Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The West Chester Borough Council Public Works Committee moves forward with plans to institute a storm water fee.
The West Chester Borough Council Public Works Committee made a 3-0 recommendation on Monday to send out a request for proposal (RFP) as the borough continues to move forward with the implementation of a storm water fee. “We need to institute a new program,” said borough council and committee member Chuck Christy. “We need everyone to pay. Right now, it’s just the property owners, but we need to get the university, the churches, everyone.” The request for proposal includes several tasks for whoever would be brought on to carry out the proposal. The RFP includes a feasibility task as well as public education and program cost and development. The RFP also includes a clause that would allow the borough to back out of the program if it proves…
Monday, January 7, 2013
The West Chester Borough Council Public Works Committee will once again discuss the implementation of a storm water fee.
The West Chester Borough Council Committee’s will hold the first of their two monthly meetings on Monday. The Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Parking Committees will meet on Monday starting at 5:30. The committees make recommendations to full council that will then be voted on later in the month. Public Works: The public works committee will continue to discuss the implementation of a storm water management assessment fee based on impervious coverage. That’s a lot of words to say that the borough is looking into implementing a storm water fee as a way to raise revenue. The borough is putting out a request for proposal so that consultants can be brought in to discuss the best way to implement such a fee. Also, the public works …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Sadly it will soon be time to get rid of your Christmas tree. Here's information on how to do it where you live.
The holiday season ended just last week, but, if your house is anything like mine, your Christmas tree is probably still up. You shuld really get rid of that thing. It's a fire hazard. Here's a breakdown of how to get rid of your tree depending on where you live. West Chester Borough: Borough residents can simply leave their trees at curbside on trash day. However, the borough will only pick them up for the frist two weeks in January. After that you're on your own. West Goshen Township: West Goshen residents have two options for Christmas tree disposal. First, they can leave their trees curbside on Saturday, Jan. 19. Residents can also take their trees to West Goshen Community Park and leave them in the parking lot for mulching. …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The Borough of West Chester has changed its yard waste program. These changes went into effect Jan. 1, 2013.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
West Chester Borough will change its yard waste program beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The following is a press release from the Borough of West Chester. Effective January 1, 2013 the Borough will no longer offer curbside tree limb chipping. Instead, there will be a new yard waste program, for Borough residents only. Curbside Collection The Borough will provide Friday curbside collection of yard waste and branches once per month: • First Friday: Northwest Quadrant • Second Friday: Northeast Quadrant • Third Friday: Southwest Quadrant • Fourth Friday: Southeast quadrant Curbside collection will include bundled branches and yard waste only. Branches and yard waste must be tied with biodegradable twine (cotton or hemp) into manageable bundles no longer than 4 feet. Biodegradable paper bags are acceptable also. NO PLASTIC BAGS. …
Monday, November 12, 2012
The West Chester Borough Council Public Works Committee will discuss adding a storm water fee on Monday.
The West Chester Borough Council Public Works Committee will discuss adding a storm water assessment fee based on impervious coverage on Monday. The borough would use the fee to offset costs associated with storm water management as well as the loss of an annual usage fee of nearly $800,000 from the Pfizer property. Borough Council has also discussed using the fee as a way to "tax" some of the nonprofits located withing the borough's boundaries. Currently, the borough is nearly 100 percent developed with 35 percent of the borough's land used by tax-exempt non-profits. If approved on Monday, the new storm water fee would be moved onto full council next week.
Friday, October 19, 2012
The borough will limit yard waste drop-offs at the public works building to once a month.
The West Chester Borough Council voted to change the yard waste program on Wednesday, limiting drop-off at the public works building to once a month as well as curbside pickup. “This is not going to work,” said borough council member Chuck Christy. “We’re just going to have piles of waste sitting in the alleys rotting. Vermin are going to start living in it. We’re going to have all kinds of raccoons and foxes.” The borough’s Public Works Department had asked borough council to scale back the yard waste drop-off program because they felt it was being abused. Currently, the public works drop-off site is open everyday, and it’s hard to enforce. Borough council member John Manion also argued that it also comes down to cost. “There are only …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The West Chester Borough's Public Works Committee listens to proposed changes to the borough's yard waste collection services.
Bob Wilpizeski, the West Chester Public Works Director, asked the borough’s Public Works Committee Monday if something could be done to change the current limb and yard waste collection services. “This one aspect of public works is taking away from our other functions,” Wilpizeski said. “What was originally meant to serve a small area has turned into a regional dumpsite.” Currently, borough residents can take their yard waste and limbs to the borough’s public works building where the department will dispose of that waste. However, Wilpizeski says that the program has grown out of hand. “We can’t even park our cars in the parking lot on Mondays,” Wilpizeski said. “The lot is too full with yard waste. Workers have to spend time picking …
Monday, July 9, 2012
The West Chester Borough Council Committees will meet Monday night to discuss public works, parks and parking.
On Monday, the West Chester Borough Council will hold the first night of its committee meetings. Here’s a quick overview of what’s on the agenda for each committee. Public Works: Not a whole lot on this agenda, but the committee will discuss maintenance contracts for the Chestnut Street Garage. The committee will also discuss bids received to purchase some the borough’s used equipment and vehicles. Parks and Recreation: Another short agenda but the committee will discuss a new initiative from the county health department that would help promote tobacco free parks and playgrounds. Parking: The committee will discuss an offer from the university to prepare and administer a parking issues and needs survey. They will also discuss a request …
Monday, April 9, 2012
The public works committee recommends a new streetlight.
The West Chester Borough Public works committee moved forward with a 3-0 recommendation to put in a new streetlight on the 200 block of South Matlack Street. According to a resident at the meeting, there have been several instances of vandalism in the area, and the neighbors believe a new streelight would alleviate some of those problems. "We don't want something super-bright," the resident said. "Just something." The light will cost the borough around $450 to install. Public Works also pushed back a discussion on leaf collection in Everhart Park until next month. The Friends of Everhart Park have asked the borough to authorize overtime for public works department employees to help with volunteer efforts to remove leaves from the park in …