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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Council Overview

Among items taken up by Borough Council Committees last evening were the following. All Committee actions, however, are subject to formal vote of the full Council at a regular business session. The next such session is June 10.

• Recommended that Council approve the allocation of $5,000 toward the cost of transporting the last remaining Phoenix Steel Ferris Wheel from Asbury Park, NJ, to Kimberton for temporary storage and refurbishing. PAEDCO has agreed to cover half of the $50,000 purchase price; the remaining funds for purchase will be covered by a private fundraising effort, according to project initiator Barbara Cohen. A permanent location for the wheel on the steel site is contemplated.

• Considered a request from Robb Frees on behalf of the Main Street-Community Development Corporation for an extension of the current CDC contract with the Borough, for an additional five years at $125,000 per year.

• Recommended that Council approve the timeline extension of Phoenixville Hospital’s Phase II renovation and construction project.

• Considered a request from Brandywine Financial for support of its development of the final, third elderly housing facility on the western portion of the steel site. The preliminary proposal is for a 60-unit building, with 52 one-bedroom and 8 two-bedroom units.

• Recommended funding a study of the feasibility of establishing a Business Improvement District for the Downtown area.

• Recommended an extension of the steel site Master Plan for an additional fifteen years. The proposal has been referred to the Borough and County Planning Commissions before Council considers on June 10 advertising the proposal for public hearing.

• Considered in executive session the parameters for a contract for a new borough manager. The Manager Search Committee will be interviewing three candidates Thursday.

• Directed staff to present on June 10 its considerations surrounding a bond issue for water infrastructure renovation, reconstruction and replacement.

• Considered authorization of a bid package for renovations to those portions of Friendship Field purchased by the Borough from Friendship Fire Company at settlement May 20.

Posted by
G.E. “Skip” Lawrence


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