New Chester police officer Astrid Cottrell (center) poses with Mayor John Linder, Police Commissioner Joe Bail, Jr., members of City Council and the Chester Police Department following swearing-in ceremonies.

New Chester police officer Astrid Cottrell (center) poses with Mayor John Linder, Police Commissioner Joe Bail, Jr., members of City Council and the Chester Police Department following swearing-in ceremonies.

Chester Councilwoman Portia West, during last week’s Council meeting, announced that the city has received a $215,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the result of the city’s successful recycling performance in 2013.

West said she hopes city residents do even better with recycling in 2014.

In other matters, Astrid Cottrell was sworn-in as the city’s newest police officer. Cottrell is a graduate of the Philadelphia Police Academy. She was previously employed for several years as a social worker. Cottrell will serve a one-year probation period.

Council ratified the appointment of Edward Majors as a consultant for the Department of Parks, Public Property and Recreation for no more than 30 hours per week at the rate of $10 per hour, with no benefits, effective June 2nd.

LaRue Walker was hired as a janitor for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, effective June 16th. Walker will serve a 90-day period of probation.

Jaquan Green was hired as a per diem laborer beginning June 5th and ending Sept. 1st at the rate of $8.25 per hour, with no benefits. His employment shall not exceed 29 hours per week.

Council ratified the appointment of Ada Robertson as an administrative assistant to the Bureau of Health in the Department of Public Safety, effective March 3, 2014.

The 2014 summer food service contract of $165,750 was awarded to Catering by Mario’s, 301 St. Vincent St., Philadelphia.

A $63,000 contract for tree removal, tree trimming and weed control was awarded to Greenscape Landscape Contractors.

A Memorandum of Understanding was approved between the Chester Shade Tree Commission and Widener University, authorizing Widener students to volunteer their services to assist with education and inform city residents about the benefits of trees.

Council approved a $10,000 contract with Celebration Fireworks to stage a fireworks display in Chester Park for the 4th of July.

The city also entered into an agreement with National Nursing Centers Consortium, extending the contract to June 30, 2015, providing childhood lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes services to high-risk individuals and families. This service is funded through a grant from the state Dept. of Health for the Pennsylvania Lead and Healthy Homes program.

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