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Notes on West Chester, Pennsylvania
Borough Council Meeting Minutes, 1966

by Jim Jones

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1966/01/03
Borough Council of West Chester, organization meeting minutes (January 3, 1966).

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

Also present: Mayor Lucas, Mayor-elect Andress, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Shay (Contoller), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Taylor (Tax Collector).

Called to order at 8:00 P.M. [...]

Following a brief introduction by Mr. D. T. Marrone, Justice of the Peace Earl Heald administered the Oath of Office to Mayor-Elect Charles H. Andress.

Mayor Andress then administered the Oath of Office to the following elected councilmen: Mr. Mosteller, Mr. Underwood, Mr. Barber and Mr. Cotter.

Mayor Andress then informed Council that the chair was open for nominations for the position of President of Council. Mr. Baldwin nominated Mr. Mosteller for President. Nomination was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved unaminously.

Mr. Mosteller then asked for nominations for Vice President of Council. Mr. Spaziani nominated Mr. Underwood. Nomination was seconded by Mr. Thomas and nnaninously approved. [...]

Mr. Mosteller briefed Council on a telephone conversation he had with Mr. Estrada of Albright & Friel, and one with Mr. Keyes of the Great Valley Water Co. concerning water rights in the area in which the Borough had sank its first well. He further advised Council of a hearing the Delaware River Water Commission was holding Jan. 26, 1966 concerning the problem of water rights in the area. Mr. Estrada had suggested that some planning go into the presentation to the Commission. Mr. Thomas made a motion that the Borough retain the firm of Albright and Friel to represent West Chester at this hearing. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Thomas reported that water was being pumped from three wells at the present time and the new one should be in operation on Jan. 4, 1966.

Mr. Mosteller advised Council of a telephone conversation with Mr. Rettew of Wyeth, Inc. Mr. Rettew had advised Mr. Mosteller that his company was willing to dig wells and obtain their full requirement of water in this manner. He further advised that if they did this, the Borough conoid not expect the company to resume using borough water when the present shortage is alleviated. Coucil emphasized that it was not their desire that industries obtain all waters from wells; rather, they only supplement the present supply until the crisis is over.

Mr. Underwood advised Council that work on the sewer plant was progressing very well. [...]

Adjourned at 9:15 P.M.


1966/01/05
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (January 5, 1966).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Mr. Marrone was requested to explain the purpose of the meeting; This meeting was called to consider an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance and Map of the Borough of West Chester to re-zone from a "B" Residence District to a Business District, a tract of ground extending southward from Linden St. a depth of fifty feet on South Walnut Street and a depth of seventy feet, more or less, on an alley paralleling South Walnut St. and fronting on Linden Street from the aforesaid alley to Walnut Street. This meeting has been called pursuant to a petition filed by Zobros, Inc., owner of the lot in question. Mr. Marrone further advised that notice of the meeting had been filed in the Daily Local News on December 18, 1965.

Zobros, Inc. was represented by Mr. O'Neil, attorney, who presented arguments for the rezoning. Mr. Zobel, of Zobros, Inc., also appeared and displayed lot plans and sketches of the proposed building to be constructed if the request for re-zoning was approved. [JJ: This is the vacant lot on the southwest corner of Walnut and Linden Streets, across the alley from Dynamic Student Services.]

Mr. Polito, attorney, appeared representing various property owners who had submitted a protest against the rezoning of the area.

Following arguments for and against the petition to rezone the area in question, Mr. Baldwin made a motion that the petition requesting a change in the zoning ordinance be denied. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5 yeas, 1 no, and 1 abstaining. Mr. Cotter voted No, and Mr. Barber abstained as an interested party in the tract of land.

Adjourned at 8:20 P.M.


1966/01/12
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (January 12, 1966).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Shay (Contoller) Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

[The] first order of business was to introduce Mr. A. A. Estrada, of Albright & Friel, Inc., who gave a briefing on the Borough's wells, water supplies and the meeting at which he will represent West Chester before the Delaware River Basin Commission on Jan. 26, 1966.

As a result of Mr. Estrada's briefing, Mr. Thomas made a motion to authorize the Secretary to sign necessary applications and correspondence for approval of the new wells. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Thomas then made a motion that the Borough request a loan of funds from the Federal government for second phase planning of the new water line from Marsh Creek Dam. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. David Hickman, representing his father who is in the cesspool and septic tank cleaning business aupeared before Council to request assistance in obtaining new facilities for disposing of sewage from Wyeth and National Foam. In the past, this sewage had been disposed of at the Knickerbocker Land Fill as West Chester Land Fill does not accept sewage. Mr. Hickman has been advised there is a possibility that Knickerbocker Land Fill was going to stop receiving this sewage; therefore a new location for disposal was necessary. Following discussion, this problem was turned over to the Street Committee, who were directed to report back to Council on this problem.

A letter from the Mayor to Borough Council; Subject: Suspension of Patrolman George Hurd, was read. Mr. Thonas made a motion that Council sustain the action of the Mayor. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

A letter from the Chamber of Commerce requesting Council to consider an ordinance licensing itinerant retail merchants and a draft of the proposed ordinance was reviewed by Council. Mr. Underwood made a motion that this subject be turned over to the Solicitor, who is to study the problem and report back to Council. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

A letter from Attorney James E. O'Neill, Jr. requesting that the Borough reimburse his client, W. C. Homes, Inc. for the installing of fill and curbing along property of Andrew Milanese at 412 North Everhart St., West Chester, Pa., was considered. Mr. O'Neill contended that his client was ordered to do this repair work through an error. Amount of bill is $488.00. Following discussion, this problem was referred to the Solicitor for further action.

Mr. Spaziani discussed the need for additional off-street parking, and then made a motion that the Mercantile Tax be reenacted for the year 1966 with the same conditions and terms to be incorporated into the ordinance as was enacted in the Mercantile Tax Ordinance of 1965. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

The Planning Commission submitted letters advising Council of approval or disapproval for certain construction projects. Planning Commission had approved the requests of Audubon Builders; Reilly Farm; Korman Plan and Louis Bruno, Jr. The Wolf Development was disapproved. Council delayed action on these letters until members had sufficient time to study requirements for utilities and streets. Council will consider granting approval or disapproval at Adjourned meeting on January 27, 1966. [...]

Council considered a request for Borough water from Mr. John J. Pateman for a 400 unit apartment complex to be built at West Chester Pike and Five Point Road. Mr. Thomas made a motion that the request be denied. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 7-0. Secretary directed to advise Mr. Bateman of this decision. [...]

Mr. Thomas advised Council that there are now five wells pumping approximately 750,000 gallons of water daily.

Mr. Barber discussed the present $2.00 registration fee for multiple dwellins. He expressed an opinion that this fee was too low and suggested an increase. This subject was referred to the Solicitor for his review and report back to Council.

Mr. Thomas made a motion that Mr. N. Harlan Slack, Sr. be reappointed to the West Chester Land Fill Authority. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Adjourned at 9:30 P.M.


1966/01/27
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (January 27, 1966).

Council members present: Mosteller, Underwood, Thomas, Barber, Cotter.

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

Called to order at 8:10 P.M. [...]

Mayor Andress announced he had appointed Mr. Alphonso Newsome, 300 East Miner Street, to the Shade Tree Commission to replace Mr. Amos Bassett, Jr. who had resigned Dec. 31, 1965. [...]

Mr. Barber inquired as to the status of the Trash Burning Ordinance which had been approved at the November 10, 1965, regular meeting. Secretary to contact Solicitor on this.

Mr. Barber asked if there had been any progress on changing the fees for registration of multiple dwellings. Present registration fee is $2.00 regardless of number of units; and this also includes required payment for one year. During the ensuing discussion, it was recommended that a charge of $2.00 registration plus $2.00 for each apartment and $1.00 for each room be charged the first year. Mr. Smith is to present his recommendations to the Finance Committee for necessary action by Council.

Mr. Barber opened discussion concerning the deeding of an ordained alley in the western section of the Borough to Audubon Builders in order for them to use the land for construction of apartments. Council advised that Audubon Builders should first take title to the land they are purchasing and then approach Council with a request for deeding the alley to them. [...]

Mr. Underwood, reported on the visit of an inspector from the Department of Health & Welfare to the new sewage plant, and stated the inspection appeared to be satisfactory.

The need for stop signs at Linden & Walnut Sts., and Dean. & Darlington Sts. was discussed by Council. Mr. Barber made a motion that stop signs be erected at these two intersections. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 4-1. Mr. Thomas cast the negative vote.

Mr. Mosteller discussed a complaint he had received from Mr. Stu Michener that do-it-yourself laundries were failing to provide change for their customers, and as a result, the customers were bothering merchants for change. Council decided there was not much that could be done about this problem.

Adjourned at 9:30 P.M.


1966/02/09
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (February 9, 1966).

Council members present: Underwood, Thomas, Spaziani, Barber, Cotter.

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer) Mr. Bayliss (Public Works) Mr. Shay (Contoller).

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

Mr. A. L. Arabia, 346 W. Gay St., appeared to complain about excessive noises from the Sportsman Lounge which is next door to his home. He was advised by the Solicitor that this was a private matter between him and his neighbor, and he should obtain the services of a lawyer.

A letter from the Chamber of Commerce reiterating their desire to have itinerant merchants licensed was discussed. Council decided that the proposed ordinance was inadequate, and the draft was referred back to the Chamber of Commerce for improvement. Mr. Cotter was requested to contact the Chamber of Commerce and advise them of Council's comments. [...]

Mr. Bayliss presented a letter from Mr. Verner Rigler, present garbage collector, advising Council that, he will be unable to renew his contract on April 1, 1966, due to ill health.

Mr. Spaziani made a motion that the Street Committee be authorized to advertise for bids for letting a new contract for garbage collection. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 5-0. Council unaminously approved the writing of a letter to Mr. Riggler thanking him for his fine services over the many years he was associated with the Borough.

Mayor Andress presented Council a letter of resignation from Mr. Gordon W. Smith, Patrolman, West Chester Police Dept. Mr. Smith is taking a position with the West Goshen Police Force. Mr. Barber made a motion that Mr. Smith's resignation be accepted with regrets effective February 12, 1966, and that any donations he has made to the Police Pension Fund be refunded. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Mr. Bayliss reported that the main reservoir was down 12 1/2 feet, and the water situation was very serious. He further advised that all wells were dropping off in production. He then commented on snow removal problems and reported some one-way streets are not completely cleared. He also praised his workers for their performance during the storm. Mr. Barber then made a motion that a letter be sent to the Borough employees expressing Council's appreciation for their work during the snow. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Barber presented a petition from Audubon Builders requesting the Borough to vacate an alley [JJ: Granite Alley] between Everhart & Bradford Aves. and Chestnut St. & Strasburg Road in order for them to construct a proposed apartment. Mr. Thomas commented that he desired that Audubon Builders deed the 18 feet of the street in the front of the building area to the Borough in exchange for the alley. Following further discussion Mr. Thomas made a motion to turn the matter over to the Solicitor for a solution which would satisfy Council. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 4-0. Mr. Barber abstained as an interested party. (See March 9, 1966 minutes.).

Mr. Spaziani made a motion that police salaries be increased as follows effective March 1, 1966:.

Patrolmen:
Start 4,600.00
6 Mos 4,700.00
18 Mos 4,900.00
30 Mos 5,100.00
42 Mos 5,300.00
54 Mos 5,500.00

Sgts.
Start $5,600.00
1 yr 5,800.00
2 yr 6,000.00

Meter officers 10›/hr.

Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Spaziani presented two problems to Council: need for designation of a truck route during severe weather, and the parking problems existing in the Borough. After consideration by Council, problems were referred to Committee for study and report.

Mr. Thomas made a motion that Council ban the use of Borough water for washing motor vehicles until the water emergency is over. Ban to be effective Feb. 15, 1966. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0. Secretary to advertise notice of ban. [...]

Adjourned at 10:00 P.M.


1966/03/09
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (March 9, 1966).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Bids to furnish chemicals, road materials, fuel oil, gasoline and garbage collection to the Borough for the year beginning April 15, 1966, were received, opened and read. [...]

One bid was received for collection of garbage in the Borough. This bid was submitted by Mr. Steve Barry, Lebanon Farms, in the sum of $14,000.00. Mr. Spaziani made a motion that the bid of Mr. Barry be rejected on the grounds of excessive bid price, and the Street Committee study the problem. Motion was seconded hy Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 6-1. Mr. Barber cast the negative vote. [...]

Mr. Halpern, of Radio Station WCOJ, appeared and briefed Council on the progress of CATV.

Members of the Chester County Plumbers' Association appeared to discuss the appointment of a plumbing inspector. They recommended that Mr. Charles Dulin be appointed as Plumbing Inspector with Mr. Lee Walls as his associate. Recommended fees were submitted by the representatives who recommended that the Plumbing Inspector work on a fee basis, at least for the first year. Mr. Thomas made a motion that Council approve the appointment of Mr. Charles Dulin as Plumbing Inspector for one year commencing April 1, 1966, and the Plumbing Committee meet to settle fees and percentages. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Bayliss, Director of Public Works, reported that the reservoir is now down 4 feet; a improvement of 8 1/2 feet since the February meeting.

Mr. Barber reported that Audubon Builders have agreed to grant the Borough the 18 feet requested in exchange for the Borough's deeding an alley to Audubon Builders (See Feb. 9, 1966 Minutes). Mr. Thomas made a motion that Council refer the matter to the Solicitor to complete the necessary paperwork for the transfer. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0. Mr. Barber abstained as an interested party.

Mr. Thomas made a motion that Council have the Solicitor prepare the necessary advertisement for abandonment of the alley. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0. Mr. Barber abstained as an interested party.

Mr. Barber then inquired how Audubon Builders could get a building permit, as each new apartment building is considered separately because of the water shortage. Council discussed the availability of sewer and water pipes on the building site, and Mr. Thomas advised Council that water would be furnished to anyone in the Borough limits if they requested same. [...]

A letter from Mr. James L. McCauley, 505 Hillside Drive, complaining about dogs running at large in his neighborhood was read to Council and ordered filed.

A letter fron Mr. Thomas G. Keyes, President, Great Valley Water Co., offering to sell 500,000 gallons of water per day to the Borough was considered. Action was deferred on this matter until the planned meeting with Mr. Keyes, representatives of Borough Council and members of the Delaware River Basin Commission on March 15, 1966.

A letter from Bureau of Correction, Department of Justice, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, reporting on an inspection of the Borough jail was read. The Bureau of Correction reported they found the jail to be maintained and operated in accordance with minimum detention standards and regulations. The letter also praised the courtesy and cooperation extended by the Police Department. [...]

Mayor Andress submitted letters of resignation from Patrolman Galen T. Fritz, effective March 18, 1966, and Patrolman Gregory J. Ruffo, effective March 20, 1966. Both policemen are resigning to take positions with the Tredyffrin Township police force. Mr. Spaziani made a motion that the resignations be accepted and any contributions made to the Police Pension Fund be refunded. Motion was seconded by &r. Barber and approved by vote of 7-0.

Mr. Bayliss reported that he has received several requested (sic) from apartment owners that apartment buildings with multiple water meters be charged for water as if only one meter was installed. This procedure would provide a lower rate for water used. Mr. Bayliss was directed to obtain available information on this situation for the Water Committee who will study the problem and report to Council on their findings.

Mr. Cotter reported that he had been aprroached by Mr. Hoopes, who maintains two parks for the Borough, with a request that Mr. Hoopes be given the job of maintaining Hoopes Park. Mr. Mosteller stated that Hoopes Park is operated by the Recreation Committee. Decision was made that the Park Committee and Mr. Bayliss would meet with Mr. Mosteller to consider the request. [...]

Mr. Spaziani inquired as to whether the alley behind Goldberg's Furniture Store was public or private as Mr. Goldberg had placed a chain across the entrance. Mr. Bayliss and Mr. Shaw to research records to determine ownership of this alley.

Mr. Marrone presented a proposed ordinance banning the burning of any materials outdoors in the Borough. Mr. Barber made a motion that Council adopt the ordinance as read. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-1. Mr. Thomas cast the negative vote.

Mr. Thomas presented a request for Borough water for a 140 unit apartment building to be constructed on Five Point Road, West Goshen Township, by Kenneth Construction Co. Mr. Thomas made a motion that the request for water be denied but when sufficient water is available, it will be furnished. Motion seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Underwood reported that work at Goose Creek Sewer Plant was progressing very well. He also advised that action should be taken to require McCardell's Aprliance Store to remove the old stoves and refrigerators presently stored on the sidewalk. [...]

Adjourned at 10:00 P.M.


1966/03/30
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (March 30, 1966).

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

Also present: Mr. Cotter, Mayor Andress, Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer).

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

Bids for Garbage Collection for the year beginning April 1, 1966, were opened and read. Two bids were received: Mr. Demko for $11,900.00 and Mr. Franklin Barry for $9,500.00. Mr. Spaziani made a motion that the contract for garbage collection for one year beginning April 1, 1966, be awarded to Mr. Barry and the check of the unsuccessful bidder returned. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Mr. Barber advised Council that the proper paperwork had been prepared for the exchange of an unnamed alley extending from Chestnut St. to Everhart Ave. through land owned by W. C. Homes, Inc. for an 18' strip of land owned by Audubon Garden Apartments, Inc. Mr. Underwood made a motion that the Borough accept the deeds of Dedication for the 18' strip and a 50' wide street, anI enact Ordinance #8-66, "An Ordinance Vacating An Unnamed Alley Extending from Chestnut Street to Everhart Avenue in the Borough of West Chester." Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Mr. Spaziani advised Council that a Hospitalization Flan for all Borough employees effective July 1, 1966, was under consideration. He then discussed proposed salary increases for members of the West Chester Police Department. Mr. Barber made a motion that the following salary increases for the Police Department become effective April 1, 1966:.

Patrolmen & Desk Sergeants:.

Start $4800.00 6 Mos 5000.00 18 Mos 5200.00 30 Mos 5500.00 42 Mos 5800.00 54 Mos 6000.00.

Sergeants: Start $6200.00 12 Mos 6400.00 24 Mos 6500.00.

Chief of Police: $7000.

Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

Council discussed the various methods of charging for water used in apartments and industries; some apartment units have one meter per building while others have multiple meters installed. Those with multiple meters are also charged different rates--in some cases the water used on each meter is totaled together and the owner charged as if only one meter was used. In other cases, a water bill is computed on each meter. These procedures result in greatly varying bills. Specific discussion was directed toward a 17 unit apartment on W. Washington St., as the builder has requested direction on how many meters to install--1 meter or 5 meters. Mr. Thomas made a motion that the builder be directed to install 5 meters. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 4-1. Mr. Barber cast the negative vote.

Council then decided that further study was necessary in order to establish a policy for the Borough in this matter. .Water Committee was requested to study the problem and report back to Council. [...]

Adjourned at 8:50 P.M.


1966/04/13
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (April 13, 1966).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer).

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

The West Chester Planning Commission submitted plans for one sub-division and construction of three apartment buildings. The Planning Commission recommended approval of each of the projects. Mr. Phillip Steele, architect, appeared before Council to discuss the plans of apartments to be constructed by Mr. Tripodi on W. Lafayette St. Following his discussion the plans were referred to the Housing Officer for his review, as were the plans for the Donald Goebert Development and the Mandred Muller Development. Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), presented plans submitted by Mr. Rruno for construction of an apartment building on W. Washington St. These plans were referred back to the Housing Officer for review for compliance with the Zoning Ordinance. The proposed sub-division of 411-413 Maple Alley by Mr. Morris Holman was reviewed by Council. [JJ: north of the Public Works building and west of the railroad tracks and Goose Creek.] Mr. Baldwin made a motion that Council approve the sub-division as requested. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Council was advised of a letter from the Pa. State Association of Boroughs requesting information why the Borough had not taken advantage of a grant from the state to assist the Police Dept. in a Juvenile Delinquency Control Program. (In January, 1966, Council had decided the Borough would not establish a Juvenile Control Section in the Police Dept. because of the shortage of personnel and finances.) Following discussion, the Mayor requested permission to seek further information on this subject. [...]

Mayor Andress presented letters of resignation from Patrolmen Francis M. Polito and Patrolman Carl E. Durnell, Jr. Both resignations to be effective April 15, 1966. Mr. Spaziani made amotion that the resignations of Patrolmen Polito and Durnell be accepted effective April 15, 1966, and any contributions they have made to the Police Pension Fund be refunded. Motion seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mayor Andress returned to Council unsigned the Ordinance Prohibiting Outdoor Fires in the Borough. A revised Ordinance Prohibiting Outdoor Fires in the Borough was then considered. Mr. Spaziani made a motion that Council enact the revised Ordinance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-1. Mr. Thomas cast the negative vote. (Mayor Andress approved the revised Ordinance.).

Mayor Andress requested that Council consider a 25›/hr increase for the meter man and maid. Council advised this would be considered at a work meeting to be held April 18, 1966.

Mayor Andress requested that Council consider the installation of a 3-way stop sign at Wayne and Miner Sts. Following discussion this request was referred to the Police Committee to investigate. [...]

Mr. Bayliss advised Council of the need to name an unnamed alley running parallel to High St. between Sharpless St. and College Ave. Mr. Bayliss recommended it be named Reynolds Alley as it crossed the old Reynolds Estate. Mr. Barber then made a motion that Council name the alley "Reynolds Alley". Motion seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Spaziani discussed the request of Tiny's Market on E. Biddle St. for a Truck Loading Zone in the vicinity of his store because of the heavy parking problem caused by visitors to Memorial Hospital. Mr. Spaziani made amotion that this problem be referred to the Police Committee with power to act. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Thomas made a motion that Council approve the publishing of an advertisement advising contractors, builders and plumbers that, as of April 1, 1966, it is illegal to do any plumbing work in the Borough without a plumbing permit, and all plumbers must have a current Borough plumbing license. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mayor Andress discussed the difficulty of enforcing the Dog Ordinance. He stated the Rorough has no truck nor kennels in which to pick up and hold the animals for the required period. Mr. Mosteller advised the Mayor this problem would be discussed at tie April 18 work meeting.

Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), advised Council of the need for another working meeting on the proposed Zoning Ordinance. Council decided on a meeting on April 21, 1966, at 7:30 P.M. Mr. Smith was requested to advise everyone concerned.

Adjourned at 10:00 P.M.


1966/04/22
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (April 22, 1966).

Council members present: Mosteller, Underwood, Baldwin, Thomas, Barber, Cotter.

Also present: Mayor Andress.

Called to order at 4:00 P.M. [...]

Council was advised that the five year lease of three radio receiver-transmitter units would expire in May, 1966. These radios are mounted in the police cars of the Borough. Discussion followed whether to purchase these at 10% of the leasing cost, or to lease new radios from Radiation Services. Mr. Thomas made amotion that this problem be referred to the Police Committee with power to act. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Adjourned at 4:50 P.M.


1966/04/30
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (April 30, 1966).

Council members present: Mosteller, Baldwin, Underwood, Thomas.

Also present: Mayor Andress.

Called to order at 9:25 A.M.

Mr. Baldwin made amotion that Mr. Gregory J. Ruffo be reappointed to the West Chester Police Depart, as patrolman effective May 2, 1966. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 4-0. [...]

Adjourned at 9:50 A.M.


1966/05/02
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (May 2, 1966).

Council members present: Mosteller, Baldwin, Thomas, Spaziani, Barber (arrived later).

Also present: Mayor Andress.

Called to order at 4:00 P.M.

Actions by Council:.

Mr. Baldwin, Chairman, Police Committee, submitted a list of recommened applicants for appointment as patrolmen in the West Chester Police Department. Following discussion Mr. Baldwin made a motion that Mr. Stanley T. Lutzkovitz, Mr. Frederick C. Bell and Mr. David M. Parsons be appointed patrolmen (probationary) in the West Chester Police Dept. as these three applicants have completed their physical examinations, and Mr. Charles O. Bennett, Mr. Haskell F. Robinson and Mr. Gene L. Shank be appointed patrolmen pending their satisfactory completion of the required physical examinations. Appointments to be effective at a date of each individual's choosing but not later than 30 days from this date. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 4-0.

Mr. Mosteller briefed Council on the purpose and functions of the Regional Council of Elected Officials, an organization of which Mr. Mosteller has been a long-time member. He advised Council the RCEO is going to conduct an air pollution study in southeastern Pa., N. J., and Delaware, and that support of this study would be beneficial to the Borough.

Mr. Baldwin made a motion that Council adopt a resolution authorizing membership for the Borough of West Chester in the RCEO, and that Mr. Mosteller be appointed as the Thorough1s representative to the RCEO. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and aocrovei by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Baldwin then made a motion that Borough Council approve the payment of the Borough's assessed share of the RCEO's regional air pollution study in the amount of $320.00 -- 50% due in 1966 and 50% due in 1967 -- with the stipulation that if the RCFO collected excessive funds, pro-rate share will be returned. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Adjourned at 4:35 P.M.


1966/05/11
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (May 11, 1966).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer).

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

A letter from Bituminous Service Co., West Chester, Pa. was read to Council. Bituminous Service Co. reported that there had been three acts of vandalism at their offices recently. Letter was referred to the Mayor with a request for more and continuous police surveillance of that area of the Bor-ouerh, as Council had received reports of other acts of vandalism in the same area.

Letter from West Chester Planning Commission was read. This letter reccmmended approval of construction of apartments to be built by Fred Wood on the SE corner of Church & Matlack Sts. Plans were referred to the Zoning Officer for review and issuance of building permit if zoning requirements were satisfied. .

Letter from Mr. Charles E. Lucas, Manager, Chester County Auto Assoc., was read. This letter requested that Council take action to reduce the traffic hazards at New & Price Sts. Mr. Bayliss was directed to apply yellow markings to the maximum allowable distance on all four corners in order that drivers wpuld bp better able to see oncoming traffic at this intersection. [...]

Mr. Bayliss advised Council that renovation work on the detention cells in the Police Dept. was completed. The cells have been repainted; new toilets and lavatories installed, and the heating facilities improved. He also advised Council of the road work to be done by the State Dept. of Highways on North High St. The State will begin work after Memorial Day; this will enable our street department to raise the manhole covers and water boxes the required 2 1/2" before the topping is applied. [...]

Mr. Baldwin informed Council that the Police Committee had decided to purchase new transistorized radios for the police cars and motorcycle at the expiration of the Borough's lease on the presently installed radio equipment.

Mr. Baldwin discussed the present fee of $50.00 which is charged an applicant for a hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Past cases have averaged $70.00 and Council believes that the applicant should bear the entire cost; not the taxpayers of the Borough. Following discussion, Mr. Baldwin made a motion that anyone requesting a hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment be required to deposit $250.00 with the Borough to cover the costs of advertising and the court stenographer's appearance and transcripts. Applicant will be billed only for the cost of the hearing, and the balance of his deposit will be returned. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spsziani and approved by a vote of 6-0. Mr. Marrone is to prepare necessary Ordinance.

Mr. Baldwin advised Council that one of the new patrolmen approved for appointment by Council had declined to accept the position. Mr. Baldwin then made a motion that Council approve the appointment of Mr. Larry Smith, an applicant who had previously been certified to Council, to fill this vacancy. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Mr. Barber reported that May 21-28 would be Clean-Up, Fix Up, Paint Up Week and publicity would be forthcoming shortly.

Adjourned at 9:35 P.M.


1966/06/08
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (June 8, 1966).

Council members present: Mosteller, Underwood, Thomas, Spaziani, Barber, Cotter.

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Marrone (Solicitor).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Actions by Council:.

The Minutes of the May 11, 1966, Regular Meeting and the May 20, 1966, Special Meeting were read and approved.

Mr. Carl Durnell, Jr., resident of 114 E. Barnard St., appeared before Council to complain about the parking situation in the 100 block of E. Barnard St. The person who owns the house at Walnut & Barnard Sts. had made his back yard into a parking lot, and in order to have access to the yard, he received permission to have a no parking zone for 34 feet marked off on the street. Mr. Durnell felt this action had deprived him of parking spaces in an already overcrowded parking area. Following discussion, Mr. Mosteller advised Mr. Durnell that the complaint would be turned over to the Police & Street Committees to study and report back to Council.

Mr. Irwin Klein, representing the Retail Merchants' Association of the Chamber of Commerce of West Chester appeared before Council to request a variance to the Ordinance that prevents display and sale of merchandise on the sidewalks of the Borough. The Retail Merchants' Association desires to ‘nduct a sidewalk sale during July as a business promotion. Following discussion, Mr. Barber made a motion that Council grant the variance for July 22 & 23, and the Street Committee and members of the Chamber of Commerce meet to work out guide lines. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of li-2, Mr. Mosteller and Mr. Spaziani voted No.

Mr. William Mitman, a lawyer representing Mr. William J. Sanft, a builder who desires to construct approximately 50-60 apartments at Montgomery Ave. and E. Marshall St. appeared before Council to inquire as to what action had been taken on his request for Borough water to these proposed apartments. Mr. Barber made a motion that this request be turned over to the Water Committee with power to act. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

An Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester by changing the schedule of fees for appeals and other hearings before the Zoning Board of Adjustment was considered by Council. Mr. Spaziani made a motion that Council enact the Ordinance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 5-1, Mr. Barber voted No. [...]

A letter from the American Grille, 136 W. Gay St., West Chester, requesting refund for overpayment of mercantile taxes for the years 1964 and 1965 was considered. The American Grille had paid taxes on sale of alcoholic beverages which was in error. Mr. Cotter made a motion that Council approve the refund. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

A request from Ruth Bowersock, representing Girl Scout Troop #68, for an area in a West Chester park to be set aside as a memorial to the soldiers in Viet Nam was considered. Maintenance of the area, if approved, is to be furnished by the Girl Scouts. This request was referred to the Park Committee with power to act. [...]

Adjourned at 9:15 P.M.


1966/07/13
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (July 13, 1966).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Smith (Housing Officer) Mr. Bayliss, D of P W Mr. Marrone (Solicitor).

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

Two requests from Mr. Anthony L. Stancato were considered. Mr. Stancato requested a variance to the ordinance forbidding the burning of any materials in the Borough so that the Italian Social Club could burn brush and trees removed from its property. Discussion by Council reflected that the granting of one variance would open the door for many requests. Mr. Baldwin made a motion that Council deny Mr. Stancato1s request for a variance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-1. Mr. Thomas voted No. Mr. Stancato 's second request was a query to Council asking whether it is permissible to build outdoor incinerators. Council1s opinion was that the building of outdoor incinerators violated the ordinance forbidding the burning of any materials outdoors and therefore was illegal. [...]

A letter from Mrs. S. Ruth Miller, 22 N. Darlington St., West Chester, Pa., requesting that she not be charged for an installed garbage grinder because it is inoperative was read and considered. The Borough Ordinance, enacted in 1965, provides that there will be a $5.00 annual fee for any garbage grinders installed in a private residence. Council advised that removal of the garbage grinder was the only way to prevent paying the annual fee. [...]

Mr. Mosteller commented on complaints he has received from residents of the 100 block of S. Worthington St. He asked Mr. Smith to comment on the conditions Mr. Smith encountered on an inspection of the homes at 105-107 S. Worthington St. Mr. Smith stated that someone was sleeping in a chickenhouse, ducks and chickens were everywhere, no heat was provided in the the home, the bathroom was inoperative, and a large amount of carpentry work was necessary. He also stated that he had received excellent cooperation from the owner who is now in the process of cleaning up the property and making necessary repairs. Mr. Mosteller further stated that people are parking illegally, disposing of trash on the sidewalks and in general creating an unhealthy and poor appearing area. He advised that the police should warn the tenants of their illegal actions and then follow up.

Two representatives of Sartomer Resins, Inc., Essington, Pa., Mr. Henry K. Justi, Vice President, and Mr. E. Ernest Rose, Executive Vice President, appeared before Council to present a briefing on their company's intentions to construct a new plant on the "Reilly Tract" in the Borough of West Chester. The Company has taken an option to purchase the land and were desirous to learn if the proposed construction would be welcomed by Borough Council and if water and sewer facilities would be available. The company is engaged in manufacturing complicated plastics in raw form for use by various manufacturers and has outgrown its facilities at Essington, Pa. Proposed long range plans call for a 100,000 square foot plant; a capital investment of 1 1/2 to 2 millions dollars during the next five years, with a maximum employment of approximately 100 skilled workers. Members of Council had visited the plant at Essington and stated that the plant was well maintained as were the grounds. They reported a noticeable odor was present but the odor was not offensive, and the company had taken steps to eliminate or reduce all odors produced. The sewer affluent of the plant at Essington had also been checked, and it is of such strength that the Borough sewer plant can handle it. Following the briefing Mr. Bayliss stated that sewer and water facilities were available in the area of proposed construction, and Mr. Mosteller, speaking for Borough Council, advised Mr. Justi and Mr. Rose that the Borough would furnish sewer and water facilities to their property line, and the company would not be expected to drill well. Mr. Cotter then made a motion that Council enthusiastically welcome Sartomer Resins, Inc., to construct their new plant in the Borough. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 6-0 with Mr. Baldwin abstaining. [...]

Mr. Barber made two requests: he inquired if the waterfall at Everhart Park could be repaired, and he wanted to know what could be done to prevent drivers turning from New St. on to Market St. from going over the double line. This driving error causes a serious traffic hazard at that corner. Following discussion, Mr. Bayliss was directed to investigate and take necessary action required.

Mr. Marrone, Solicitor, informed Council that the proposed Zoning Ordinance had been reviewed by him and was completed. He further advised that Council now must advertise its intentions to enact the ordinance once a week for three weeks and have a copy available for review in the Borough Secretary's office. Mr. Marrone urged that this be done immediately because of the actions taken by the Housing Officer as a result of the comments made at the June 8, 1966, Regular Meeting. Mr. Mosteller stated that he desired that Council meet once more with the Planning Commission to make a final review of the ordinance prior to advertising. Tuesday, July 19, 1966, at 7:30 P.M., was set as the date of an Adjourned Meeting for this final review. [...]

Mr. Underwood advised Council that the engineers would start the new plant at Goose Creek on Monday next.

Mayor Andress reported he had received a letter from residents living in the Dean & Wayne Sts. area requesting that a Stop Sign be installed at that intersection to reduce the traffic hazards. Following discussion, Mr. Barber made a motion that Council approve the installation of a stop sign on Dean St. at Wayne St. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-2. Mr. Thomas and Mr. Spaziani voted No.

Mayor Andress presented a request for purchase of certain items of police protective equipment requested by the Police Dept. at a cost of approximately $800.00. Mr. Spaziani made a motion that Council approve the purchase of the protective equipment. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Adjourned at 9:30 P.M.


1966/07/19
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (July 19, 1966).

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

Also present: Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Devere Kauffman (Planning Commission), Mr. T. C. Turner, Mr. Francis A. Hall, Mr. C. Melton.

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Mr. Mosteller explained the purpose of the meeting -- Borough Council and Planning Commission to review the final draft of the proposed Zoning Ordinance and agree on the draft so that the fact that Council intends to enact the new ordinance can be advertised.

Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), made a request to Council that they consider inserting a definition of an apartment house in the proposed ordinance. Following discussion on an acceptable definition, Mr. Francis A. Hall recommended to Council that the following definition be considered: "Apartment house -- a three story building occupied by three or more families living independently of each other." This definition was accepted by Council by a vote of 4-1.

Mr. Devere Kauffman, Chairman, West Chester Planning Commission, reviewed the proposed Zoning Map of the Borough and explained recommended changes. Major discussion centered around a recommendation to change the proposed zoning of the area south of Dean St. and west of New St. from the present R-3 to R-4 in order to allow apartments. This recommendation was defeated by a vote of 2-3.

Mr. Marrone, Solicitor, explained the procedures required by Council prior to enactment. He stated that the fact that Council intends to enact this ordinance should be advertised once a week for three weeks in the Daily Local News. Additionally, the advertisement will advise that copies of the Ordinance are available in the Office of the Borough Secretary for review by interested persons. The Borough Secretary and Housing Officer were directed to have copies prepared for review as required.

Following Mr. Marrone's explanation, Mr. Cotter made a motion that Council advertise as required by law, that Council intends to enact the new zoning ordinance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Adjourned at 9:20 P.M.


1966/08/10
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (August 10, 1966).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Shay (Contoller), Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Roman (Shade Tree Commission).

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

Letter from West Chester State College Security Police recommending proposals for the control of traffic in the area of the College was considered. College recommended that: (1) "No Parking Anytime" signs be posted on the east side of Church St. from College Ave. to Price St. (2) Fifteen MPH signs be placed on Church St., Price to Rosedale Ave. and on Rosedale Ave., High to New St. and (3) Permit the college to paint the curbing yellow outside the new Goshen and Tyson Woman's Dormitories and outside Killinger Hall. Following discussion, the proposals were referred to the Police & Street Committees to investigate and report back to Council. [...]

Mr. Barber reported on a telephone conversation with the State College. He stated that the College was attempting to obtain the Borough's cooperation in installing lights in the new parking lots at the College. Purpose of this action was to prevent the necessity for advertising for bids. Council's decision was that the College should accomplish this work through the state rather than the Borough. Mr. Barber then informed Council that the new fire truck, which is to be displayed in Boston prior to delivery, would be trucked from the factory to Boston and then driven to West Chester. [...]

Mr. Thomas advised Council of a request from Rogers & O'Neill, Attorneys, for Borough water to a lot on West Rosedale Ave., West Goshen Township, where Lewis Silverman, et ux, intends to build 100 apartments [Cambridge Hall] in 1966-67 and another 140 in 1968. Mr. Thomas made a motion that Council disapprove the request for water at this time due to the shortage but advise those concerned that the Borough would furnish water service when and if sufficient quantities become available. Motion seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by avote of 6-0. [...]

Adjourned at 8:4O P.M.


1966/08/23
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (August 23, 1966).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Marrone (Solicitor).

Called to order at 7:40 P.M.

Mr. Mosteller explained the purpose of the meeting to the approximately 75 residents of the Borough who were in attendance. He advised that Council would receive any comments, recommendations or criticisms of the proposed Zoning Ordinance and consider them prior to enactment of the Ordinance. Mr. Mosteller then opened the floor to questions, etc.

Numerous persons asked questions concerning the proposed Ordinance. The majority of those people were primarily concerned with two areas: (1) the 300 block of W. Miner St. which is proposed to be a C-8 district, when it previously was a residential district. The people living on that block desire that it remain Residential. Mr. Robert Gawthrop, Attorney, appeared and presented a petition signed by 40 residents of the 300 block protesting the proposed change from Residential to Commercial; and (2) the 400 block of W. Lafayette St. The residents of that area appeared to protest the construction of an apartment house in that block by a Mr. Dominic Tripodi. Mr. Frank Musante, 507 W. Biddle St., presented a petition signed by 76 residents of the area objecting to the R-6 zoning because R-6 permits apartments. (A list of the names and addresses of those who made comments or asked questions and the two petitions are on file in the Borough Secretary's office.).

Following the public hearing, Mr. Mosteller advised Council that two corrections must be made in the Ordinance and Map: (1) The line running east and west along Virginia Ave. was placed there in error and should have been placed at Marshall St. and (2) Council must decide on the definition of an apartment as there were two definitions in the Ordinance. Mr. Mosteller than asked Council ihey desired to adopt the ordinance now and make changes by amendments, or should adoption be delayed until corrections were made and the Ordinance re-advertised.

Mr. Barber, commenting on the changes necessary, made a motion that Council postpone adoption of the ordinance at this time. There was no second to this motion, and Mr. Cotter stated that the Ordinance should be correcto‘ and adopted this evening.

Mr. Mosteller then requested Mr. Smith to read the two definitions of apartment houses contained in the Ordinance. The following definitions were read: (1) An apartment house means any house or building, which or a portion of which is used as two complete apartments above the first story or any apartment or apartments above the second story; provided occupants of the apartment and business establishments have a common right in the halls, stairways, yard, cellar or other parts of the building; and (2) An apartment house means any three story building occupied by three or more families living independently of each other.

Following discussion, Mr. Baldwin male a motion that Council adopt the definition thai: an apartment house means any three story building occupied by three or more families living independently of each other. Motion seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by vote of 7-0.

Council then discussed changing the zoning for the 300 block of W. Miner St. from C-8 to R-7. Mr. Spaziani commented that the residents had a very persuasive argument for the change and recommended that Council seriously consider the change.

Mr. Baldwin made a motion that Council approve changes to the Zoning Map as follows: (1) The boundary line running east and west along Virginia Ave. between New & Matlack Sts. be moved south to Marshall St. thus extending the R-3 district to Marshall St., and (2) the C-8 district be changed as follows: The boundary line ending at Wayne St. & Wollerton Alley be extended eastward on Wollerton Alley to the southwest corner of the C-7 Oistrict, and the boundary line at Woodbine Alley and Hemlock Alley be extended northward on Woodbine Alley to Wollerton Alley, and the boundary line from Woodbine Alley and Hemlock Alley westward along Hemlock Alley to Wayne St. and northward along Wayne St. to Wollerton Alley be eliminated. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Baldwin made a motion that Council enact the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map with the changes as approved. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Adjourned at 9:30 P.M.


1966/09/14
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (September 14, 1966).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Marrone (Solicitor).

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

Mr. Barber discussed the fact that the school on Church St. between Washington & Biddle Sts. was barricading the complete block of Church St. during school hours. He stated that these barricades could interfere with emergency vehicles which might have to use that street. As as result of the discussion, the Secretary was directed to contact the school and request they put barricades on one-half of the street only and leave an entrance and exit clear for emergency vehicles.

Mr. Barber advised Council that the Wolfe Case had been reversed in court. Mr. Wolfe desires to build a large number of apartments on the Lubin Tract in the NW corner of the Borough. Mr. Wolfe had been refused a building permit by the Housing Officer, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment had sustained the Housing Officer's decision. The court then reversed the Zoning Board of Adjustment's decision. Council desired to know what action could be taken. Mr. Marrone advised that an appeal could be filed within thirty days if Council so desired. After discussing the matter, Council decided to take no further action on this matter. [...]

Adjourned at 10:20 P.M.


1966/09/30
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (September 30, 1966).

Council members present: Mosteller, Baldwin, Thomas, Spaziani, Barber, Cotter.

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Marrone (Solicitor) Mr. Smith (Housing Officer).

Called to order at 4:30 P.M.

Mr. Mosteller explained the purpose of the Special Meeting was to consider purchasing the Day Care Association of Chester County's building and land located on the NE corner of Church & Chestnut Streets in the Borough for a municipal parking lot. Mr. Mosteller advised that a price had been agreed upon--$90,000,00-- with payment and settlement to be made on or before September 1, 1967. Mr. Mosteller then had Mr. Marrone read the Agreement of Sale which was satisfactory to all members of Council present.

Following a brief discussion, Mr. Thomas moved that Council enact an ordinance providing for the purchase of the land and buildings owned by the Day Care Association of Chester County located on the north side of Chestnut St. and the east side of Church St. for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a municipal parking lot. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Adjourned at 4:55 P.M.


1966/10/12
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (October 12, 1966).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works) Mr. Shay (Contoller), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Mr. Joseph W. Zaber, 318 W. Marshall St., appeared before Council to present a petition signed by 121 residents of the northwest section of the Borough requesting that Borough Council appeal the decision handed down by Judge Thomas Riley concerning the use of residential land for apartment construction. Mr. Zaber was specifically referring to the Lubin track in the northwest corner of the Borough. Mr. Wolfe, purchaser of the land, after having been refused a building permit by the Zoning Administrative Officer and the Zoning Board of Adjustment, took the case to court and Judge Riley ruled that Mr. Wolfe could build apartments on the plot of land. Following submission of the petition, the secretary read a letter from the West Chester Planning Commission which urged that the Borough appeal the decision of Judge Riley. Mr. Marrone, Solicitor, advised that Mr. & Mrs. Mackey, who reside on West Ashbridge At. have petitioned the Supreme Court of Pa. to appeal the decision. Mr. Marrone desired to know if the Borough would like to join with them in the appeal. Following a brief discussion, Mr. Spaziani made a motion that Borough Council join with the Mackey's in their appeal. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-0 with Mr. Barber abstaining.

Mr. William O'Hara, 422 W. Miner St., appeared before Council and read a letter he had written requesting that Borough Council reconsider the installation of the stop signs at Market and Wayne Sts. which made that intersection a four way stop. Council took no action at this time on the request.

Miss Mary Maneval, President, West Chester Civic Association, appeared to request Council's aid in cleaning up South Walnut St. She had been contacted by Mrs. Peiffer who had appeared before Council in September to complain about the same subject. Mr. Mosteller advised Miss Maneval that action had been taken to clean up the street and alleys to the satisfaction of the residents of the area. Miss Maneval also complained about the trash on the streets in the vicinity of the Purple and Gold Tea Room. She requested that trash cans be placed in the area of depositing trash. She was advised that necessary action would be taken on this matter.

Reverend Anderson E. Porter, Chairman of the Human Relations Council, appeared to request Borough Council to publicly support non-discrimination in the sale and rental of houses and apartments in the West Chester area. Rev. Porter had previously written a letter to Mr. Mosteller requesting that this action be considered. Various members of Council expressed their feelings on the matter, but in spite of urging by Rev. Porter Borough Council took no definite position on the request, as they did not want to establish a precedent. [...]

Letter from Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester, Inc. requesting that the Borough take some action to reduce the amount of truck traffic on High St. was read. The C of C recommended that the Borough consider weighing trucks within the Borough limits as the Chamber of Commerce feels that some of the traffic is the result of weighing of the trucks using the by-pass by the West Goshen Police Force. Matter was referred to the Police Committee for study. [...]

Mayor Andress advised Council that the Police Department was in need of a new typewriter. Matter referred to Police Committee and the Mayor for action. [...]

Mr. Marrone, Solicitor, briefed Council on the problem involving one Wm. S. Hickman who owns a delapidated building at 231 Evans St. He stated that Mr. Smith had tried to get the owner to tear the building down with no results, and Mr. Marrone had been unable to locate the owner in order to serve necessary papers on him. Mr. Marrone requested that Council grant him permission to go to court to force Mr. Hickman to remove the building. Mr. Barber made a motion that Council grant the permission requested. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Ordinance on accessory buildings. Discussion was primarily concerned with set-backs and side yard requirements for garages. Under the ordinance at present, garages can be built anywhere on the property as there is no guide-lines in the ordinance. The Housing Officer submitted a recommended addition to the ordinance, but as it did not include all situations, the subject was referred to the Solicitor for write-up and submission to Council. [...]

Adjourned at 9:30 P.M.


1966/10/18
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (October 18, 1966).

Council members present: Mosteller, Underwood, Baldwin, Thomas, Cotter, Barber.

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Marrone (Solicitor) Mr. Green, Lawyer for Wyeth, Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Raymond Rettew, Wyeth Labortories Inc., Mr. Justi, Sartomer Resins, Inc.

Called to order at 4:30 P.M.

Mr. Mosteller explained ... that the purpose of the meeting was for Borough Council to consider the vacating of Elmer St. and a portion of Worthington St. in order that Wyeth Laboratories Inc. could construct a new addition to their facilities.

Mr. Rettew then explained that Wyeth had an agreement of sale with the Pa. Railroad for a portion of their land which was needed by Wyeth for explansion. The agreement of sale was contingent upon Wyeth's obtaining confirmation from the Borough that the Borough would vacate the two streets named. In return for the streets, Wyeth would then construct a new street with a 35 feet roadway and 10 feet sidewalk from the south end of Adans St. to Nields St. and install a 12" water main along this new street. All work would be paid for by Wyeth.

The drainage from the land being purchased by Wyeth Laboratories Inc. was also discussed. Wyeth stated they would provide for drainage on their land, and the Borough agreed that they would install new drainage pipes under Nields St. in order to provide increased drainage capacities from Wyeth's land.

Mr. Justi, of Sartomer Resins Inc, was queried [if] he had anything to add as Sartomer Resins Inc. recently purchased land for construction of a factory just south of the Wyeth land. Mr. Justi stated he had no comments to make.

Council requested Mr. Marrone and Mr. Green to cooperate in preparation of an agreement between the Borough and Wyeth setting forth exactly what each party would do. This agreement is to be prepared as soon as possible, but the verbal agreements made during this meeting were considered sufficient to start the necessary actions.

Mr. Thomas then made a motion that Council request the Solicitor to prepare an Ordinance vacating Elmer and Worthington Streets. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Adjourned at 5:35 P.M.


1966/10/21
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (October 21, 1966).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Underwood, Cotter.

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

Called to order at 4:00 P.M.

Ordinance #16, 1966, vacating Elmer Street and a portion of Worthington Street, was read and the procedures necessary to be follows prior to the Ordinance's enactment were explained by the Secretary. Mr. Cotter made a motion that Council introduce Ordinance #16, 1966, "An Ordinance Vacating Elmer Street and a Portion of Worthington Street in the Borough of West Chester;" that the ordinance be advertised as required by the Borough Code; that handbills be posted on the streets to be vacated and that Council hold a Special Meeting at 4:30 P.M., November 18, 1966, to enact the Ordinance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 4-0.

An agreement between the Borough of West Chester and East Bradford Township for the Township's rental of five (5) fire hydrants at a annual rate of $25.00 for each hydrant was read. Mr. Barber made a motion that Council approve the agreement for the rental of the fire hydrants. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 4-0.

Meeting ajourned at 4:30 P.M. After a motion by Mr. Cotter.


1966/11/09
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (November 9, 1966).

Council members present: Mosteller, Barber, Underwood, Cotter, Thomas.

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Seventeen high school students participating in a program on local government under the auspices of the Optimist Club were present to observe the meeting. Mr. Mosteller introduced the members of Council and the appointed officials of the Borough to the students, and explained how Council operated. [...]

A letter from the New Century Club requesting Council to consider some means of providing parking spaces for people attending functions at the club; especially for the Antiques Show on November 8, 9 & 10 was read. Mayor Andress reported he had been able to provide adequate parking for the antique show. [...]

Council was advised of receipt of a letter from Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Co. advising Council that the Company had applied to the PUC for permission to operate new buses on the run from 69th St. to West Chester. These new buses will be 6" wider but will not create any problem as our streets are sufficiently wide to handle the increased size. No action necessary.

A letter from the Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester Inc listing the goals of the Blue Ribbon Committee was read to Council. Council ordered the report filed and a note of thanks sent to the Chamber of Commerce. [...]

Mr. Barber, reporting on vandalism in certain areas of the Borough, informed Council he had requested Philadelphia Electric Co. to move a street light on Bradford Ave. which was almost concealed by tree branches to an area where it would provide better lighting of the street. [...]

Four letters protesting the demolition of the Friends Meeting House, Church & Chestnut Sts., in order to convert the land to a parking lot were: received, read and ordered filed. Letters were received from: Mrs. Helen W. Shortiidge, 400 N. Walnut St.; Mrs. Arthur R. Ellis, 32 Ridge Road, West Chester, Pa.; Mrs. Kenneth R. Ash, 19 Garden Circle, West Chester, Pa., and Marian E. Thatcher, 400 N. Walnut St. [...]

Adjourned at 9:20 P.M.


1966/11/18
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (November 18, 1966).

Council members present: Mosteller, Thomas, Cotter, Underwood, Spaziani.

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

Called to order at 4:30 P.M.

Mr. Gibbons G. Cornwell, President, Denney-Keyburn Co., appeared before Council with a request for Borough Water Service to a plot of land located at the southeast corner of South Matlack St., and the by-pass where Denney-Reyburn intends to erect a new plant. After discussion of the location of present water mains in the area of the new plant, Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve the request for Borough Water Service with the provision that new water lines be installed according to Borough specifications and at Denney-Heyburn's expense. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Council was advised that the Ordinance vacating Elmer St. and a portion of Worthington St. had been advertised as required by law; that the streets had been posted and that the required time had elapsed since introduction of the ordinance. As there was no objections from residents of the Borough, Mr. Thomas moved that Council enact Ordinance #16, 1966, "An Ordinance Vacating Elmer Street and a Portion of Worthington Street in the Borough of Vest Chester." Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Mosteller expressed a desire that the four parking meters previously removed from the west side of High St. between Gay St. & Market St. because of construction on the Court House be replaced. Mayor Andress commented on the traffic problems in this particular block and expressed an opinion that the installation of the meters would increase the traffic problems in the area. Council decided to install the meters for awhile and observe the effect on traffic.

Mr. Thomas presented a letter from the West Chester Area School District outlining three plans for connecting to our dead end line in Merriweather farm in order to provide water for the new school to be constructed at Ellis Lane and Route 202. ..

Mr. Thomas advised Council that a well had collapsed at Cottage Ave. & Route 3. As a result the four families using the well were without water. Council discussed the possibility of their connecting to Borough water mains. Mr. Thomas made a motion that the request for water be referred to the Water Committee with power to act. Motion seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Adjourned at 5:10 P.M.


1966/12/01
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (December 1, 1966).

Council members present: Mosteller, Thomas, Cotter, Underwood, Barber.

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works) Mr. Shay (Contoller).

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

Ordinance #19-1966, "An Ordinance Amending the Ordinance Entitled An Ordinance Relating to the Distribution of Water and to Water Rents and to the Collection of the Same" was read. Following a brief discussion, Mr. Thomas moved that Council enact Ordinance #19-1966. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Council discussed the problem of trash on the sidewalks on S. Walnut St.; especially in the areas of the businesses located there. The Mayor advised Council he would strictly enforce the trash ordinance in the future. [...]

Mr. Mosteller discussed a request from Wyeth Laboratories Inc. for traffic lights at Market & Bolmar Sts. and Gay & Bolmar Sts. Also discussed was the request for a caution light on Gay St. at the Fujett School. Matter was referred to the Police Committee to investigate and report back to Council on cost, etc.

Mr. Mosteller introduced discussion on additional public housing in the Borough. Location of future housing and the number of units to be requested were discussed. Mr. Thomas made a motion that Borough Council make application to the Housing Authority of Chester County for a Program Reservation not to exceed 100 units of public housing divided as follows: 80 family units and 20 units for the aged. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Mosteller read a letter from Mr. John L. Backus, Director of Community Development Programs for Walker and Murray Associates Inc. concerning an Urban Renewal Project in the Borough. This letter outlined the procedures necessary for the Borough to follow in order to apply for the Project. Following extensive discussion, Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve the President's preparing a letter to the Redevelopment Authority of Chester County advising then of the Borough's desire to undertake an Urban Renewal Project and authorizing them to prepare a Survey and Planning Application for an area in the Borough bounded on the north by the center line of Market St.; on the west by Matlack St.: on the south by Union St. and on the east by Franklin St. to Barnard St. then westward to the railroad tracks and along the tracks to Union St. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Adjourned at 9:30 P.M.


1966/12/14
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (December 14, 1966).

Council members present: Underwood, Thomas, Spaziani, Barber, Cotter.

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Mrs. L. Willets, 229 N. High St., appeared to conplain to Council about a letter she had received from the GSA advising her that the GSA intended to take over her property located at 605 S. High St. for a College parking lot. Mrs. Willets stated she had other plans for this property and intended to fight the take-over as she felt the College was taking too many properties in the Borough. She requested that Borough Council support her in her opposition to the take-over. Council advised Mrs. Willets that the request would be discussed with the Borough Solicitor prior to any action.

Proposed Ordinance #21, 1966, titled: "An Ordinance Granting unto Chester County Broadcasting Company, a Pennsylvania Corporation, its Successors and Assigns, the Right to construct and operate a Community Antenna Television System within the Borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania, and to use and occupy the streets, alleys, and other public places of said Borough for such purposes" was read and considered for adoption. Mr. Thomas moved that Council enact Ordinance #21, 1966. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 5-0.

An agreement between the Borough of West Chester and Chester County Broadcasting Company, setting forth what is required of each party and the fees to be changed by the Borough for the rights to construct a Community Antenna Television System was then read. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve the agreement. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Letter from Mr. Irwin Klein, President, Retail Merchants Associate on of the Chamber of Commerce enclosing a copy of a resolution passed by the Junior New Century Club of West Chester opposing the demolition of the Chestnut Street Friends Meeting House was acknowledged and the resolution was read to Council. Correspondence was ordered filed. A second letter from a Mrs. Samuel W. Morris, Box 360, R. D. 2, Pottstown, opposing the demolition of the meeting house was also acknowledged and ordered filed.

Application for a taxi-cab permit for 1967 from the Chester County Keystone Cab Co. was considered for approval. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve the application of the cab company. Motion seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 5-0.

A request from the Gun Shop, 525 E. Gay St., for permission to install a burglar alarm from the shop to Police Headquarters was considered. Mr. Barber moved that Council approve referral of this request to the Police Committee with power to act. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), informed Council of two property owners to whom he had written letters advising them that vacant properties they owned were in violation of the Housing Code. Mr. Smith advised that by the Ordinance he is required to give them 15 days to comply with his letter and at the end of that time, the Borough can take the action to bring the properties into compliance and bill the owners. Mr. Smith requested Council's approval to proceed as provided for in the Ordinance. Mr. Cotter moved that Council give Mr. Smith permission to take necessary action to insure compliance with the Housing Code. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Barber, Chairman, Light Committee, reported that for an additional $425.00 over the $45,000.00 budgeted for 1966 all intersections in the Borough could be converted to mercury vapor lights. Mr. Spaziani then inquired about improving the lighting on S. High St. in view of the large amount of pedestrian traffic in that area. Following discussion, Mr. Barber was requested to obtain and submit a plan for converting all lights in the Borough to mercury vapor lights orior to the budget meeting. [...]

Mr. Spaziani discussed the need for a truck route in the Borough to help relieve traffic congestion. He moved that Council approve the solicitor's drafting an ordinance providing for a truck route as follows: from Market St. south on Bolmar St. to Nield St.; east (sic) on Nield St. to Franklin St.; then south on Franklin St. to Rosedale Ave.; and west on Rosedale Ave. to Matlack St., with the Street Committee and Police Committee to work out details. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter, but prior to voting, Council decided that the cooperation of Vest Coshen Township must be obtained as the boundary between the Borough and the Township splits Bolmar St. and Rosedale Ave. As a result, Mr. Spaziani withdrew his notion and advised he would discuss the situation with Township authorities prior to any further action by Council.

Mr. Bayliss inquired about payment of the guard at the reservoir. The guard's duties were to insure that all fishermen had a current Borough fishing permit. In previous years, the guard had received the income from the sale of the fishing permits. Following discussion, Mr. Thomas moved that solution to this problem be referred to the Water Committee with power to act, and the Water Committee also determine the amount to be paid the guard for the 1967 season. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Adjourned at 9:10 P.M.



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