised questions concerning drainage, storm sewers, etc. in their community. Referred to Street Committee. [...]

Mayor Lucas reported on planting of trees, abandoned cars and abuse of loading zone designations. He announced Clean-Up Week for week of May 7th. [...]

There was considerable discussion concerning hours of meter operation on Parking Lots, After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Thomas, it was approved that free parking, Sunday through Thursday, be adopted for the Riley Lot, on an experimental basis. The motion was passed by a vote of 5 to 2. Councilmen Mosteller and Spaziani voted against the motion. [...]

Adjourned at 11:15 P.M.


1962/04/12
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (April 12, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Cosgriff, Thomas and Baldwin.

Also present: Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works) as well as 5 officials from Downingtown, one from East Whiteland, one from East Caln, two from State College, Mr. Purcell of the Chester County Water Resources Authority and Mr. Turner of the West Chester Planning Commission, and Mr. Loewe of the Pa. Economy League.

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

President Mosteller introduced Mr. Estrada of Albright & Friel, Inc., who with Mr. O'Connor as projectionist, presented and discussed the Report to Borough of West Chester on Study of Water Works Improvements Including Water Transmission Facilities from Proposed Marsh Creek Reservoir. The report covered a plan for only the Borough of West Chester and an Alternate to include the Borough of Downingtown and adjoining townships. There was considerable interest on the part of officials from the other municipalities in connection with the alternate plan and two copies of the report were distributed to each municipality and one copy to representatives of the other organizations.

The motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Barber that a resolution be adopted as follows: Resolved that the Borough of West Chester adopt Marsh Creek Reservoir as an additional source of water supply for the Borough and that proper officials be authorized to enter into an agreement to this effect with the Chester County Water Resources Authority, was approved by a vote of 5 Yeas.

This concluded this part of the meeting and President Mosteller thanked all those present for their interest and participation in the discussion of the report.

The status of the $300,000 State College project was discussed. Mr. Widdall reported that Council should get a letter within a few days from the Department of Property & Supplies relative to design criteria. He suggested that Mr. Estrada might expedite matters by submitting additional explanation of data relative to design criteria. [...]

Adjourned at 10:15 P.M.


1962/05/09
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (May 9, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Shay (Controller), Mr. Mussleman (Housing Inspector) and Mr. Roman (Chairman of the Shade Tree Commission).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M. [...]

President Mosteller reported on position of College concerning New Street Pumping Station and presented letter dated May 4, 1962 on this subject. [...]

After a motion by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Underwood, it was approved by a vote of 5 Yeas that the Borough give up rights to College Avenue, from Church to New Street, but retain easements for necessary utility lines. Referred to Solicitor to prepare an ordinance if necessary. [...]

Letter received from Rubenstein's concerning all day parking and also requesting meters for the half block on S. Walnut St. from alley to Miner St. Referred to Police Committee.

Letter received from Raymond V, Pierce, Jr., 122 E. Union St., requesting the placing of "Watch for Children" signs in the 100 Block E. Union St. Request approved and referred to Police Committee.

Letter received from Planning Commission recommending that the proposed plot plan of Donald McKay for N.E. Corner of Sharpless and New Sts, be approved. [...]

Mayor Lucas reported on Clean-Up Week and stated that it would be extended to May 19th. He also reported that the change of traffic pattern was completed without undue confusion. [...]

Mr. Underwood reported improvement in effluent from Goose Creek Plant. [...]

After a motion by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Underwood, Resolution No. 10-62, that the Borough accept Deed of Dedication of Public Roads designated as Mayfield Avenue and Virginia Avenue, dated April 12, 1962, was approved by a vote of 5 Yeas. [...]

Adjourned at 10:30 P.M.


1962/05/23
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (May 23, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas and Underwood.

Also present: Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Estrada of Albright & Friel, Inc. At 8 P.M. the West Goshen Township Supervisors and members of the Sewer Authority joined the meeting and at 8:30 P.M., Mr. Smith and Mrs. Morris, representing developers of the Worthington Sub-division in West Goshen Township joined the meeting.

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Mr. Estrada presented and discussed a report on "A Study of Available Spare Capacity in the Taylor Run Sewage Treatment Plant". There was considerable discussion concerning the findings outlined in the report, particularly the probality that the Pa. Department of Health might order plant expansion if the Borough accepted sewage from outside the Borough. A motion by Mr. Underwood, seconded by Mr. Cosgriff, that the Taylor Run Plant does not have sufficient capacity at this time to accept additional raw sewage was approved by a vote of 5 Yeas. Secretary was directed to write letters to this effect to all interested parties.

This part of the meeting adjourned at 9:30 P.M.

After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Underwood, it was approved to write to the Department of Highways requesting approval for the installation of Traffic Signals at Market and Walnut Streets and at Market and Matlack Streets, with the understanding that the synchronization of the Traffic System, as requested by the Highway Department would be completed in 1963.

After a motion by Mr. Spaziani, seconded by Mr. Underwood, the Real Estate Committee was authorized to obtain cost, with power to act, for applying stucco to wall of house adjoining proposed parking lot at 207 W. Miner St.

After a motion by Mr. Underwood, seconded by Mr. Thomas, it was approved to engage Technical Services Co, for services in Operation and Management at the Taylor Run Plant.

Adjourned at 10:00 P.M.


1962/06/13
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (June 13, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas, Baldwin and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Shay (Controller), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Mussleman (Housing Inspector) and Mr. Roman (chairman of Shade Tree Commission).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M. [...]

There was some discussion concerning pending agreement with Albright & Friel, Inc. relative to work at State College. After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Underwood, the solicitor was authorized to revise agreement with provisions acceptable to him. [...]

Letter received from High St. School PTA requesting action in connection with their request of Feb. 5, 1962 concerning parking on Dean St. Referred to Mayor. [...]

Dr. Stetson, Superintendent of Schools, addressed Council on the urgent need of the Joint School Authority to guarantee a water supply at the proposed Joint North High School in order to obtain a reasonable interest rate on proposed Bond issue. After a motion by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Spaziani, Resolution No. 11-62, resolved that in the event the West Chester Area Joint School Authority meets with failure in its attempt to obtain proper water from a well at the site of the North Junior High School, the Borough of West Chester shall permit the Authority to connect with the water system of the Borough of West Chester for a supply of public water for the school, the necessary pipe to be installed at the cost of the Authority, was approved by a vote of 7 Yeas. [...]

Mayor Lucas discussed use of Parking Lot at Adams & Barnard Sts, It was decided that this lot be permitted for use by Churches and Charitable Groups only. Mayor Lucas also discussed problem of parking at schools also loading and unloading of trucks at the schools. After a motion by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Baldwin, it was approved that Street & Police Committees meet with transportation committee of School Board to discuss this problem. [...]

Mr. Cosgriff suggested that truck traffic on W. Chestnut St. be restricted for Local Delivery only. Referred to Solicitor to prepare necessary the ordinance. Mr. Cosgriff also announced that Police Committee would meet on June 21 to interview applicants for position of Parking Regulation Enforcement Officer. [...]

Adjourned at 11:15 P.M.


1962/06/21
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (June 21, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas and Mr. Robert Herr of the P. E. Co.

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Mr. Barber introduced Mr. Herr of the P, E, Co, Mr. Herr discussed in detail a proposed plan of program for improved Street Lighting, All aspects of the plan were reviewed and discussed in detail. After a motion by Mr. Barber, seconded by Mr. Cosgriff, it was approved to permit the P. E. Co. to install, for demonstration purposes, the new lights of 12,000 lumens on High St. between Market St. & Court St. Mr. Herr also was requested to develop program and cost data for improved Street Lighting for the business district and also for residential district. [...]

Adjourned at 9:15 P.M.


1962/07/05
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (July 5, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Thomas, Baldwin and Underwood.

Also present: Kauffman, Melton, Turner, Hall and Slack of the West Chester Planning Commission. Councilman Baldwin and Mr. Melton left meeting at 8:30 P.M.

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Mr. Kauffman, chairman of the Planning Commission presented two proposed plot plans for new Court House Annex. One plan provided for no change in Court St., and the other plan provided for the closing of Court St. from High St. the length of proposed building. There was considerable discussion of the two plans after which the Planning Commission retired for consultation and preparation of a recommendation. [...]

The Planning Commission returned to the meeting and Mr. Kauffman presented the recommendation of the Commission to Council concerning the proposed building involving Court St. as follows: That Court St. remain open as in the present Borough Street Plan with the suggestion that no overhang be provided in the proposed building along Court St. and that the architecture of the proposed building conform with the prevailing architecture in the surrounding area.

After a motion by Mr. Barber, seconded by Mr. Spaziani, the recommendation of the Planning Commission was accepted by a vote of 5 Yeas. [...]

Adjourned at 10:45 P.M.


1962/07/11
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (July 11, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas, Baldwin and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works) and Mr. Mussleman (Housing Inspector).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M. [...]

Petition received from attorney for Anthony Delar requesting change in zoning From A to B Residential for property on north side of Market Street extending 350' eastward from Bradford Avenue. After a motion by Mr. Baldwin, seconded by Cosgriff, it was approved to hold a public hearing in this matter on Thursday, August 2, 1962 at 8:00 P.M. Referred to Solicitor. [...]

Letter received from Chester County Board of Elections requesting an answer by August 1, 1962 whether or not Council of the Borough of West Chester wanted the question of a 1/2 mill tax for Library purposes to appear on the November 1962 ballot. After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Underwood, it was approved by a vote of 7 Yeas that Council does not wish to join the County Library District at this time and no question concerning this matter should be placed on the November ballot. [...]

Letter received from Anna R. Kennedy, 121 W. Miner St., concerning litter clearance and control. There was considerable discussion concerning this subject and it was suggested that a more frequent street sweeping program be adopted. [...]

Mr. Marrone reported that revised agreement with Albright & Friel, Inc. for work at State College was acceptable. [...]

Adjourned at 11:30 P.M.


1862/07/19
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (July 19, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Cosgriff and Thomas.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Kauffman, Turner and Melton of the Planning Commission and Klein and Sinclair of the Chamber of Commerce.

Called to order at 8:30 P.M.

President Mosteller called meeting to order and gave synopsis of previous meetings relative to improved street lighting. He then turned the meeting over to Councilman Barber, chairman of the Light Committee. Mr. Barber presented proposed plans and estimated cost for an improved street lighting program. He then called on Mr. Herr, of the P.E. Co. to present the plan in detail.

There was considerable discussion concerning the proposed plan, particularly in connection with the intensity of light. Kauffman, Klein and Sinclair indicated that they favored the program but that the lights were not bright enough. Councilman Barber requested that the Chamber of Commerce submit a statement relative to its opinion of the proposed improved street lighting program. He also requested Mr. Herr to submit a more detailed report on comparative costs.

Adjourned at 10:15 P.M.


1962/08/02
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (August 2, 1962).

Council members present: Councilman Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas, Baldwin and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Solicitor Marrone and Zoning Administrator Musselman.

Called to order at 8 P.M.

President Mosteller called the meeting to order and announced that this was a public hearing, as advertised, to consider the petition of Anthony Delar for a change in Zoning from "A" to "B" Residential of a lot on the north side of W. Market St. extended eastward 350' from Bradford Avenue. He then requested Solicitor Marrone to conduct the hearing.

Solicitor Marrone read the petition and then called on Mr. Elicker, attorney for the petitioner to present his case. Mr. Elicker called on Joseph Delar, son of Anthony Delar the petitioner, who presented proposed plot and building plans for the area if the zoning would be changed to "B" Residential.

Solicitor Marrone then called upon those present who wished to speak against approval of the petition.

Of those present, 12 persons residing in the adjoining area spoke against approval of the petition primarily because it would decreasd the value of their properties and that Council should be concerned with up-grading the remaining open areas in the Borough rather than down-grading any area. They all urged that the area remain "A" Residential.

After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Baldwin, the petition was denied by a unanimous vote.

The hearing was adjourned at 9 P.M. and then President Mosteller called on members of Council for any other business. [...]

Councilman Spaziani and Mayor Lucas reported that the PRR was interested to know whether Council would consider using the site of their Market Street Station for a parking lot. Referred to Off-Street Parking Committee and the Mayor for study and recommendation.

Solicitor Marrone reported that Department of Property & Supplies, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, acknowledged receipt of copy of agreement between the Borough and Albright & Friel, Inc. for work at State College.

Adjourned at 9:30 P.M.


1962/08/08
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (August 8, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas, Baldwin and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Shay (Controller), Mr. Mussleman (Housing Inspector), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works) and Mr. Roman (chairman of the Shade Tree Commission).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M. [...]

Mr. Roman, chairman of the Shade Tree Commission presented and discussed report of Shade Tree Commission, He reported that Tree vandalism was a serious problem and suggested that a reward be offered for information relative to this matter. After considerable discussion, the motion of Mr. Spaziani, seconded by Mr. Barber that a reward of $50.00 be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for tree vandalism, was approved.

Mayor Lucas reported on work of the Parking Regulation Enforcement Officers. He also brought out that there seemed to be a difference of opinion in the interpretation of what constitutes a second violation in a two hour parking area. There was considerable discussion of this regulation and it was suggested that the current ordinance be amended to clarify this matter. The motion of Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Thomas, that the Solicitor be authorized to prepare an amendment to the existing ordinance to define clearly that every two hour violation is a separate violation, if the vehicle remains in the same parking space, was approved by a vote of 6 Yeas and 1 No, Councilman Barber voted No.

After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Baldwin, it was approved to accept the resignation, effective as of August 4, 1962, of Patrolman Robert H. Balch and Patrolman Salvatore Canzoneri and to authorize the refund of their contribution to the Police Pension Fund.


1962/08/09
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (August 9, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas and Underwood, and Mayor Lucas.

Also present: representatives from the West Chester School Board, West Chester Library Association, League of Women Voters and Chester County Library Board.

Called to order at 8 P.M.

President Mosteller opened the meeting and stated that the purpose of the meeting was to give everyone interested in the question of whether or not the question of a 1/2 mill tax for a county library system should appear on the West Chester ballot in November an opportunity to express his opinion.

He then introduced Mr. Christopher B. Devan, county library coordinator, who presented and discussed in detail all phases of the proposed County Library System, after which President Mosteller opened the meeting for discussion.

There was considerable discussion on the part of practically ereryone in attendance. After the discussion was exhausted President Mosteller asked Council if they wished to take any action at this time.

After a motion by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Spaziani, it was unanimously approved to rescind the motion of July 11, 1962 and to advise the Chester County Board of Elections to place the question of a 1/2 Mill tax for County Library System on the ballot in West Chester for the November 1962 election.

Adjourned at 10:30 P.M.


1962/08/31
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (August 31, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Baldwin and Thomas.

Called to order at 8:30 P.M.

President Mosteller opened the meeting and called on Secretary to read Ordinance No.13-62, "An Ordinance amending the Ordinance of July 21, l85l, as amended, to permit the internment of bodies of deceased members of the clergy in church owned lands within the limits of the Borough."

After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Baldwin, Ordinance No.13-62 was unanimously approved.

Adjourned at 8:36 P.M.


1962/09/05
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (September 5, 1962).

Council members present: Councilman Mosteller, Barber, Cosgriff, Spaziani, Thomas and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Estrada of Albright & Friel, Inc., Mr. Wiest of Technical Services Co., Mr. Steubel of Chester County Water Resources Authority and Mr. Wilson, Supt. of Sewage Treatment Plants.

Called to order at 7:00 P.M. [...]

Mr. Estrada reported on status of plans relative to West Chester State College Project for Water and Sewer extensions. He also submitted an anticipated schedule of completion for plans and specifications together with anticipated bid date. Plans were feferred to Mr. Bayliss for review and comment.

Mr. Estrada submitted and discussed a report on a review of reports of Industries relative to waste which they discharge into Goose Creek Disposal Plant.

Mr. Wiest commented on the report and reported progress of improved operations and adjustment to meters to obtain correct readings at Goose Creek Plant. There was considerable discussion of the reports and question was raised concerning need to review formula for sewer rent charges to Industries.

After a motion by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Cosgriff, it was approved to enter into a contract with Albright & Friel, Inc. for the engineering services required in connection with the expansion of the Goose Creek Sewage Treatment Works and to direct them to prepare the necessary contract documents for signature by the proper Borough Officials together with the preparation of the necessary application to Housing and Home Finance Agency of the Federal Government to provide a Non-Interest bearing Advance to provide the funds necessary to pay for the preparation of preliminary report, preliminary plans and final plans in connection with the Goose Crefek Treatment Works Expansion.

It was brought out in the discussion that Grocery Store Products Co. is in the process of making plant extensions. After a motion by Mr. Barber, seconded by Mr. Thomas it was approved to direct the secretary to write a letter to Grocery Store Products bringing to their attention the provisions of the Municipal Sewer Ordinance which reserves the right for the Borough to require pre-treatinent to any industrial wastes which are being discharged to the sewage treatment works for treatment and it would be deemed advisable for them to consult their Engineers, conserning the advisability of reserving room and laying out the waste water piping so that a pre-treatment works may be installed, if and when required by the Borough.

Mr. Estrada reported on his conference with personnel of the Department of Forests and Waters concerning design of Dam at Marsh Creek Reservoir. He presented data relative to cost for several plans. After considerable discussion and careful consideration the Motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Barber, to direct Albright & Friel, Inc. to advise the Department of Forests and Waters to plan and design a dam to provide for a direct pipe-line connection through the Dam to supply West Chester, was approved by a vote of 4 Yeas, Councilmen Spaziani and Underwood retired before the vote was taken.

Mr. Estrada also presented a letter to be sent to the Department of Forests and Waters submitting to them requested data on the average monthly yield of water that will be required by the Borough of West Chester under extreme drought conditions in the design year 2010. After a motion by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Barber, the letter was accepted and approved for submission to the Department of Forests and Waters and a copy to the Chester County Water Resources Authority.

After a motion by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Barber, it was approved by a vote of 4 Yeas to enter into a contract with Albright & Friel, Inc., for the engineering services required in connection with the Water Works Improvement and Water Transmission Facilities from the proposed Marsh Creek Reservoir in accordance with tentative Plan Alternate #1 in their report dated March 1, 1962 together with the preparation of application to Housing and Home Finance Agency of the Federal Government for a Non-Interest Bearing Advance to pay for the cost of preparation of preliminary report, preliminary plans and final plans and specifications for the proposed Water Works Improvment and Water Transmission Facilities.

Adjourned at 10:45 P.M.


1962/09/12
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (September 12, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Mussleman (Housing Inspector) and Mr. Roman (Chairman of Shade Tree Commission).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M. [...]

Letter received from League of Women Voters expressing pleasure with the action taken by Council relative to the County Library System.

Letter received from secretary of West Chester Public Library advising that the Board of Directors of the West Chester Library Association concur in the Borough Council decision to place on ballot the Chester County Library 1/2 mill tax referendum. [...]

Letter received from Pastor of St. Agnes Church extending sincere thanks to Council for approving an amendment permitting the burial of the Right Reverend Monsignor Henry C. Schuyler on the Church property. [...]

Letter received from Planning Commission recommending approval of Plot Plan for 404-410 W. Barnard St. submitted by Mr. Lawrence U. Ginter. After a motion by Mr. Barber, seconded by Mr. Underwood the recommendation was accepted and approved. [...]

Letter received from State College concerning traffic problem at Church and Sharpless Streets. Referred to Police Committee. [...]

The recommendation of Mr. Underwwod that Mr. Walter Wilson attend the annual convention of the Water Pollution Control Federation in Toronto, Canada, at the expense of the Borough, was approved.

Adjourned at 10:30 P.M.


1962/10/10
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (October 10, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas, Baldwin and Underwood.

Also present: Solicitor Marrone and Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M. [...]

Letter received from Salvatore Canzoneri requesting reinstatement to the Borough Police force. Referred to Police Committee. [...]

Letter received from Bureau of Police advising that on basis of information received a suspect was arrested and found guilty of damaging Shade Trees. After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Baldwin, it was approved to pay the informant the $50.00 reward offered for such information.

Letter received from Mayor Lucas requesting advice concerning the wishes of Council in regard to the Halloween Parade. After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Baldwin, it was approved to notify the Recreation Board to proceed with the Halloween Parade in accordance with their schedule.

Letter received from Mayor Lucas returning Ordinance No. 15-62, "An Ordinance amending the Ordinance of January 9, 1946 regulating the parking of vehicles on certain streets," without his approval together with the reasons for not having done so, After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Baldwin, the ordinance was again passed by Council by a vote of 5 to 2. Councilmen Barber and Thomas voted No.

Mr. Bayliss reported that plans and specifications prepared by the Borough engineering firm, Albright & Friel, Inc. for State College, were still not approved by the Department of Property & Supplies. Mr. Bayliss recommended that specifications be amended to provide for bidding on alternate type of pipe. Referred to Water Committee. [...]

Chief of Police Close and Mr. Hallowell, administrator of West Goshen Township appeared and requested that complaint calls for West Goshen Police be handled by our Desk Sergeant in the same manner as complaints for West Chester Police. West Goshen will furnish necessary stationary. Referred to Police Committee.

Adjourned at 10:15 P.M.


1962/11/14
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (November 14, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas, Baldwin and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Mr. Shay (Controller), Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works) and Mr. Smith (Housing Officer).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M. [...]

Mr. Anthony Stancato appeared on behalf of Italian Social Club and suggested that construction of extension of Everhart Street, as recommended by the Club, be accepted by Council. He also discussed problems relative to truant students. [...]

Mr. Widdall of State College appeared and requested information relative to status of College Avenue and also Water and Sewer Facioities Project.

Mr. Lawrence Ginter appeared and discussed his proposed plans for developing south side of W. Market St. west of Brandywine St. [...]

Mr. Cosgriff presented resignation submitted by Patrolman Joseph A. Nero, effective October 26, 1962. After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Underwood, the resignation was accepted and it was approved to refund to Patrolman Nero his contribution to the Police Pension Fund of $192.03.

After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff seconded by Mr. Underwood, it was approved to fill the vacancy created by resignation of Patrolman Nero.

Adjourned at 11:10 P.M.


1962/12/12
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (December 12, 1962).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Spaziani, Cosgriff, Thomas and Underwood.

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Shay (Controller), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), and Mr. Smith (Housing Officer).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Councilman Underwood, in the absence of President Mosteller called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M.

Letter received from Mrs. Mary Darlington Jefferis, 514 Spring Grove Lane, requesting a written statement giving her permission to cross Borough property in order to reach her property. After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Spaziani, the letter was referred to Solicitor. [...]

Mayor Lucas reported that unattended dogs were creating a serious problem.

Mr. Bayliss reported that Parking Lot at 207 W. Miner St. is completed and that the Water Contract also is completed.

Mr. Cosgriff reported that installation of traffic control lights at Walnut and Market Streets was completed. [...]

President Mosteller arrived at 8:45 P.M.

After a motion by Mr. Cosgriff, seconded by Mr. Barber, it was unanimously approved to apply a charge of $50.00 annually, effective January 1963 for all private alarm systems installed in Police Headquarters.

Adjourned at 9:20 P.M.



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