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Notes on West Chester, Pennsylvania
Borough Council Meeting Minutes, 1967

by Jim Jones

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1967/01/11
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (January 11, 1967).

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

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

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

Mr. A. J. Roman, Chairman, Shade Tree Commission, submitted his resignation from that Commission, effectively immediately. Mr. Cotter moved that Council accept the resignation with regret. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and. approved by a vote of 6-0.

A letter from Mr. Theodore O. Rogers, Attorney, advising Council that he represented a group of persons who were preparing a petition to oppose the demolition of the Friends Meeting House and these persons desired to appear at the February Regular Meeting and present the petition was read. Secretary was directed to advise Mr. Rogers that the residents were most welcome to appear and present the petition. [...]

Mr. Smith, Zoning Officer, read a letter from the Planning Commission which recommended that the land purchased by Sartomer Resins, Inc. be utilized as an industrial site. Mr. Cotter then moved that Council accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 6-0. Mr. Justi and Mr. Rose of Sartomer were present and commented their company would cooperate fully with the Borough and try to good neighbors to the residents. [...]

Mayor Andress advised Council he was having troubles with dogs. He has no place to hold animals which the police pick up, and he stated that the S.P.C.A. would not accept them. He requested that the Secretary be authorized to send a letter to the S.P.C.A. and obtain their policy on accepting dogs from the Police Dept. Secretary directed to send letter. [...]

Mr. Thomas informed Council that some plumbers who had been licensed in the past were now being denied new licenses by the Plumbing Inspector because he did not believe they were qualified plumbers. Mr. Thomas cited the example of one man who has been installing hot water heaters for 20 years; this is all he does but he needs a license to do this, and he has been refused renewal. After discussion, matter was referred to the Plumbing Committee for investigation and action. [...]

Adjourned at 8:55 P.M.


1967/01/12
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (January 12, 1967).

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

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

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Mr. Mosteller advised Council of a letter he received from Cheyney State Teachers College requesting the Borough to appoint a representative to a committee to establish a College-Community Service Center for Cheyney State Teachers College students. Mr. Underwood moved that Council approve the appointment of Mayor Andress as the Borough representative. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Mr. Spaziani noved that Council approve the appointment of Mr. Harold A. Cressman to the Shade Tree Commission for a four year term. Motion seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Mr. Spaziani moved that Council re-enact the Mercantile Tax for the year 1967 with the same conditions and term 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 6-0. [...]

Mr. Underwood moved that Council approve payment of ths bills submitted by the Treasurer. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

Adjourned at 9:35 P.M.


1967/01/26
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (January 26, 1967).

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

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

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

Mr. Mosteller advised Council of receipt of a letter from Vest Chester State College requesting the Borough to dedicate portions of S. Church St. and College Ave. to the College. After discussion Mr. Cotter moved that this request be referred to a committee composed of the Police committee, the Mayor and the Solicitor to study and report to Council on their findings. Notion seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Mosteller presented the name of Mr. Edward Hilbush, Ashbridge & New Sts., for consideration for appointment to the Vest Chester Planning Commission to replace N. Harlan Slack, Jr. Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve the appointment of Mr. Hilbush to the Commission for a five year term. Motion seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mayor Andress requested that Council approve the preparation of an ordinance which would provide for the positions of lieutenant and detective in the West Chester Police Department. Mr. Barber moved that Council approve the Solicitor's preparing the required ordinance. Motion seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by s. vote of 5-0. [...]

Letter from Mr. Harold C. Fitzsimmons recommending continued use rather than demolition of the Friends Meeting House was acknowledged and ordered filed.

Letter from Shade Tree Commission informing Council of the Committee's reorganization and the hiring of Mr. A. J. Roman as consultant gt $100.00 per month was read and ordered filed. [...]

Adjourned at 8:00 P.M.


1967/02/08
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (February 8, 1967).

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

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

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

Dr. Lawrence, who resides on N. Church St., appeared before Council to present a petition containing 2328 signatures, of which 2075 are residents and electors of the Borough, protesting the planned demolition of the Friends Meeting House on Chestnut & Church Streets. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council accept the petition, acknowledge its contents and the petition be filed for future consideration. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mrs. L. Willets again appeared before Council requesting that Council support her in her opposition to the College's take-over of her property on S. High St. Mrs. Willets advised she was taking her protest to the General State Authority and desired Council's support. Following discussion, Council tabled the request.

A letter from the West Chester Community Center Inc. requesting the Borough to submit an application to the Department of Housing & Urban Development for a grant for enlargement of the facilities at the Community Center was read and discussed. This request is similar to that approved for the Day Care Center of Chester County. Mr. Thomas moved that Council sponsor this project as requested and the Solicitor prepare the proper resolution. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 5-0.

A letter from the Chamber of Commerce requesting what action had been taken to appoint a Board of Historical Review as provided for in the new Zoning Ordinance was read and discussed. Mr. Richard Zobel, of the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, appeared before Council to further exnlain the contents of the letter. Council advised Mr. Zobel that action on this matter would be tabled until the March meeting pending study of the request and the Ordinance.

Two letters protesting demolition of the Friends Meeting House; one from Laura A. McCardle, Brandywine Grange #60, and the other from Mrs. H. D. Maconachy, 216 W. Miner St., were read. Mr. Sraziani moved that Council note the objections and the letters be filed for future consideration. Motion seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

A letter from the Pa. Motor Truck Association reporting on the latest survey of truck traffic in the Borough was read. From contents of the letter, the Associations' actions in reducing truck traffic through the Borough has been very successful. Secretary was directed to forvard a letter of thanks on behalf of the Borough to the Association.

Mr. Barber moved that Council enact Ordinance No. 5-67, "An Ordinance Establishing the Salary of the Mayor of the Borough of West Chester, Chester County, Pa." Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziarii and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Mr. Spaziarii moved that Council enact Ordinance No. 7-67, "An Ordinance Ratifying the Establishment of a Police Department and Providing for Additional Classifications In and For the Borough of West Chester." Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Barber moved that Council request the Civil Service Commission to certify sufficient applicants to Borough Council to fill four vacancies in the position of patrolman, one vacancy in the position of lieutenant, one vacancy in the position of detective and two vacancies in the position of sergeant in the West Chester Police Department. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Mayor Andress real a letter from Capt. George A. Sifter, Commanding Troop J, Pa. State Police, commending Patrolmen Charles Pennett, Gay Elliott, Stanley Lutkovitz and Gregory Ruffo for apprehending two men who had robbed a service station located at Routes 30 and 100, just prior to their apprehension. Mr. Barber moved that Council send letters of commendation to the patrolmen involved in this arrest. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mayor Andress advised Council that he had suspended Patrolman George A. Hurd on February 3, 1967, for conduct unbecoming an officer. The Mayor then briefed Council on Mr. Hurd's recent misconduct, and Mr. Marrone advised Council of what action they could take--suspend, retain or dismiss Mr. Hurd from the Police Force. Mr. Spaziani moved that George A. Hurd be removed from the West Chester Police Department effective February 3, 1967, and a copy of the charges for this action be supplied to Mr. Hurd. Motion seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Mr. Spaziani reported that progress was being made on designating a truck route through the Borough, and he should have it in final form by next meeting. He also stated that the new trash and garbage ordinance should be ready for the March 8, 1967, meeting.

Mr. Thomas discussed the requirement for Council to appoint a Sub-Committee on Minority Group Housing to work with the Citizen's Advisory Committee on housing problems. This nww committee is necessary in order for the Borough to submit application for recertification of its Workable Program for Community Improvement. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve the appointments of Mr. Rodney T. Waters, 738 1/2 N. New St., Mrs. Russell K. Rickert, 5l0 N. New St., and Mr. Clifford DeBaptiste, Worthington & Miner Sts. to membership on this committee. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Mr. Marrone advised that letters on delinquent water bills are being mailed, and he desires that Council back him on his statement that water service would be discontinued if the bills are not paid as provided for in the letter. Council unaminously voted to support the Solicitor. [...]

Adjourned at 9:20 P.M.


1967/02/24
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (February 24, 1967).

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

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

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

Ordinance No. 9-67, "An Ordinance Amending the Ordinance Regulating the Discharge of Sanitary Sewage and Industrial Wastes into the Public Sewer System of the Borough of West Chester, and Providing for the Collection of Sewer Rentals on Charges Therefor, and Prescribing Penalties for Violation" was read and considered. Mr. Thomas moved that Council enact Ordinance No. 9- 67. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Meeting aijourned at 5:05 P.M., with Council to meet again at 4:00 P.M., March 22, 19&7, to open bids on the proposed sale of land on Route 29.


1967/03/08
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (March 8, 1967).

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

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

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

Three letters protesting the demolition of the Priends Meeting House--Mrs. Vincent Gilpin, 401 W. Ashbridge St.; Marian E. Thatcher, 400 N. Walnut St. and Laura A. McCardle, 104 E. Coeway Laned (sic), were acknowledged and ordered filed.

Letter from Ladies Auxiliary for Retarded Children requesting permission to use the Friends Meeting House for a bazaar on the third Saturday in October of this year was discussed. Mr. Underwood moved that Council disapprove this request because the Borough is not the legal owner of the property at this time and therefore cannot grant permission for its use. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of of 6-0. [...]

Letter from Mr. W. Halton Spann complaining of the traffic problems on Darlington St. between Price and Sharpless Streets, and requesting that some action be taken to eliminate the problems was considered. Mr. Thomas moved that the problem be referred to the Street and Police Committees to investigate and report to Council on their recomnenlations on March 10, 1967. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Mr. Bayliss presented a recommended Truck Route through the Borough, which had been under consideration by the Street Committee. This truck route is as follows: from Market St. south on Bolmar St. to Nield St.; west on Nield St. to Franklin St.; south on Franklin St. to Rosedale Avenue and west on Rosedale Ave. to Matlack St. Mr. Bayliss further stated it would be necessary for both West Cluster and West Goshen to prepare ordinances providing for the route, as Bolmar St. and Rosedale Ave. are located in both municipalities. Following iiscussion, Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve the Street Committee and Solicitor coordinating to prepare the necessary Ordinance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

Mr. Bayliss read the draft of the new trash and garbage collection ordinance that has been undergoing preparation. Following discussion Mr. Spaziani moved that Council approve the solicitor's preparing the trash and garbage collection ordinance for consideration at the next Regular Meeting. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 4-2. Mr. Thomas and Mr. Barber voted NO.

Mr. Marrone, Solicitor, advised Council he had reviewed a contract from Walker-Murray Associates for professional services they will perform for the Borough--Neighborhood Analysis as required for Urban Renewal--and the contract was satisfactory. Mr. Thomas then moved that Council approve the contract with Walker-Murray Associates. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

Adjourned at 9:50 P.M.


1967/03/22
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (March 22, 1967).

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

Also present: Mr. Marrone (Solicitor).

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

Mr. Mosteller requested that Council consilering approving a resolution whereby the Borough of West Chester would apply to Housing & Urban Development Agency for a grant for the Community Center expansion. Mr. Barber moved that Council approve the resolution. Motion seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by g vote of 6-0.

Council was advised by the Secretary of a letter from the Civil Service Commission certifying five individuals as eligible for appointment as patrolmen in the West Chester Police Dept. Following discussion, Council decided to delay any action on this matter pending return of the Mayor from vacation.

Adjourned at 4:45 P.M.


1967/04/12
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (April 12, 1967).

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. [...]

Mr. Edward Arters, representing Knowlton Co. of Baltimore & Oriole Avenues, Lima, Pa., appeared before Council to explain a possible development in East Bradford Township on 82 acres known as the Sheller property which borders the Borough on Bradford Ave. Mr. Arters stated his company was thinking in terms of constructing approximately 400 apartment units and 50 individual homes, and he wanted to advise Council of this plan and to inquire as to the feasibility of obtaining Borough water and sewer for the development. Following Mr. Arters presentation the question of available Borough water and sewer service to the development was referred to the Water and Sewer Committees to study and report back to Council. [...]

Letter from Department of Justice, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, advising that the lock-up in the police department had been inspected and found to be satisfactory was read and ordered filed.

Two letter protesting passage of the proposed trash ordinance -- one from Fame Fire Co. #3, West Chester, and the second from Dr. Joseph L. Abbott, Chester County Medical Bldg., were read and ordered filed for later reference. [...]

Council was advised of receipt of a letter from West Chester State College requesting continuation of the police radio contract for the year beginning July 1, 1967 at the same fee, $250.00, as charged the previous year. Council was also advised that the police radio contract bill should be sent to Thornbury Township at this time. Determination of costs for new contract was referred to Finance and Police Committees for action. [...]

Mr. Barber asked a question concerning the proposed trash ordinance -- he asked what the basis was for preparing a new ordinance. He then produced a blackboard with computations showing cost for trash collection and disposal for 1966, and the cost to date this year. He further stated that at the present rate, trash collection and disposal would cost a total of $97,000.00 this year. He then advised he had received a price of $48,000.00 for contract pick-up of all Borough trash for a one year period. Mr. Barber was advised that the ordinance is not being considered at this time and no further action was taken. [...]

Mr. Spaziani reported that information had been received from three parking meter companies and that interviews with the representatives should be scheduled to discuss their products. Council decided that April 2k, 1967, beginning at 2:30 P.M., with 30 minutes scheduled for each would be satisfactory. [...]

Clean-Up, Fix-Up Week was discussed. Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve the period April 29-May 6 as Clean-Up Week unless the national program was within a week of these dates; then the Borough would cooperate with the national program. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Thomas advised Council he had obtained an individual who was willing to undertake the job of turning off water on delinquent accounts. Mr. Thomas moved that Council authorize the employment of this individual and that he work "with the Solicitor to establish procedures. Motion seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Adjourned at 9:30 P.M.


1967/04/20
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (April 20, 1967).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress.

Called to order at 4:30 P.M. [...]

Mr. Baldwin then moved that Council approve the appointment of Gary L. Shank and Samuel C. Romasco as patrolmen (probationary) with the West Chester Police Department. Appointment to be effective April 2k, 1967, if this date is suitable to the individuals. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 5-O.

Adjourned at 4:4O P.M.


1967/05/10
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (May 10, 1967).

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

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

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Council was advised that an advertisement for bids to install a new roof on the West Chester Public Library had been published as directed at the April 12, 1967, Regular Meeting, but no bids were received by 7:30 P.M., this date, as advertised. Mr. Thomas remarked that the roof was in such bad shape that it must be replaced immediately or damage to the books, etc. would result. Mr. Barber moved that Council approve referring this problem to the Library Committee with power to hire a contractor to install a new roof. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Request from the Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester, Inc. for permission to hold a Side-Walk Sale on July 13, 1967, was considered. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve this request with the same stipulations established last year. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Letter from Mr. Willis D. Clapp, 427 Dean St., West Chester, Pa., recommending that certain blocks of Dean St., Union St. and Barnard St. be made one way in conformity with the rest of these streets was read and considered. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve the continuance of Dean St., Union St. and Barnard St. as one way streets through to Brandywine St. and the Solicitor prepare the necessary ordinance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Letter from West Chester Planning Commission enclosing a plot plan for a tract of ground located at the southeast corner of Chestnut & Brandywine Sts., on which Mr. Richard H. Groff proposes to construct 20 garden type apartment units was read. Planning Commission recommended this tract for land use for apartments. Council deferred action pending study of required utilities, roads, zoning requirements, etc. [JJ: This parcel was later rezoned NC2, block class C and used for affordable housing.] [...]

Mr. Bayliss reported that Clean-Up Week was progressing very well. He also reported he had received complaints and had observed the Shade Tree Committee planting trees under or next to street lights. Mr. Barber remarked he had discussed this problem with members of the Shade Tree Commission and there was no specific reason for this action. Following further discussion, Council decided to invite the Shade Tree Committee to attend the June Regular Meeting to discuss this and any other problems.

Mayor Andress reported that the Convent property was being vandalised. This property is vacant and is not protected in any way. Secretary was directed to write a letter to the owners requesting them to bake necessary action to secure the building to prevent vandalism and possible fires. [...]

Mr. Thomas reported on the improvements made to the Municipal Building -- remodeling of the Police locker room and enclosing of Mr. Smith's office. He then advised Council that the offer made for the land at Milltown for construction of lagoons had been refused by the owners and he moved that Council approve proceeding with condemnation of the land. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 7-0. By the same vote, the condemnation ordinance was adopted.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:45 P.M. to go into Executive Session.

Meeting was reconvened at 9:15 P.M. Council then discussed the contents of two letters -- one from the Planning Commission and one from the Recreation Commission recommending that Council advise West Chester State College they oppose further expansion into the Borough. Mr. Cotter moved that Council prepare a letter to the College stating opposition to any expansion north of Sharpless St., east of High St. and west of New St. with the exception of the Sheller lot and Eachus lot which have already been purchased by the College, and that the College publicly announce their expansion plans so that land owners in the Borough will know the limits of expansion. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and apprpved by a vote of 7-0.


1967/05/25
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (May 25, 1967).

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

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

Called to order at 3:00 P.M.

Mr. Mosteller explained that the purpose of the meeting was to consider two changes to the Zoning Ordinance -- definition of apartments and conversion procedures for homes into off-campus dormitories.

The definition of apartments was discussed. Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), reported that the present definition requires a contractor to build a three story building, and some contractors have complained about the additional expense of a third story and the difficulty in renting it. The lack of a definition for town houses was also discussed. No decision was made and the subject was referred to the Real Estate Committee and the Housing Officer to recommend amendments to the Ordinance.

Section 705.1 of the Zoning Ordinance titled "Conversion Procedures" was then discussed. Mr. Smith remarked that under the Ordinance ninety days could elapse before approval was given an applicant, and he felt this was too long. Mr. Marrone, Solicitor, remarked that although it could take up to 90 days, approval could be given in a short period of time by the Planning Commission and Borough Council expediting their actions, was taken to amend the Ordinance. In view of this comment, no action was taken to amend the Ordinance.

Members of Council and the Mayor commented on some of the student off-campus dormitories occupied by boys which did not have the owner or a responsible tenant living therein. These comments indicated that the conduct of the students in these houses was not supervised, and the buildings themselves were becoming unsightly. The Secretary was directed to write a letter to the college advising them that Council was considering limiting future approval for off-campus dormitories to those homes which were owner occupied or had a responsible tenant living therein, and to request the college's comments on this proposal.

Mr. Mosteller informed Council of the annual meeting of the RCEO to be held at 6:30 P.M., June 8, 1967, at the Drexel student Activities Center in Philadelphia. He requested those desiring to attend to advise the Secretary who would make the reservations.

Adjourned at 4:30 P.M.


1967/06/14
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (June 14, 1967).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Marrone (Solicitor), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Cressman (Shade Tree Commission), Mr. Newsome (Shade Tree Commission).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

A member of the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester, Inc. appeared before Council to describe the light pole decorations which are under consideration by the Chamber of Commerce for installation in the Borough. These decorations consist of four different decorative devices which are changed four times yearly and are to be leased from Mr. Howard Thorne. He reported that the cost of the Four Seasons Project, as shown, was $10583.00, and without Xmas lights was $8550.00. He asked if Council had any funds available to assist in this project. Council advised him that they could not levy the residents for this project nor were there any funds in the Budget this year. [...]

Letter from Mr. Ray Finegan, 534 S. High St., West Chester, Pa., requesting Council to take some action to eliminate the traffic hazard existing at the interesection of Sharpless & High Sts. because of the inability to see oncoming cars when entering High St. was considered. Members of Council were unaminous in their agreement that visibility was poor for cars entering High St., and Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve a "no parking" area on the west side of High St. between Price and Sharpless Sts. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Letter from Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester, Inc. advising Council of a resolution adopted by the Chamber opposing the planned changes for S. Matlack St. and the By-Pass intersection was read, noted and ordered filed. [...]

Letter from West Chester Planning Commission advising Council that the Planning Commission had approved the "Convent" property for land use for apartments to be constructed by Mr. Michael Foxman, etal, was read. [JJ: Metropolitan Apts.; former Seven Oaks Apts.] Council delayed any action on this matter until plans could be thoroughly reviewed by the Zoning Administrative Officer and the Director of Public Works.

Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), reported that he and the Real Estate Committee had met to discuss new definitions of apartment houses and town houses as directed at the May 25, 1967, Special Meeting. He stated that the Committee had decided on the following definitions, and they were submitted for consideration by Council:.

APARTMENT HOUSE BUILDING: A building designated for and occupied exclusively as a residence for three (3) or more families living independently of one another, and which building is a single building unit for purpose of operation, management and maintenance. No apartment house building shall have or provide for living accomodations, other than janitor's quarters, in any story unless at least fifty per cent (50%) of each unit in that story is above the exterior grades.

TOWN HOUSE: A town house is a residential unit for occupancy by one (1) family only; shall have no more thai: two (2) stories and shall have no more than two (2) party walls. No single building unit shall contain more than six (6) families, and each building unit shall be considered as one unit for purposes of operation, management and maintenance.

Setback & building separation for town house building units: There will be a 25' setback around the perimeter of the lot, and no building shall be closer than 25' to another building on the same lot.

Lot Sizes for Town Houses:
R-6 District: 1800 sq. ft. per dwelling unit
R-7 District: 1600 sq. ft. per dwelling unit
R-8 District: 1200 sq. ft. per dwelling unit

The Committee also recommended the following changes in the Area and Bulk Regulations of the Districts shown for two family attached houses and apartment houses:.

Two Family Attached Houses and Apartment Houses.

R-6 Zoning District
Minimum Lot Size per construction site: 9600 sq. ft.
Minimum Lot Size per dwelling unit: 1600 sq. ft.

R-7 Zoning District
Minimum Lot Size per construction site: 7200 sq. ft.
Minimum Lot Size per dwelling unit: 1200 sq. ft.

R-8 Zoning District
Minimum Lot Size per construction site: 4800 sq. ft.
Minimum Lot Size per dwelling unit: 800 sq. ft.

Following a short discussion, Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve the Solicitor's preparing an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance incorporating these changes. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Cressman, member of the Shade Tree Commission, reported to Council on the tree planting in progress. Several complaints had been received that the trees were being planted too close to light poles, etc. Mr. Cressman reported that all factors had been considered in planting the new trees. One councilman inquired if bids were invited for the work, and Mr. Cressman advised that the Shade Tree Commission had awarded the tree planting project by bids.

Mayor Andress submitted to Council his recommendations for promotion within the Police Dept. He recommended the following promotion be made, effective July 1, 1967, with a six-month probationary appointment in effect:.

Sgt. James W. Sobers to Lieutenant Sgt. L. Dyer Henley to Sgt. for Investigations Patrolman Salvatore Canzoneri to Sgt. Patrolman Charles H. Lawson, Jr. to Sgt.

Mr. Barber moved that Council approve the appointments recommended by the Mayor. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Bayliss briefly reported on his attendance at the AWWA Annual Convention in Atlantic City, and thanked Council for permitting him to attend. He then advised Council of a letter he had received from Pastor Amos C. Brown, St. Paul's Baptist Church, 4l8-420 E. Miner St., recommending that East Miner St. between Worthington and Franklin Sts. be made one-way going west and parking be permitted only on the north side of the street. This request was made because of the traffic hazards in this area due to the narrowness of the street and parking being permitted on both sides of the street. Request referred to Police and Street Committees to investigate and report back, to Council. [...]

Mr. Underwood reported that he had been advised by the Sewer Plant Supervisor that material cleaned from cesspools was being dumped into the sewer system, and the plant was not able to take care of this material. He stated that no one had permission to dump this material into the system and it was creating a problem. Following discussion, the Mayor was requested to have the police patrol areas where the dumping might be occurring in order to prevent further dumping.

Mr. Mosteller remarked he had been having discussions with Wyeth Laboratories, Inc. concerning the new street to be constructed by that company. He advised that he, the Street Committee and Mr. Bayliss would meet with representatives of the company to prepare an agreement, etc. for the streets. The agreement would then be presented to Council for approval. No objections were voiced to this arrangement.

Adjourned at 8:50 P.M.


1967/07/12
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (July 12, 1967).

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

Also present: Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Shay (Contoller) Mr. Marrone (Solicitor).

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

Application to convert a residence at 311 Dean St. to a off-campus college dormitory was discussed. Application was received from Mr. Ralph S. Freed, property owner and resident at that address. Building Inspector and Planning Commission had inspected the house and reported that it met all provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. Planning Commission's approval was attached to the application. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve the application for conversion to a college dormitory of the residence at 311 Dean St. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

A request from Murray M. Eisman & Associates for Borough water service to a tract of land on W. Rosedale Ave., West Goshen Township on which the company plans to construct 240 apartment units was considered. A similar request had been refused approximately one year ago due to the shortage of water supplies. Following discussion Mr. Baldwin moved that Council disapprove this request for water service because of the present shortage of water supplies. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0. Secretary was directed to advise them of this decision and also to recommend they install capped water lines during construction in order that they might connect to the Borough water system when additional sources of water are available to the Borough. [...]

Mr. Baldwin then discussed the traffic congestion in the 300 block of West Gay St. due to two way traffic and parking permitted on both sides of the narrow street. Council concurred this was indeed a problem area. Mr. Baldwin then moved that Council prohibit parking on either side of West Gay St. between New and Wayne Streets with the exception of a truck loading and unloading area on the south side of W. Gay St. near Wayne St. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Adjourned at 8:50 P.M.


1967/08/09
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (August 9, 1967).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress; Mr. Marrone (Solicitor); Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

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

The Secretary informed Council of the procedure used to license out-of-town solicitors in the Borough as compared to that used in West Goshen (see July 12, 1967 minutes concerning request from Chamber of Commerce for standardization of licensing between West Chester and West Goshen). The Borough Secretary was directed to obtain the number of permits issued monthly and report at next meeting. [...]

Rev. Amos C. Brown, President, West Chester Branch, NAACP, and Mr. William T. Bode, Chairman, West Chester Human Relations Council, appeared before Council to present a. "Declaration" of Need for Fair Housing Practices in West Chester, Pennsylvania" and a proposed ordinance "Relating to Discrimination in Housing, Prohibiting Certain Practices and Providing Penalties for Violation." Accompanying these two speakers were approximately 60 citizens who supported the request for fair housing practices in the Borough. Reverend Brown and Mr. Bode made statements to Council concerning the need for a fair housing practices ordinance, and Reverend Brown read the proposed ordinance. Mr. W. T. H. Johnson, Chairman, United Political Action Council of Chester County; Mr. Carl Brown, Delaware County Fair Housing Council, Rev. Elwood W. Reitz, local minister; and Mrs. Sue Greenberg spoke in support of the request for a fair housing practices ordinance. Following the presentation, Mr. Marrone, Borough Solicitor, advised them that the proposed ordinance needed to be reviewed for legality, correctness, etc. He also commented that Council could not pass such an ordinance is authority was not granted under the Borough Code. Mr. Mosteller asked is anyone was in opposition to the ordinance, and when no one acknowledged this question, he suggested that the ordinance be accepted and filed; that the request be studied further, and Council keep in touch with the presidents of the two organizations until something is finally adopted. Mr. Barber then moved that Council approve referring the declaration and proposed ordinance to the Solicitor for his interpretation and findings with the Solicitor to report to Council at the next meeting. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0. Rev. Brown and party then departed after thanking Council for the opportunity to present their declaration and proposed ordinance. [...]

A letter from Mr. John P. Thomas, President, Daily Local News, West Chester, Pa. requesting that the Borough furnish water service to a proposed new plant to be constructed on the SW corner of N. Bradford Ave. and Strasburg Road, East Bradford Township, was read and considered. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve this request for Borough water service with the provision that the cost of installation of water mains, etc. be the responsibility of the builder. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Mosteller and Mr. Spaziani discussed the recent visit of representatives of Richard C. Rich & Associates, Inc., 320 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, Michigan. This visit was at the request of Mr. Mosteller to investigate the feasibility of constructing a multi-floor parking lot within the Borough. Following the discussion, Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve entering into a contract with Richard C. Rich & Associates, Inc. for them to prepare a feasibility study for constructing a 2 or 4 tier parking lot at a location within the Borough at a contract cost of 4 per square foot. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Mosteller informed Council that settlement of the purchase of the Day Care Association of Chester County's property at Church and Chestnut Streets was scheduled for September 1, 1967. but the Day Care Association desired to continue to occupy the building until April 1, 1968. due to delays encountered in obtaining new quarters. Council members offered no opposition to this request, and discussion followed concerning the rental fees to he charged; plus responsibility for taxes, repairs, etc. Mr. Thomas moved that Council enter into a lease with the Day Care Association, until April 1, 1968, at a rental of $300.00 per month plus any taxes levied and all repairs necessary, and the Solicitor to prepare a lease with these provisions. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Mosteller advised Council of a police emergency force for the county made up of members from each police force. This force was to be available in case of trouble in any one area, and would supplement the particular area's regular police force. He stated the Borough was furnishing three policemen for the force, and all these members would receive additional training.

Mr. Barber commented that the Planning Commission had approved the overall plan for the apartments to be constructed on the "Convent" property, but the engineering of the project was not completed. He then questioned whether there would be another meeting of Council prior to the September meeting in order that Council could take action on the application for the construction of the apartments. Mr. Mosteller advised Mr. Barber that a special meeting would be called if neccessary to take the action required. [...]

Mr. Spaziani reported that two representatives of the National Youth Corps had visited him and discussed the possibility of members of that organization working for the Borough -- sweeping streets and mowing grass during the period prior to the beginning of school. Mr. Bayliss advised he could utilize people of this nature, and he was requested to contact the representatives to discuss the maf,ter further. [...]

Mr. Marrone, Solicitor, read a ordinance he had prepared at the request of Council amending the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester. This amendment contained a new definition for apartment houses, a definition of townhouses and area and bulk reguations for their construction, and changes in lot size for apartments in R-6, R-7 and R-8 areas. Mr. Marrone advised that it should be advertised prior to adoption. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve advertising the proposed amendment, and that it be considered for adoption at a Special Meeting of Borough Council to be held at 4:00 P.M., August 28, 1967. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Underwood reported that the Federal inspection of the sewer plant at Goose Creek had been completed, and that a check in the amount of $50,250.00 would be forthcoming very shortly. This amount, plus that received earlier, represents 90% of the $94,500.00 allotted; the 10% remaining will be paid upon a complete audit of the account. [...]

Adjourned at 9:25 P.M.


1967/08/28
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (August 28, 1967).

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

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

Called to order at 4:00 P.M.

Mr. Mosteller announced that the purpose of the meeting was to consider for adoption an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester. The Secretary advised that the amendment had been advertised in the Daily Local News as required by law, a.nd proof of publication was on file. As no-one appeared to oppose the amendment, Mr. Thomas moved that Council enact Ordinance No. 17-1967, "An Ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania, by Re-Defining Certain Terms, by Adding Regulations Pertaining to the Construction of Town Houses, and by Amending Construction Site and Dwelling Unit Requirements," and that copies of the amendment be printed for insertion in the Zoning Ordinance books. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Mosteller discussed a proposed agreement with the Day Care Center of Chester County extending settlement date on purchase of the Friends' Meeting House property from September 1, 1967 to April 1, 1968. This proposed agreement was the result of a meeting between the Real Estate Committee and the representatives of the Day Care Center. The Day Care Center requested extension because of non-receipt of funds for construction of their new quarters. Agreement provides that the Day Care Center will credit the Borough of West Chester with $900.00 at time of settlement. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve this extension of the sales agreement. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Michael Foxman, who plans to purchase the Convent Property and construct approximately 315 apartments thereon, appeared with others involved in the venture to discuss with Council certain requirements'of the Borough prior to their beginning construction of the first units. Various factors concerning water requirements, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, pavements and curbings were discussed, but in lieu of a complete engineering study on the project, no agreement was reached. Decision was made that Mr. Foxman would obtain the necessary infor-ma,tion and then meet with Mr. Marrone, Solicitor, to prepare an agreement. [...]

Mr. Marrone, Solicitor, advised he was working on the proposed Fair Housing Ordinance and had been in contact with representatives of the NAACP and HRC. He stated he had a meeting scheduled with representatives of these groups on August 29, 1967, to discuss the proposed ordinance.

Adjourned at 5:15 P.M.


1967/09/13
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (September 13, 1967).

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

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

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

Approximately 100 persons, led by Mr. William Bode, Chairman, West Chester Human Relations Council, and Rev. Amos Brown, President, West Chester Branch NAACP, again appeared to discuss enactment of their proposed fair housing ordinance. (See August 9, 1967, Minutes.) Rev. Brown, acting as speaker, requested that the Solicitor present his opinions in the matter. Mr. Marrone, Solicitor, stated that, in his opinion, Council could pass any ordinance not inconsistent with state law and passage of the proposed ordinance would be inconsistent with state law because the proposed ordinance went further in forbidding housing discrimination than the present state statute. Rev. Brown then asked what would or could occur if the Borough did pass a stronger ordinance. Mr. Marrone advised that the ordinance would probably be declared illegal if it was ever taken to court. General consensus of the people attending was that nothing would be lost if Council did pass the ordinance and it was later declared illegal. Several Councilmen stated they felt that Council should not pass an ordinance which was stronger than the State law as presented in the Solicitor's opinion. Comments by other Council members were to the effect that Council should wait until the new fair housing law presently being considered by the State Legislature was passed to see how far it went before Council adopted an ordinance. Approximately ten persons spoke in favor of adopting the proposed fair housing ordinance regardless of what the Legislature might do. No one appeared in opposition to the proposed ordinance. Mr. Mosteller then asked what Council desired to do. Following a short discussion among members of Council, Mr. Cotter made a motion that Council accept the ordinance as proposed, and that it be coupled with a Human Relations Commission for enforcement, and that the Solicitor prepare the ordinance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0. Following an expression of appreciation, the delegation departed and Council proceeded to other business.

Invitation to Council members to attend the Governor's Conference on Air Pollution to be held at Hershey, Pa. on October 2-3, 1967, was read and discussed. Mr. Underwood stated he would attend this conference as the representative of Borough Council. [...]

Two letters of resignation from the West Chester Police Force; one from Patrolman Gary L. Shank, effective September 15, 1967, and the other from Mr. Charles O. Bennett, effective September 26, 1967, were considered. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council accept these two resignations with regret and that any contributions made to the Police Pension Fund be refunded. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Request for Council to hold a public hearing to consider rezoning the property located at the corner of Magnolia and Walnut Sts. to permit establishment of a parking lot by the Bell Telephone Co. was considered. Request was submitted by Mr. James O'Neill, attorney. Secretary was directed to coordinate with the Solicitor to establish a date for the hearing, advertise and notify Council members of the date. [...]

Letter from Mr. John P. Thomas, President, Daily Local News, advising Council, that based on the approval of Council to furnish water to the proposed new plant to be built at Strasburg Road and Bradford Ave., East Bradford Township, the Daily Local News was preceding with plans for the building was read and ordered filed.

Mr. Spaziani reported he had a request from Mr. Giunta, Darlington & Biddle Sts., for a truck loading zone in the vicinity of his store at that location. Mr. Spaziani then moved that Council approve designation of a truck loading zone on the south side of Biddle St. west of Darlington St. for Mr. Giunta's use. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Spaziani reported that designation of a truck route in the southeast section of the Borough was still pending awaiting correspondence from West Goshen Township advising they would take action to eliminate parking on their portion of the route--Bolmar St. and Rosedale Ave. Mr. Bayliss was directed to contact the Township to obtain the necessary letter from them. (See Minutes dated March 9, 1967).

Mr. Barber commented on the parking problem existing on S. Worthington St. between Miner and Union Sts. He stated that tractor trailers were parked continually at a junk yard between Barnard and Union Sts., and these were causing traffic problems. He then moved that Council approve a no parking area on the west side of S. Worthington St. between Miner and Union Sts. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Bayliss reported that Mr. Tripodi had built his apartments on W. Lafayette St. and had not installed sidewalks. Requirement for installing sidewalks was not included on the building permit. Council stated it was their desire that all new buildings be required to construct sidewalks, and this requirement be included in plans prior to issuance of a building permit. Mr. Thomas then moved that Council request the Mayor to direct Mr. Tripodi to install sidewalks at 406-408 W. Lafayette St. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Baldwin informed Council of a letter he had received from President Ear] F. Sykes, West Chester State College, requesting Council take action to make the intersection of College Ave. and S. Church St. a four-way stop street because of the heavy pedestrian and auto traffic in that area. As College Ave. traffic is presently stopped east bound at S. Church St. and the street on the west side of S. Church St. opposite College Ave. is College property, Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve installation of stop signs on S. Church St. at College Ave. stopping north and southbound traffic on S. Church St., and that the College notified that installation of the fourth stop is the College's responsibility. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Mosteller reported that a representative of Richard C. Rich Associates, Detroit, Michigan, would arrive in West Chester on September 14, 1967, to survey parking lots to determine a site for a possible multiple-level parking lot. He requested that the Off-Street Parking Committee and Mr. W. Earl Thomas be available to meet with the representative at a time to be determined later. [...]

Adjourned at 9:30 P.M.


1967/10/03
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (October 3, 1967).

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

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

Called to order at 4:30 P.M.

Mr. Mosteller discussed the contents of the agreement with Richard C. Rich & Associates, Inc. for them to prepare plans and supervise construction of a four floor parking lot at the corner of Church & Chestnut Streets, and advised Council members that a letter of confirmation has been received changing the cost on the standard contract from from 35/sq ft. to 33/sq ft. As all members had reviewed the contract form, Mr. Thomas moved that Council accept the contract and the proper Borough officials be authorized to sign the agreement. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Marrone read a proposed agreement between the Borough and the West Chester Area School District to furnish water to a new school at Ellis Lane & Rt. 202, West Goshen Township. This agreement sets for the responsibilities of the Borough and the School District for installation of water mains. Mr. Thomas then moved that Council approve the agreement as read. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Marrone then read a section of the proposed fair housing ordinance which had been changed. This section, as changed, provides for appointing members to the Human Relations Commission with staggered terms so that the commission would continually have experienced members. This changed was approved, and Council indicated that the ordinance would be considered for adoption at the Regular Meeting on October 11, 1967.

Adjourned at 4:50 P.M. After a motion by Mr. Underwood.


1967/09/13
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (September 13, 1967).

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

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

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

As approximately 100 people who were interested in the proposed fair housing ordinance were in attendance, Mr. Mosteller requested Mr. Marrone, Solicitor, to read the proposed ordinance. After Mr. Marrone had read the ordinance, Mr. Baldwin moved that Council enact Ordinance No. 18-1967, titled " An Ordinance Prohibiting Discrimination in Housing Because of Race, Color, Religion, Ancestry, National Origin, or Place of Birth; Establishing a Commission on Human Relations and Prescribing the Powers and Duties Thereof; and Providing Penalties for Violation of the Ordinance". Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0. Following a display of appreciation for Council's action the spectators departed and Council proceeded to other business. [...]

Mr. Spaziani introduced a Mrs. Gordon and a Mrs. Hamilton who are of residents of S. Franklin St. These two ladies appeared to complain about no parking areas recently established on both sides of S. Franklin St. as part of the proposed truck route. Mr. Mosteller then remarked he had received several complaints from industries in the area because of the no-parking rules for the entire truck route. Discussion followed concerning the benefits of a truck route versus a snow route, and Council decided that the no parking signs on the proposed route would be removed until an ordinance had been enacted, and that no tickets were to be given for cars parked along the proposed route while the signs were being removed. The two ladies indicated they would be satisfied if parking would be permitted on one side of S. Franklin St. They then expressed the thanks for considerations shown by Mr. Spaziani and Mr. Bayliss at a meeting held on the previous Sunday. [...]

Mr. Michael Foxman, representing the gronp who intend to construct apartments [Seven Oaks Apts] on the Convent property appeared to discuss with Council his obtaining a building permit as his company was in agreement with the Borough's requests on utilities, etc. for the tract. Following discussion on various requirements for the area, Mr. Thomas moved that Council enter into an agreement with Mr. Foxman, and that the Solicitor prepare an agreement containing the following: Developer will deed to the Borough a ten foot wide strip on the east boundary of the property; developer will install all curbs at his expense; all utilities will be relocated and new utilities will be installed at developer's expense in accordance with plans an] requirements of the Borough; developer agrees to install an 8'1 water main from Biddle St. southward as designated on the plan and the Borough agrees to pave the strip of land to be deeded by the developer at the exepnse of the Borough. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 7-0. Building permit to be issued upon signing of the agreement. [...]

Plans for apartments to be constructed on a tract of land at Franklin & Linden Sts. by a Mr. Nuttal were reviewed by Council. Land use had been previously approved by the Planning Commission. Mr. Bayliss reported he had discussed the utilities with Mr. Nuttal, and he was willing to install necessary water and sewer mains at no expense to the Borough. Mr. Barber then moved that Council approve construction of apartments on this tract provided that Mr. Nuttal would install necessary utilities at his expense. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Cotter commented that Council members should be considering names of individuals for appointment to the Commission on Human Relations provided for in the Fair Housing Ordinance, and he requested that members forward their recommendations to the Secretary. Mr. Mosteller remarked he had received a list of names recommended by the NAACP Chapter in West Chester, for appointment to the Commission. [...]

Mr. Marrone advised Council of Mr. James O'Neill's request for Council to consider rezoning the southwest corner of Magnolia and Walnut Sts. in order that the Bell Telephone Company might install a parking lot thereon and inquired as to the procedure Council desired to follow. Mr. Underwood moved that Council approve advertising that a public hearing would be held at 7:30 P.M., November 8, 1967, to consider rezoning this particular area. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Baldwin then moved that Council approve the appointment of Mr. Tobler as a patrolman (probationary) with the West Chester Police Force. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Baldwin then moved that Council approve a salary of $6,800.00 annually for the position of Lieutenant with the West Chester Police Force. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

A request from the Chester County Historical Society, 225 N. High St., West Chester, Pa. for permission to install a burglar alarm in Police Headquarters was considered. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve this request. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0.

The problems caused by cars parking in the alley to utilize the drive-in window at West Chester Pharmacy, 22 N. Church St., was discussed. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council request the Mayor to contact West Chester Pharmacy and direct them to put a stop to cars parking in the alley. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Letter from West Chester Planning Commission presenting the Planning Commission's opinion on dedicating College Ave. and S. Church St. to the College was read and discussed. Their opinion was that College Ave. should not be dedicated until all properties on the street had been obtained by the College, and that S. Church St. should not be dedicated at this time. Council, After a motion by Mr. Underwood, seconded by Mr. Spaziani, Council referred this problem to the Street Committee to study and work out an agreement satisfactory to both parties-- the Borough and the College. Motion was approved by a vote of 7-0.

Two letters from the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester, Inc.; one inquiring if the Borough had considered purchasing a water truck to flush the streets and the second inquiring what action had been taken by Council on a previously submitted proposed sign ordinance, were read. The proposed sign ordinance was referred to the Fire Committee for review, and the letters were ordered filed with the Secretary to send a letter of thanks to the Blue Ribbon Committee for their efforts to improve the appearance of the Borough.

Letter from Mr. Richard Groff, 40 Wilmont Mews, requesting information on what action Council had or intended to take on plans to construct apartments on a plot of ground located at Chestnut and Brandywine Sts. was read and discussed. Planning Commission had approved the land use for apartments in May, 1967, and Council had delayed action pending a survey of utilities and streets in the area. Mr. Bayliss reported he was unable to determine if Chestnut & Brandywine Sts. in this area belonged to the Borough. Mr. Mosteller also stated that this tract was a possible site for the 100 units of public housing being applied for by the Borough. Council took no action pending determination of ownership of the streets and a survey of sewprs. [...]

Council was advised of receipt of numerous telephone complaints and letters concerning the on-street parking problems in the 300 block of N. Matlack St., and the anticipated increase in these problems to be caused by the enlargement of factilities at the Chester County Mental Clinic, 310 N. Matlack St., who are constructing 9 new offices in the basement of the building. As a result of the discussion which followed, the Secretary was directed to write a letter to the Mental Health Clinic requesting them to consider constructing some off-street parking spaces in the area immediately to the south of their building.

Letter of resignation from the West Chester Police Department from Patrolman Frederick C. Bell effective October 9, 1967, was read and considered. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council accept this resignation and approve refund of any contributions Mr. Bell made to the Police Pension Fund. [...]

Mr. Bayliss advised Council of a sewer problem recently encountered in the northwest section of the Borough. During heavy rains, the sewers are inadequate to carry off the drainage because of the system of piping in the ground, and homes in the area are flooded. Mr. Underwood moved that Council approve retaining the firm of Albright & Friel Inc. to conduct a sewer study in the northwest section of the Borough to determine means of eliminating the existing problems. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:4O P.M.


1967/11/08
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (November 8, 1967).

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

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

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Mr. Mosteller announced to those in attendance that the first order of business would be the hearing on Council's intentions to adopt an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance re-zoning the southeast corner of Magnolia and S. Walnut Streets from an R-7 District to a C-l District. ... No one appeared to oppose the recommended change and Mr. Baldwin moved that Council enact Ordinance No. 21-1967, "An Ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester and the Zoning Map by Reclassifying a Portion of Land from an R-7 District to a C-l District." Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Mosteller requested Council members to recommend appointees for the Commission on Human Relations as provided in the Fair Housing Ordinance. Mr. Underwood submitted a list of appointees approved by the Council members as follows: Dr. Arthur E. James, 3 years term; Mr. Clifford E. DeBaptiste, 3 years term; Mr. Jean King, 2 years term; Dr. Horace F. Darlington, 2 years term; and Mrs. Elizabeth Butler, 1 year term. Mr. Baldwin then moved that Council approve the appointment of these persons to the Commission of Human Relations for the terms indicated. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mrs. Charles T. Robinson, 424 College Ave., appeared and presented a petition signed by approximately seventy-five persons requesting Borough Council to provide police protection at the intersection of Wayne & S. New Sts. for school children crossing that intersection to attend Demonstration School at the College. Following a discussion, matter was referred to the Mayor and Police Committee to study and report back to Council.

Joseph R. Polito, Jr., Esquire, appeared to urge Council to contribute funds to the Good fellowship Ambulance Club. Mr. Polito was accompanied by Mr. Arthur Corcoran, president of the club, and Mrs. Mary Maneval, Mrs. Jean M. Oakes and Mr. Martin Clompus, representing the West Chester Civic Association who had. written to Council urging their financial support of the ambulance club. Mr. Corcoran explained that due to old equipment and the need for paid drivers the club was losing approximately $200.00 per month and needed assistance to prevent increasing the cost of ambulance calls. Council advised those present that their request for financial assistance would be considered when the new budget is prepared, if the Borough can legally donate to such an organization.

Mr. Walter Gould, Executive Director, Redevelopement Authority of Chester County, and Mr. Jack Bachus from David M. Walker Associates, appeared to explain the submission of the planning and survey application for the Market Street Urban Renewal Project. Mr. Bachus explained that Council must pass a resolution to accompany the application to the federal government. Mr. Baldwin then moved that Council adopt Resolution No. 20-1967, Resolution of the Council of the Borough of West Chester Approving the Undertaking of Surveys and Plans for the Market Street Urban Renewal Area and Filing of an Application. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Thomas D'Annunzio, 714 Hillside Drive, appeared to complain to Council about the weeds growing 4-5 feet over the curb in the 500 & 600 blocks of Marshall Drive. He stated these weeds created a hazard both to pedestrians and automobile operators. The President advised he would contact the property owner and have the problem settled. [...]

Letter from Mr. Murray M. Eisman, President, Cambridge Associates, Inc. requesting the Borough to provide necessary fire protection water to the apartments he is building on W. Rosedale Ave., West Goshen Township, was read and considered. Request was referred to the Water Committee to study and report back to Council. [...]

Request from Mr. John P. Thomas, President, Daily Local News, for Borough sewage service to the site of the proposed new plant of the Daily Local. News to be constructed in East Bradford Township was read and discussed. Mr. Thomas moved that Council disapprove this request at this time due to the heavy loads on the sewage disposal plants. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote op 7-0.

Letter from Chamber of Commerce of Greater Vest Chester Inc. advising Council the Chamber of Commerce was in favor of establishing the Historical Review Board as provided for in the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester was read and discussed. Council referred this matter to the Real Estate Committee to investigate and report back to Council.

Rev. Amos Brown appeared to inquire as to what action Council had taken on Mr. Green's prior request for speed limit and children at play signs to be installed on Bolmar St. between Barnard and Union Streets as protection for children living in the Union Court Apartments. Following discussion, Council directed Mr. Bayliss to install "Children at Play" signs on the west side of Bolmar St. between Barnard and Union Streets. [...]

Mr. Thomas inquired what could be done about having the P.R.R. demolish the freight station which had been destroyed recently by a fire. As a result of the discussion, Council requested the Mayor to write a letter to the railroad asking them to take the necessary action to clean up the area.

Mr. Baldwin read a letter from Chief of Police Guss recommending action to eliminate a traffic hazard at S. Church and Price Streets; cars are parked too close to this intersection, and cars cannot visually clear themselves before crossing. Mr. Baldwin then moved that Council approve a no parking area on the south side of Price St. west of Church St. for a distance of 90 feet, a no parking area on the south side of Price St. east of Church St. for a distance of 25 feet, and a no parking area on north side of Miner St. east of New St. for a distance of 18 feet. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Smith, Building Inspector, reported he had discussed construction of an automatic automobile washing business on a lot located at E. Market and Adams St., which cost of construction to be approximately $70,000.00. He stated this parcel of land was located in a C-0 District, and the car wash was permitted. Mr. Bayliss commented that the sewer system in that area was in poor condition to handle any large amount of waste. Council referred this matter to the Water and Sewer Committees to study and report back to Council on their recommendations.

Adjourned at 9:00 P.M.


1967/11/20
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (November 20, 1967).

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

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

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

The request for fire protection water to apartments being constructed on W. Rosedale Ave., West Goshen Township, by Cambridge Associates Inc. was considered. Mr. Murray M. Eisman, President, Cambridge Associates Inc. had written a letter to Council requesting water for fire protection and advising Council he would be pleased to use Borough water for domestic use in the apartments when sufficient water is available, following discussion Mr. Soaziani moved that Council approve his request for fire prevention water if Mr. Eisman can prove his ability to give the Borough the business of furnishing domestic water to the apartments when sufficient supplies of "water are available. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Mr. Mosteller asked for a report on the request for a school crossing guard at S. New & Wayne Streets (See Nov. P, 1967, Minutes). Mr. Spaziani reported he had talked to Chief Guss who had informed him that the principal of the Demonstration School stated there were only 6-8 children who crossed at that intersection and a crossing guard was not necessary. Mrs. Robinson, who had presented a petition requesting a crossing guard at the Move. 8, 1967, meeting, again appeared to request action. Several Councilmen commented on the request with the general consensus being that the policing of the intersection was the responsibility of the Demonstration School. The Mayor then advised that he would have the police make a survey of the traffic in the area during the next few days, and he would get in touch with the Principal of the Demonstration School to work out a solution to the problem.

Mr. Mosteller advised Council of receipt of a letter from the Department of Housing and Urban Developement informing Council that the community facilities grants for the Day Care Center and the Community Center would be forthcoming this fiscal year due to their being given a low priority. [...]

Adjourned at 8:15 P.M.


1967/12/13
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (December 13, 1967).

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

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

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

The Secretary presented a resume of the budget for the Borough for 1968 -- cash and estimated income: $1,281,509.00; expenses: $1,260,262.00; balance, December 31, 1968: $21,247.00. The Secretary then requested Council's approval to advertise that the budget is available for public inspection as required by the Borough Code. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve the Secretary's advertising that the budget is available for public inspection, and that Council meet in Adjourned Session at 4:00 P.M., December 28, 1967, for the purpose of adopting the budget. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

Mr. Barber submitted a list of firemen for consideration for appointment as Fire Police: Hugh Purnell, John Howe, Alien Smedley, Benjamin Ristine, Anthony Donia and. Virgil Brown, all members of the Good Will Fire Company. Mr. Barber then moved that Council approve the appointment or these individuals as fire police, and they be sworn in after January 1, 1968. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

Mr. Baldwin introduced discussion on the need for fire escapes on three-or-more storied buildings if other than the owner occupies the third floor. Mr. Baldwin advised that this is a state law, but due to the shortage of state personnel to enforce the law, very little is accomplished when a discrepancy is reported to the State. Mr. Baldwin further stated he feels the Borough should have its own ordinance requiring fire escapes on three story buildings where the third floor is rented. Council members were all in favor of such an ordinance, and the preparation of desired requirements for the Ordinance was referred to the Fire Committee and Housing Officer.

Mayor Andress reported the police are having a great deal of trouble with glue-sniffing by teenagers and inquired if it is possible that the Borough can pass an ordinance prohibiting qlue sniffing. Mr. Marrone, Solicitor, advised that the State is preparing legislation to prohibit glue sniffing, and the law should be effective shortly.

Adjourned at 8:40 P.M.


1967/12/28
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (December 28, 1967).

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

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

Called to order at 4:00 P.M.

A bill for work done to date on the projected multi-level parking garage to be built at Church and Chestnut Sts. from Richard C. Rich and Associates Inc. was presented to Council for approval for payment. Mr. Barber moved that Council approve payment of the bill in the amount of $1475.78. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Letter of resignation from the West Chester Police Department submitted by Mr. George S. Tobler, Jr. was considered. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council accept the resignation and approve refund of any contributions to the Police Pension Fund made by Mr. Tobler. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

The Mayor informed Council that the Police Department was short of patrolmen and requested that the Civil Service Commission be authorized to administer examination to applicants for patrolman. Mr. Baldwin then moved that Council direct the Civil Service Commission to advertise for applicants for patrolmen to fill vacancies on the West Chester Police Department during 1968. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Gonncil discussed salary payment to Mr. Isaac Scott, who patrols the reservoir to insure that persons fishing there have permits, for the year 1967. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve payment of a salary of $400.00 for 1967. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Letter from Dr. Horace F. Darlington, Chester County Board of Health, asking if Council was interested in selling the Frlends Meeting House property to the Chester County Board of Health for use as offices was read and discussed. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council inform the Chester County Board of Health that the property not for sale. Motion was seomded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Renewal of the agreement for maintenance of the town clock on the Court House with Tower Clock Service Co. at an annual cost of $85.00 was considered. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve renewal of the agreement. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 4-0. (Mr. Barber had departed prior to this motiom.).

Adjourned at 4:35 P.M.



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