8-year-old honored by Coatesville City Council

Keira Ollis working to make Coatesville more beautiful By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times 8-year-old Keira Ollis recently volunteered her time by painting over a graffiti tag at the corner of Newlinville Road and South First Avenue in Coatesville. COATESVILLE – As most children are spending their summers at the pool or playing at the park, 8-year-old Keira Ollis is looking for her next...

Letter: City Council working hard to set Coatesville on right path

To The Editor: As the City of Coatesville gets ready to celebrate its first one hundred years as a city, the members of City Council and I are working hard to position the city for the start of its next century. Our recent work to produce a budget with no tax increase is the first step in that process. We want to keep our existing residents, so Council must be mindful of the impact that taxes have...

Coatesville considers passing smoking ban in city parks

Young Lungs at Play initiates effort to protect kids from secondhand smoke By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Jaclyn Gleber of ChesPenn Dental asks the Coatesville City Council to participate in Young Lungs at Play, during Monday’s meeting. COATESVILLE – City council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would ban the smoking of all tobacco products in public parks at Monday...

City promotes police officers; dispute continues over fees

Two police officers promoted; disputes over city codes and fee continue By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times With his family around him, Coatesville Police Officer Shawn Dowds is sworn in as Corporal. City Police Chief Jack Laufer praised Dowds’s dedication and experience. COATESVILLE – Coatesville Police Officer Shawn Dowds was promoted from patrol officer to corporal at Monday night’s...

Lavender-Norris, Hess sworn onto City Council

Hamrick elected City Council President By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times New Coatesville City Council member Linda Lavender Norris is sworn in at Monday’s reorganization meeting. COATESVILLE – New City Council Members Linda Lavender Norris and Marie Hess were sworn in at Council’s reorganization meeting Monday afternoon. Both members said that they felt a sense of civic duty toward...

Coatesville community mourns passing of Johnson

Paul Johnson County’s first African-American District Justice, former Coatesville City Council President 12/21/13, 8:40 a.m.: Updates with additional comments COATESVILLE — Paul Johnson, a member of the Coatesville Area School District School Board, a former City Council member and president and a District Justice — Chester County’s first African-American to hold that post — has died,...

City Council members emphasize revenue growth for 2014

Landlords question tax hike as Council members say 2014 is year for change By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times COATESVILLE – Contention between City Council and local landlords continued at Monday night’s meeting, this time because of disagreements over the 37% property tax increase for 2014. At the beginning of Monday night’s meeting, Council held a public hearing on the 2014 budget. Multiple...

City Council passes 2014 budget; taxes to rise 3.5 mills

Plan includes contingencies to increase accountability of administration By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times COATESVILLE – City Council adopted the preliminary budget for 2014 at its meeting Monday night. The budget, set at just over $10 million, includes a 3.5-mill tax increase to make the new rate 9.415 mills. The budget also includes stipulations in order to stimulate redevelopment in the...

Landlords claim city increased fees while decreasing services

Group feels city created gratuitous fees; Council says they must cover costs By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times COATESVILLE – A group of landlords voiced grievances about City Council’s electrical, plumbing, and rental fee increases at Monday night’s City Council meeting. With some more than doubling this past January, the landlords also believe that services have decreased. “The primary...

City Council designates a ‘revitalization district’ downtown

Beautification and business growth efforts to focus between 1st and 4th Ave. By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times CAPP member Ted Reed (left) and Chairperson Regina Horton Lewis (right) present Acting Fire Chief James Lentz with a $5,000 check. The grant from the Stewart Huston Charitable Trust will be used to purchase new barricades. COATESVILLE – City council passed a motion to designate...