Monday, April 22, 2013
The chief of police and university reps will be on hand to take questions about the new noise ordinance.
Have questions about the new “Quiet Zones” that have been created around West Chester University’s campus? On Wednesday, you can get answers. From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the university’s Sykes Student Union Theatre, West Chester Borough Police Chief Scott Bohn and a team of WCU representatives will discuss the new ordinance, and take questions from residents. The “Quiet zones” have been established in several neighborhoods near the college between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Violators are subject to a $250 fine. The forum is sponsored by the Off-Campus and Commuter Association and all borough residents are encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Marathoner John Manion was in Boston with his family when the bombs went off.
John Manion was in his hotel room when the first bomb went off. The West Chester Borough Councilman had finished the Boston Marathon, his fourth, with a time of 3.02:16 and was cleaning up at the Boston Marriot, approximately half a mile from the finish line, with his family when he says he heard a “tremendous boom.” “My daughter, she’s 9, said, ‘What was that?’ I told her it was a dump truck dropping its haul,” Manion, who was one of 24 West Chester runners in Boston on Monday, explained. Then they heard the second blast. “I went out into the hall and looked out the window. You could see, not panic, but there was definitely commotion. The cops started pouring in…it got insane.” Manion composed himself and tried to follow the events on …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Council wants to make sure All's Quiet on the West Chester Front.
The borough council approved a measure on Wednesday night that should cut down on noise pollution near West Chester University, the Delaware County Daily Times is reporting. “Quiet zones” will be established in several neighborhoods near the college between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. A network of 240 signs the borough purchased at a cost of $4,230 will remind students to keep it down during these hours. Violators will be fined $250. Before the vote, West Chester mayor Carolyn Comitta told KYW that the fine should discourage “rowdiness” and give nearby residents some needed peace and quiet. “It may be a deterrent because the fine is $250, but people need to be reminded,” the mayor said.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The zones would be set up in neighborhoods around the college. Violators will be fined $250.
Frustrated by the noise sometimes created by students at West Chester University? Looks like the borough council might be poised to give you a break. According to CBS3, the council is expected to vote on Wednesday night to create “quiet zones” in a few neighborhoods around the school. 60 signs around the college would remind students to keep it down between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., while violators would face $250 fines. (See previous West Chester Patch coverage of the "quiet zone" proposal here West Chester mayor Carolyn Comitta told KYW that the fine should discourage “rowdiness” and give nearby residents some needed peace and quiet. “It may be a deterrent because the fine is $250, but people need to be reminded,” the mayor said. …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The West Chester Borough Public Safety Committee recommends quiet zone signs for certain borough neighborhoods.
The West Chester Borough Council Public Safety Committee recommended that the borough move forward with constructing “Quiet Zone” signs in the neighborhoods surrounding West Chester University. The proposal calls for 240 signs to be distributed among some 60 blocks primarily in the southeast quadrant of the borough. The program will cost the borough an estimated $4,230. “It will be a good part of the education process,” said borough council and committee member Jordan Norley. “Hopefully it will help keep some of the behavior in check.” The signs themselves will read: “Quiet Zone 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. minimum fine $250.” Borough Council will vote on whether or not to build the signs at the borough council work session meeting scheduled for Feb…
Monday, February 11, 2013
The West Chester Borough Council Public Safety Committee will discuss establishing quiet zones in neighborhoods surrounding West Chester University.
The West Chester Borough Council will hold its second round of committee meetings on Tuesday starting at 5:30 p.m. Public Safety holds its meeting first followed by Finance at 6:30 p.m. and Planning, Zoning and Industrial Development at 7:30 p.m. Borough Committees make recommendations that full council will vote on during their regular meeting. Below are the highlights from each agenda: Public Safety The public safety committee will once again discuss establishing “quiet zone” signage in certain neighborhoods near West Chester University. The committee will discuss which neighborhoods these signs should be in. The signs will not necessarily be enforceable, but the committee hopes they will act as a deterrent. The committee will also …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The West Chester Borough Public Works Committee will discuss the implementation of a storm water management fee.
The West Chester Borough Council will hold its first round of committee meetings starting at 5:30 p.m. Public Works holds its meeting first followed by Parks and Recreation at 6:30 p.m. and Parking at 7:30 p.m. Borough Committees make recommendations that full council will vote on during their regular meeting. Below are the highlights from each agenda: Public Works The Public Works Committee will once again be discussing storm water management fees. This is a process that will continue through the rest of the year. The borough wants to implement a fee that would charge residents for storm water management based on impervious coverage. Borough Council sees it as a way to earn extra revenue as it will most likely affect the borough’s …
Current West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta will seek re-election this fall.
Sunday, February 10
The following is a press release from the Campaign to Elect Carolyn Comitta. At a lunchtime gathering, Friday, at West Chester's Municipal Building Council Chambers, Carolyn Comitta publicly announced her plan to run for re-election as Mayor of West Chester. Comitta was elected to her first term as Mayor in 2009. She was the bipartisan candidate for Mayor, having won both the Democratic and Republican Primaries. A resident of West Chester for most of the last 45 years, Comitta is committed to preserving historic resources while allowing for complimentary economic development in West Chester. In addition to currently serving as Mayor of West Chester, Comitta is: "It is an honor and a joy to be Mayor of the great Borough of West Chester. I…
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The West Chester Borough Council passes a resolution urging federal lawmakers to make changes to the nation's gun control policies.
The West Chester Borough Council passed a resolution on Wednesday that would encourage the federal government to pass gun control legislation including the Fix Gun Checks Act as well measures that would regulate military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines. The resolution comes from the Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization, which is a bipartisan coalition of over 800 mayors across the country of both big cities and small towns. The resolution calls for passage of legislation that would eliminate military-style weapons and high capacity magazines as well as make gun trafficking a federal crime. The resolution also asks that mental health and other relevant records be added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Security firm AlliedBarton pulls its bid to perform security patrols in the neighborhoods surrounding West Chester University.
AlliedBarton pulled its bid to perform security patrols in the neighborhoods surrounding West Chester University on Wednesday, just a day after being awarded the contract by borough council. According to borough council member Jordan Norley AlliedBarton pulled its bid as a professional courtesy and because they had concerns about the short turnaround for when it would need to be operational. "The man at Tuesday's meeting was a sales rep," Norley said. "He sent an e-mail saying that the operations team had concerns about the short time required to become operational." If AlliedBarton hadn't pulled its bid, the security patrols would have had to be ready to go in just 10 days. Because AlliedBarton pulled its bid, the contract was awarded to…