Scouts take part in meet­ing

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mar­cella Peyre-Ferry For 21st Cen­tury Me­dia

Boy Scouts from Ox­ford Troop 13 filled the Nov. 14 bor­ough coun­cil meet­ing work­ing to­ward their cit­i­zen­ship badges, and to make a pre­sen­ta­tion to coun­cil.

The troop showed coun­cil mem­bers a dis­play case hous­ing the two large hand axes that were used to hew the logs for the Ox­ford Youth Cabin over 100 years ago. The cabin off Lin­coln Street is still used reg­u­larly by Boy and Girl Scouts.

The troop got to see how coun­cil works through dis­cus­sion items and ap­provals of pur­chases, but there were few de­ci­sions made. In­stead, many agenda items opened the way for things to come.

One of those top­ics is the pro­posal to put up kiosk style park­ing in the cur­rently un­metered lots be­tween Broad and Hodge­son and the for­mer bank-owned lot op­po­site the Ox­ford Li­brary. Along with cre­at­ing more me­tered spa­ces, there is a pro­posal to dou­ble park­ing rates to 50 cents per hour.

“This is not nec­es­sar­ily the first step to­ward a park­ing garage,” coun­cil mem­ber Peggy Rus­sell cau­tioned.

The 2017 bud­get will be dis­cussed at the next meet­ing on Nov. 21, with start­ing time for that topic be­gin­ning at 6 p.m. At this point it does not ap­pear that a tax in­crease will be needed.

Coun­cil has been asked by the Union Fire Com­pany to in­crease con­tri­bu­tions to the fire de­part­ment and the am­bu­lance com­pany for the com­ing year. The con­tract sent to coun­cil re­quests $53,211.38 for the fire com­pany and $22,471 for the am­bu­lance.

Bor­ough Manager Brian Hoover cau­tioned coun­cil that just be­cause those amounts have been re­quested, they do not nec­es­sar­ily have to agree to those fig­ures. “You have the pre­rog­a­tive to set the rate,” he said. “That is not a func­tion they have. They don’t have a right to do it.”

Hoover came un­der fire from res­i­dents dur­ing the pub­lic com­ment por­tion of the meet­ing for the way prop­erty main­te­nance code vi­o­la­tions are be­ing ad­dressed since he took over the po­si­tion this year.

Hoover him­self was cred­ited with pro­fes­sion­al­ism and cour­tesy, but the codes en­force­ment con­trac­tors were crit­i­cized for not hav­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and for hand­ing out tick­ets with­out ex­plain­ing the vi­o­la­tions or warn­ing peo­ple that there were prob­lems.

Coun­cil agreed that the first con­tact about a vi­o­la­tion should be a warn­ing, but af­ter that there will be tick­ets. “This is go­ing to be a new learn­ing curve with en­forc­ing the or­di­nances. We try to be dili­gent,” coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ron Her­shey said.

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