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Notes on West Chester, Pennsylvania
Borough Council Meeting Minutes, 1968

by Jim Jones

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1968/01/02
Borough Council of West Chester, organization meeting minutes (January 2, 1968).

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.

Mayor Andress administered the Oath of Office to Councilman-elect Mr. George D. Baldwin, Jr, Mr. W. Earl Thomas and Mr. Robert C. Spaziani.

The Mayor then asked for nominations for the position of President of Council, Mr. Underwood nominated Mr. J. Dewees Mosteller, and Mr. Thomas seconded the nomination. Mr. Baldwin moved that the nominations be closed, and this motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani. Mr. Mosteller was then unaminously elected President of Council.

Mr. Baldwin nominated Mr. William L. Underwood for position of Vice-President of Council, and Mr. Spaziani seconded the nomination. Mr. Cotter moved that the nominations be closed, and Mr. Baldwin seconded this motion. Mr. Underwood was then luminously elected Vice-President of Council. [...]

Mr. James O'Neill, Esquire, representing a prospective purchaser of the Wolfe (Lubin) tract in the northwest section of the Borough appeared to request Council to consider enacting a resolution accepting N. Brandywine St. and three road stubs located on the west side of Brandywine St. north of Lafayette St. as public roads. These stubs had never been dedicated to the Borough; therefore, the tract of land has no public access and the title company will not issue title insurance. Following discussion Mr. Spaziani moved that Council adopt a resolution accepting N. Brandywine St. and the three road stubs as public roads with the cost of ddvelopemnt to be the developer's responsibility. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 6-0 with Mr. Barber abstaining.

Mr. DeSerafino, representing Deserafino Brothers, appeared to protest alledged actions of Mr. A. J. Roman, Tree Warden, of the Shade Tree Commission. Mr. Mosteller requested that Mr. DeSerafino delay his complaint until the Regular Meeting on January 10, 1968. [...]

Mr. Mosteller informed Council of the receipt of the functional drawings for the multi-leml parking garage to be constructed at the corner of Church & Chestnut Streets. After a review of the drawings by Council members, Mr. Mosteller advised that Mr. Richard C. Rich of Richard C. Rich and Associates, Inc., Parking Consultants, who were designing the garage, would arrive in West Chester on Monday, January 8, 1968, for a meeting concerning construction of the garage. Mr. Mosteller requested all Councilmen who could attend to be present"for the meeting at approximately 11:00 A.M. No action was taken on the drawings at this time.

Mr. Mosteller requested an Executive Session at 8:05 P.M., which ended at 8:30 P.M., and the Organization Meeting was resumed.

Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve the appointment of Lawrence E. MacElree, Esquire, as Borough Solicitor for a one year period to replace Mr. D. T. Marrone, who had resigned to accept a judgeship. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Adjourned at 8:40 P.M.


1968/01/10
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (January 10, 1968).

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

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

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Mr. Bob Martin, West Chester State College, representing a group of College "students who had prepared a study on refuse storage and disposal in the Borough as part of a College project appeared and presented the report prepared by the group. He was assisted in his presentation by Mr. John Sedor, another student. This group of College students had been instructed in survey techniques by representatives of the Pa. Department of Health and had conducted a week-long survey of the trash situation in the. Borough.' Copies of the report were presented to each Councilman, and the group was advised that the report would be reviewed carefully as a new trash ordinance was now under preparation. A copy of the report is on file with the Borough Secretary.

Mrs. Robert E. Goodier, Street Road, Pocopson, appeared and read a prepared statement opposing the Borough's plan to demolish the Friends Meeting House in order to construct a parking garage. Her statement is on file with the Borough Secretary.

Mrs. Charles E. Robinson, 424 College Ave., again appeared to discuss traffic control for Demonstration School students at the corner of Wayne and S. New Sts. The Mayor advised he would have a policeman cover the corner daily, and he felt it was adequate protection. Mr. Spaziani reported that "School Zone" signs had been installed on S. New St. at the intersection. [...]

Three residents appeared to express comments pertinent to the proposed demolition of the Friends Meeting House:.

Mr. Richard Kerwin, 116 E. Ashbridge St., stated that he could not see how the public was behind the project when a petition containing 2000 signatures opposing the destruction had been presented to Council. He also inquired about the Mercantile Tax and its uses by the Borough. He was advised that the Mercantile Tax is placed in the General Fund, but it is Council's policy to use this tax for providing off-street parking facilities.

Dr. Edgar Lawrence, 516 N. Church St., inquired if any action had been taken by Council to establish a Board of Historical Review as provided for in the Zoning Ordinance. He further stated he was not opposing the destruction of the Meeting House, but he was interested in preventing further demolition of historical buildings in the Borough. He stated he would like to see the Board of Historical Review established if only as an advisory board.

Mr. Richard Gentry, Attorney, representing Samuel Parke, who has an apartment building on the property next to the Friends Meeting House, appeared to object to the plans as presently drawn, because the parking garage is to be built on the property line between the two properties. He then questioned why the parking lot at Walnut and Chestnut Sts. was not selected for the construction of the garage. He also commented that he believed the parking garage was not planned in accordance with the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester.

Following Mr. Gentry's remarks, Mr. Spaziani moved that all objections be noted and recorded. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and unaminously approved.

Mr. DeSerafino, representing DeSerafino Bros., Tree Service, appeared to protest the alledged actions of Mr. A. J. Roman, Tree Warden. Mr. DeSerafino maintained that 95$ of the tax payers' money is going to Atlantic States Tree Co. of Delaware, and he is being deprived of his right to operate with tax payer's money and to operate a private enterprise. Mr. DeSerafino presented various letters and comments allegedly supporting his claim that Mr. Roman had little or no knowledge of trees and was favoring out of town companies instead of doing business with local firms. Mr. Truxton T. Williams, Chairman, and Mr. Harold Cressman, member, Shade Tree Commission spoke in opposition to Mr. DeSerafino's charges and defended the actions of Mr. A. J. Roman. Borough Council took no action on this matter. [...]

A petition signed by 93 residents requesting that Council install a stop sign on the southwest corner of Chestnut and Church Streets, West Chester, Pa. was read and discussed. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council approve installation of a stop sign halting east bound traffic on Chestnut St. at Church St. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Letter from Saunders Dixon, Secretary, West Chester Opportunities Board, commending Coucil for passage of the fair housing ordinance and promising support for implementation of the Ordinance. [...]

The Secretary read a letter from Department of Housing and Urban Development recommending that Council ratify the actions of the December 1, 1966, Special Meeting, as the Department of Housing and Urban Development had some doubts as to whether the approval of the County Authority's preliminary loan application for public housing had been on the agenda for that Special Meeting. Mr. Barber then moved that Council ratify the actions taken at the Special Meeting held on December 1, 1966. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 5-0.

An application for subdivision of a lot owned by Mr. Robert E. Adney, located on E. Market St. between Worthington and Bolmar Sts. was considered. Borough Planning Commission had approved the sub-division application on January 9, 1968. Mr. Barber moved that Council approve, the application for sub-division. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Thomas commented on the preliminary drawings from Richard C. Rich & Associates Inc. for the parking garage to be constructed at Church & Chestnut Sts. He then moved that Council approve these preliminary drawings as revised on 1/8/68 to include one additional parking level. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Mr. Bayliss requested that Council approve the Secretary's writing a letter to the Bell Telephone Company requesting them to extend telephone lines to eleven traffic signals in the Borough as part of the traffic signal synchronization program. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve the Secretary' s writing a letter requesting installation of the required telephone lines. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Mr. MacElree, Solicitor, read a proposed ordinance amending The Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester to permit Borough municipal use in any Zone and advised if Council desired to enact the ordinance, notice of a hearing to consider the ordinance for adoption should be published once a week for three weeks prior to the date established for adoption. Mr. Cotter then moved that the Secretary advertise that a hearing would be held January 29, 1968, to consider for adoption an Ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester Permitting Borough Municipal Use in Any Zone. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Adjourned at 10:15 P.M.


1968/01/29
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (January 29, 1968).

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

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

Called to order at 7:35 P.M.

Mr. Underwood requested Mr. Harvey to announce the purpose of the meeting. Mr. Harvey informed the approximately fifty persons in attendance that this public hearing was called by Borough Council to consider enactment of an Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester Permitting Borough Municipal Use in Any Zone. He then read the proposed ordinance and advised that anyone present might state his opinions on the proposed ordinance.

The following individuals spoke in opposition either to the proposed ordinance, construction of a parking garage at Chestnut & Church Sts., or demolition of the Friends Meeting House.

Mr. James E. O'Neill, Jr. and Mr. Richard Gentry, attorneys representing Mr. Sam Parke, Jr and wife, owners of the apartment house to the east of the Friends Meeting House.
Mr. Joseph W. Zaber, 318 W. Marshall St., West Chester, Pa.
Mrs. Mary Allunson, East Bradford Township
Mr. Phillip Steele, Architect and Planning Consultant
Mr. John Dalton, 720 Price St., West Chester, Pa.
Dr. Richard Kerwin, 116 E. Ashbridge St., West Chester, Pa.
Dr. Edgar Lawrence, f>l6 N. Church St., West Chester, Pa.
Mrs. William A. Ball, 20 E. Washington.St., West Chester, Pa.
Mrs. Mary Greet, 811 Locust Lane, West Chester, Pa.
Mrs. Edgar Lawrence, 5l6 N. Church St., West Chester, Pa.
Mr. William Chesko, 3 S. Bradford Ave., West Chester, Pa.

When no one else indicated a desire to state his opinion, Mr. Underwood then asked what Council's desire was concerning the proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council enact Ordinance #3-1968, "An Ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester Permitting Borough Municipal Use in Any Zone." Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 5-1 with Mr. Barber casting the negative vote.

Adjourned at 8:45 P.M.


1968/02/06
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (February 6, 1968).

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

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

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Letter from Civil Service Commission certifying Mr. Daniel L. Holmes and Mr. John J. Coslett, Jr. as eligible for consideration for appointment as patrolmen with the West Chester Police Department was read and discussed. Mr. Thomas moved that the Police Committee interview the two applicants for suitability, with interviews to be scheduled at 6:45 P.M., February 14, 1968. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Letter of resignation from the West Chester Police Department from Mr. Howard S. Rollette, effective January 21;, 1968, was considered. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council accept the resignation and approve refund of any monies Mr. Rollette had contributed to the Police Pension Fund. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Letter from Mr. Murray M. Eisman, President, Cambridge Associates, Inc. stating their willingness to enter into an agreement whereby they would purchase Borough water for their apartments on W. Rosedale Ave., West Goshen Township, when sufficient Borough water is available if the Borough will furnish fire protection water at this time, was considered. (See Nov. 20, 1967, Adj. Mtg.) Mr. Thomas moved that Council have an agreement prepared and that the Borough enter into the agreement with Cambridge Associates, Inc. to provide fire protection water at this time with the provision that Cambridge Associates will purchase Borough water when it is available in sufficient quantities. -Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote <5f 5-0. [...]

Letter from Mr. Norman J. Pine, District Attorney.of Chester County, requesting parking spaces for general use of the County Detectives of Chester County in front of the new Court House Annex on High St. if the parking meters presently there are removed was discussed. Council unaminously stated there was no intention to remove the parking meters referred to in Mr. Pine's letter, and Mr. Barber moved that Mr. Pine be advised that the parking meters are not to be removed; therefore, his request for parking spaces cannot be approved. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved,by a vote of 5-0.

Letter from Mr. Harvey G. Worthington, Gay & Matlack Sts., West Chester, Pa., requesting that the area on Matlack St. between Gay and Chestnut Sts. be designated a two or three hour parking area was considered. The area referred to is presently an unlimited parking area. No action was taken on this request at,this time, and the Secretary was directed to write Mr. Worthington and advise him that a parking study will be conducted and completed by early summer at which time action will be taken on his request. [...]

Letters protesting the demolition of the Friends Meeting House and construction of a parking garage thereon from the following were read and ordered filed:.

Pomona Grange
Marian P. Branson, 11 W. Chestnut St., West Chester, Pa.
Mrs. Sara P. Dopp, 225 N. Penn St., West Chester, Pa.
Mrs. Sylvester G. Watt, 218 N. Penn St., West Chester, Pa.

Adjourned at 8:25 P.M.


1968/02/l4
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (February l4, 1968).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. Shay (Contoller), Mr. MacElree (Solicitor), Mr. Smith (Building Inspector).

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

Following Mr. Barber's comments, Mr. Underwood turned the meeting over to Mr. Baldwin, who inquired if any of the approximately 25 persons present desired to make any statements concerning the proposed parking garage to be constructed on the Friends Meeting House Property.

Dr. Edgar Lawrence, £l6 N. Church St., Chairman of the Citizens for Responsive Government, read a resolution on the planned informal referendum on the Meeting House issues and then requested Council's support of this unofficial ballot.

Following Dr. Lawrence's presentation, the following named individuals spoke either in favor ofee «y£ftheni?efer,eridum£,and togingiCouncilfts!support or spoke in opposition to construction of the parking garage:.

Mr. Phillip Grist
Mr. James O'Neill, Jr.
Mrs. Emmie Jordan
Mr. George Highley
Mrs. Bernie Ball
Mrs. Lydia Willets
Mrs. Powell Thomas
Mrs. Hazel Smedley
Mr. Alien Smedley
Mrs. J. M. Kerwin
Mrs. Simmons.

Following the comments of those named, Mr. Baldwin reviewed Council's position and plans for the Meeting House Property beginning with 1956 up to the present. He then advised those present he would consider offering the property for sale at a minimum price of $120,000.00 with a provision that the building remain on the property.

Following several brief comments from the visitors, Mr. Baldwin asked the Solicitor for a legal opinion on the Borough's supporting the referendum. Mr. MacElree stated that while the Borough could support the referendum, it would cserve , no purpose. He also advised Council they were not in a popularity contest and should'act only on what Council believes to be in the best interests of the Borough. Mr. Barber then moved that Council encourage the voters to join in the referendum. There was no second to this motion.

Mr. Barber then moved that the Friends Meeting House property be put up for sale with bids to be opened at 7:30 P.M., April 10, 1968, wi'th a minimum acceptable bid price of $120,000.00 and a restriction in the deed prohibiting the demolition of the Friends Meeting House. Each bid is to be accompanied with a certified check in the amount of 1% of the bid price with a final settlement to be made within 60 days thereafter. Sale of the property is contingent upon the Borough's getting an extension on the sales agreement. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Letters from the following persons concerning.the Friends Meeting House property were acknowledged and ordered filed:

Mr. William H. Gehlert, 133 N. Church St., West Chester, Pa.
Mrs. Ruth L. VanTone, no address given
Mrs. Clara A. Roney, 806 Locust Lane, West Chester, Pa.
Mrs. Lillian J. Smith, Box 126, West Chester, Pa.
Mr. John W. Pittock, III, Lexington, Kentucky
Master Douglas Rissel, lU3 E. Marshall St., West Chester, Pa.
Mrs. J. Elwood Stinson, 9 Manor Drive, West Chester, Pa.
Miss Anna & Miss Edna Mendenhall, West Chester, Pa. [...]

The Secretary advised that the Mullen-Kille Co. was preparing new city directories and desired to know if Council wanted to order copies. Cost is $90.00/copy. In 1966, Council ordered two copies which have been most useful to the police department. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve the purchase of two copies of the directory at a cost of $180.00. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

Council considered adoption of an amendment to the Housing Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester providing for the requirement that any dwelling unit or multiple dwelling unit with" a rooming unit on the third floor or above shall have a fire escape or two routes of access sufficiently far apart to reasonably assure an alternate route of egress from the rooming unit in the event of fire. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council enact Ordinance #5-68, "An Amendment to the Housing Ordinance," and that the ordinance be advertised as required by law. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Mr. Shay, Controller, advised Council of two bank accounts with small balances which should be closed by transferring the money to General and Sewer Accounts; the College Water Construction Fund with a balance of $252.56 and the Sewer Construction Fund with a balance of of $38.10. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve the transfer of the $252.56 in the College Water Construction Fund to the General Fund, and the account be closed. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 6-0. Mr. Spaziani then moved that the $38.10 remaining in the Sewer Construction Fund be transferred to the Sewer Revenue Fund, and the account be closed. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

Mr Spaziani expressed his opinion that because of the comments of Mr. DeSerafino made at the January 10, 1968, Regular meeting minutes (concerning the Tree Warden, Council should have a work meeting with the Shade Tree Commission and the Tree Warden to discuss the Commission's policies. Following discussion, Council decided to hold a meeting with the Shade Tree Commission at 8:00 P.M., March 11, 1968, in the Council Chambers. Secretary was directed to advise all concerned.

Mr. Smith, Zoning Administrative Officer, discussed a problem concerning the proposed construction of apartments on a tract of land located at Bradford Ave. and Market St. The prospective builder intends to remove the curbing on Market St. in order to provide access to the parking area of the apartments, and Mr. Bayliss had stated that "Mr. Smith should not issue a permit because of this fact. Mr. Smith requested Council's decision on this matter. Following a short discussion, Council advised Mr. Smith to issue the building permit if the application was approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment. [...]

Mr. Thomas advised Council that Mr, Mosteller had refused the contract for the carpeting of the Council Chambers which had been awarded to Mosteller's Department Store at the February 6, 1968, Special Meeting. Mr. Thomas then moved that Council approve advertising for bids on carpeting, drapes and furniture, with bids to be opened at 7?30 P.M., March 13, 1968. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 5-1. Mr. Spaziani voted No. [...]

Mr. Baldwin presented a list of business firms who had not paid Mercantile Taxes for past years; some firms on the list had not paid for the past three years. Following discussion on actions which could be taken, the Solicitor was requested to check on procedures for collecting the over due taxes.

Adjourned at 10:25 P.M.


1968/03/07
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (March 7, 1968).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress.

Called to order at 4:30 P.M.

Purpose of the meeting was to consider the nomination of Mr. Joseph E. Gallagher, Jr. to the Civil Service Commission for noncompetitive examination for qualification for provisional appointment as patrolman with the West Chester Police Department under the provisions of Section 1187, The Borough Code. [...]

At the request of the Solicitor, Council considered an extension to the sales agreement for purchase of the Friends Meeting House property. Settlement is presently scheduled for April 1, 1968, but as the property has been advertised for sale with bids to be opened on April 10, 1968, extension of the sales agreement is necessary. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve extension of the sales agreement to May 1, 1968 or to settlement date if a purchaser submits an acceptable bid on April 10, 1968. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of.

Adjourned at 4:50 P.M.


1968/03/13
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (March 13, 1968).

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

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

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

A group of residents from the 300 Block of West Gay St., with Mr. Robert Woodson, 26 N. New St., as their speaker, appeared to request Council to take some action to have Mr. Robert C. Spaziani remove the ice vending machine in front of his establishment at 321 W. Gay St. Along with comments from Mr. Woodson, Mr. Scott and Mrs. Milby concerning the effect this ice machine has on the neighborhood, the group presented a petition signed by 31 residents of the 300 block of West Gay St. urgin Council to institute positive action to remove the ice vending machine. Mr. Spaziani, in reply to the comments of the group, stated that the machine was legal in its present position, but he had^tried to find another site for it, but has been unable to do so to date. Following several additional comments °from Council and the residents Mr. Baldwin advised the group that Council would take a look at the situation and come up with their recommendations, and the group would be advised.

Dr. Edgar Lawrence, 5l6 N. Church St. again appeared to urge Council's support of the informal referendum on the proposed parking garage scheduled for March 2[4?], 1968. He also inquired if any action had been taken to appoint a Commission on Historical Properties as provided for in the Zoning Ordinance. Er. Lawrence stated he believed that such a commission would eliminate future events such as the one involving the Meeting House. Several other persons also commented on the proposed parking garage including Mrs. Lawrence and Mr. James. E. OrNeill, Attorney., Additional discussion evolved around the motion which approved offering the Friends Meeting House property for sale. Several persons indicated they believed the motion contained a clause that the exterior of the Meeting House could not be altered without the consent of Council. Mr. MacElree then noted that the advertisement for bids on the property contained a statement that the "deed of conveyance shall contain a restriction on the demolition of ttoemmeeting house located thereon for a period of £0 years", yet this deed restriction was not contained in the original motion. Mr. Baldwin then moved that Council approve an amendment to the original motionooffering the property for sale as folldwsr that the meeting house structure be preserved for a period !?0 years. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-0, Further discussion continued on the original motion offering the property for sale. Mr. Barber, in order to clarify his interpretation of the original motion, moved that Council approve an amendment to the original motion as follows: the deed of conveyance contain a restriction that no changes may be made to the exterior of the Meeting House structure for a fifty year period except with the written approval of 'Borough Council, There was no second to this motion. Mr. O'Neill, Attorney, then asked Council to reconsider the asking price of $120,000.00 for the property. He stated he believed that Council had purchased the property with no restrictions and that by adding the restriction "of maintaining the structure for £0 years, the value of the -- property had been depreciated in spite of the increase in real estate values. At this point Mr. Underwood advised those present that there was nothing that could be done concerning the Meeting House property until after April 10, 1968, as advertisements for bids had been published. [...]

Two letters from the West Chester Planning Commission recommending approval of land use for: 13 apartments to be constructed on a tract at Penn & Franklin Sts. and 12 apartments to be constructed on a tract of land at 740 S. Franklin St. were read and discussed. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve the construction of the apartments on the two tracts as recommended by the Planning Commission. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

Letter of resignation from the Sub-Committee on Minority Group Housing was received from Mrs. Russell Rickert who had moved outside the Borough. Mr. Barber moved that Council accept the resignation with regret and a letter of thanks for past services be sent Mrs. Rickert. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0. Naming of a replacement for Mrs. Rickert was considered, and the Secretary was directed to write the other members of the Committee for recommendations for appointment to fill the vacancy.

Letters protesting the destruction of the Friends Meeting House from Edith I. Perkins, 70k Hillside Drive; Richard G. Mercner, 221 W. Virginia Ave., and Mrs. Mary P. Young, 10 W. Gay St. were acknowledged and ordered filed.

Letter and proposed sign ordinance from the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Chamber of Commerce was considered. This proposed sign ordinance supplements a previous sign ordinance submitted by the Blue Ribbon Committee for consideration. Proposed ordinance was referred to Mr. Barber, Chairman, Fire Committee, to review and report back to Council his recommendations.

Mayor Andress discussed the present disorderly conduct ordinance and the penalties now provided: fine of $5.00 to $100.00 or up to 30' days in jail. He recommended that Council consider raising the penalties for those found guilty of disorderly conduct from the present maximum fine of $100.00 to a maximum of $300.00. Following a brief discussion this recommendation was referred to the Police Committee, the Mayor and the Solicitor to review and make recommendations back to Council. [...]

Mr. Barber reported he had received complaints that trucks were turning on E. Ashbridge St. frqm High St. and then moving on through the Borough to miss the red lights on High St. He moved that Council approve installation of "Local Truck Traffic Only" signs on E. Ashbridge St. at High St. to eliminate this problem. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Mr. Barber announced that Clean-Up Week was now scheduled for April 20-27, 1968. [...]

Adjourned at 9:55 P.M.


1968/04/10
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (April 10, 1968).

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

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

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Mr. Mosteller opened the meeting by requesting that everyone stand and observe a moment of silence in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bids for the purchase of the Friends Meeting House property were received, opened and read. Two bids were received: Day Care Association of Chester County, $90,000.00; and Mr. C. West, $1.98. Following a short executive session to consider the bids, Mr. Baldwin announced that neither bid could be considered as they did not meet thfe requirements as advertised. [...]

Mr. Mosteller then inquired if any of the residents in attendance desired to speak.

Mr. James E. O'Neill, Jr., Attorney, speaking for the Committee on Responsive Government, again urged Council to reconsider the proposed construction of the multi-level parking garage at Church & Chestnut Sts. based on the results of the recent referendum which resulted in approximately 2000 residents voting against the construction. Mr. O'Neill also presented the results of the mail poll to Council. Mr. Mosteller advised Mr. O'Neill that Council would examine the results of the referendum and make a decision by the end of next week.

Mr. Earl Ashton, 336 W. Union St., appeared to inquire if Council had been requested to change the Zoning Ordinance to permit fraternity houses in certain sections of the Borough. Mr. Smith advised that he had received several inquiries on the possibility of having fraternity houses but there has been no official request for a zoning change. Mr. Ashton then inquired if he [should] turn a petition signed by 80% of the people in his area over to Council at this time or hold it until the request for change of the zoning is submitted. Mr. Ashton was advised to hold the petition until a request for zoning change was received which would require a public hearing.

Following reading of the Minutes, Mr. Mosteller excused himself due to not feeling well and requested Mr. Baldwin to take over conduct of the meeting. [...]

Letter from West Chester State College requesting Council's approval of renewal of the police radio service agreement for the year beginning July 1, 1968, was considered. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve renewal of the agreement for police radio service for the year at the same rate as last year ($2^0.00). Motion was seconded by Mr.;i Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Letter from the Civil Service Commission certifying Mr. Joseph E. Gallagher, Jr. and Mr. Luis S. Roman as eligible for appointment as patrolmen (probationary) with the West Chester Police Department was read and considered. Mr. Gallagher had been appointed provisionally and had then taken the test to qualify for appointment. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council approve the appointment of Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Roman as patrolmen (probationary) with the West Chester Police Department. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

Letter from Mr. Robert C. Hannum, West Chester State College, requesting Council to take action to relocate the signal light at the corner of S. High and Linden Sts. to a location $0 feet south along High St. and to expand the pedestrian crosswalk area at that corner was read and referred to the Street Committee for study. [...]

Council was advised of receipt of notice of following meetings:.

1. Meeting to discuss housing problems in the Borough to be held in the YMCA Auditorium at 7:30 P.M., April 16, 1968, by the Citizens Advisory Corrmittee.

2. Meeting on solid waste disposal to be held by the Pa. Department of Health on April 25, 1968, at the General Washington Country Club, Audubon, Montgomery County, Pa. [...]

Three letters, two in favor of construction of the multi-level parking low from Mary L. Adger, 339 N. New St. and Reilly and Fogwell, Attorneys, and one against construction from H. M. Pratt, representing the Lesserton Garden Club were acknowledged and ordered filed.

Letter of resignation from Council due to the press of personal business submitted by Mr. C. Harry Barber, Jr. was read to Council. Letter required no formal action by Council, and Mr. Baldwin announced he was very sorry to receive this notice.

Mr. Robert Woodson, 26 N. New St., again appeared, representing residents of the 300 block of W. Gay St. who had petitioned Council to have an ice box in front of Spaz Beverage Co. removed. Mr. Woodson desired to know why Council did not take the action to have the machine removed as requested in the petition. Mr. Woodson was advised that Council could take no action because the box did not violate any laws. Following a short discussion, Mr. Spaziani informed Mr. Woodson he would move the box as soon as possible.

Mr. Stanley D. Tunnell, Union Court Apartments, asked Council a question concerning petitions. Mr. Tunnell desired to know how strong a petition must be to get action from Council. Mr. Barber advised Mr. Tunnell that action by Council would depend on what is being petitioned for rather than how strong the petition is.

Mr. Bayliss reported the following items:.

1. The boring under the By-Pass at Five Point Road is progressing rapidly.

2. Synchronization of the traffic signals is coming along.

3. A trench will be dug across Rosedale Ave. to the stop light on S. High St. and across High St. for installation of pipes as part of the construction project at the College. Work will take approximately 1 month and could result in traffic problems at that intersection.

4. Trash collection has increased tremendously due to the warm weather. Mr. Bayliss also requested any publicity he could get for Clean Up Week scheduled for April 20-27. [...]

Mr. Cotter reported that Mr. Charles Lucas had requested the Borough to approve payment of $1.50 per hour for 30 hours a week for 8 weeks for 2 men to fill Civil Defense water containers. As this request for money totals $720.00, Council requested Mr. Cotter to obtain additional information and report back to Council. [...]

Mr. Richard Miller, 117 E. Barnard St., Mr. Fred C. Beckett, 228 N. Darlington St., and Mr. Carl Smith asked various questions of Council concerning training of police, minimum requirements established by the Civil Service Commission and why they were disregarded in some cases and not in others, and conduct of policemen in performance of their duties. This question and answer period was interrupted by Mr. Baldwin who reported he had just received notice that Mr. Mosteller had died, and the meeting was adjourned.

Adjourned at 9:00 P.M.


1968/04/16
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (April 16, 1968).

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

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

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

The meeting was opened by observance of a period of silence in memory of Mr.JJ. Dewees Mosteller.

The Secretary then read a resolution expressing Council's sympathy, respect and affection of the late Mr. J. Dewees Mos teller. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council adopt the resolution, that is be entered into" the Minutes of Council and that a copy be furnished to Mr. Mosteller's family. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of £-0. The Resolution adopted is as follows: .

RESOLUTION - BOROUGH OF WEST CHESTER.

J. DEWEES MOSTELLER.

With the passing J. Dewees Mosteller, West Chester and Chester County have lost a dedicated leader, a tireless worker, a concerned citizen and a compassionate neighbor. The roster of causes and organizations he served attests to the breadth of his involvement in civic and community affairs. Yet this was merely the visible portion of his good work. His friendship, assistance and charity were continually expressed in quiet, personal action deliberately hidden from public view. All segments of our community will remember him witht grateful affection.

As councilman from 19U5 to 1968, arid President of council from I960 to 1968, he brought to the public affairs of West Chester his tremendous energy, practical wisdom, administrative skill, deep concern for the problems of the community and responsiveness to the demands of the future.' He knew the town and the people intimately; he was accessible to all. No details were too small for him, no hours too long, yet he never lost a firm perspective, His constant aim, scknowledged even by those who differed with him, was to promote the best interests of his consituents. The standards of service he set for himself were a challenge to his colleagues and staff.

We who were privileged to serve with J. Dewees Mosteller know that his place cannot be filled. We know also that his examples of selfless dedication and service will remain an inspiration to those who follow.

We unaminously adopt this resolution of our expression of our sympathy, respect and affection this l6th day of April, 1968.

/s/ William L. Underwood Vice President of Council Attest:
/s/ Robert J. Shaw, Secretary -- -- -- -- -- -- .

Approved this l6th day of April, A. D., 1968
/s/ Mayor Charles H. Andress
/s/ George D. Baldwin
/s/ W. Earl Thomas
/s/ Robert C. Spaziani
/s/ C. Harry Barber, Jr.
/s/ Edward J. Cotter. [...]

Secretary read a letter from Mr. C. Harry Barber, Jr., withdrawing his resignation from Council. Council acknowledged the letter and directed it be filed.

Letter from Richard C. Rich and Associates Inc. expressing sympathy on the passing of Mr. Mosteller was read and ordered filed.

Council was again reminded of the meeting on solid waste disposal to be held on April 25, 1968. Mr. Thomas and Mr. Bayliss indicated they would attend and the Secretary was to register these two individuals. [...]

Mr. Bayliss briefed Council on the plans for the new street (extension of S. Adams St.) to be built by Wyeth's and dedicated to the Borough. He stated he felt the plans were acceptable with the exception that catch basins should be installed midway between Elmer and Nield Sts. to insure storm drainage as the grade of the street would result in pools of water accumulating during storms. Mr. Spaziani then moved that Council accept the plans as presented with the provision that Wyeth install two catch basins and necessary piping midway between Elmer and Nield Sts. on the proposed hew street. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Mr. Cotter commented on the nauseous odors coming from National Foam System. He commented that in the southeast section of the Borough it was so strong it made people sick and that something should be done about it. Mr. MacElree was requested to contact National Foam to see if some corrective action could be taken to reduce the output of odors.

Mr. Baldwin, discussing settlement of the Friends Meeting House property, moved that Council alert the Day Care Association that the Borough intended to make settlement on the property on May 1, 1968, as provided in the Agreement Extension, and Council grant the Association a thirty day extension to June 1, 1968, to vacate the property if they cannot be out by May 1, 1968, at a rental of $225.00 per month. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:50 P.M. and resumed the Adjourned Meeting at 10:30 P.M.

As a result of several inquiries concerning fraternity houses in the Borough, Council discussed whether they should be permitted, and if so, where they should be permitted. As there has been no official request for rezoning any area for fraternity houses, Council took no action other than to state their position that Fraternity houses are not a permitted use under the present zoning ordinance.

Mr. Cotter nominated Mr. George D. Baldwin, Jr., to replace Mr. Mosteller as President of Council. Nomination was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and Mr. Thomas moved that nominations be closed, as Mr. Underwood, Vice President, had refused the nomination for president. Mr. . Baldwin was unaminously elected president of Borough Council.

Adjourned at 10:4O P.M.


1968/04/24
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (April 24, 1968).

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

Also present: Mr. MacElree (Solicitor), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Bayliss D of PW.

Called to order at 8:OO P.M.

Mr. Baldwin opened the meeting by explaining that the purpose of the meeting was to appoint a councilman to fill the vacancy created by the death of Mr. J. Dewees Mosteller.

Mr. Baldwin then read a letter from Mr. Fred C. Beckett, a candidate for the vacancy, stating his willingness and desire to serve as a Councilman.

Mr. Baldwin then inquired if any of the large group in attendance desired to make a statement.

Following persons spoke as being in favor of the appointment of Mr. Fred C. Beckett to fill the vacancy on Council;.

Reverend Anderson E. Porter, representing the Human Relations Council, stated that that organization unaminously endorsed Mr. Fred C. Beckett.

Mrs. Verda Grant, representing the NAACP, advised that the NAACP unaminously supported the appointment of Fred C. Beckett.

Mr. Richard Stonewall, representing the Black Action Committee, stated his organization also supported the appointment of Mr. Beckett.

Mrs. Cindy Downing stated she supported the appointment of Mr. Beckett as it was in the best interests of the Borough to have a negro on Borough Council.

Mrs. Mercedes Greer also spoke in support of Mr. Beckett, as did Mrs. Elaine Weimer who advised that Monsigneur Kelly recommended the appointment of Mr. Beckett.

Mr. Robert L. Woodson, 26 N. New St., spoke in support of Mr. Beckett and submitted to Council a petition containing over 600 names supporting the appointment of Mr. Beckett.

Reverend Amos C. Brown reaffirmed the support of the West Chester Chapter, NAACP, for appointment of Mr. Beckett.

Mr. Alonzo Newsome, stating he represented the citizens of West Chester, presented the name of Mr. Charles A. Melton for consideration for appointment to fill the vacancy on Council.

Mr. Baldwin then read a letter from Mr. C. H. Butler, Chairman, Chester County Republican Club, to Mr. T. S. A. Rubino, Chairman, Republican Committee, advising him that the Chester County Republican Club unaminously supported the appointment of Mr. Charles A. Melton to fill the vacancy on Borough Council.

Mr. Earl Heald, Area Chairman, Chester County Republic Committee, advised those present that two years ago he made a promise that the next vacancy on Borough Council would be filled with a negro, and he strongly urged that Council appoint a negro to fill the vacancy on Council.

After a motion by Mr. Thomas seconded by Mr. Barber, Council recessed into Executive Session at 8:1$ P.M. Following a ten minute recess, the Special Meeting was resumed.

Mr. William Bode, Chairman, Human Relations Council, spoke briefly on what the appointment of a negro to Council meant to the negro community -- possibly in the future more negros would occupy various political jobs in the community.

Mr. Baldwin then advised those present that there has been no dbubt that a blaak man would be appointed to fill the vacancy. He further stated that he had promised to run for re-election only If after being re-elected he might resign and a negro be appointed to replace him. Following his statement, Mr. Baldwin asked if any of the Councilmen desired to make anmotiomncen-cerning appointment of a Councilman.

Mr. Spaziani moved that Mr. Fred C. Beckett be appointed to fill the vacancy on Borough Council. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 4-0. Mr. Beckett, after he made a brief acceptance statement, was advised he would be sworn in at the Regular Meeting on May 8, 1968.

Following a short recess during which the group in attendance expressed their appreciation to i Council for its actions and cleared the chambers, the meeting resumed.

Next order of business was for Council to consider an application for sub-division submitted by Mr. Raymond W. Finegan, who is the equitable owner of a tract of land located north of Sharpless St. and west of High St., to the northwest of the Finegan's property. Mr. Finegan desires to purchase this property for parking facilities when he adds apartments to his present structure. Sub-division had been approved by the Planning Commission on April 17, 1968. Mr. Barber moved that Council approve this request for sub-division. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 3-0, with Mr. Thomas abstaining as an interested party. [...]

Letter from Mr. Truxton T. Williams submitting his resignation from the Shade Tree Commission was read and considered. Mr. Thomas moved that Council accept the resignation of Mr. Williams from the Shade Tree Commission. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 4-0.

Letter from Mr. A. J. Roman submitting his resignation as Tree Warden for the Shade Tree Commission was read. Mr. Barber moved that Mr. Roman's resignation be accepted. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 4-0.

Letter from Chester County Commissioners on the establishment of the Chester County Health Department was read and action required by the letter was referred to the Solicitor.

Letter from Marian E. Thatcher, 4OO N. Walnut St., protesting the demolition of the Day Care Center was read and ordered filed.

Mr. Mark Helms, editor, Bishop Shanahan High School newspaper, appeared before Council to request that the stop sign presently stopping traffic on N. Everhart St. at Chestnut St. be changed to stop traffic eastbound on Chestnut St. at Everhart St. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council refer this request to the Police and Street Committees for action. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 4-0. [...]

Mr. Spaziani reported on his investigation of the request from the college to move the signal light at the corner of High & Linden Sts. to*a position approximately 50 feet south so that the drive-way to the college buildings could utilize the light. Mr. Spaeiani recommended that Council approve relocation of the light, but not at the Borough's expense. Following discussion during which Mr. Bayliss reported he had received a verbal okay from the Pa. Dept. of Highways for this change, Mr. Spaziani moved that Council empower the Secretary to respond to the college's letter by informing them that Council ha£ no objections to the relocation of the light is there is no expense to the Borough. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 4-0. [...]

Mr. Thomas reported that several builders are interested in construction of apartments, shopping center, etc. in that area of the Borough along Route #322, but because of the limited capacity of the sewer transmission lines construction was being delayed. He then moved that Council authorise Albright & Friel Inc. to conduct a study on the Borough's sewer transmission lines on Route #322 to Taylor Run Disposal Plant. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 4-0.

Adjourned at 9:30 P.M.


1968/05/08
Borough Council of West Chester, Regular meeting minutes (May 8, 1968).

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

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

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

The Oath of Office was administered to Mr. Fred Q. Beckett, newly appointed Councilman, by Mayor Charles H. Andress. [...]

Mr. Richard Stonewall, a representative of the Black Action Committee, appeared before Council to advise that the Black Action Committee was planning recreation for the colored children in the Borough and had obtained the Star Social Club for a dance on Saturday night, May 11, 1968. He requested an extension of the curfew for juveniles from 11:00 P.M. to 12:00 P.M. Following a short discussion, Mayor Andress approved Mr. Stonewall's request.

Mr. Spaziani reported the Street Committee had investigated the stop sign located at Everhart y/Ave. and Chestnut St. which the Bishop Shanahan School representative had requested to be moved- -- see Minutes of special meeting minutes (April 24, 1968 -- and the Committee recommended that the stop-sign remain in its present location. No further action necessary.

Mr. James. E. O'Neill, Jr., Attorney representing Rampart Builders who have purchased the Wolfe tract in the northwest section of the Borough, appeared to request Council to establish a definite figure for the necessary water and sewer improvements that Rampart Builders would be required to provide in order to construct apartments on the site. Mr. O'Neill reported he had discussed the matter with Mr. Bayliss, and both he and Mr. Bayliss had a letter from an engineering firm setting forth different figures for the work. He further stated there had been no action on this matter since last June. He then submitted a letter requesting the Borough to establish its requirements for installation of the necessary water and sewer facilities to handle the proposed construction.

Mr. Howard Hunter, 220 W. Biddle St. appeared to inquire if the 200 block of W. Biddle St. was zoned Commercial. He asked if Mr. Giunta, who has a store and business on the corner of Biddle and Darlington Sts., was going to extend his present warehouse on Biddle St. Mr. Smith advised him that Mr. Giunta had received the permission of the Zoning Board of Adjustment to increase the size of his warehouse, although he has not yet applied for a permit. Mr. Hunter then stated his complaints were with trucks trying to enter and leave the present warehouse, as these trucks often blocked the street and were a hazard to children playing in the area. Additionally, he stated that most of the loading and unloading of trucks occurred during the night-time hours and created a disturbance to the residents of the area. Mr. Baldwin asked the Solicitor what the Borough could do in this matter. Mr. Harvey advised that Council could not reverse the decision of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, but could have the police monitor the area and arrest violators if violations of the law occurred. Mr. Hunter was advised that the Solicitor's suggestion would be followed. No further action taken at this time.

Mr. Devere Ponzo, representing the Black Action Committee, inquired what could be done to eliminate the speeding automobiles on Market St. east of Matlack St. to the Borough Line. He stated the street was becoming a drag strip and creating a danger to children and others in the area. He asked if stop lights could be installed or a speed trap established. The Mayor informed him that the police cars' speedometers had just been calibrated, and they were patrolling the street. One speeder had already been arrested. Additionally, a school warning device will be installed at Adams and Market Sts. very soon which will help reduce speed during certain hours.

Mr. Earl Heald, Locust Lane, requested Council to consider adopting a resolution to have a referendum this fall to see if the residents of the Borough desire to have voting machines in place of the paper ballots now used. Reason for this request is the difficulty in obtaining people to work at the polls, and the time involved in counting the votes. After a brief discussion, it was moved by Mr. Thomas and seconded by Mr. Barber, that the County Election Board submit to the qualified electors at the next general or municipal election, occurring at least sixty days thereafter, the following question, "Shall voting machines be used in the Borough of West Chester?" Motion approved by vote of 7-0.

Dr. Edgar Lawrence, 5l6 N. Church St., asked if Council had finalized any plans on the Friends Meeting House property. Mr. Baldwin advised Dr. Lawrence that the Borough intends to erect a ground level parking lot on the property, and this decision is the result of three factors -- all financial -- the cost of improvements to the Milltown Water Works, the cost of improving the sewer system in the northwest section of the Borough, and the fact that the School District has indicated there will be a large increase in school taxes. [...]

Letter of resignation from the West Chester Police Department, effective May 10, 1968, was received and considered from Mr. Gary Elliott. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council accept Mr. Elliott's resignation and approve refund of any contributions he had made to the Police Pension fund. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Letter from Mr. Harry Saltzman, West Chester Police Department, requesting leave of absense with pay to attend the State Fraternal Order of Police Convention, July 8-12 inclusive, as a delegate from Chester County was considered. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve this leave of absense with pay for Mr. Saltzman with the understanding that he can be granted only one leave of absense for attendance at a convention in any one year. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Request from Sgt. L. Dyer Henley to attend Narcotics School ... at Borough expense was considered. Mr. Barber moved that Council approve this request. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 7-0.

The Secretary advised Council of a dinner meeting of the RCEO to be held at the Downingtown Motor Inn on May 14, 1968, and asked if anyone desired to attend. Discussion followed on whether the Borough should continue membership in this organization. Certain Councilman felt there was no benefit to be gained from continued membership, and Mr. Barber moved that Council submit a letter of resignation from the RCEO. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood, but the motion was defeated by a vote of 3-4. Mr. Cotter indicated he would attend the dinner but later rescinded his decision because of the meeting of the Off-Street Parking Committee scheduled for May 14, 1968.

Mr. Bayliss commented on the Traffic Ordinance which prohibits parking on Rosedale Ave. east of New St. a distance of 680', and stated he felt this section of the ordinance had served its purpose and should be deleted. Matter referred to the Street Committee to study and report back to Council. [...]

Mr. Beckett commented on Gary Elliott's resignation from the Police Department and inquired what could be done about appointing Mr. Robert Thomas to the Police Force. The Mayor replied that Mr. Thomas has had a weight problem but was reducing and would be appointed if he reached the maximum weight allowable under Civil Service Regulations. Mr. Beckett also stated he believed Mr. Frederick Bell, who previously had been on the force and resigned, would be an asset to the force if he could be rehired. The Mayor replied that Mr. Bell had c6ntacted him on this matter, and it was under eonsideration. Mr. Beckett also reported he was trying to get the schools to open the gymnasiums for the summer, and he would like to get a letter from Council supporting this request if Council was in favor of it. No action was taken on this request at this time. [...]

Mr. Barber reported he had received a request from the Good Fellowship Ambulance Club for permission to install a direct line from their garage to the Police Station so that they could be informed rapidly of the need for an ambulance. Mr. Barber then moved that Council approve installation of a direct telephone line from the Good Fellowship Ambulance Club to the Police Station. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Barber introduced further discussion on establishing a Historical Buildings Commission as provided for in the Zoning Ordinance. He stated various groups are interested in: having a commission established even if the commission is advisory only. He stated the commission could provide the Housing Officer and Secretary a list of buildings which were classed as historical sites, and if anyone came in for a building permit to remodel these building the commission would be notified and then attempt to have the owner discontinue his plans to alter the building. Mr. Thomas reported that question of whether, to have a,commission had been put in the hands of the Real Estate Committee by the late president, but nothing had been done on it to date, but the committee would study the matter soon.

Mr. Spaziani commented on the condition of the sidewalk at Union and Darlington Sts. He reported this side walk is in terrible condition and is dangerous to the public. He stated he had talked to the Solicitor and the Solicitor had advised that the Borough has the power to take the necessary action to have the sidewalk repaired. Following discussion on what action should be taken, Council requested the Solicitor to prepare a letter to the property owner advising him of the need for repairs.

Mr. Thomas reported he had had a meeting with the officials of the Day Care Center concerning their extending their lease of the Friends Meeting House property for another month to July J, 1968. Mr. Thomas then moved that Council extend the lease of the Day Care Center to July 1, 1968, at a monthly rental of $22[0?].00. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0. .

Mr. Underwood moved that Council approve payment of the bills submitted by the Treasurer. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Adjourned at 9:00 P.M.


1968/05/16
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (May 16, 1968).

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

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

Called to order at 4:OO P.M.

Mr. Baldwin opened the meeting by announcing that the purpose of the meeting was to consider the application of Mr. Robert P. Thomas, Jr., for appointment as patrolman with the West Chester Police Department. Mr. Thomas had been certified as eligible for appointment by the Civil Service Commission on May 11, 1968, and had been interviewed by the Police Committee and found to be acceptable on May 16, 1968.

Mr. Cotter moved that Council appoint Mr. Robert P. Thomas, Jr. as patrolman (probationary) with the West Chester Police Department. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by ! a vote of 6-0.

Letter from the Board of Supervisors, West Goshen Township, detailing unsatisfactory conditions existing at the old Borough dump on Snyder Ave. and directing that action be taken to eliminate the health and safety hazards existing there immediately was read and discussed. Letter specifically demanded that the Borough fence the holding pits within ten days to provide protection for children and to fill these pits as quickly as possible. Following discussion the Secretary was directed to reply to West Goshen Township and inform them that the Borough will fence all pits immediately as requested.

Letter of resignation from the West Chester Area Refuge Disposal Authority from Mr. N. Harlan Slack, who was the Borough's representative on the authority, was read and most regretfully accepted by Council. No replacement was named at this time to replace Mr. Slack. Councilmen were requested by the President to suggest nominees for the position.

The Secretary advised Council of the completion of an application for Water Allocation to the Water and Power Resources Board, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for the Borough's share of water from the Marsh Creek Project. Application had been prepared by the Chester County Water Resources Authority. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve submission of the application following its review and approval by the Solicitor. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Adjourned at 5:30 P.M.


1968/05/27
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (May 27, 1968).

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

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

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

Letter of resignation from the West Chester Police Department submitted by Mr. Joseph E. Gallagher, Jr., effective June 7, 1968, was read and considered. Mr. Thomas moved that Council accept the resignation and approve refund of any contributions made to the Police Pension Fund. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

Letter from West Chester Board of Health advising Council of a survey made on rat infestations and noting that many rat holes were visible along Goose Creek in the vicinity of the Landfill, and of the possible mosquito breeding grounds in the swampy area owned by Sartomer Resins, Inc. and the Pennsylvania Railroad located in the southeastern section of the Borough, was read and discussed. No action was taken at this meeting, and Mr. Baldwin announced he would discuss the problem of mosquito breeding grounds with Mr. MacElree, Solicitor, and see what we can do.

Resolution from the RCEO conveying sympathy to Mrs. Mosteller and family and the Borough on the untimely death of Mr. J. Dewees Mosteller was read. Following the reading of the resolution, Mr. Barber moved that the Resolution be made a permanent part of the records and entered in the Minutes of the Borough. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 6-0.

RESOLUTION.

WHEREAS, the recent and untimely death of J. Dewees Mosteller has resulted in the loss of a dedicated and hard-working public servant, a trusted and personal friend of those who worked within the Regional Conference and a local official who had the vision to recognize the great need for cooperation among local governments; now, therefore.

BE IT RESOLVED, That the Council and the Board of Directors of the Regional Conference of Elected Officials:.

Express and convey their deep and heart-felt sympathy to the wife and family of J. DEWEES MOSTELLER in this their period of mourning.

Express and convey to the officials and citizens of West Chester Borough sympathy on their loss of a great leader and public servant.

Recognize and express sincere gratitude for the many valuable contributions of J. DEWEES MOSTELLER to metropolitan cooperation as a charter member of the Regional Conference of Elected Officials, serving in many capacities and where his efforts could be most effective without regard to personal preference, publicity, honor or position.

May we all profit from the great and unselfish example set for us by our departed friend and colleague.

Adopted at a Joint Meeting of the RCEO Council and the RCEO Board of Directors at Downingtown, Pennsylvania, this [??] day of May, 1968.

Alfred R. Pierce, Chairman, Board of Directors.
Arthur R. Sypek, Chairman, Council.

Mr. Harvey advised Council he had a proposed ordinance abolishing the Shade Tree Commission which he read. Mr. Thomas moved that Council enact Ordinance #7-1968, "An Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Abolishing the Shade Tree Commission" and approve sending letters of appreciation to the members of the abolished Shade Tree Commission. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 6-0. Mr. Thomas then moved that Council appoint Mr. Josiah Hoopes as Tree Warden at a salary of $100.00 per month. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Mr. Spaziani then moved that Council approve the appointment of Mr. R. A. Waldron, Jr. as West Chester's representative on the West Chester Area Refuse Disposal Authority to replace Mr. N. Harlan Slack, Sr., resigned. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-0. Secretary was directed to advise the Landfill Authority of this appointment.

Mr. Bayliss inquired if Council wished to advertise for bids for the demolition of the Friends Meeting House as previously discussed. The Day Care Center presently has a lease until July 1, 1968. Following a short discussion, Mr. Spaziani moved that Council advertise for bids for the demolition of the Meeting House building with bids to be opened at 7:30 P.M., June 12, 1968. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 5-1, with Mr. Barber voting No. Mr. Bayliss was directed to prepare specifications for demolition and removal of the building.

Adjourned at 8:40 P.M.


1968/06/12
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (June 12, 1968).

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

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

The first order of business was to receive, open and read bids for the demolition and removal of the Friends Meeting House building. Nine bids were received as follows:.

Robert Hawthorne, Inc. $5,800.00 Wilmington .Wrecking Co. 2,400.00 Ches-Mont Utilities 5,800.00 Mayer Pollack Steel Corp. 1,500.00 Main Line Demolition 5,500.00 Smedley Co., Inc. $3,290.00 Bair's Welding Shop 2,885.00 Ben Arzarelli 5,000.00 Hunter & O'Neill 3,703.00.

Following a short executive session for review of the bids Mr. Spaziani moved that Council accept the bid of $1,500.00 submitted by the Mayer Pollack Steel Corp., and the checks of the unsuccessful bidders be returned. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Norris J. Domangue, Jr., Chairman, Real Estate Sub-Committee, Day Care Association of Chester County, appeared to request Council to consider granting an extension of the lease on the Meeting House property until October 15, 1968, by which time the Day Care Association's new building would be completed. Mr. Domangue, commenting he was in no position to bargain, stated he felt that the loss of parking revenue due to the extension would be small compared to, the benefits accorded the children of the Day Care Association. Mr. Barber, in reply, commented that the bids for demolishing the Meeting House had been opened and legally accepted and Council was therefore bound to proceed. No further action taken on this request. [...]

Letter to Mr. T. Rodney Taylop from Mr. William E. Parke, attorney representing Joseph and Adele Umani, requesting refund of Mercantile Tax for 9 months as a result of the Umani's selling the Quaker Restaurant on June 1, 1968, was read and considered. Refund is authorized under the Mercantile Tax Ordinance. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve a refund in the amount of $114.70 to Joseph and Adele Umani. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Letter from Mr. Richard J. Zobel, President, Perfect Host, Inc. requesting Borough water service to the site of the new Treadway Inn to be built at 943 S. High St. was read, and the request considered. Mr. Thomas, commenting that buildings in the Borough were being delayed because of the shortage of water, moved that Council disapprove this request because of this shortage of water supplies. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0 with Mr. Barber abstaining.

Letter from Mr. Wes Davis, President, Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester Inc. requesting permission to conduct a side-walk sale on August 1, 1968, was read and considered. Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve this request with the same conditions to apply as in previous years. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Request from Grocery Store Products Co. for permission to install a railroad crossing on E. Union St. immediately west of Worthington St. was discussed. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve this request subject to proper engineering and an agreement between Grocery Store Products Co. and the Borough, approved by our Solicitor, providing for occupancy and maintenance of the Borough property involved. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Letter from Mr. Joseph E. Gallagher, Jr., requesting Council to grant him a six months leave of absense from the Police Department instead of accepting his resignation was considered. The Secretary was directed to advise Mr. Gallagher that his resignation had been accepted at an earlier meeting, but Mr. Gallagher could re-apply for a position with the Police Department at a later date if he so desired. [...]

Letter from Mr. Eric C. Wilson, recommending that the Council re-name a major street in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was read and referred to the Planning Committee for study and recommendation to Council.

Mr. Spaziani advised Council that a vacancy existed on the Recreation Commission as a result of the death of Mr. Mosteller. He then moved that George D. Baldwin, Jr. be appointed to fill the vacancy on the Commission. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 6-0 with Mr. Baldwin abstaining.

Hr. Spaziani reported his committee had been working on various traffic problems and would make recommendations concerning erection of a stop sign stopping traffic westbound on Chestnut St. at Bradford Ave., and the installation of parking meters on Miner St. between Church and Darlington Streets at the next meeting.

Mr. Spaziani, as a result of work done by his committee, Off-Street Parking, moved that parking on all off-street parking lots be free after 5:30 P.M. daily and on-street metered parking be free after 5:30 P.M. daily except for Fridays when meters will be in operation until 9:00 P.M., and that the Solicitor prepare the proper ordinance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Letter from the West Chester Opportunities Board to Mr. Baldwin requesting him to appoint a member of Council to replace the late Mr. Mosteller on that board was read and considered. Mr. Cotter offered to accept the position, and Mr. Spaziani moved that Council approve the appointment of Mr. Cotter to the West Chester Opportunities Board. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 6-0 with Mr. Cotter abstaining.

Letter from Radio Station WCHE requesting Council to consider a regularly scheduled radio program where a representative of Council would discuss issues which would have the most appeal to the general public was read and discussed. No action was taken at this time, and the Secretary was directed to write WCHE and thank them for their community interest and to advise them that Council had taken the suggestion under advisement.

Adjourned at 9:30 P.M.


1968/06/20
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (June 20, 1968).

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

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

Called to order at 4:00 P.M.

Mr. Baldwin announced that the purpose of the meeting was to decide on the specifications for the Meeting House parking lot and to authorize the advertising for bids for construction of the lot.

Following discussion, Council decided that the contract for construction would provide for leveling the lot to grade, removing all trees and stumps and macadaming the entire area. Mr. Spaziani then moved that Council approve the advertising for bids for construction of the parking lot according to specifications decided previously, with bids to be opened at 7:30 P.M., July 10, 1968. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved'by a vote of 6-0. [...]

Adjourned at 4:35 P.M.


1968/06/28
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (June 28, 1968).

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

Also present: Mr. Smith (Housing Officer).

Called to order at 4:00 P.M.

Mr. Baldwin announced that the purpose of the meeting was to appoint a Borough tax collector to fill the vacancy created by the death of Mr. T. Rodney Taylor. [...]

Mr. Baldwin read a letter from the Department of Highways offering the sum of $23,900.00 for the purchase of Borough property located on Route #29 (Lake of the Woods area) by the Commonwealth. The land is required by the Highway Department for the construction of a new highway. Mr. . Thomas moved that Council accept the offer of $23,900, and the Department of Highways be so aivised. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Adjourned at 4:30 P.M.


1968/07/10
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (July 10, 1968).

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

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

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

The first order of business was to receive, open and read bids for construction of the parking lot located at the northeast corner of Church and Chestnut Sts., West Chester, Pa., as advertised. Three, bids were received, opened and read as follows:.

Bidder, Price, Sidewalk, If Rock Encountered.

R. H. Johnson Co., Wayne, Pa. . $16,360.00, $8.00/cu yd, $30.00/cu yd General Excavators, Inc, Hockessin, Del. 14,990.00, 6.75/cu yd, 15.00/cu yd Bituminous Service Co., West Chester, Pa. 15,950.00, 6.00/cu yd, -.

Following the reading of the bids Mr. MacElree advised Council that two of the bids were unacceptable, as the advertisement and specifications required a lump sum bid for the construction, and the bids of R. H. Johnson Co. and General Excavators Inc. provided for additional charges if rock was encountered. He further advised that Council could accept the one legal bid or reject all of them and re-advertise for new bids. Mr. Spaziani then moved that Council accept the bid of Bituminous Service Co. Inc. in the amount of $15,950.00, and the checks of the unsuccessful bidders be returned. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Reverend Bob Reynolds appeared before Council to request permission to erect a tent at Washington St. and Hannum Ave. for the purpose of conducting religious revival meetings. The Building Inspector had refused to issue a permit for erection of the tent because the site for erection is within the fire zone, and the Building Code prohibits tents within the fire zone. Rev. Reynolds stated he desired to erect the tent on July 12, 1968 and use it for approximately two weeks. Mr. Baldwin asked the Solicitor for his opinion on this request, and Mr. MacElree advised Council that the tent was prohibited within the fire zone, and Council could not make exceptions to the Building Code. Mr. Baldwin then advised Rev. Reynolds, that on advice of the Solicitor, approval could not be granted.

Letter of greeting from the Mayor, sent from Petaluma, Calif, was read and ordered filed. [...]

Letter from Mr. James E, O'Neill, Jr., attorney representing Perfect Host, Inc., requesting Council to reconsider its refusal to grant Borough water service to Perfect Host, Inc. who intend to construct a large motel at the site of the Orchards Restaurant and Bar was read and discussed. Council had previously denied them water service because of the shortage of water supplies. Mr. O'Neill stated in his letter that the site of the new motel falls within the Borough's service area and therefore the Borough is required to furnish water as requested. Mr. Thomas remarked he would be more than pleased to grant water service to all requests but the Borough just did not have sufficient supplies of water to supply everyone. The question of PUC rules and regulations was discussed, and as there was no definite answer to the exact definition of the Borough's service area, the Solicitor was requested to check the PUC rules as they pertain to service areas. Action deferred on this request pending report from Solicitor. [...]

Letter of Resignation from the West Chester Police Department from Mr. Gregory Ruffo was considered. Mr. Barber moved that the resignation be accepted with regret and that Council approve refund of any contributions Mr. Ruffo had made to the Police Pension Fund. Resignation is effective July 19, 1968. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Letter from Mr. D. W. Timmerman, W. Ashbridge St., West Chester, Pa. commenting on the poor condition of the park grounds at Hoopes Park was read. Mr. Barber remarked he had tried to contact Mr. Timmerman but had been unable to reach him. He also remarked that the park was looking very good now. Mr. Spaziani recommended that a letter of thanks be sent Mr. Timmerman and he be advised that the Borough would make every effort to maintain the park in an acceptable condition. Secrectary directed to write Mr. Timmerman. [...]

Request from Mr. Richard Gentry, attorney representing Pomona Hill Corp. for the Borough to provide him with a letter advising that the Borough has no intentions of putting an alley through the property located in the block bordered by Everhart St., Gay St., Market St. and Bradford Ave. was discussed. Reason for this request is that Pomona Hill Corp. is intending to construct Ii2 apartments on the southern half of this block, and one deed for property located at the southeast corner of Everhart and Market Sts. provides for an alley. This deed restriction is preventing the corporation from obtaining title and further financing. While Council indicated there was no intention to construct an alley in that block, Mr. MacElree was requested to contact Mr. Gentry to find out exactly what is desired from the Borough.

Petition signed by 37 residents of the 100 block of E. Nield St. requesting Council to erect "Children at Play" signs at the corner of Nield & Walnut Sts. was considered. One Councilman remarked there is a sign in this particular block but it is difficult to see. Action on this request was referred to Mr. Bayliss to check the sign presently there and to install a sign as requested.

Mr. MacElree commented on Judge Thomas C. Gawthrop's decision that the Borough is liable for payment of hospital bills in the amount of $769.£0 for a Mr. George Thomas, a prisoner at Chester County Prison, who fell while at the jail and sustained injuries which resulted in his death in September, 1966. Mr. MacElree advised that the Borough could appeal the decision but appealing would be more expensive than paying the bill, and he recommended that the Borough pay the bill. Bill was approved along with other bills submitted by the Treasurer. '. [...]

Mr. Bayliss reported the following: The Friends Meeting House was demolished and he was retaining the date stone for the Day Care Center of Chester County; there has been a delay in receiving parts for school warning devices which is why the approved signal has not yet been erected on E. Market St.; and that the contractors had been given July 10, 1968, as starting date for construction of water works improvements at Milltown with the work to be completed within six months. [...]

Mr. Barber commented that a. vacancy existed on the Sub-Committee on Minority Group Housing, and moved that Council approve the appointment of Mrs. John W. Pinkerton, 517 N. Franklin St. to fill that vacancy. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Barber moved that Council approve the colors of royal blue and gold as the official colors of the Borough. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Spaziani reported his committee was conducting a new study on metering various streets, and he did not desire to make a recommendation concerning the metering of W. Miner St. between Church & Darlington Sts. until the study was completed. He reported his committee was considering metering N. Church St. between Chestnut & Washington Sts.; E. Chestnut St. between Walnut and Matlack Sts., N. Matlack St. between Gay and Chestnut Sts. and E. Gay St. from Patton Alley to Matlack St. He then requested members of Council to attend a work session on Monday night, July 15, 1968, at 7:30 P.M. to look over these areas. He also advised he would have an individual who he considered suitable for the job of meter maintenance man available for interview following the tour. Mr. Spaziani advised his committee would submit a report of their recommendations at the next meeting of Council. [...]

Adjourned at 8:45 P.M.


1968/07/25
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (July 25, 1968).

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

Also present: Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

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

Mr. Cotter, Chairman, Police Committee, moved that (a) Council approve the following pay-scales for members of the West Chester Police Department effective August 3, 1968:.

Patrolmen.

Start: $5500.00 6 mos: 5800.00 12 mos: 6000.00 18 mos: 6200.00 24 mos: 6Uoo.oo 36 mos: 6800.00.

Sergeants Start: 12 mos: 24 mos: $6800.00 7000.00 7300.00.

Lieutenant Start: $7300.00 12 mos: 7^00.00 24 mos: 7600.00.

Chief $8000.00.

(b) the time period required for patrolmen to reach the maximum salary be reduced from 50 months to 36 months, and (c) that Council establish the table of organization for the Police Force as follows:.

1 Chief 1 Lieutenant 4 Sergeants (Including Detective) 3 Desk Sergeants 18 Patrolmen 27 Men Total.

Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Mr. Thomas announced that a vacancy existed on the Zoning Board of Adjustment as the result of Mr. Richard Conner resigning. Mr. Thomas then moved that Council approve the appointment of Dr. Edgar R. Lawrence, 5l6 N. Church St., to fill the vacancy on the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]


1968/08/14
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (August 14, 1968).

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

Also present: Mr. MacElree (Solicitor), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mayor Andress, Mr. Bayliss (Public Works) Mr. Devere Kauffman (Chmn., Planning Commission).

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

Mr. Baldwin, addressing the crowd, which exceeded 100 persons, asked if anyone had any complaints, petitions or suggestions to present. Reverend Amos Brown, President, West Chester Branch, NAACP, and also representing the Human Relations Council and the Black Action Committee, stated he desired to present an ordinance for Council's consideration. This ordinance would provide for the suspension of the duty to pay rent for dwellings certified to be unfit for human habitation and provide for withholding and disposition of said rent, prohibit retaliation, provide for a Commission to hear and act upon complaints and provide for penalties. Rev. Brown stated he believed that enactment of this ordinance is necessary because of the "slum landlords" who refuse to repair property which is unfit for human habitation yet charge high rents. Rev. Brown further stated he did not feel the present housing ordinance was being enforced, and this recommended ordinance would assist those forced to live in sub-standard housing by forcing the landlords to make repairs or lose rent. Mr. Carl Brown, Chairman, West Chester Human Relations Council, explained that the ordinance provides for a renter whose house is declared unfit for human habitation to pay his rent into an escrow account at a bank for six months. At the end of the six months, if the landlord has not repaired the house, the money would then be returned to- the tenant to use for repairing the property or the tenant could move out. Mr. Baldwin then asked the Solicitor for his opinion on the legality of this proposed ordinance. Mr. MacElree replied that until the Legislature doea pass legislation permitting the Borough to act in this regard there is no proper basis for passing this ordinance. Mr. Carl Brown urged that Council consider passing the proposed ordinance in spite of the advise of the Solicitor as Council had done with the Fair Housing Ordinance. Members of Council remarked they had not had a chance to review- the proposed ordinance and would like to do so before making any decisions. At this point, Mr. Baldwin recommended that a work session be held withrrepresentatives of the NAACP, the HRC, BAG and Council in attendance after Council members had a chance to review the proposed ordinance. This meeting was then scheduled for 5:00 P.M., Monday, August 26, 1968.

Next resident to speak was Mr. Devere Ponzo, representing the NAACP, the HRC and BAG. He stated he felt there- had been a great deterioriation in police-community relations, and to help solve this problem, he was submitting a proposed ordinance providing for the creation of a police-community relations and advisory board. Following Mr. Ponzo's remarks, Mrs. W. T. M. Johnson and Mr. Cark Brown also "spoke in favor of creating the- board as it would provide "a place where residents could register legitimate complaints about police actions and get results or answers to their complaints. Mr. Harry Salt^man, representing the West Chester Police Department, Mr. John Harrington, National President of the FOP, Mr. Fry, State President of the FOP, and Mr. flaardonyuGhester County President of the FOP, spoke strongly in opposition to the creation of a board, as each felt that the board would tend to reduce the moral and initiative of the policemen. Rev. Brown then read the proposed ordinance, and several others present -- Sue Greenberg, Arthur Corcoran, Joseph Polito, and Mr. Ashton Smith -- spoke either in opposition or in favor of the proposed ordinance. Mr.^Baldwin then informed those in attendance there would have to be a work meeting on this proposed ordinance as Council had npt had a chance to review it, and he advised a work meeting would be held at 7:30 P.M., Thursday, August 22, 1968, and invited representatives of the black community and the police department to attend this meeting.

Mr. Anthony J. Polito, President, Good Fellowship Ambulance Club, directing his comments to Councilman Beckett, strongly insisted that Mr. Beckett apologize to the ambulance club for alleged comments Mr. Becketts was accused of making concerning the arrival time of the ambulance at the scene of the shooting and murder on E. Market St. .recently. Mr. Beckett refused to apologize and denied he had made the statements attributed to him. Reverend Brown and Mr. Ponzo also denied that any derogatory statements had been made concerning the ambulance service. Mr. Baldwin interrupted the heated discussion to advise that this matter was not the problem of Borough Council -- rather it was a personal matter and should not be discussed at a Council Meeting. Mr. Baldwin then recessed the meeting for five minutes at 9:20 P.M.

Mr. Baldwin reconvened the meeting at 9:25 P.M.

Mr. Carl Brown again addressed Council and stated he- was disturbed by the news of of the meeting between the police and Council, because he .had read where Mace would be used pending receipt of information that Mace was actually harmful. The Mayor replied to Mr. Brown stating that Mace had not been re-issued to the Police, and its use was being given further study. Mrs. W. Johnson and Mr. Brown then presented to the Mayor various publications concerning the use of Mace. Mr. Ponzo remarked that the primary concern of the BAG was the use of an untested chemical by an untrained police force. In a final statement, the Mayor informed all present that he took full responsibility for issuing the Mace to the police, and it would be re-issued if he determined it was not harmful if used properly. [...]

Mrs. Colvin, 719 S. Penn St., representing the Rosedale Civic Association, appeared to complain to Council about the weeds and rats along Goose Creek behind Ralph G. Smith's property on S. Franklin St. as well as weeds on the Borough's property along Goose Creek. She presented pictures showing the situation in the area and asked why Mr. Smith was able to get away with not cleaning up his property while others had to do so. The Mayor replied that he had called Mr. Smith who had promised to clean up the area. Mr. Baldwin then requested the Solicitor to contact the County Health Department to have them take action to exterminate the rats along Goose Creek including the junk yards located in the vicinity. Mr. Bayliss was also directed to take care of the weeds on the Borough's property. [...]

Letter complaining about barking dogs in the neighborhood of 505 Hillside Drive, received from Mr. James L. McCauley was read and ordered filed. [...]

Letter from WCHE again requesting Council to consider utilizing the facilities of the studio for a weekly broadcast on pertinent topics was read and discussed. The Secretary was directed to advise WCHE that Council was giving their request further consideration.

Council was informed of receipt of an invitation to them to attend an art exhibition titled Black Art to be held at the Community Center beginning at IrOO P.M., Sunday, August 2£, 1968.

The Secretary advised Council that the ordinance changing the hours of parking meter operation on the streets and lots had been prepared and should be enacted. Mr. Spaziani moved that | Council enact Ordinance #10-68, "An ordinance relating to the location and hours of parking meters in the Borough of West Chester." Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), advised Council of three applications for off-campus dormitories which required approval or disapproval of Council. Mr. Smith advised that the Planning Commission had approved the applications, and they met the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. Applications were considered from the following: Boyd Davis, 419-425 S. Walnut St., Mrs. Karl Russell, 612 S. Walnut St. and Harvey Husbands, 509 S. Church St. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve these three applications for off-campus dormitories. Motion was seconded by - - Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0 with Mr. Barber abstaining.

Mr. Beckett reminded Council members of the meeting to be held Saturday, August 17, 1968, for the purpose of showing the films on Mace and the actual demonstration. Meeting to be held in the Star Social Club.

Mr. Baldwin, President, read the following statement concerning alleged actions by Mr. Beckett. "The accusations that Councilman Fred C. Beckett sat idly by while various claims were made about the alleged inefficiency of the police department have no basis, and Borough Council has no intentions of removing Mr. Beckett from his position on the Police Committee of Borough Council." Copies of the statement were given to members of the press present.

Mr. Cotter commented on the serious traffic problems due to speeders on E. Market St. and advised that applications for permits to erect traffic signals on E. Market St. at Bolmar and Worthington Sts. had been received. He then moved that Council enact the following- resolution applying for permits to erect traffic signals at E. Market & Bolmar Sts. and E. Market and Worthington Sts. [...]

Mr. Barber then moved that Council enpower the Borough Solicitor to draw up an ordinance authorizing a historical review commission with only advisory powers. At this time, Mr. Thomas remarked that the motion was out of order as a study on a historical review commission had been referred to the Real Estate Committee by Council. Motion was then withdrawn.

Mr. Spaziani commented that there should be a central place for citizen's complaints to go, where action could be taken and the citizen notified of what was done. He advised this would require additional manpower and expense, but his committee is working on the problem.

Adjourned at 10 P.M.


1968/08/26
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (August 26, 1968).

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

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

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

The first order of business was to hold a public hearing, as advertised, on the application of the Day Care Center .of Chester County to erect their new day care school at the northeast corner of Adams & Wields Sts. This public hearing was held in compliance with the provisions of Section 512 of the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester as the site of the construction is located in a C-0 Zoning District. No one appeared to offer any objections to the construction of the school. Mr. Spaziani then moved that Council approve the recommendation of the Planning Commission which had recommended approval of the application to erect the building. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of [5-0?] [...]

Letter from Miss Dorothy B. Bailey, 524 S. Church St., requesting Council to prohibit parking on the north side of Sharpless St. between S. Church St. and the alley to the west of Miss Bailey's property was considered. Request was referred to committee for study and report back to Council. Secretary directed to advise Miss Bailey of this action.

Letter from Mr. Theodore 0. Rogers, attorney, 26 E. Market St., requesting Council to take some action to eliminate the trash on that block of E. Market St. was read and discussed. Mr. Bayliss recommended installing large type trash containers in the area for disposal of trash which accumulates from food purchased at the delicatessen and restaurant located in that block. Council concurred with this recommendation:'and directed Mr. Bayliss to purchase and install these containers as necessary.

Mr. Thomas discussed delinquent water bills which amount to a considerable sum of money. He commented that something should be done ito collect these accounts. Discussion on the best way. to get the money followed. Liening property was considered, but as this requires the property to be sold before the Borough can collect, it was not considered the best nor fastest way to get the money. Mr. Thomas reported he knew a Justice of the Peace in West Goshen who was willing to undertake the collection of the delinquent accounts. Council unaminously decided this was the best procedure to follow and Mr. Thomas stated he would contact the JP.

Adjourned at 8:00 P.M.


1968/09/11
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (September 11, 1968).

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

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

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

Mr. Baldwin, addressing the more than 100 persons in attendance, stated that Council had made a decision on the request for a Police Advisory Board and called on Mr. Cotter to make a statement. Mr. Cotter stated that Council had listened to both sides of the story concerning establishment of the board, but Council could not accept the proposed ordinance. He also advised that Council is working on the problem of police-community relations and they expect to make a recommendation which will be beneficial to all concemed. Mr. Carl Brown, Chairman, Human Relations Council, asked if this decision meant that the ordinance would not be accepted in any modified form. Mr. Cotter replied that the ordinance contained some good points, and these would be incorporated in whatever Council approved in lieu of the Police Advisory Board. Mr. Brown then asked what can be done on complaints now. Mr. Cotter stated that the Police Committee will check all complaints as they are being prepared in duplicate by the desk sergeant for that purpose.

Mr. Brown then commented that his group would like to have Council's decision on the housing ordinance. Mr. Baldwin and Mr. Cotter stated that the ordinance authorizing the witholding of rent for substandard housing if the landlord did not make repairs was quite acceptable to them in its submitted form. Mr. Barber asked the following questions on the proposed ordinance. (Answers given follows each question.).

1. Referring to Section 3, Retaliation, can the landlord raise the rent if taxes are increased, or would he have to go a year before he could increase the rent? Mr. Brown replied that the burden of proof for need for an increase in rent is on the landlord during the first year, and after the first year the burden of proof is on the tenant.

2. If the house is so bad that the repairs cannot be made when the tenants are in the house can the landlord evict them in order to make repairs? Mr. Thomas Parke, attorney, replied that the six-month period would still be effective because if you take away the six months protection you are going to make the tenants afraid that the landlord will evict them if they complain.

3. Who is responsible for administering the escrow fund? Mr. Parke replied that the Commission could do this.

4. Can the Commission declare a house unfit for human' habitation? Mr. Brown replied that the Ordinance establishes who can do that.

5. What criteria is used to declare a house unfit? Mr. Brown replied that each organization -- State Board of Health, County Board of Health and the Housing Officer -- would each use its own criteria to declare a house unfit for human habitation.

Mr. Barber then remarked that his reasons for asking these questions was to protect the good landlords.

Mr. Barber then moved that Council enact the Ordinance providing for the suspension of the duty to pay rent for dwellings certified to be unfit for human habitation and providing for withholding and disposition of said rent, prohibiting retaliation, providing for a Commission to hear and act upon complaints, and providing for penalties as presented to Council this evening. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Thomas D'Annunzio, 724 Hillside Drive, appeared to complain to Council about the weeds in the area of 520-700 Hillside Drive. He stated that the land is owned by a Mr. Cosgrove, who never does anything about the weeds, and now the area is being used as a dump. Mr. Cotter said he had checked the area, and it is as bad as Mr. D'Annunzio reports. Mr. Baldwin, commenting that our weed ordinance is not always enforced, referred this complaint to the Mayor for action.

Mr. Devere Ponzo, representing the Black Action Committee, commented that he felt the black people in the community have been inconvenienced in this Borough since it was founded. He then stated that the Black Action Committee will not tolerate anyone telling them how to plan their business. The Black Action Committee will do what they think is necessary to get what, they want, and they do not want any member of Council, the police or the Mayor telling them what to do. Mr. Cotter asked Mr. Ponzo if he meant within or without the law. Mr. Ponzo replied "yes, if, need be," to this question. Mr. Barber, addressing Mr. Ponzo, asked [if] he was referring to the phone call Mr. Barber had made to Mr. Ponzo, and Mr. Ponzo replied in the affirmative. Mr. Barber then explained that he had called Mr. P0nzo concerning the recent sit-down action on E. Market St. to slow traffic and emphasize the need for signals in that area.

Mr. Ponzo then remarked that the Black Action Committee had asked for three things: 1. Police training, 2. Traffic lights, and 3. Police Advisory Board, but all they had received was [Mace?] back on the streets in three days after it had been removed or excuses. Mr. Cotter, replying to the remarks on traffic lights, advised that Council had received permission to install a school warning light at Adams and Market St. in May, 1968, and the last parts had arrived only today, and this certainly wasn't an excuse. Mr. Ponzo then stated that Council did not understand what the Black Action Committee is trying to do. The Black Action Committee was trying to save a white man's life because if one.of the kids are killed down there (referring to E. Market St.) the white man might be dragged from his car and stomped to death. With that remark, Mr. Ponzo and his group departed the meeting.

Mr. Thomas D'Annunzio again addressed Council with additional complaints about poor sidewalks, shade trees and snow removal. Mr. Thomas advised him that the shade trees were being taken care of, and Council was aware of the sidewalk situation. [...]

Letter from James E. Hines, 118 N. New St., complaining of the noise made by trucks on Hannum Ave. and requesting something be done to route these trucks onto the by-pass was read and discussed. Secretary was directed to advise,Mr. Hines that Hannum Ave. is part of the State Highway System, and the Borough has no jurisdiction over the traffic on that street.

Letter from Bureau of Correction, Department of Justice, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, reporting that its inspection of the Borough lockup on August 29, 1968, was satisfactory was read and ordered filed.

Letter from the Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester, Inc. stating the Chamber's opposition to formulation of a Police Advisory Board was read and ordered filed.

Letter from the Good Will Fire Company requesting the Borough to accept title to a 1964 Dodge Crew Van Truck, SN #lU8ll8U643, which has been equipped to support the Good Will Underwater Recovery Unit, for maintenance and insurance at a cost of $1,00 with the provision that the Borough is under no obligation to replace the vehicle, and that the Good Will Fire Co. may purchase the vehicle back from the Borough at the cost of $1,00 was read and considered. Mr. Cotter moved that Council accept title to the vehicle in accordance with the provisions set forth in the letter from the Good Will Fire Company, No. 2, dated September 6, 1968. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Letter from Burger King Corp., Miami, Florida, requesting permission to connect into the Borough water supply system for a building they plan to erect was read and discussed. No address for the building was contained in the letter although previous information indicates they intend to construct a building at E. Gay St. and Westtown Road, West Goshen Township. Mr. Cotter moved that Council refer this request to the Water .Committee to study and report back to Council. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Sketch plan for sub-division of a tract of land (Frank Thompson's tract) in the southwest corner of the Borough was received from the Planning Commission for Council's review of required engineering of utilities, roads, etc. in the area before the applicant proceeds with further sub-division applications. Applicant is Manor Homes, Inc. who desires to sub-divide the tract and construct five single family homes thereon. Council discussed re-alignment of the stream, installation of curbing and construction of the required street [JJ: 700-block S. Everhart St.]. Mr. Bayliss then suggested that Council visit the area to see what must be done and determine how expenses are to be shared. Following further discussion, Mr. Baldwin announced that any members of Council who could should meet at the site at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 14, 1968, to survey the area.

The Secretary announced that the application for Recertification of the Workable Program for Community Improvement had been completed and required Council's approval for submission. Mr. Underwood moved that Council approve submission of the application for Recertification of the Workable Program for Community Improvement to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Bayliss advised Council that Mr. Franklin Barry, garbage collector, wished to make a request of Council. Mr. Barry requested Council's permission to change the pick-up days effective October 1, 1968, when one pick-up a week is in effect, in order that he might pick up all garbage in three days rather than six. He stated he could do this with no difficulty with a schedule as follows: everything north of Gay St. on Mondays; everything between Gay and Barnard Sts. on Tuesdays and everything south of Barnard St. on Wednesdays. Council unaminously agreed with this change as it does not reduce the pick-ups in the Borough and directed that the changes be advertised in the local paper so that all residents would know the new schedule. [...]

Mr. Smith Zoning Administrative Officer, presented an application for an off-campus dormitory from Albert Zimmerman, [4?]l6 S. Walnut St. Mr. Smith reported that the building met all zoning requirements and had been approved by the Planning Commission. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve the application for this off-campus dormitory. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Smith informed Council that work on the requirements for fraternity houses was in process and he had arranged a meeting with a representative of the college for Friday, September 13, to discuss the subject further. [...]

Mr. Barber, discussing traffic problems on E. Market St., suggested that Council make application for a survey at the intersection of E. Market & Franklin St. Mr. Spaziani produced figures to show that this was not the worst intersection in the Borough; New & Price Sts. had ten accidents while Franklin & Market Sts. had one accident during the same period of time. Mr. Barber then moved that an application be submitted for a permit to install a traffic signal at E. Market & Franklin Sts., and the letter contain a request for Highway personnel to visit the Borough to discuss the problems, on E. Market St.. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0 •. [...]

Mr. Peter Dolin, Westtown, stating he was a property owner in the Borough, commented he was very concerned over what he had heard stated during this particular meeting. He said that a member of the Black Action Committee stated he would take action outside the law and nobody rebutted this statement. Then addressing his remarks to Mr. Beckett, he asked him, as a member of the Black Action Committee, if he could justify that statement. Mr. Beckett advised Mr. Dolin he would discuss,his personal opinions only outside the Council Chambers. Mr. Baldwin advised Mr. Dolin that law breakers would be handled as necessary. Mr. Dolin, still upset, stated that during the events following the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. window breakers who had been arrested were released in a gesture of good will and asked Council if there existed a double standard of law enforcement in the Borough. Several Councilman then assured Mr. Dolin that this statement was not true as law breakers would be prosecuted. At this point, Mr. Arthur Corcoran addressed Council and stated he had heard some highly flammatory statements during the evening and insisted that the comments be put into the Minutes of the meeting, and he be furnished a copy of the Minutes within 24 hours. Mr. MacElree then told Mr. Corcoran that he was entitled to come and read the Minutes and make a copy if he so desired, but the Borough was under no obligation to furnish him copies of the Minutes. [...]

Adjourned at 9:35 P.M.


1968/09/13
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (September 13, 1968).

Council members present: Baldwin, Barber, Cotter, Beckett.

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

Called to order at 4:00 P.M.

Mr. Baldwin explained that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss erection of traffic signals on E. Market St. at Franklin St. in order to provide some means to reduce the speed of vehicles on that street.

Mr. Baldwin then asked Mr. Beckett to report on the visit he, the Mayor and representatives of the Black Action Committee had made to the Department of Highways on September 12, 1968. Mr. Beckett reported that his party had received approval to utilize the permit for the school zone light at Adams & Market Sts. to install a "crosswalk" sign west of Franklin St. on Market St. This signal would have flashing lights on a 24 hour basis and would advise drivers of the need for caution. He further stated he had discussed moving the signal with the Fugett School PTA and they concurred with movement of the light but the PTA desired a 15 MPH sign in the area of Adams St. At this point Mr. Bayliss reported his men had poured the base for erection of the light at Adams & Market Sts. Mr. Baldwin remarked that he desired that both the crosswalk sign and the school sign be erected. He further stated he had talked to Mr. Thomas of the Highway Department who had informed him the Borough could have both lights. Mr. Beckett then stated it was doubtful if the Highway department would approve a traffic signal at the interesection of Franklin & Market Sts. because of the limited traffic on Franklin St, and according to Highway Department records, traffic signals increase accidents by 26%. Mr. Beckett then moved that Council approve relocation of the school warning light to a position west of Franklin St. in lieu of its present location, and that a letter be sent to the Highway Department notifying them of the change. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 4-0.

Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve cancellation of the application for a permit to install a traffic signal at Franklin & E. Market Sts. which had been approved at the meeting on September 11, 1968. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of It-O.

Mr. Beckett reported he had a request from Mr. Carr, Fugett School PTA, for a four-way stop sign at Chestnut and Adams Sts. Mr. Bayliss advised that stopping cars eastbound at Adams on Chestnut St. would be a problem because of the railroad bridge located to the west of Adams St. Mr. Cotter then moved that Council approve installation of stop signs on Adams St. at Chestnut St. stopping north and southbound traffic on Adams St. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of U-0.

Sub-division of a property at 210 W. Chestnut St. submitted by Donato Cugino and Rose Cugino _ was considered by Council. Sub-division application had been approved by the Planning Commission. Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve this sub-division application. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 4-0.

Mr. Baldwin advised those present of an invitation from National Foam System, Inc. to Council to visit the plant at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, September 19, 1968, to see new equipment which will help to eliminate air pollution.

Adjourned at 4:35 P.M.


1968/10/09
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (October 9, 1968).

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

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

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Petitions, Complaints & Suggestions from Citizens Attending Meeting:.

Mr. William S. Halpern, .Chester County Broadcasting Company, appeared and presented a letter to Council explaining why installation of CATV (cable television) has been delayed in West Chester. Copy of letter is on file in Secretary* s office.

Mr. Devere Ponzo asked the following questions:.

1. Does the Borough plan to train new policemen? To this question the Mayor replied that two police officers would attend the Philadelphia Police Academy beginning October 21, 196&, for training lasting 8-10 weeks, and the Borough intends to send new policemen to subsequent classes until all officer are trained.

2. Are there any plans to acquire more vehicles for the police department? The Mayor replied that he had heard of no plans at. this time to acquire additional vehicles although he would like to obtain an unmarked vehicle in addition to the two police cars on hand.

3. Is there any consideration being given to increase the salaries of the policemen? Mr. Cotter, Chairman, Police Committee, remarked that salary increases are in the plans for the 1969 budget.

Mrs. Cindy Johnson commented on the proposed ordinance establishing a police advisory board which was rejected by Council and stated she felt that some of the points contained in the proposed ordinance were well worth further consideration. Mr. Cotter replied that he had something he wanted to present to Council at this meeting which might answer some of Mrs. Johnson's questions.

Mr. Pat Morley expressed his thanks to Council for its action in getting weeds cut.

Letter from Mr. Perna, attorney, advising Council of a public hearing on the application of Mr. Anthony Siracuse to operate a chauffer service in station wagons or limousines in parties of nine or less was read. Public hearing is to be held by the Public Utilities Commission at 10:00 A.M. October 2[8?], 1968, in the Court House, West Chester, Pa. No action required by Council unless they object to the application.

Following correspondence received and read from the Planning Commission:.

1. Letter approving land use of a project site developement plan located between Barnard and E. Union Sts. and S. Matlack St. and the P.R.R. submitted by Lawrence U. Ginter. Borough Council, After a motion by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Cotter, Council approved the use of the land for the development, by a vote of 6-0 with Mr. Beckett abstaining. [JJ: Apartments for Modern Living]

2. Two approved applications for sub-division of land located on W. Chestnut St. submitted by the Citizens for Better Housing. Before Council could act on these applications, Mr. Beckett announced that some problems had been encountered in acquiring the land to be subdivided and requested that no action be taken on these applications at this time.

3. Application for sub-division of a tract of land at the northwest corner of Miner and Wayne Streets submitted by Edward F. Ruggiero which was disapproved by the Planning Commission because it would create a non-conforming use. Council unaminously concurred with the recommendation of the Planning Commission by disapproving the application.

4. Approved sub-division application for the Frank Thompson tract in the southwest corner of the Borough submitted by Mr. Robert M. Savill who intends to construct single family residences on the property. In conjunction with this application, the Secretary read a proposed agreement between Mr. Savill and the Borough of West Chester for installation of utilities, roads, curbs, etc. in and bordering the tract. Mr. Thomas moved that Council approve the subdivision application and the agreement as read and corrected. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0 with Mr. Barber abstaining. [...]

Mr. Bayliss reported the ... new parking lot is in operation and signs will be installed tomorrow, October 10, 1968. [...]

Mr. Beckett inquired if Mr. Bayliss had any information on the installation of the school warning devices to be installed for High St. School. Mr. Bayliss reported he had just been notified by the manufacturer that the last of the equipment necessary for installation had been shipped, and the lights would probably be installed within two weeks. Mr. Beckett requested' the Secretary to notify Mr. Howard White, High St. School, of this information.

Mr. Cotter commented that the police Department was still short of patrolmen and moved that Council request the Council request the Civil Service Commission to certify to Council a list -- of eligibles for appointment as patrolman with the West Chester Pdlice Department. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber,and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Cotter advised Council that several weeks ago he had spoken to Mr. Beckett about setting up a committee in lieu of the Police Advisory Board. He stated he and Mr. Beckett had met with five or six individuals in the Borough who had approved the idea. Mr. Cotter then presented a proposal for the formation of the Community Relations and Complaint Bureau and read a paper which provided for the establishment of the Bureau and detailed its purposes. As presented, the Bureau would:.

a. Plan and carry out programs, by itself and in cooperation with other existing organizations and agencies in the community, to acquaint citizens of the community with the operation of all public services and with the citizen's responsibilities in the maintenance of the Borough and its public services so as to secure increased and greater public cooperation with the Borough government and its serves.

b. Plan and execute programs to acquaint the general public with the growing problems of Borough government and its services.

c. Serve and act as liaison between representatives of the Borough and the community and.

d. Receive, validate and hear complaints of citizens in any matter involving Borough government services and make appropriate recommendations.

Mr. Cotter also read a list of names which was under consideration for appointment as members of the Bureau. Following Mr. Cotter's presentation several persons in attendance commented on the proposal with the majority of the comments criticizing the list of names. Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Ponzo both stated that the persons on the list were not the individuals to whom the people who needed help would go. One lady asked why none of the three civil rights groups had representatives on the Bureau. Mr. Beckett replied that they had tried to include people of both communities without including specific groups. Mayor Andress recommended that all members be residents of the Borough because he felt that this Bureau was being established for the residents of West Chester. Mr. Cotter remarked it is difficult to separate the Borough from the surrounding townships in matters such as this, and further stated he believed that the names of those on the list who resided outside the Borough could be of great benefit to the Bureau in view of the positions these people held. Mr. Cotter then made a motion that Council accept the proposal for the formation of the Community Relations and Complaint Bureau as presented, and Council be supplied with a group of names from which nine will be selected. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 5-2 with Mr. Underwood and Mr. Thomas voting No.

Mr. Barber reported that Fire Prevention Week had been very successful, and he wished to thank the fire departments on behalf of Council for their participation in this affair. [...]

Mr. Spaziani moved that Council enact an amendment to the Traffic and Parking Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester containing the following traffic and parking changes:.

a. Prohibited parking areas between 2:00 A.M. and 5:00 A.M. as reads "Chestnut St. from New St. to Matlack St." is changed to read "Chestnut St. from Darlington St. to Matlack St.," and "Miner St. from New St. to Matlack St." is changed to read "Miner St. from Darlington St. to Matlack St.".

b. Prohibited parking areas are added as follows: Matlack St. on the east side from Gay St. to Chestnut St.; Union St. on the north side from Matlack St. east to sign as erected; Gay St. on the south side from Matlack St. east to sign as erected; Miner St. on the south side from Darlington St. east to sign as erected; and Gay St. on the north side from Adams St. west to sign as erected.

c. The following one-way streets are deleted: School Alley from Evans St. to Washington St. and Evans St. from High St. to Church St.

d. Following two hour parking areas are added: Chestnut St. on the north and south sides from Walnut St. to Matlack St.; Matlack St. on the west side from Gay St. to Chestnut St., Gay St. on the north and south sides from PER bridge to Matlack St. and Church St. on the east and west sides from Chestnut St. to Washington St.

e. The following three hour parking areas are added: Washington St. on the north and south sides from Pear Alley to Darlington St.

This motion to amend the Traffic and Parking Ordinance was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Spaziani reported that the old parKing meters on the streets would soon be replaced with new meters which are set to require payment of 5›/30 min. and 10›/hour, with all penny slots eliminated. Mr. Spaziani then moved that Council enact an ordinance increasing rates on all on-street parking meters to 10›/hour except those meters at the post office, banks and court hour library. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-1 with Mr. Thomas voting No.

Mr. Thomas, reporting on his committee's study of Burger King's request for Borough Water Service (Reg. Mtg., September 11, 1968), moved that Council approve Burger King's request. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0, .

Mr. Baldwin reported he had been approached by members of the Day Care Center of Chester County with a request that the street running along their property on Nield St., which they indicated was an unnamed street, be named in honor of the late Mr. Fred Wood. Mr. Baldwin remarked that the street he believed they were referring to was now named S. Adams St. and a change would result in too many problems for the residents of the street. Mr. Bayliss suggested they might be referring, to the new street which Wyeth Inc. had constructed. Council took no action on the matter. [...]

Adjourned at 9:20 P.M.


1968/10/18
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (October 18, 1968).

Council members present: Baldwin, Spaziani, Cotter, Beckett.

Also present: Mr. Bayliss (Public Works); Mr. Smith (Housing Officer).

Called to order at 4:00 P.M.

Mr. Baldwin [announced that] the purpose of [the meeting] was to consider the application for sub-division of a tract of land bordered by Chestnut St., Granite Alley and Brandywine St. submitted by Citizens for Better Housing who intend to construct 14 houses on the property.

Council reviewed the application and plans and discussed utilities requirements, zoning requirements, trash collection problems, etc. Trash collection appeared to be a problem as the plans showed no access to the rear of the houses, and Council discussed the recommendation that 5' common walkway be provided to the rear of the proposed houses. As this recommendation appeared to be one solution to trash pick-up, and as there was no further discussion on the application, Mr. Spaziani moved that Council approve the application for sub-division subject to a 5' common walk-way to the rear of the houses extending from Brandywine St. to the east boundary of the tract. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 4-0. [...]

MF. Bayliss advised Council of receipt of a description of the new street built by Wyeth Laboratories Inc. and which street Wyeth desires to dedicate to the Borough. Mr. Bayliss stated the description refers to the new street as an extension of Adams St., and he suggested that the references to Adams St. be deleted as Adams St. is the name of a street to the west of this street, and two Adams Sts. could be confusing. He requested Council approval to have T. G. Colesworthy Associates re-write the description and delete any references to Adams St. Council concurred with this request and directed Mr. Bayliss to take necessary action to have the description re-written.

Adjourned at 4:21 P.M.


1968/10/28
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (October 28, 1968).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. MacElree (Solicitor), Mr. Earl Heald, Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Robert J. Baldwin.

Called to order at 4:30 P.M.

As the first order of business, Mr. Cotter discussed the appointment of a Borough Manager. He stated that the appointment of a manager had been discussed many times, but not the Borough's business was such that a manager was a necessity. He recommended that Council consider the appointment of the present Secretary, Mr. Robert J. Shaw, to the position, as the Secretary has been doing a large amount of work which a manager will be required to do. Council indicated agreement with creating the position of manager, and Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve the appointment of Mr. Robert J. Shaw as Borough Manager. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood. At this point Mr. MacElree, Solicitor, advised Council that the procedure for appointment was in error - - Council must first create the position of Borough Manager before the position can be filled. Mr. Baldwin then ruled that the motion was not in order.

Mr. MacElree then distributed copies of a proposed ordinance which created the position of Borough Manager and specificed his duties. Following a short review of the proposed ordinance several changes were recommended. Mr. Cotter then moved that Council enact the ordinance creating the position of Borough Manager and naming his powers and duties with the recommended changes. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. Council delayed appointment of a manager pending a more complete review of the ordinance to insure it details exactly what the manager is to do.

Mr. Baldwin requested the Secretary to read a letter, content of which was Mr. Baldwin's resignation from Borough Council due to health and business reasons. Following the reading of the letter Mr. Spaziani moved that Council accept the resignation of Mr. George D. Baldwin, Jr., with reluctance and regrets. Motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

Mr. Spaziani moved that Mr. W. Earl Thomas be appointed President of Borough Council to replace Mr. Baldwin. (Mr. Underwood had indicated that he did not desire the position.) Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 5-0 with Mr. Thomas abstaining.

Mr. Thomas then assumed the President's chair and announced that a vacancy now existed on Borough Council and inquired if there were any recommendations for appointment to fill the vacancy. Mr. Earl Heald presented the name of Mr. Robert J. Baldwin, 530 N. Walnut St., West Chester, for consideration by Council. As there were no other recommendations, Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve the appointment of Mr. Robert J. Baldwin to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mr. George D. Baldwins, Jr. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood, and approved by a vote of 6-0. As Mr. Baldwin was present, Mayor Andress administered the oath of office of councilman to him.

Mr. Spaziani stated his the Street Oommittee was considering one-way traffic on Church St. from Chestnut St. south to Rosedale Ave. as a means of reducing some of the traffic problems on Church St. He requested the other Councilmen to think about this recommendation, and h@,g would discuss it further at the next regular meeting. [...]

The Mayor inquired if the Secretary had received a letter from the "Concerned Citizens Committee" containing reqommendations made by that committee for improving the West Chester Police Department. When advised by the Secretary that such a letter had been received the Mayor requested it be read. The letter contained 7 recommendations conerning police salaries, benefits, additional training, equipment, community relations and means of attracting new men onto the force. After the letter was read, discussion followed on the need to look at the salaries and benefits of all workers; nqt just the police. No action was taken on the recommendations at this time, but they will be reviewed during preparation of the 1969 budget.

Adjourned at 5:20 P.M.


1968/11/13
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (November 13, 1968).

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

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

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

Mr. Thomas, President, inquired if any of the citizens present had any complaints, petitions or suggestions to present to Council.

Mr. Daniel Chambers, President, First West Chester Fire Co., stated that his fire company objected to the Borough's making Church St. one-way south from Chestnut St. to Rosedale Avenue. He then introduced Mr. Frank McCormick, Chief Engineer, First West Chester Fire Co., who gave the following objections to making Church St. one-wayt (1) Twelve members ... must approach the fire house from the south, and ten of these twelve are drivers who responded to 161 out of 200 calls this year. By making Church St. one-way south, these drivers would be slowed down in reaching the fire house. (2) Fire apparatus responding to an alarm would be unable to go north without going out of their way. (3) St. Agnes School, which is presently only 2 blocks away would become 6 blocks. Mr. McCormick then recommended that Church St. remain two-way from Chestnut to Miner St. Mr. Ralph Watson, West Chester Fire Chief, stated he agreed with Mr. McCormick and then recommended that Council consider removing some parking meters between Market & Miner Sts. to help the traffic problem. Mr. Bert Chambers and Mr. Walt Mitchell also spoke in opposition to making Church St. one-way because of the problems which would be encountered by the fire company.

Mr. Spaziani replied to these comments stating that his committee had fully considered the fire company's position when they had recommended Church St. be one-way south. He then commented that the other two fire companies are located on one-way streets which does not affect their operation. Mr. Spaziani then noted that the following advantages would result: flow of traffic would be improved; snow removal would be improved, and congestion at intersections would be relieved. Mr. Barber then recommended that a meeting of the fire and street committees and representatives of the fire company be set up to further discuss making Church St. one way. Mr. Thomas then advised that such a meeting would be arranged in the near future.

Mr. Sigurd J. Overgaard, representing the West Chester Democratic Committee, appeared before Council and requested that Council consider initiating legislation changing from the present precinct system to a ward system composed of 7 wards with a councilman elected from each ward in order to give equal representation on Council from all areas of-the Borough. Mr. Overgaard read a paper setting forth the reasons for this request and then presented the paper to Council* Mr. Thomas accepted the paper and advised Mr. Overgaard his request would be considered.

Mr. Thomas E. Burke, 353 E. Biddle St., appeared and presented a petition signed by 37 residents of E. Biddle St. which expressed concern, regarding the parking situation on E. Biddle St. between Franklin & Penn Sts. This petition set forth five problems which the residents claimed had been caused by prohibiting parking along the south side of E. Biddle St., and they suggested that E. Biddle St. be made one-way east and parking permitted on both sides of the street. They also suggested that if this is not possible that the parking be moved from the north side to the south side. Mr. Spaziani advised Mr. Burke that his committee would review the situation, consider the requests contained in the petition,and advise Mr. Burke of the Committee's decision.

Mr. Arthur Corcoran, addressing the Mayor, asked if the report he had heard on Radio WCOJ that the police had $160.00 in fines outstanding on one person was correct. The Mayor replied that the report was half true and half false, but the police were doing some further investigation on the matter. [...]

[Discussion of a motion] to appoint a [Police Department] Community Relations Officer. The Mayor replied that the Borough had received a grant of $3000.00 from the State to assist in establishing this position, but the ground rules were so extensive that he did not know if he wanted to accept the grant. He further stated that at the present time manpower problems prevented appointing a community relations officer, but the situation should improve after the first of the year, and the department would then do something on the matter. Mr. Chambers then inquired as to the status of the Complaint Bureau and if the members had been appointed. Mr, Cotter replied that nine persons had been appointed, but two had refused the appointments. Mr. Chambers then asked how many of the members were from out-of-town and stated he was opposed to out-of-towners on the board. Mr. Thomas Yarnall, Mr. Nicholas Alexander and Mr. Alexander Young all spoke in opposition to the membership of the board or to the creation of the board itself. Mr. Thomas, President of Council, also stated he was opposed to creation of the board. Mrs. Cindy Johnson and Mrs. Charles Edwards spoke in support of the board. Mr. Cotter then asked that the board be given three months to see if it can function and is beneficial. Comments terminated on this subject with a statement by Mr. Alexander Young that he thought this board was just a back door method of getting a police advisory board.

Mr. Stanley Tunnell asked if the Rent-Escrow Ordinance was in effect. He was advised that the ordinance had been in effect since October 11, 1968, and several tenants were placing their rent money in escrow at this time.

Letter from Mr. Carson Carr, President, Fugett Elementary School PTA, requesting Council to take action to get the bridge, which is located on Chestnut St. between Adams St. and Franklin St., repaired as it constitutes a danger to school children was read and referred to the Solicitor for action.

Letter from Virginia McQuail, President, YWCA Board of Directors, to Mr. Thomas A. Chambers, Concerned Citizens for West Chester Committee, (copy to Borough Council) advising the Committee that the YWCA supported the Complaint Bureau and Council in their endeavors to solve problems concerning the West Chester Police Department was read and ordered filed. [...]

Letter from Dr. W. A. Limberger, Secretary, West Chester Board of Health requesting that Council consider publishing a statement pointing out the requirements of the local ordinance which requires garbage and trash containers to be adequately covered as a means of reducing the rat population was read. Secretary was directed to see that publicity was given this request through the newspaper. [...]

Letter from Mr. John S. Halsted, Attorney, representing Perfect Host Inc. who desire to construct a Treadway Inn south of West Chester on Route 202, again requesting Borough water service to the proposed construction site was read and considered by Council. Mr. Underwood moved that Council refuse this request for Borough water service due to the shortage of water supplies. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 6-0 with Mr. Baldwin abstaining. [...]

Letter from the Civil Service Comission of the Borough of West Chester certifying as eligible for appointment as patrolmen with the West Chester Police Department the names of Mr. James V. Delia and Mr. Burton E. Lund, Jr. was read, and the appointment of these two individuals was considered by Council. Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve the appointment of Mr. Delia and Mr. Lund as patrolmen with the West Chester Police Department provided that all investigations are acceptable. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

The letter from the Givil Service Commission also contained a recommendation to Council that the maximum allowable age for applicants for the Police Force be changed from 35 years of age to 40 years of age in order to attract more applicants for positions with the force. Mr. Underwood moved that Council approve this change in maximum age. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved "by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Barber read a letter from the Fame Fire Company recommending that Mr. Raymond Howe be appointed a Special Officer with the West Chester Police Department. This request was referred to the Police Committee to investigate and report their recommendations to Council.

The Secretary advised Council that the resignations of Patrolman Robert P. Thomas, Jr., effective October 31, 1968, and of Sgt. Charles E. Lawson, effective November 7, 1968, had been received,, and he needed a motion authorizing refund of contributions to the Pension Fund made by these officers. Mr. Underwood moved that Council approve refund of contributions made to the Police Pension Fund by Mr. Thomas and Mr. Lawson,, Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Council discussed the Master Sewer Plan which had been prepared by the County, and after a motion by Mr. Underwood seconded by Mr. Cotter, Council unaminously enacted a Resolution adopting the plan as far as it affects this municipality as the "Official Plan" of said municipality for the period as may be necessary or advisable.

Mayor Andress discussed traffic problems on Penn St. and Adams St. between Biddle and Chestnut St. He suggested that Penn St. be made one-way between Biddle & Chestnut Sts. Council referred this suggestion to the Street Committee to study and make recommendations back to Council. [...]

Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), reported he was receiving inquiries about establishing fraternity houses in the Borough and requested a meeting of Council to discuss the zoning requirements. No date was set at this time, although Mr. Smith was advised that a meeting would be scheduled in the near future.

Mr. Cotter, commenting that the Police Department was still short of personnel, moved that Council request the Civil Service Commission to certify to Council a list of eligibles for appointment as patrolmen with the West Chester Police Department. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Barber stated that, on behalf of Council, he would like to publicly commend the two officers who had apprehended the person robbing a gas station on Route 322.

Mr. Spaziani reported he had received a request from R. A. Waldron Real Estate asking Council to look into the possibility of installing five parking meters on the north side of Market St. just west of New St., and he had also received a request for Truck Loading Zone for a grocery store located on New St. between Union and Barnard Sts. Both requests were referred to the Street Committee to investigate and report back to Council.

Mr. Thomas reported that the Solicitor had rewritten the ordinance creating the position of Borough Manager, incorporating the suggestions made by Council. Mr. Thomas then requested ' that Council consider approving the present draft. Mr. Underwood moved that Council approve the ordinance as prepared. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Hugh Purnell, representing the Industrial Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, presented an invitation to Council to visit Grocery Store Products Co. to observe what that company is doing to decrease air and water pollution. Council decided that 2:00 P.M., Thursday, November 21, 1968, would be satisfactory, and the Secretary was requested to contact West Goshen Township authorities and advise them of the tour.

Adjourned at 10:00 P.M.


1968/11/l6
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (November l6, 1968).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Mr. MacElree (Solicitor) Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works) Mr. Thomas G. Frame.

Called to order at 4:00 P.M.

Mr. Thomas advised that the meeting was to take actions concerning the West Chester Police Department.

Mr. Cotter read a letter of resignation from Chief George R. Guss, with resignation to be effective December 31, 1968. Mr. Cotter moved that Council accept the resignation of Chief George R. Guss, effective December 31, 1968, with regrets, and Chief Guss to be retired at that time. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved, by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Barber moved that Council approve preparation of a letter of commendation for Chief Guss. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Cotter reported that the Police Committee recommended Mr. Thomas G. Frame for appointment as the next Chief of Police, of the Borough of West Chester. Mr. Cotter then read a letter from the Civil Service Commission advising that the Commission had administered a non-competitive examination to Mr. Frame and certified him as eligible for consideration for appointment as Chief of Police, Mr, Cotter moved that Council approve the appointment of Mr. Thomas G. Frame as,Chief of Police, West Chester Police Department, effective January 1, 1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Thomas then advised Council there was need to fill the position of Borough Manager. Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve the appointment of Mr. Robert J. Shaw as Borough Manager effective on January 1, 1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Letter from David M. Walker Assoeiates advising Council that the approximate cost to submit a Neighborhood Development Program Application to HUD would range from $12,000 to $16,000 depending on the size of the area to be developed, and that the funds were available from the Bureau of Community Affairs, Harrisburg, Pa. was read and referred to the Solicitor to check the legal aspects of obtaining a grant from the State.

Mr. Wilson Fox, announcer for radio station WCOJ, asked Council what the new salary of the new police chief would be. Mr. Cotter advised him it was set at $14,000 annually.

Adjourned at 4:10 P.M.


1968/12/11
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (December 11, 1968).

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

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

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Mr. Thomas asked Mr. Bayliss if he had anything to report as Mr. Bayliss had to depart early to attend a meeting on the landfill at West Goshen Township Building. Mr. Bayliss ... requested that Council consider making the north side of Lacey St. from S. Franklin St. to S. Matlack St. a no parking zone. This request was referred to the Police and Street Committees to study and report to Council. [...]

Mr. Sigurd Overgaard read and then presented a formal resolution to Council. He requested that Council enact the resolution which would divide the Borough of West Chester into wards. The resolution read as follows:.

Resolved that the Court of Quarter Sessions be, and hereby is, requested to divide the Borough of West Chester into wards in accordance with Section 601 of the Borough Code, et seq and the Mayor and Secretary are hereby directed to execute and attest the necessary petition to said Court, as required by said Code to effectuate this Resolution.

Mr. Thomas accepted the proposed resolution and advised Mr. Overgaard that Council would take it under consideration.

Dr. Horace F. Darlington commented that he understood that Council was going to consider appointment of a new health officer at this meeting, and he wanted to call to Council's attention that the County Board of Health could carry on all the services of the present Borough Board of Health at no cost to the Borough. Mr. Thomas advised Dr. Darlington this subject would be discussed later and requested he delay his comments until that time.

Mr. Daniel Chambers, President, First West Chester Fire Company, stated his fire company was still opposed to making Church St. one way from Chestnut St. south to Rosedale Ave. He then asked why the meeting between the fire company and the street and police committees on this problem which was approved at the November 13th Regular Meeting had not been scheduled. Mr. Barber advised Mr. Chambers he had been working on the problem and that nothing would be done concerning traffic on Church St. until the meeting has been held.

Mr. William Mimms, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Branch of the National Fair Housing Association Inc., advised Council he was representing the Spanish speaking community in the Borough, and then made four requests: solution of the housing problems; more Spanish speaking policemen; a Spanish-speaking assistant building inspector and a Spanish speaking Council member. Council advised Mr. Mimms that the Police Department would welcome additional Spanish speaking members. Mr. Mimms was also advised of the procedure to follow in order to get a Spanish speaking person elected to Council. Mr. Mimms then discussed the rent escrow ordinance and the establishment of a rent escrow account by his organization, which, he stated, he had been advised was in violation of the ordinance. He further stated tenants were being evicted after they had placed their rent in the NFHA, Inc's., escrow account, yet he believed that his organization was complying with the ordinance by having their escrow account in the same bank as the Borough's. Mr. MacElree replied that in his interpretation of the rent escrow ordinance, the escrow account established by the NFHA, Inc, was in violation of the ordinance because [its] account had not been approved by the Borough. Extended discussion followed between Mr. MacElree and Mr. Mimms concerning the interpretation of the escrowing of rent section of the ordinance.

Mr. Carl Brown, Chairman, West Chester Human Relations Council, entered the conversation in support of Mr. Mimms and the manner in which the NFHA, Inc. was escrowing the rent. Mrs. Rivera, President, West Chester Chapter, NFHA, Inc., also commented in support of Mr. Mimms' interpretation of the rent escrow ordinance. Mr. Thomas ended the extensive discussion by discussing the problem privately with Mr. Mimms and then asking the representatives of the West Chester Chapter, NFHA, Inc., if they were willing to meet with the Solicitor to solve the problem of escrowing rent. The President and Vice-President of the West Chester agreed to a meeting with the Solicitor and Council moved on to other business.

Mr. Devere Ponzo, Chairman, Black Action Committee, stated that his Committee had requested the state and federal governments to adopt January 15 as a legal holiday in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He further stated that he realized that this could not be accomplished this year, but he requested that Council proclaim January 15, 1969, as a holiday in West Chester in memory of Dr. King. Mrs. Gerald Gordon, representing the League of Women Voters, advised Council that the local chapter of the League of Women Voters had written their main office in Washington requesting they support this suggestion. Mr. Carl Brown, WCHRC, also stated he supported the proposal. Mr. Thomas advised Mr. Ponzo that all proclamations are issued by the Mayor, but he was certain the Mayor could cooperate fully. Mr. Ponzo was requested to furnish a copy of the proclamation for the Mayor.

Letter of Resignation as Borough Health Officer from Dr. Harlan V. Fenimore was read, and Mr. Spaziani moved that Council accept the resignation with regret and a letter of thanks for services be sent to Dr. Fenimore. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Letter from Dr. William A. Limberger, Secretary, West Chester Board of Health, Recommending the appointment of Dr. Lawrence E. Green of Oxford as Dr. Fenimore's replacement was read. Following the reading of the letter Dr. Darlington again addressed Council and urged that Council abolish the local board of health and let the County Board of Health assume their duties. Mr. MacElree then questioned Dr. Darlington concerning the financing of the County Board of Health. Mr. MacElree stated he recalled reading that the Borough could be responsible for a pro-rata share of the costs of taking over the Borough's work, and he felt the Borough should know the financial impact. Dr. Bender, Director, Chester County Board of Health, advised Council there is no provision for charge-back on the Borough. Several Councilmen questioned Dr. Bender on the capabilities of the County Board of Health and were assured that the County Board of Health is sufficiently manned to handle the Borough's problems. Mr. Thomas then announced that Council would not take any action on appointing a new health officer nor consider abolishing the local board of health until the Adjourned Meeting to be held after Christmas. [...]

Letter to W. Earl Thomas, President of Council, from Mr. Elwood W. Reitz, Chairman, Local Issues Committee, Ministerial Association, stating that organization's support of Council in its efforts to provide an adequate police force for West Chester was read and ordered filed.

Letter to Mr. Thomas A. Chambers, Secretary, Concerned Citizens of West Chester (copy to Borough Council), from Mr. Richard C. Cloud, President, Chamber of Commerce, stating that the Chamber would 'take no action on the plan submitted by the Concerned Citizens of West Chester in view of the contemplated changes planned and new personnel assigned to the West Chester Police Force was read and ordered filed. [...]

Council considered for approval the application for taxi-cab license from Anthony"Siracuse, 22 Ridge Road, West Chester, Pa. for the Chester County Keystone Cab Co., Mr. Spaziani moved that Council approve the application of Anthony Siracuse. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

The Secretary read an ordinance entitled "An Ordinance Granting Permission to Grocery Store Products Co. to Construct a Railroad Siding Across Union Street between Worthington Street and Adams Street in the Borough of West Chester." This ordinance had been prepared by the Solicitor following approval by Council of Grocery Store Products Co.'s request to construct the railroad crossing. Mr. Barber moved that Council enact the ordinance with the provision that construction of the railroad crossing be subject to the approval of the Director of Public Works. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. MacElree reported he had written the Penn-Central Railroad concerning repairs to the bridge on E. Chestnut St., but to date he had no received an answer. He advised that the Borough could make the repairs and submit a bill to the Railroad. Action by Council was delayed on this matter because Mr. Bayliss had made some temporary repairs to the bridge, and it was now considered safe.

Mr. MacElree then explained the financing by the state for a planning application for a Neighborhood Development Program under HUD. (See Minutes, special meeting minutes (November 15, 1968) He explained that the state would provide the entire amount of money necessary or share the cost of submitting an application on a 50/50 basis. If the state paid the total costs of the planning application, they would subtract this amount from any grants given by the state to the Borough when the project was under way. However, if the money was furnished on a 50/50 basis, all monies granted by the state would be received with nothing deducted for the planning application costs. Council took no action on this matter at this time.

Adjourned at 10:15 P.M.


1968/12/26
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (December 26, 1968).

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

Also present: Mr. MacElree (Solicitor), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

Called to order at 4:30 P.M.

Letter from Dr. William A. Limberger, Secretary, West Chester Board of Health, recommending the West Chester Board of Health be discontinued and the responsibilities for the health care of the Borough be assumed by the Chester County Health Department was read, and the recommendation considered. Mr. Cotter moved that Council direct the Solicitor to prepare an ordinance which would state the Borough's intentions to join with the County Board of Health. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. Solicitor was also requested to prepare a resolution expressing Council's appreciation for the Board of Health's services to the Borough. [...]

Council discussed the resolution on dividing the Borough into wards which had been submitted by Mr. Overgaard at the December llth Regular Meeting. Majority opinion of Council was that Council should not take the action to request the Court to divide the Borough into wards, and if the voters of the Borough desired it they had a legal manner in which to make the request. Mr. Spaziani then moved that Council deny Mr. Overgaard's request to enact a resolution requesting the Court of Quarter Sessions to divide the Borough into wards. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 6-1 with Mr. Beckett casting the negative vote.

The Secretary advised Council of receipt of a Deed of Dedication from Wyeth Laboratories Inc. to the Borough of West Chester for a private street extending southward from Adams and Elmer St. in the Borough. This deed of dedication had been signed by the proper officials of Wyeth and now was for Council's consideration. Mr. Barber moved that Council accept the deed of dedication. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

The Secretary then read a proposed ordinance amending the ordinance entitled "An Ordinance Relating to the Distribution of Water and to Water Rents and to the Collection of the Same". This ordinance provides for an increase in water rates within the Borough limits as follows: A minimum rate of $12.00 semi-annually for a consumption of water not exceeding 20,000 gallons; for an excess not exceeding 10,000 gallons, the rate shall be fO.60 per 1,000 gallons; for an excess exceeding 30,000 gallons and not exceeding 100,000 gallons the rate shall be $0.50 per 1,000 gallons; for an excess exceeding 100,000 and not exceeding 200,000 gallons, the rate shall be $0.36 per 1,000 gallons; for an excess exceeding 200,000 gallons the rate shall be $0.30 per 1,000 gallons. Customer using in excess of 7,500,000 gallons semi-annually will be charged the rates presently in effect. Following the reading of the ordinance, Mr. Underwood moved that Council enact this ordinance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Spaziani moved that Council approve a no-parking area on the north side of Lacey St. from S. Matlack Street to S. Franklin Street., and the Traffic and Parking Ordinance be so amended. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Cotter announced that the new Chief of Police, Thomas G. Frame, woxild be sworn in at 4:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 31, 1968 and invited all Councilmen to attend the ceremony.

Adjourned at 5:30 P.M.



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