The West Chester Borough Council took several steps to try to curb the behavior of West Chester University students earlier this week.
Those steps include raising the minimum fines for quality of life violations like public urination and noise, instituting an on-call judge for homecoming weekend and keeping track of what the borough spends annually on student enforcement.
“There’s absolute craziness,” said borough council member Jordan Norley referring to homecoming weekend. “Things went beyond ‘controlled chaos’ into just straight chaos.”
Norley added, “We need to put an emphasis on the problem makers and not the taxpayers.”
Borough Council voted to increase minimum fines on public urination, open container and noise from $100 to $250, hoping the steep price would curb behavior.
“Hopefully, we can hit their wallets harder so they’ll think harder,” Norley said. “Or at least hit their parents harder.”
Norley also led the charge on keeping track of how much the borough spends specifically on student enforcement.
“We need to create a benchmark,” Norley said. “We need to find a baseline to see what we spend on enforcement. True facts may help us with leveraging the university.”
“We need to send a message,” said borough council president Holly Brown.