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Notes on West Chester, Pennsylvania
Borough Council Meeting Minutes, 1969

by Jim Jones

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1969/01/08
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (January 8, 1969).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Chief of Police Frame, Robert J. Shaw (Borough Secretary), Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Shay (Contoller).

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

... .

Mayor Andress remarked to Council that dogs running loose in the Borough were a continuing problem, and something had to be done about them. He then introduced Mr. Albert T. Palmateer, Dog Law Enforcement Officer for Chester County. Mr. Palmateer is employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is responsible for enforcement of Act No. 437, known as the Dog Law of 1965. Mr. Palmateer then explained the contents of the Dog Law of 1965 and recommended a procedure for establishing an Animal Control Officer in the Borough. He was assisted in his presentation by Mr. Chris ,G. Ritter, District Supervisor. Following a series of questions by members of Council Mr. Thomas referred the problem to the Police Department to investigate and make recommendations to Council. A copy of the Dog Law is on file in the Secretary's office.

Mrs. Charles Robinson, who lives on College Ave., appeared before Council to complain about the hazards caused by traffic at High St. and Rosedale Ave. to children who attend the new Demonstration School located on the southeast corner of that intersection. He stated the old crossing guard had quit, and the new guard has not been on duty. She further stated she had talked to the Campus Police but no action had been forthcoming as a result. The Mayor replied that as the school is located in West Goshen Township, the township, in his opinion, are responsible for the safety of the children. Mr. Thomas advised Mrs. Robinson that something would be done and requested the Mayor to contact Dr. Sykes, President, West Chester State College, on the problem of policing hhe intersection.

Mr. Chambers, First West Chester Fire Co., inquired is there was anything further on making Church St. a one way street. He was again advised that a meeting of the street and police committees and the fire company would be held before any action is taken on this matter.

Letter from Mr. Theodore S. A. Rubino, Chairman, Board of County Commissioners, inquiring as to when a meeting would be held with Council concerning the Solid Waste Management Act, was read. Secretary was advised to inform Mr. Rubino that January 21, 1969, was acceptable to Council for a meeting. [...]

Mr. Underwood commented on the problems of people putting trash in paper bags instead of cans which resulted in paper and trash blowing everywhere. This comment led to a discussion on the trash disposal ordinance which had been proposed about one year ago. Mr. Underwood was advised by Mr. Thomas that the ordinance would again be reviewed to see if it was acceptable to Council.

Mayor Andress asked ... what Council had done about his request to make the 200 block of Adams St. one-way. Mr. Spaziani replied that he didn't think making the street one-way was the solution, and he recommended taking parking off one side of Adams St. Mr. Thomas then referred this subject to the Street Committee to further investigate and report back to Council.

The Secretary then read a proposed ordinance, Ordinance No. 1-1969, entitled "An Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Electing that It Become Subject to the Jurisdiction of the Chester County Department of Health." Following the reading Mr. Underwood moved that Council enact the ordinance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 7-0. (This ordinance also abolished the West Chester Board of Health). [...]

Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve the applications for gas pump licenses for the following service stations:.

E. E&rl Gibson, 10 W. Barnard St. two pumps Eddie L. Miller, 138 E. Market St. one pump General Sales Co., 121 N. Walnut St. two pumps. [...]

Adjourned at 8:40 P.M.


1969/01/21
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (January 21, 1969).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Police Chief Frame.

Called to order at 4:00 P.M.

Mr. Thomas explained that the purpose of the meeting was to Consider for enactment an amendment to the rent escrow ordinance.

The Secretary then read a proposed ordinance, Ordinance No. 2-1969, entitled: "An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 13 of 1968 Providing for the Suspension of Duty to Pay Rent for Dwellings Certified to be Unfit for Human Habitation." Following reading of the ordinance, Mr. Barber moved that Council enact Ordinance No. 2-1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Mr. Thomas advised Council that Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), had been authorized to employ the services of a Miss Clark who was to serve as an interpreter and good will ambassador to the Puerto Rican families in the Borough. This employee is to have no authority and will be paid on an hourly basis at approximately $2.00 per hour.

The Secretary advised Council of a hearing to be held by the PUC on the application of VIP Limousines to operate a limousine service from West Chester to various communities. This hearing is to be held in the Court House on February [?] 1969, at 10:00 A.M. Notice requires no action by Council unless they object to the application.

Mayor Andress advised Council of receipt of an agreement from the State for a Federal grant of $3000.00 to be used to help, pay the costs of a community relations man with the Police Department. He advised that the Borough would have to transfer $1000.00 to the account when the grant money is received and strongly recommended Council's approval of the plan and the transfer of required General Fund monies. Mr. Cotter moved that Council accept the plan as explained by the Mayor and approve the transfer of the required money from the General Fund. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 6-0.

Council was advised of the resignation of George R. Painter from the Police Department effective January 17, 1969. After a motion by Mr. Underwood seconded by Mr. Cotter, Council unaminously approved the refund of any contributions Mr. Painter had made to the Police Pension Fund.

Chief Frame again discussed the dog situation in the Borough and stated he would have definite recommendations concerning a program ready for the next Regular Meeting. [...]

Chief Frame then requested Council to consider the addition of a $1.00 penalty if parking violation tickets are not paid within 2 hours after receipt. Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve the addition of a $1.00 penalty for failure to pay parking tickets within 2h hours of receipt of the ticket. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 6-0 as Mr. Thomas had departed prior to the motion. Secretary was directed to check with the Solicitor to determine if an ordinance is necessary to add this penalty.

Adjourned at 5:20 P.M.


1969/01/30
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (January 30, 1969).

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

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

Called to order at 4:00 P.M.

Mr. Thomas explained that the purpose of the meeting was to consider for approval a request from Citizens for Better Housing, Inc. for installation of utilities and streets at the site of their West Chestnut Street Project.

The Secretary read a letter from Robert W. Lentz, attorney for CBH, Inc., which requested the following: The Borough to install W. Chestnut St. and N. Brandywine St. adjacent to the CBH, Inc. property, and the Borough to install water and sewer lines to the rear of the properties involved. CBH, Inc. will install curbing and sidewalks on their property. Mr. Bayliss then explained the reasons for installation of water and sewer lines to the rear of the properties rather than in the streets -- this installation would be less expensive because only one line would be required. Mr. Bayliss estimated the total cost at $|17,000.00 and advised that this money was included in the 1969 Budget. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council accept the proposal as presented by Mr. Lentz and request that the Borough be given a 15' easement, if possible, through the properties for sewer and water line installation. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Mr. Spaziani reported he had met with the fire company concerning the making of Church St. one-way from Chestnut St. south, and he stated the fire company was still opposed to making Church St. one-way south from Chestnut although they had no objections to making it one-way south from Miner St. Mr. Spaziani then advised no action would be taken on this matter at this time.

Mr. Spaziani then recommended that truck loading/unloading and/or no parking zones be established as follows: Willard's Paint Store on N. Church St.; Purple and Gold-6' feet westward from the alley on Linden St.; south side of Magnolia St. from High to Walnut St. and the south side of the 400 block of E. Washington St. Council unaminously concurred with these recommendations and the Secretary was directed to include them in the next amendment to the Traffic and Parking Ordinance.

Adjourned at 5:00 P.M.


1969/02/12
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (February 12, 1969).

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

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

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

Mr. Thomas, commenting on the reference to the employment of a Mrs. Clark as approved at the January 21, 1969, special meeting minutes (advised Council that Mrs. Clark had not been employed: instead Mrs. Elizabeth Rivera had been retained to assist Mr. Smith (Housing Officer).

Mr. Cesare DiMarzio, 220 W. Chestnut St., appeared before Council to complain about the dirty condition of the 200 block of West Chestnut St. He stated that people are parking all night on the street, and the street is never swept since all night parking has been permitted. He also stated that people were throwing trash on the yards and pavements rather than using trash cans. Mr. Thomas informed Mr. DiMarzio that an ordinance was going to be considered later tonight which would forbid parking in the 200 block of W. Chestnut St. between 2:00 A.M. and 5 A.M. in order that the street might be swept. Mr. Thomas had the Secretary read the ordinance and Mr. DiMarzio then departed. [...]

Letter from the Civil Service Commission certifying the names of Patrolmen Benner, Lutzkovitz and Delia as eligible for consideration for promotion to position of sergeant with the West Chester Police Department was read. Mr. Cotter advised that it was the Police Committee's recommendation that Patrolman L. I. Benner be appointed Sergeant, and he moved that Council approve this appointment effective immediately. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Letter from Civil Service Commission certifying the names of Durnell, Harris, Greeley, Kirn and Bell as eligible for consideration for appointment as patrolmen with the West Chester Police Department was read. Mr. Cotter stated that all required papers and information had been received on Mr. Harris and moved that Council approve his appointment as a patrolmen with the West Chester Police Department effective February 13, 1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Letter to. Mr. Thomas, from the "West Chester Garden Club, inviting members of Council to attend a talk on Conservation and Urban Planning to be given by Mr. William H. Whyte on March 1[?] at 2:00 P.M. at the Nurses' Building, Chester County Hospital, was read and ordered filed. [...]

Request for Borough water service for a sprinkler system to be installed in a warehouse at Garfield & Lincoln Aves., West Goshen Township, from A. Duie Pyle, Inc. was read and considered. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve the request for water for the sprinkler system. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Lawrence U. Ginter, contractor, appeared to ask the reasons why he had been turned down for a permit to construct 153 apartments on Downingtown Pike because of sewer problems yet a permit had since been issued for the fourteen houses being erected by Citizens for Better Housing Inc. which will feed into the same sewer system. Mr. Thomas replied that these homes were being built as low cost housing for a particular group. Mr. Ginter replied that in his opinion if one person was refused then all should be refused. Mr. Thomas advised Mr. Ginter he was aware that a time factor of two years had been given him for sewer improvement, and if he applied again for a permit he would be refused. Mr. Thomas further advised that Council had an appointment with its bond counsel to discuss financing of sewer improvements, but these improvements would take some time. [...]

Mr. Baldwin reported he had the names of three persons who had consented to serve on a Historical Building Committee -- Dr. James, Mrs. Ball and Mr. Burton, and he felt this committee would begin working in March. [...]

Mr. Beckett inquired if there had been any further action by Council on the Neighborhood Development Program under HUD for improvement of delapidated or deteriorated housing in the Borough. Mr. MacElree replied that it was his opinion that Council had decided they could not handle the finances necessary and no further action was being taken at this time.

Mr. Cotter reported on the study the Police Committee and Police Chief have been making on an effective dog catching program. He stated they had considered (a) a part time dog catcher; (b) purchase of a tranquilizer gun and (c) employment of a full time dog catcher. All of these, he stated, have certain drawbacks; part time dog catcher not available when needed; the cost of the gun and darts -- $[?]61.67 plus $4.50 a charge -- and the fact that determination of the size of the load of the dart left a lot to judgement, and a full time dog catcher would cost about $5700.00 per year. He then advised that the Committee would continue its study of the problem and keep Council advised of its prqgress.

The Secretary read ordinance (proposed) No. 3-1969, "An Ordinance Providing Penalties for the Late Payment of Traffic and Parking Fines," providing for a $1.00 penalty if parking tickets aren't paid within 24 hours of receipt. Following reading of the ordinance, Mr. John Laurento remarked he felt it was too soon after raising parking meter rates to increase parking fines. He was advised that this ordinance did not provide for an increase in parking fines; rather it was to penalize those few who neglect to pay tickets received. Mr. Cotter then moved that Council enact Ordinance No. 3-1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 4-1 with Mr. Thomas casting the negative vote.

Following the reading of proposed ordinance No. 4-1969, "An Ordinance Amending the Traffic and Parking Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester," Mr. Cotter moved that Council enact the ordinance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Council considered enactment of a proposed ordinance, No. 5-1969, entitled "An Ordinance Amending the Ordinance Regulating the Discharge of Sanitary Sewage and Industrial Wastes into the ; Public Sewer System of the Borough of West Chester and Providing for the Collection of Sewer Rentals on Charges Therefor, and Prescribing Penalties for Violation." This ordinance was necessary as the result of enactment of the ordinance, in December 1968, increasing water rates within the Borough. Mr. Barber moved that Council enact Ordinance No. 5-1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Cotter presented a letter he had received from the Retail Merchants Association of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester, Inc. requesting Council's approval for free in lot parking on March 14 and 15 as a sales promotion. Letter also requested Council's approval for the Retail Merchants Association to install sales banners on meters on February 22, a meter holiday. Mr. Cotter advised that Mr. Spaziani, Chairman Off Street Parking Committee, recommended approval of these requests. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve the requests of the Retail Merchants' Association. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Baldwin commented on the inactions of citizens concerning snow removal from side walks as required by the ordinance. He then recommended that the police give warnings to those failing to clean the sidewalks following snow storms. The Mayor stated he would check the courtesy cards used by the Police and see if these cards could be used to advise property owners of their responsibilities. [...]

Adjourned at 8:50 P.M.


1969/02/27
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (February 27, 1969).

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

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

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

Council considered an application for sub-division of the Union Court Apartments submitted by Mr. Evan B. Sharpless. Mr. Sharpless desires to divide the apartment complex into 34 two family dwellings and sell them to private owners. The sub-division had been approved by the Planning Commission. Discussion revealed that some problems might exist on trash pick-ups and other municipal services because of the number of property owners involved. Council took no action at this time and referred the plan to the Solicitor for his review prior to the next meeting. [...]

Mr. Cotter then advised that certified applicants for patrolmen with the Police Department had been interviewed, and the Police Committee recommended the appointment of Mr. George R. Painter. Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve the appointment of Mr. George R. Painter as' patrolman effective March 3, 1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 4-0. [...]

Chief Frame stated that he had appointed Patrolman John Harris, Jr. as Community Relations Officer with the West Chester Police Department in order to improve communications between the residents and the police.

Adjourned at 5:05 P.M.


1969/03/12
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (March 12, 1969).

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

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

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

Mr. George D. Baldwin, Jr. introduced Mr. Paul Rie, Housing Authority of the County of Chester, who gave a report to Council on the progress of the 100 units of public housing to be constructed in the Borough. He explained the "turnkey" method of construction where a contractor erects the buildings, and upon completion and acceptance by the government he is then paid. The architect showed preliminary designs of the buildings and stated that the new buildings would be erected on the corner of Patton Alley and Church St. -- 56 units, -- with the remainder to be erected at the corner of N. Everhart St. and Hannum/Ave. Mr. Thomas, President of Council, then advised Mr. Rie that a certificate of occupancy could not be issued for these units until the sewer line improvements on the Downingtown Pike are completed, as the sewer lines are insufficient at this time to accept any additional load. Mr. Rie reported that occupancy would be about one year away which would coincide nicely with the sewer line improvements. Mr. Rie then requested that the Borough adopt a resolution authorizing execution of an amendment to the cooperation agreement, to provide for 150 units rather than the present 50. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council enact the ... resolution. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

A petition, signed by 34 residents or property owners of the 200 block of W. Miner St., requesting that Council reinstate no-parking in that block between 2:00 A.M. and 5:00 A.M. was read and considered. Mr. Allan Smedley stated that people attending church at the First Presbyterian Church, Miner and Darlington Sts. were unable to find parking spaces due to the all-night parking on Miner St. Mr. Spaziani then recommended that the request contained in the petition be turned over to the Police Committee to investigate and report back to Council at the next meeting. Mr. Spaziani's recommendation was approved by Council.

Request, from Buchhart VW Garage located at Market & Adams Sts., for Council to prohibit parking on the south side of Market St. west of Adams St. was also referred to the Police Committee for study and to report back to Council at the next meeting. [...]

The Secretary advised Council of a request from Unlimited Services of America, Inc. for permission to install trash receptacles on the streets of the Borough at no.charge. This company would then sell advertising space on the four sides of the containers which would pay for the costs. Mr. Cotter moved that Council deny this request to install the trach receptacles. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 6-1 with Mr. Barber voting no.

Proposed Ordinance #7-1969, entitled "An Ordinance Providing Credit for Early Payment of Parking Fines" was read. Preparation of ordinance had been approved at the March 20, 1969, Adjourned Meeting. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council enact Ordinance #7-1969, with effective date to be April lit, 1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Proposed Ordinance #9-1969, entitled "An Ordinance Amending the Disorderly Conduct Ordinance" amends the Disorderly Conduct ordinance to permit a Justice of the Peace, in addition to the Mayor, to hear disorderly conduct cases in the Borough was read. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council enact Ordinance #9-1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Council discussed a letter and questionnaire from the West Chester Area Joint Refuse Disposal Authority concerning the future of the Authority in view of the fact that the present landfill area is rapidly being used up, and no available land has been obtained. This questionnaire asked the following: Would the Borough allow a landfill in its area if land was available? Would the Borough permit construction of a transfer station or incinerator if land was available? Would the Borough agree to construction of a transfer station or incinerator if land was available? Would the Borough agree to construction of a transfer station or incinerator? Would the Borough guarantee revenues through municipal collection if a transfer station or incinerator was constructed or would the Borough use municipal assessments to help pay the costs? An additional letter requested to know if the Borough desired the County to prepare a solid waste disposal plan as required by the State Department of Health. The Secretary presented costs figures for disposal using either a transfer station or incinerator which showed a very large increase in disposal costs. Following discussion, the Secretary was directed to answer no to all of the questions submitted, but to advise the Authority that the Borough will continue to support the Landfill if its present type of operation can be continued. The Secretary was also directed to advise the Authority that it was Council's desire that the Authority prepare the solid waste disposal plan rather than the County. [...]

Letter from Mr. Edward R. Armentrout, County Chairman, Legislative Action Committee, requesting Council to appoint one of its members as a Legislative Action "Minuteman" was read. This "Minuteman" would have the responsibility of polling councilmen on specific bills affecting the Borough and reporting these opinions to Mr. Armentrout. This individual would also be authorized to speak collectively for Council when the time involved did not allow polling of all Councilmen. Mr. Underwood moved that Council approve the appointment of Mr. W. Earl Thomas as Legislative Action Minuteman for the Borough. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 6-0 with Mr. Thomas abstaining.

The Secretary advised Council of a request from Mr. John Chatley for an amendment to the no-burning ordinance to allow him to burn dead wood which had accumulated in the woods behind his residence. Mr. Chatley was present at the meeting [and] presented his reasons for this request. He stated there was about 50 trees on his property, and he was unable to burn all the wood in his fireplace. Additionally, he stated that Mr. Bayliss had inspected the situation and stated that $500-$600 would be spent hauling the wood away. Mr. Thomas, Mr. Cotter and Mr. Spaziani indicated they were favorable to a change in the no-burning ordinance if the burning could be tightly controlled. Mr. Barber advised that the fire companies in the Borough are against burning because of the danger and the large amounts of dirt resulting from fires. Request was referred to the Solicitor to prepare an amendment to the ordinance for consideration for enactment.

Letter from the West Chester Planning Commission recommending changes to the Zoning Ordinance to provide for fraternity and sorority houses in certain areas; to alter vehicle parking area requirements in certain zoning districts and to provide for construction of high-rise buildings in a C-7 Zoning District was read. Following reading of letter, Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve the Solicitor's preparing the amendment to the Zoning Ordinance and the required public hearing be held at 8:00 P.M., May lli, 1969, in the Municipal Building, 15 S. High St., West Chester, Pa. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

A representative of the League of Women Voters addressed Council concerning the six scheduled meetings on "Black and White Confrontation" which are scheduled weekly for the next six weeks. She suggested that people attending make every effort to attend all meetings , and staged she would remain after the meeting to register those who intended to attend the meetings.

Mr. Barber reported he had received a request from the Fire Police to be allowed to wear the excess uniforms from the West Chester Police Dept. upon the Police Department's receipt of new uniforms. Mr. Barber recommended that this request be refused, and Council concurred unanimously with Mr. Barber's request.

Mr. Spaziani commented on the gas pumps installed in front of Slack's building on W. Market St. and recommended that action be taken to have them removed so that parking meters might be installed. Secretary directed to advise Mr. Slack of Council's request.

Mr. Allan Smedley addressed Council and commended Council on its services to the community and on the improved appearance of the Council Chambers. He further thanked Mr. Barber for his services to the Fire Departments, and the Street Committee for its snow removal program. He further stated he was in favor of Mr. Chatley's request concerning an amendment to the no-burning ordinance.

Mr. John P. Voge, 202 Price St., commented that the present police cars looked very poor; they had many dents and were always dirty. He further stated that the Police Force should have an extra car to supplement the two in service. He was advised that the Police Dept. intended to maintain a third car when the two new ones are received, and that the force would try to take better care of the vehicles.


1969/05/14
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (May 14, 1969).

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

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

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

Council considered a request from West Chester State College for Council to submit an application to the Pa. Dept. of Highways for a permit to install a flashing school warning . light at High St. and Rosedale Ave. The letter of request also advised that the College would purchase the equipment and pay for the installation,,. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council adopt the resolution necessary to authorize submission of application for a permit for the school warning light. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Letter from Office of County Commissioners announcing a meeting on Solid Waste Disposal for Chester County to be held at 8:00 P.M., Thursday, June 5, 1969, in Room 3l4, North Wing, Court House, was read. The Secretary was directed to reply to the Commissioners that representatives of the Borough would attend the meeting. [...]

Mr. Cotter advised that the Borough had received an offer of $800.00 from Allstate Insurance Co. for the damages done to the police car, and moved that Council accept the offer of $800.00 for damages provided that the insurance company pay incidental costs of the Borough having to rent a car to continue police car service. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 7-0.

After a motion by Mr. Underwood, seconded by Mr. Cotter meeting was recessed at 7:50 P.M. to hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map.

Meeting was reconvened at 9:00 P.M. following the public hearing.

Mr. Edward Morris, 700 block E. Barnard St. appeared and presented the following requests:.

1. The Borough pave Poplar St.; 2. Borough repair roads at Penn and Barnard Sts. and Worthington and Barnard Sts. to eliminate the large puddles that form following rains at these locations; 3. Borough take some action to eliminate the fast traffic on Barnard St. from Adams to Bolmar Sts.; 4. More policemen visit the area on foot.

Following Mr. Norris' presentation, Mr. Thomas referred these requests to the Police Committee to investigate.

Mr. F. A. Schlegal, 22 Price St., read and then presented a petition to Council requesting that Council take necessary action to ordain an alley running west from Juniper St. to the College parking lot between Price and Sharpless Sts. west of High St. Petition referred to Solicitor to determine if deeds provide for an alley where requested.

Mr. John Chatley Jr., Virginia Ave. and New St., appeared to request Council to pick up dead wood at his residence since the Borough refused him a permit to burn the trash. A short discussion followed on the problems of permitting limited burning. Mr. Tom Chambers remarked that he felt that it would be possible to set aside several days in the fall and permit burning. Mr. Barber remarked that the ordinance was passed at the request of the fire departments to eliminate any burning. Mr. Chatley remarked he would haul the material to the curb and the Borough could pick it up. No decision was made concerning Mr. Chatley's comments.

Two letters of complaint, one signed by Mr. & Mrs. Earl Gibson, Mr. & Mrs. Tullio J. Falini, Sr. and Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Peace,- and the other by Mr. Thomas E. Berry, about actions of College students living in apartments and requesting the Borough to take some action to prevent the disturbances cited in the letters was read. Mr. Barber inquired of the Chief what action could be taken to close these apartments as "Disorderly Houses". The Chief replied that the house must be put under surveillance for a period of time and sufficient evidence obtained to permit this. He further stated he was aware of only one complaint to the Police Desk, and recommended that the complainers utilize the police services when they had a complaint of disturbing the peace. Council took no further action at this time.

Mr. Baldwin reported that the Historical Committee had its first meeting, and its next meeting in June would be a survey of the town to seLect various buildings to be designated as historical buildings. [...]

Mr. Spaziani advised Council that the street committee recommended that the parking restriction of "No Parking Between 2 A.M. & 5 A.M." be reinstated in the 200 block of W. Miner St. He also stated that he had investigated the request of Buchhardt Volkswagen garage on W. Market St. to eliminate parking in their block to prevent large trucks from parking and causing a traffic problem, and he recommended that the curb be painted in such a manner that automobile parking would be permitted but truck parking would not. This request was referred to the Police Committee with power to act.

Mr. Spaziani then read a letter from the Retail Merchants Association of the Chamber of Commerce requesting Council's approval of free in-lot parking on June 20-21 and July 18-19 for special sales. Mr. Spaziani further stated that the Police and Street Committees approved of the request. Mr. Spaziani then moved that Council approve the request of the Retail Merchants' Association for free in-lot parking on the dates requested. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

The Secretary read proposed ordinance No. 12-1969, "An ordinance providing for reinstatement of the parking restriction between 2 and 5 A.M. in the 200 block of W. Miner St." Mr. Spaziani moved that Council enact Ordinance No. 12-1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 7-0.

The Secretary then read proposed ordinance No. 13-1969, providing for metered parking on certain streets of the Borough; establishing time limits and charges for meter parking. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council enact Ordinance No. 13-1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. .

Adjourned at 10:05 P.M.


1969/05/19
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (May 19, 1969).

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

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

Called to order at 3:00 P.M. [...]

The Secretary requested that Council approve advertising for bids for collection and disposal of garbage in the Borough as the old contract had expired. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council approve advertising for bids for collection and disposal of garbage with bids to be opened and read at 7:30 P.M., June 11, 1969.

Mr. Spaziani then advised that his Committee recommended the removal of Nc Parking signs from in front of the old Memorial Hospital on N. Walnut St. and on the west side of S. High St. between College Ave. and Nield St. Mr. Spaziani then moved that Council approve removal of these signs and the Parking and Traffic Ordinance be so amended. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Adjourned at 3:00 P.M.


1969/06/11
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (June 11, 1969).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Police Chief Frame, Mr. Bayliss (Public Works), Mr. Smith, Building Inspector.

Called to order at 7:30 P.M.

The first order of business was to open and read bids for the collection and disposal of garbage in the Borough for the year beginning June 13>, 1969.. Tw6 bids were received: Mr. Franklin Barry, $13,900.00 and Mr. Verner Rigler, $1200 per month ~$l4,400.00 per year. Following the reading of the bids, Mr. Spaziani moved that Council award the contract to Mr. Franklin Barry and the check of the unsuccessful bidder be returned. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Jack Voge, 202 Price St., West Chester appeared to complain about the trash accumulating in the Borough and what action has been or is being taken on the new trash ordinance. He also commented on the size of the barrels people are using and recommended that the size be limited to 30 gallons. Mr. Voge was advised that a new trash ordinance is under consideration at this time.

Mr. J. A. Purcell, Manager of Public and Customer Relations, Philadelphia Electric Company, appeared before Council and announced that the Philadelphia Electric Co. will file an application on June 20, 1969 with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in Harrisburg to discontinue steam service in West Chester on June 1, 1970. He further commented that the plant has been losing proposition for the past five years and to modernize the plant would result in increases of 100$ in heating costs to the customer. He further announced that the Company would pay each of the 440 customers an amount equal to one year's steam revenue, either for 1967 or 1968, whichever is larger, but not less than 1000.00? toward the cost of conversion to alternate heating facilities for each installation, regardless of the type of heating system selected. Several Councilmen commented on this announcement to the effect that the time was too short as not enough contractors were available to enable the customers to convert in that length of time. Mr. Purcell was asked what the company planned to do with the building after closing it, and he remarked that plans were indefinite at this time but the plant would probably be demolished. Mr. Cotter then recommended that the PUC Hearings be held in West Chester rather than Harrisburg, and the Secretary was directed to make this request to the PUC. [...]

Two letters from the Retail Merchant Association of the Chamber of Commerce -- one requesting permission to hold their Annual Sidewalk Sale on July 17, 1969, and the other requesting Council's approval of free in-lot parking on July 17, 1969, in addition to free in-lot parking on July 18-19 approved at the May Regular Meeting if possible; if not then requesting approval for July 17, instead of July 18-19 -- were read and considered. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council approve the request to conduct the annual Sidewalk Sale under the same ground rules as in previous years, and that Council approve free in-lot parking on July 17, 1969, but rescind approval for July 18-19. Motion was seconded by.Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Letter from Thomas Spackman, The Gift Horse, on S. High St., requesting Council to place parking meters in the parking lot on Union St. between High & Church Sts. was read and considered. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council approve installation Qf l meters each with a time limit of two hours and a rate of 5 cents/hr. in the lot on the east row of parking spaces. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Letter from Mr. Joseph Polito, requesting a truck load zone on the south side of Washington St. at New St. for Polito's Market was read and considered. Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve a truck loading zone on the south side of Washington St. west of New St. for Polito's Market and the Traffic and Parking Ordinance be so amended. Mr. Cotter also made a motion that Council approve erection of a stop sign stopping traffic northbound on Walnut St. at Ashbridge, and erection of stop signs stopping traffic east bound and west bound on Lafayette St. at New St. and the Traffic and Parking Ordinance be so amended. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Proposal for Engineering Services for updating the information on the Marsh Creek Project and investigating the possibility of joining with Downingtown in construction of a filtration plant, submitted by Albright & Friel Inc., was read. Approximate cost of this proposal is 15,000.00. Mr. Thomas and Mr. Underwood explained they felt the study was necessary as Marsh Creek could begin any time. Mr. Beckett and Mr. Barber stated objections as they felt that the study should be delayed until the project actually began. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council accept the proposal for engineering services from Albright & Friel Inc. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and.approved-by a vote of 5-2, with Mr. Barber and Mr. Beckett voting No. [...]

Letter from the Borough Planning Commission making further recommendations for amending the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map in addition to those previously submitted to Council and referred back to the Planning Commission by Council for additional review and recommendations was read. These new recommendations changed the area for R-7-A previously submitted and recommended changes in R-6 to permit two family detached houses. Mr. Underwood moved that Council approve preparation of the amendment to the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map and that a Public Hearing on the recommended changes be held at 8:00 P.M., July 9) 1969}" Motion was seconded by Mr, Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Spaziani reported that the No Parking signs on the east side of N. Darlington St. between Sharpless and Virginia Ave. have been knocked down and Mr. Bayliss will replace them. ... He also commented on vandalism in the parks after dark and suggested signs to be placed in the parks advising people of prohibited actions. Matter referred to Solicitor to check. [...]

Mr. Baldwin reported his Historical Society would be making a tour of the Borough to select buildings to be designated as historical sites.

Mr. Cotter read a letter to Chief Frame from Mr. J. Edgar Hoover complimenting Mr. Haskell Robinson for his efforts leading to the arrest of two bank robbers. Mr. Cotter then moved that Council express its appreciation to Mr. Robinson by forwarding him a letter of appreciation. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Barber then moved that Council send a letter to the Goodwill Underwater Recovery Team, expressing Council's thanks for their services in the assisting of recovering of evidence of a recent bank robbery in the area and the recovering of a body from Iron Lake. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Spaziani reported that he had received a request from Mr. Roger Hill, Star Social Club, for a restricted parking area in front of the club extending from Matlack St. to the old PRR station. Following a short discussion, Mr. Spaziani moved that Council approve establishing a 3 hour parking zone, between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. on the south side of Market St. from Matlack St. to the old PRR station and the Parking Ordinance be so amended. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Adjourned at 9:50 P.M.


1969/06/23
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (June 23, 1969).

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

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

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

Mr. Cotter advised Council that the Police Committee recommended the appointment of Mr. James N. Bell as a patrolman with the West Chester Police Dept. He then moved that Council approve the appointment of James N. Bell as a patrolman, probationary, with the West Chester Police Dept. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of U-0. [...]

Letter from Mr. T.S.A. Rubino, Chariman, County Commissioners, requesting the municipality to enact a resolution if it desired the County to prepare a county-wide study on solid waste disposal was read and referred to the Solicitor for preparation of the required resolution for consideration at the Regular Meeting in July.

Letter from P. Edward Jefferies requesting that the intersection of Sharpless and New Sts. be made a four way stop intersection was referred to the Police Committee to investigate and report back to Council. [...]

Adjourned at 8:10 P.M.


1969/07/09
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (July 9, 1969).

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

Also present: Mr. Harvey (Solicitor), Police Chief Frame, Mr. Smith (Housing Officer), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

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

Miss Barbara Jones, who resides on W. Chestnut St., appeared to register a complaint about a house located at 325 W. Chestnut St. She stated the occupants of the house were contributing to the delinquency of minors by selling beer, dope, etc. to these minors which included her own son. She also presented a petition signed by 21 residents of the area requesting that the Borough take action to close the house. Mr. Harvey and Chief Frame explained to Miss Jones exactly what was necessary before the house could be closed -- must have sworn information and the people must be willing to testify. Chief Frame further advised Miss Jones that he had been aware of this problem in the area and something would be done in the near future.

Letter from Mr. Charles K. Jerrehian, President, Charles K. Jerrehian, Inc. requesting the Borough to take action to make the alley beside his business on N. Church St. one way going west to provide protection to his building which is being hit by trucks entering the alley from Church St. was read and discussed. Mr. Spaziani briefed Council on the problem -- Mr. Jerrehian had installed an iron pipe in the alley to keep trucks from hitting the building, but as it was on the Borough right-of-way, Mr. Jerrehian was requested to move it. Council also discussed the problem of congestion on High St. which would result if the alley was made one-way west. Mr. Jerrehian's request was referred to the Police and Street Committees with power to act.

Letter commenting on the lack of adequate police protection and requesting that Council take action to correct the situation, signed by eight residents of the 200 block of N. Penn St. was read, noted and Secretary was directed to acknowledge receipt of letter.

The Secretary read a resolution requesting the Board of County Commissioners to undertake a County wide study of solid waste disposal at the County's expense. Following the reading, Mr. Cotter moved that Council adopt the Resolution and copy be forwarded to the Commissioners. Motion seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Meeting recessed at 8:00 P.M. for purpose of holding a Public Hearing on proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map of the Borough of West Chester with the exception of Section 11 of the Amendment which pertains to maintenance of mobile homes in the Borough. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. William Hickman, who resides on West Union St., appeared and complained of disturbances in the area of Everhart Park caused by speeders, drinking, etc. He stated he had called the police who had responded, but by the time they arrived the offenders had departed. He suggested that foot patrols in the area might be effective in eliminating the problems.

Mr. Thomas A. Chambers, 726 Marshall Drive, then asked how short the police department was in personnel. Mr. Thomas advised him that the table of organization called for 27 members, and we have 26 plus one special officer. Mr. Cotter commented that any increase in the police strength would have to result in additional taxes to which most people are opposed. Mr. James Hay, Jr. also asked if there was a chance of any foot patrolmen in the Borough and if there was enough policemen on the force. He also suggested the use of Special Policemen. Mr. Thomas, following the comments and complaints, advised the three individuals that Council would consider their suggestions.

Mr. Reed Knox, 108 Price St., than asked what the College's plans were for providing parking for its students. He stated that the University of Delaware forbids resident sutdents from having automobiles and recommended that the Street Committee of Council meet with the College to consider the College forbidding resident students from having automobiles. Mr. Jack Owens, Dean of student Affairs, West Chester State College, reported that last year the College had 5400 undergraduate students and 1700 graduate students and they were aware of the problems, and were trying to solve the parking by construction and use of College parking lots. Mr. Spaziani commented that he felt the College was trying its best to solve the problem and would continue to do so. [...]

Mr. Spaziani reported that his Street Committee recommended that S. Church St. be made one-way south from Miner St. to Rosedale with parking on both sides and the traffic ordinance be so amended. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vobe of 7-0.

Adjourned at 9:45 P.M.


1969/07/23
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (July 23, 1969).

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

Also present: Mayor Andress, Police Chief Frame, Mr. MacElree (Solicitor) Mr. Smith (Zoning Officer), Mr. Bayliss (Public Works).

Called to order at 4:00 P.M.

Mr. Thomas expalined that the purpose of the meeting was to consider recommendations for amending the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester submitted by the Planning Commission. [...]

Letter from the-West Chester Planning Commission recommending certain amendments to the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester was read. These amendments would change the definition of a family from 4 unrelated persons occupying a dwelling unit living together and maintaining a common household" by adding the following; "provided that not more than six (6) College stodents may occupy a dwelling unit living together and maintaining a common household in an apartment house where there is supervision of the apartment house by College administrative personnel living in the apartment house, and would also add a section on mobile homes and house trailers in the Borough. Following reading of the recommendations Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve preparation of the required amendment to the Zoning Ordinance and that a Public Hearing be held at 8:00 P.M., August 13, 1969 to consider the amendment. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Lynwood Gallimore, from Lynwood's Men's Shop, appeared and requested Council to approve a request to use the sidewalk on Church St. at his store for a sidewalk sale of merchandise recently damaged by fire. He stated he had too much merchandise to use the store only and stated he would have only racks of clothing on the Church St. side. Mr. Barber moved that Council approve Mr. Glllimore's request to use Church St. for a sidewalk sale on Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 26. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Beckett inquired as to the current status of the amendment to the Housing Ordinance which would provide for a point system for evaluating deficient properties. The Housing Officer and Secretary commented that they thought there would be another review by Council prior to preparation of an Ordinance but Mr. Beckett stated he was satisfied with the point system and requested that it be prepared as an Amendment to the Housing Ordinance for consideration for adoption at the next Regular Meeting in August. [...]

Adjourned at 5:05 P.M.


196?/08/13
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (August 13, 196?).

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

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

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

Mr. Thomas A. Chambers, 726 Marshall Drive, addressed Council concerning the articles on drug use in the greater West Chester Area recently published in the Daily Local News, and then read a "Proposal to Combat drug Abuse" urging that Council, the Police Department, the School Board and all concerned parents and citizens embark on a concerted effort to combat the growing menace of drug abuse that exists in our area. He further commented that something must be done about this problem and stated he felt Council could motivate parents to do something. Chief Frame remarked his department was aware of the problem and is working on it. Mr. Thomas, President, advised Mr. Chambers that he would form a committee to help combat the drug problem.

Mr. Thomas Chambers than spoke on the problem of flooding confronting all residents of Marshall Square Manor -- 500 and 700 Block Marshall and Hillside Drives; 300 block of E. Marshall St. and 300 Block of Goshen Road. He presented a petition requesting help "in combating the flooding caused by the direct result of improper and inadequate drainage In the area". The petition represented 93 property owners in the area. Mr. Chambers further commented that the runoff in the creek had increased since the construction of the Seven Oaks Apartments and construction at the Chester County Hospital.

Mr. Bayliss remarked that the Borough had no restrictions on construction of houses in a flood plain, and he had been directed by Council to make a study of the problep and recommend action to eliminate the flooding. Mr. MacEIree remarked that the flooding was a private matter, and the resident did have recourse as a private citizen against anyone who changes the natural flow of the water.

Mr. J. George Knatz, 721 Hillside Drive, Mr. Frank McDermott, 727 Marshall Drive, Mrs. James Cassidy, 506 Hillside Drive, and Mrs. Ryan, 529 Marshall Drive, all commented on the flooding of the area and the need for prompt action to reduce bhe problem. Mr. Chambers, referring to the survey Mr. Bayliss is making, asked when the survey will be done and if the residents will get an answer to their request for assistance. Mr. Thomas replied that Council would notify the residents upon completion of the survey. Mr. Edward Norris then asked if the survey would also be done in the east side of the town? He was advised that this would not be done at this time. Mr. Cotter stated that the big problem in solving the flooding problem was money -- people don't like taxes in order to raise money. Mr. Chambers replied he felt the school could cut taxes if they remained in session for 12 months a year rather than nine months. Mr. MacEIree advised that the School District is studying this idea at the present time. [...]

Following the reading of the amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, Mr. Barber moved that Council enact the ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania by redefining "Family" and Regulating Mobile Homes and House Trailers. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Council then considered a proposed ordinance amending the Housing Ordinance by establishing a point system for violations of the housing ordinance. Following reading of the ordinance Mr. Cotter moved that Council enact the amendment to the housing ordinance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Council considered enactment of an amendment to the Traffic and Parking Ordinance which ordained various stop signs, no-parking areas and provided for one-way traffic on Church St. from Miner St. to Rosedale Ave. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council enact the amendment to the Traffic and Parking Ordinance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Spaziani, commenting on Mr. Charles Jerrehian's request for action to prevent trucks entering the alley at his place of business on N. Church St. from striking and damaging his building, remarked he had been unable, as yet, to come up with a sensible solution. He stated he considered writing all businesses on Gay St. to instruct all dirvers of delivery trucks to enter the alley in such a way that the building wasn't endangered, but this wasn't a good solution. He then stated he would like to think further about the problem and would come up with a recommendation.

Mr. Cotter remarking that the Police Department was two officers short of their quota, moved that Council request the Civil Service Commission to certify a list of eligibles to Council for consideration for appointment as patrolmen with the West Chester Police Dept. Motion was seconder by Mr. Befekett and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Adjourned at 9:30 P.M.


1969/09/10
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (September 10, 1969).

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

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

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

Mrs. Fitch, speaking on behalf of the school crossing guards, asked Council what was being done concerning the guards' wages -- those employed for the College are receiving $6.50 per day and those furnished for the School District are receiving $li.OO. Mr. Cotter advised that Council had met with representatives of the school^district on several items, and discussion on this particular subject woulS be continued before the end of the week. Mr. Thomas advised Mrs. Fitch that Council could not increase wages during the current year becaase of budget limitations.

Mr. Thomas Chambers, speaking on behalf of the Ad Hoc Committee established in the Hillside Drive-Marshall Manor area, asked what action Council had taken on the requests sent them by the Committee. Mr. Bayliss advised that his men had removed the roots from the drain pipes under Hillside Drive in order to permit a better flow, but would check to make sure they were clean.

Mr. Chambers then asked why something couldn't be done about weeds growing in the Borough. The Mayor replied that property owners are notified to cut their weeds, but the Borough has been unable to get anyone to cut the weeds if the owner refuses.

Mr. Richard Merion, Chester County Health Department, was introduced by Mr. Thomas and Briefed the residents in attendance on a joint program for rodent extermination to be undertaken by the Borough and the Chester County Health Department. Mr. Merion stated that the Health Department would begin training four welfare recipients for rodent extermination services. This program will begin on October 1, 1969, and continue for six months. At the end of that period these individuals will be fully trained exterminators and be available for employment by the Borough or local exterminating companies. In conjunction with this training, the Borough will assist in the removal of any possible havens for rodents and enact a new trash and garbage ordinance which will require cans with rodent-proof lids. Mr. Merion stated that this overall program, if successful will eliminate the rat problem in the Borough. Following the briefing, Mr. Thomas Chambers thanked Mr. Merion for the assistance of the Health Department in checking the rat problem in the Hillside Drive Area.

Mr. Thomas introduced Mrs. Street, who gave a briefing on the functions and services offered by the Chester County Council on Addictive Diseases, Inc. She commented specifically on what actions the Council was taking to help combat thg use of drugs in the area. She stated the Council had met with the sbhools to introduce a program and they intended to conduct a seminar on drugs this winter. Following several questions from those in attendance, Mrs. Street, concluded her presentation by an offer to help in any way the Council can to fight the use of drugs. [...]

Mr. Lee Arters, of Arter Brothers who intend to construct 228 apartments and [4?]2 `single' homes on the Sheller property located on the west side of Bradford Ave. in East Bradford Township. Mr. Lee Arters proposed that he provide a well furnishing water equal to the requirements and the Borough accept the well and provide necessary machinery to pump the water into the present water system. [Referred to the Water Committee for study and to report back to Council.] [...]

Request for free in lot parking on October 17 and 18, 1969, from the Retail Merchants Assoc. of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester, Inc. was referred to the Off-Street Parking Committee to study and recommend action to Council.

Request for a Truck Loading Zone on the north side of Linden St. at Walnut St. was referred to the Street and Police Committee tor investigate and report back to Council.

The Secretary read a letter from the Civil Service Commission certifying to Council a list of eligibles for consideration for appointment as patrolmen with the West Chester Police Department. Mr. Cotter then moved that Council approve the appointment of Ruffo, Boyd, Potter and Roman to the West Chester Police Dept. subject to their satisfactory completion oftthe background investigation and the interview* Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve making the intersection of Sharpless and New Sts. a four way stop intersection, and the Traffic Ordinance be so amended. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vfcte of 7-0.

Mr. Spaziani reported he had received a list of grievances and salary demands from the Street Workers and would like to set a meeting to discuss these items. Meeting was scheduled for 4:30 P.M., September 15, 1969.

Mr. Cotter requested members of Council to attend a meeting at 7:00 P.M., September 16, 1969, to discuss finances for the coming fiscal year. [...]

Mr. Cotter then reported on a letter he had received from the Complaint Bureau. This letter stated 120 calls had been received through the telephone answering service and inquired if the service should continue, or the phone be moved to the Borough office. Council's unanimous opinion was that the telephone should remain at the answering service as this was the most effective location. Following this discussion, Mr. Tom Walsh, Mr. Thomas Chambers, and Mr. David Hickman commented on the membership of the bureau and requested that all areas be represented, with replacements from West Chester only if there were any resignations.

Mr. Barber reported that Schramm Inc. was working on a compressor system for the fire whistle as a replacement when the steam plant closes; ..

Mr. Spaziani reported Mr. Founds is planning to construct a parking lot at his funeral home on Union St. which will result in the loss of approximately 5 parking spaces on Union St.

Mr. MacElree, Solicitor, reported he had finally received the report from the title company on the request for an alley running westward from High St. between Price and Sharpless Sts. but he had not had time to review it. Referring to the Rent Escrow Ordinance, he advised that in his opinion, the Ordinance need not be amended to provide for the return of escrowed rent to a tenant who was forced to move prior to the six month period because of the poor condition of the building.

Mr. Bayliss reported that the signs had been installed on Church St. making it one-way from Miner to Rosedale.

Chief Frame reported he had received a request from the residents of the 300 block S. Adams St. for a No Parking Zone on the east side of that block from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council approve this request and the Zoning Ordinance be so amended. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Jim Hay, Jr. again addressed Council and urged them to favorably consider free off-street parking on 17-18 October as requested by the Retail Merchants Assoc. Mr. Thomas stated this recommendation would be considered.

Adjourned at 9:15 P.M.


1969/09/16
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (September 16, 1969).

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

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

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

Mr. Spaziani moved that Council approve removal of parking restrictions on the east side of S. Church St. between Price and Sharpless St., and the establishment of a Truck Loading Zone on the north side of Washington St. west of Darlington St. and the Traffic and Parking Ordinance be so amended. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Following a short discussion on the request of the Retail Merchant Association for free in-lot parking on one day only -- October 18. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 6-1, with Mr. Beckett casting the negative vote.

Meeting was recessed at 7:35 to go into Executive Session and was reconvened at 8:45 P.M. [...]

Chief Frame, remarking that people in the Borough are arming themselves to an alarming degree, requested Council to consider enactment of an ordinance banning the carrying of rifles, shotguns and pistols in the Borough of West Chester. Intensive discussion both for and against the recommendation followed his request. The suggestion was then referred to the Police Committee and Mayor to investigate further and report back to Council.

Adjourned at 9:30 P.M.


1969/09/29
Borough Council of West Chester, special meeting minutes (September 29, 1969).

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

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

Called to order at 4:30 P.M.

Mr. Thomas explained that the purpose of the meeting was to consider enactment of an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester following a Public Hearing scheduled for this time.

... No one appeared in favor nor in opposition to the amendment, and ... following the reading of the proposed Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, Mr. Spaziani moved that Council enact Ordinance No. 20-1969, "An Ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania, by Further Amending Area and Bulk Regulations in Any C-7 Zoning District." Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Request for a Truck Loading Zone on the north side of Linden St. east of Walnut St. from Mr. Grier, who has a store on that corner, was considered, and Mr. Spaziani moved that Council approve establishment of a Truck Loading Zone on the North side of Linden St. east of Walnut St. and elimination of the Truck Loading Zone on the east side of Walnut St. north of Linden St., and the Traffic and Parking Ordinance be so amended. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Request for borough water and sewer service to a tract of land in East Bradford Township, adjacent to the Borough Line, bounded in part by Strasburg Road and Route 322 near Bradford Ave. on which a shopping center and approximately 80 apartments are to be constructed, was read and action deferred pending further study.

Mr. Beckett moved that Council approve the appointment of Mr. Carl E. Durnell as a patrolman with the West Chester Police Department, effective October 13, 1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Beckett moved that Council approve the promotion of Haskell F. Robinson to sergeant with the West Chester Police Force to fill the vacancy resulting from Mr. Benner's resignation, with effective date to be at the disgression of the Chief of Police. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. Spaziani commented on the possibility of the Borough's digging wells to supplement its water supply. Mr. Bayliss stated he had talked to Roy F. Weston Co., and they stated they would select three sites out of a total of six which would be the most logical spots to dig wells for a cost of $7500.00. Mr. Spaziani then moved that Council engage Roy F. Weston Co. to conduct a geological survey for the purpose of locating well sites at a cost not to exceed $5000.00. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Mr. MacElree reported he had reviewed the report on the proposed alley running westward from High St. between Price & Sharpiess Sts. which had been requested to be ordained by Mr. Schlegal and others residing on Price St. He stated it was necessary to have a survey of the property prepared and a title report obtained. He asked if the Borough desired to pay for these items. Council directed that the Manager write a letter to Mr. Schlegal advising him of what is necessary and if the alley was still desired, all expenses would be the residents' responsibility.

Adjourned at 5:10 P.M.


1969/10/08
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (October 8, 1969).

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

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

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

Mr. Thomas Chambers, 726 Marshall Drive, representing the Marshall Square Ad Hoc Committee, reported on their program to do something about the drainage in the Marshall Drive-Hillside Drive area. He stated that the hospital had been very helpful in reducing the run-off from their property, but the committee had not yet heard from Seven Oaks Apartments nor the State Highway Department. Mr. Chambers also thanked Council for getting the weeds cut along Marshall Drive. Following Mr. Chambers' comments, Mr. Spaziani advised him that he, as Chairman of the Street Committee, would meet with Mr. Chambers' committee to see what further action could be taken.

Mr. Chambers then commented on a meeting he had with the Council on Addictive drugs. He stated the Council was going to conduct seminars on drug use during this coming winter, and he then requested that the name of the druggist who had volunteered his services in the fight against drug use be furnished to him.

Mr. Anthony Polito, 105 N. Bradford Ave., asked Council if they were going to enact the gun control ordinance that Chief Frame had requested. Mr. Thomas replied that the ordinance had been considered by the Police Committee who would report on their recommendations later in the meeting.

Letter from Pennsylvania Department of Highways advising of their intentions to discontinue Route #29 from High St. in West Chester to U. S. Route #30 was read. Secretary was directed to contact the Highway Dept. to determine the date of this change and who would assume responsibility for maintenance of that road which is in the Borough when the route is discontinued.

Letter from West Chester Area School District requesting installation of an additional stop sign at Walnut and Miner Sts. was read, and the Police Committee advised they would make a recommendation on this request later in the meeting.

Letter from Dr. Edgar R. Lawrence, for the Church of the Holy Trinity, requesting that Council consider renewing the lease on the parking lot on Union St. for an additional five year period at an increase in rental from $2000.00 to $3000.00 was read and referred to the Off-Street Parking Committee to meet with Dr. Lawrence to discuss the request. [...]

Telegram from Senator Hugh Scott advising of HUD approval of $1,920,719 for low rent public housing in West Chester was read and ordered filed. .

Council considered the offer of Arters Bros, to dig a well on the Sheller property in East Bradford Township with the well to supply an amount equal to the requirements of the proposed construction program on the property in exchange for Borough water service.. Mr. Lee Arters was present and stated his company would cooperate fully with the Borough. Council was generally in favor of the offer of Arter Bros., but during the discussion several questions arose concerning excess water for fire protection, ownership of the land on which the well is to located, etc. Following the discussion Mr. Underwood moved that Council approve preparation of an agreement between Alters Bros, and the Borough. Agreement to be prepared by attorneys representing each principal involved. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 6-0 with Mr. Barber abstaining.

Letter from Mr. John P. Trevaskis, Jr., Attorney, representing East Bradford Shopping Center, Inc. who desires to construct 80,000 square feet of stores and possibly 80 apartments on land in East Bradford Township, requesting Borough water and sewer service was read and referred to the Water and Sewer Committees to study. [...]

Mr. Cotter reported Chief Frame had given him a copy of an ordinance from the City of Lancaster which provided for expeditious removal of abandoned automobiles from the streets of the city. Ordinance was referred to the Solicitor for review.

Mr. Cotter then reported that it was the recommendation of the Police Committee that Council take no action on the anti-gun ordinance at this time. This statement resulted in Mr. Polito asking Mr. Cotter his reason for this recommendation. Mr. Cotter replied that the committee felt it was unnecessary at this time. Mr. Cotter then moved that Council not act on the anti-gun ordinance. Motion was seconded by Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 5-2 with Mr. Barber and Mr. Underwood casting the negative votes.

Mr. Lee Arters again addressed Council and stated that the proposed development on the Sheller tract would like to connect into the Borough sewer system. He stated this request had been contained in their initial letter, and they were willing to make a financial contribution to improvement of the sewer plant if something could be worked out. Mr. Thomas advised Mr. Arters this request would be considered along with the request for water.

Mr. John Voge, a resident of Price St., asked of the status of the new trash ordinance. Mr. Spaziani replied that the suggestions that Mr. Voge had made earlier were incorporated into the new ordinance, and work was continuing on it. He further stated that the ordinance should be ready for adoption early in the new year. [...]

Adjourned at 8:45 P.M.


1969/11/03
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (November 3, 1969).

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

Also present: Mr. MacElree (Solicitor); Mr. Smith (Housing Officer); Mr. Bayliss (Public Works); Mr. Fairfax Leary, Jr. (Bond Council); Mr. Gordon Walker (Butcher & Sherrard).

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

Council consider the proposal for locating well sites submitted by Ray F. Weston. Mr. Barber moved that Council accept the proposal as submitted. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote 5-0. [...]

Adjourned at 4:55 P.M.


1969/11/12
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (November 12, 1969).

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

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

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

Letter from R. Jere Bloche, Attorney, representing developers of the Mansion House Property, requesting Council to give him a positive indication of their willingness to enter into an agreement to lease the air right over parking Lot #2 for use for parking for the new hotel-office building to be constructed at the site of the Mansion House, was read and discussed. The potential purchasers and the real estate agents handling the sale were present and stated they intended to construct a parking garage five or six stories in height with the Borough to have use of the first and second floors for off-street parking if Council would agree. Mr. Walt Morris, Realtor, reported he had contacted the neighbors on Wilmot Mews and they had no serious objections to construction of the garage. Following Mr. MacElree's statement that, in his opinion, a lease of this type could be legally accomplished, Mr. Spaziani moved that Council state their intentions to enter into an agreement for leasing the air rights subject to design approval by Council. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

The Secretary then read proposed ordinance #24-1969, "An ordinance eliminating the requirement for signatures of Fire Committee members on building permits where the cost of construction is $25,000.00 or less." Mr. Underwood moved that Council enact .Ordinance #24-1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spaziani and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Officer John Harris, West Chester Police Department, appeared and asked the possibility of Council aiding in obtaining a new food market in the location of the Food Fair which has closed. He stated the people in that area of the Borough had no transportation and could not afford to ride taxis to the other large markets in the area. Mr. Thomas advised Mr. Harris that his request would be noted and action would be taken to see if something could be done. Mr. Beckett requested Mr. Harris to see him after the meeting to discuss possibilities for the market. [...]

Mr. Spaziani discussed the request of the Church of the Holy Trinity for a new five year lease on their parking lot on Union St. at an increase in cost from $2000.00 to $3000.00. Mr. Spaziani commented he felt this was too great an increase, and then moved that Council offer them a rental of $2300.00 a year for five years with a formal lease to be prepared which would provide for first refusal by the Borough in the event the Church decided to sell the property. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Barber stated he would like to see a new weed ordinance prepared that would require the cutting of weeds by specific dates each year. He stated he was certain this would eliminate many complaints. He then moved that Council approve preparation of an amendment to the present weed ordinance which would require all weeds to be cut by June 15 and August 15 of each year. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Cotter reported he had received a letter written to Chief Frame from the County Detectives Association of Pennsylvania advising that Chief Frame had been selected as an outstanding member of law enforcement in Southeast Pennsylvania and had been selected as a candidate for consideration to attend the FBI National Academy in Washington, D.C. The course at the academy is three months in length Mr. Cotter moved that Council endorse Chief Frame's preparing his application for the academy and submission of same. Motion was seconded by Mr. Barber and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Spaziani reported that the Bible Presbyterian Church at the corner of Union and New Streets intends to install a parking lot on the presently grassed area by the church. He advised that a tree would have to be taken down and requested the Manager to so advise the Tree Warden to grant permit.

Mr. Smith, Building Inspector, requested Council to consider enactment of an ordinance which would require builders to stucco party walls when a house is demolished. Presently, if a row house is demolished, the builder does not have to do anything to the exposed wall of the remaining house. Mr. Barber then moved that Council approve the Solicitor's reviewing this request and prepare such an ordinance if feasible. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Adjourned at 8:40 P.M.


1969/12/01
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (December 1, 1969).

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

Also present: Mr. MacElree (Solicitor); Police Chief Frame; Mr. Bayliss (Public Works); Mr. Smith (Housing Officer).

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

Mr. Cotter moved that Council approve preparation of an ordinance which would increase the authorized strength of the West Chester Police Department from the present strength of 27 men to a strength of 30 men. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Spaziani commented on the increased traffic problems on Brandywine St. at Gay St. and Everhart St. at Market St. He then moved that Council approve installation of stop signs stopping north and southbound traffic on Brandywine St. at Gay St. and stopping north and southbound traffic on Everhart St. at Market St. and the Traffic and Parking Ordinance be ammended to include these additions. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 6-0. (Mr. Beckett had departed prior to the motion.).

Mr. Spaziani requested the Manager to write a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Highways requesting it to consider printing a center line on High St. from Goshen to aid the safe movement of traffic on High St.

Adjourned at 4:10 P.M.


1969/12/10
Borough Council of West Chester, regular meeting minutes (December 10, 1969).

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

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

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

Mr. Thomas advised those in attendance that Chief Frame desired to make awards to specific policemen for alert and aggressive patrol. Chief Frame then awarded certificates of merit to Patrolmen Ruffo, Lund and Durnell. [...]

Mr. Devere Ponzo, speaking for the Black Action Committee, asked the following questions:.

1. What is the procedure for becoming a police officer?.

2. Was the normal procedure followed in the appointment of John Mervin to the police department?.

3. If the answer to #2 is no, why were exceptions made in this case?.

4. When officers are accused of crimes on other police forces, they are usually suspended pending court action, and why hasn't this been done in this uase?.

Mr. Ponzo further stated he had talked to the Manager concerning the answer to question #1 and was aware of the required procedure to become a regular officer. Mr. MacElree, Solicitor, answered questions #2 & #3 by explaining that a special officer may be appointed as was done in this case. Mr. Ponzo then stated that the BAG requested that Officer Mervin be suspended until he is exonerated in court. Mr. Thomas Chambers stated that he has been asked the same questions by residents who seemed to be under the impression that suspension in such cases was the policy in police departments. Following additional comments from councilmen and residents in attendance, Mr. Beckett stated that Mr. Ponzo's request should be dealt with and moved that Council suspend Officer Mervin from duty until he is exonerated from these charges, without pay, with pay to be retroactive if he is proved innocent. Mr. Spaziani stated that he felt Officer Mervin could act as a public relations man, and he felt that Mervin should not be put out without protection. Mr. John Voge stated that continuing this man as an officer just performing public relations would be a strain on the budget because the court case could take a year and half. Mr. Tony Polito commented that he supported Chief Frame in retaining this man on duty. Mr. Beckett's motion was not seconded, and Mayor Andress anounced he would have a meeting after the Council Meeting to consider all comments and then make a decision. [...]

A resident who lives at 216 N. New St. appeared to complain about cars jumping the curb and striking his house. He stated this has happened twice, and he requested he be provided some protection. Council advised him they could do nothing because the guard rail would, of necessity, be on private property. [...]

Letter from Mr. Zobel, President, Berfect Host, Inc. requesting Council to consider furnishing Borough water service to the new Treadway Inn on S. High St. in exchange for an equal amount of water to be entered into the Borough's mains from a well belonging to the North Hills Water Co- was read and discussed. Mr. Baldwin moved that the request be approved subject to an agreement acceptable to the Water Committee. Motion was seconded by-Mr. Beckett and approved by a vote of 6-0 with Mr. Barber abstaining. [...]

Letter from League of Women Voters urging Council to adopt and actively support the recently prepared West Chester Regional Future Development Plan was read. No action was taken pending further study of the plan by Council.

Letter from Dr. Horace F. Darlington asking to be relieved of his appointments to the Housing Advisory Committee and the Commission on Human Relations because of his health, was read. Mr. Baldwin moved that Council accept his resignation with regret and a letter of appreciation be forwarded to him. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0.

The Manager read proposed Ordinance #27-1969, "An Ordinance increasing the Personnel of the Police Department." This ordinance would increase the number from the current 27 to 30 men. Mr. Barber moved that Council enact Ordinance #27-1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Cotter and approved by a vote of 7-0.

The Manager then read proposed Ordinance #28-1969, "An ordinance relating to cutting of weeds, grass and other vegetation in the Borough of West Chester." Mr. Barber moved that Council Enact Ordinance #28-1969. Motion was seconded by Mr. Underwood and approved by a vote of 7-0. [...]

Mr. Thomas announced that the Organizational Meeting of Borough Council would be held at 7:30 P.M., Monday, January 5, 1970.

Adjourned at 9:20 P.M.


1969/12/29
Borough Council of West Chester, adjourned meeting minutes (December 29, 1969).

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

Also present: Police Chief Frame, Mr. Shay (Contoller), Mr. MacElree (Solicitor).

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

Mr. Thomas informed Council of a request from Dr. Ford asking Council to sign a petition requesting the Public Utilities Commission not to grant permission to the Philadelphia Electric Co. to close the steam plant in West Chester. Mr. MacElree confirmed that it was legally correct for the Borough to sign the petition as the Borough was already on record as opposing the, closing of the plant. Mr. Spaziani moved that Council become one of the signers of the petition. Motion was seconded by Mr. Baldwin and approved by a vote of 5-0. [...]

Mr. Cotter presented for consideration a recommendation that the Police Force be authorized a Fifth Sergeant in order to permit the Chief to have four platoons which would enable him to better utilize his people. Action on this request was delayed until the Regular Meeting in January. Mr. MacElree was requested to prepare the necessary ordinance for that meeting.

The Manager presented a request for sub-division submitted by the Elks, Home, who desire to sub-divide their property in order to construct 72 apartments on the approximately five acres to be sub-divided. Planning Commission had already approved the sub-division. Mr. Barber moved that Council approve the sub-division with the provision that water and sewer in adequate quantities be available before permit for construction is issued. Motion was seconded by Mr. Spagiani and approved by a vote of 6-0. [...]

Mr. Ralph Watson, Fire Chief, speaking on behalf of the fire companies, thanked Mr. Barber for his services as Chairman of the Fire Committee. Mr. Watson then commented on the proposed purchase of an aerial truck which the Fame Fire Co. states it needs now. He stated that he was aware of the lack of money but something should be done to order the truck now, as the old truck was in very bad condition. Mr. Thomas Chambers concurred with Mr. Watson's remarks and stated that priorities must be established in the budget to provide for the truck. Mr. Shay, Controller, asked why the Borough wasn't getting a definite committment from the state to help pay for the truck. Mr. Barber remarked that the College had agreed to help but when their budget was cut they couldn't contribute anything. Mr. Barber then discussed the possibility of a lease-purchase of the truck, and Mr. MacElree was requested to see if this could be done legally.

Adjourned at 8:40 P.M.



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