Author: Loretta Rodgers

Chester Council wants police chief to quit

Approximately mid-way through Wednesday night’s marathon contentious Chester City Council meeting, and after no less than three city residents called for the resignation of Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail, Jr., Councilwoman Portia West rose from her seat and confirmed the sentiment. “I want you all to know that Council went to Mayor Linder and we’ve been asking for a year for him to do a national search for the chief of police,” West said. “Last week, all members of Council went to the mayor and we asked for the resignation of Commissioner Bail.. Our request was refused, so then...

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Fire chief wants public siren reactivated

Brookhaven Fire Chief Rob Montella, during a recent meeting of Borough Council, requested reactivation of the firehouse siren in specific cases of high risk. “Over the past couple of years, we’ve had some pretty serious storms in this town where we have had firefighters on fire trucks with straight line winds unable to contact them with no warning to get those guys back on the trucks,” Montella said. The chief added that the fire company did not want to use the siren for every fire, but only if the potential for injury or death is a possibility. “We don’t...

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Township considers charging for using community center

Chester Township Council is considering the possibility of charging a fee for rental of the community building. Councilman Gabriel Ingram said due to the current economy, the township can no longer provide the building for free. “We know the building belongs to the people, unfortunately there is a cost incurred. We have to pay for lights, heat; police to patrol the area, and custodians to take care of the building. So, we are trying to come up with a viable formula that will allow you to rent the building, but at the same time recover our costs.” Ingram said Council understands there are financially strapped groups that are unable to pay the going rate and it is possible to make arrangements, depending on the function, such as a fundraiser. “These things are under study and (we) plan to have a decision by the end of the month, so we don’t conflict with you. Free is not an option any longer.” In other matters, Council named TD Bank the township’s official depository for 2014. It also approved a $3,220 bid from Grace Quality Used Cars in Morrisville, PA to buy a used 2009 Crown Victoria township police vehicle. Of the three bids submitted, Grace was the highest offered. Councilman Calvin Bernard announced that summer trash pick up will be collected on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in May. He added that...

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Township amends laws for new movie studio

Chester Township Council recently voted to amend two ordinances permitting cellular antennas as well as water attractions, retail stores, gift shops and similar commercial stores in the Entertainment District (ED). In addition, the amendments will allow an increase in height restrictions for enclosed buildings from 120 feet to 250 feet. Via the amendment, the height restriction for antennas, heating, ventilation and mechanical equipment and similar projections was changed from 142 to 285 feet. In 2007, Council established the Entertainment District for the construction and operation of Sun Center Studios on Concord Road. Solicitor Stephen Polaha said the amendment clarifies the fact that cell antennas are permitted by the addition of the word “cell,” and also allows for additional amendments to expand amusement activities permitting movie theaters, television recording with or without audience participation, the use of retail stores, gift shops and similar establishments. Also, via the amendment, the minimum lot size in the ED district was reduced from 20 acres to 15 acres Polaha said the ordinance amendments were approved by the Chester Township and Delaware County Planning commissions. “When the original ordinance was passed, it was in regard to the height of Sun Studios,” said Council President Bob May. “Now the owner is making it a convention center and destination where people will come to see movie stars. He (the owner) sees the need to have a hotel...

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Town Watch offers $1,000 reward for razor blade vandal capture in Brookhaven

The Brookhaven Town Watch organization has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals who last week purposely taped razor blades to playground equipment at Eaton Park. Mayor Mike Hess said a maintenance worker cleaning the park and checking playground equipment noticed the razor blades and immediately called police. Hess said officers arrived at the scene, took photographs and removed the blades. The Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is involved in the ongoing investigation. “It is very disappointing and sad,” said Hess. “There are really some very demented people...

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