Special to the Spirit
Amidst the media frenzy, the harsh monikers, the frequent in-fighting and the finger-pointing, there are residents of the borough who truly and want nothing more than to see a debt-free, thriving Colwyn. Some long-time residents reminisce of a once prosperous borough and can easily pinpoint its downfall.
Pastor Otis Hicks, of the Golden Gate Christian Assembly in Collingdale, moved to Colwyn in 1991 and says the tiny borough of about 2,400 residents was in “its heyday the first five years” he lived there.
“It was really a pleasure,” Hicks said. “[As a] matter of fact, my realtor recommended Colwyn to me because of its history and its government.”
Hicks recalled some basic necessities that have somewhat turned into luxuries during Colwyn’s fall.
“Things were being done — trash was collected on time, the borough office was open for people to come in; it seemed like the government was very open to people; we had an active police department [and] an active fire department.”
Maurice Clark, Sr., an 18-year Colwyn resident, said the same of the borough’s facilities.
“The police don’t respond like they used to when I first came here. We had more police officers, we had more police cars. They don’t have that now, but they just bought two new ones,” Clark said.
Hicks and others believe Colwyn declined “in the last 10 years” with specific emphasis on years 2005 to 2008.
Paula Brown, a former Colwyn borough manager and former mayor of Darby Borough, has lived in Darby for over five decades, but also has generational ties to Colwyn dating back to 1903.
“Once 2008 came, it did a complete 360-turnaround,” said Brown.
Clark agrees with other residents about the timeframe, but doesn’t believe the borough itself is weak; it’s the people.