1. This Month...
  3. Covid-19
  1. Municipal & Public Works Facilities Reopening Monday, May 24

    The Municipal Building and Public Works facilities will be reopening Monday, May 24th.  The building will be posted with signage asking anyone who enters the building who has not been vaccinated to please wear a mask when entering the facilities.  Any employees who are not vaccinated shall continue to wear a mask while in the work place.  
  2. *** Important Update from the Chester County Health Department ***

    The Chester County Health Department supports the Federal Government’s announcement on April 27, 2021 and the updated Universal Face Covering Order  issued by the Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health on May 3, 2021, with the following modification: Any individual engaging in high exertion OUTDOOR activities, including but not limited to, athletics, exercise or play activities, is NOT required to wear masks when actively engaged in those activities.

    link to announcment
    link to universal face covering order


    PECO will be working in the 50 block of West Gay Street beginning Monday, April 26, 2021.  This section of W. Gay Street will be closed to traffic from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday Through Friday.  After 4:00 PM, W. Gay Street will be fully re-opened.  It is anticipated that the closure will be in effect for 3 weeks (ending approximately May 14th).


    Week of May 10th:  Complete work in Gay Street from High Street to Church Street – Gay Street will be closed during the work hours of 7:00am to 4:00pm in this block.  Completion is estimated to take 1 week 

    Beginning Monday, May 17th:  Work in the intersection of Gay Street and Church Street on Monday and Tuesday from 7:00am to 4:00pm.  Traffic will be restricted on both Gay street and Church Street.  Complete work in Gay Street from High Street to Church Street from Wednesday through Friday – Gay Street will be closed during the work hours of 7:00am to 4:00pm in this block.

    Beginning Sunday May 23rd:  Base Repair in Gay Street from Walnut Street to High Street from 6:00 pm to 4:00am.  Gay Street will be closed to traffic during the work hours.  Work is estimated to take 1 week.
    Week of May 24th:  Perform daytime work in Gay Street from Church Street to Darlington Street from 7:00 am to 4:00pm.  Gay Street will be closed to traffic during the work hours.  Work is estimated to take 3 weeks. 

    Other Travel Advisories of Interest

    May 17 - The 600 block of West Chestnut is closed all day for emergency PECO work.

    May 17 - The 100 block of E. Union is closed for a PECO Emergency gas leak. It will be closed all day.

    AQUA –      
    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 the 500 block of W. Nields at Brandywine Street will be closed from 9AM – 3PM

    Wednesday, May 19th the 500 block of W. Nields at Brandywine from 10PM – 6AM – water service will be shut down

    PECO -           
    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 travel delays at Price and the 400/500 block of S. High Streets. Flaggers will be on site from 9AM – 3PM.

  4. Local Earned Income Tax filing deadline has been extended to may 17, 2021

    The Federal and State Income Tax Annual Return filing deadline was extended to May 17, 2021.  Keystone will accordingly not impose additional late filing penalty and interest to local taxpayers who file by May 17, 2021 so as to align the local filing deadline with the extended PA and the IRS filing deadlines.  

    This extension does not apply to any other tax payments.  Employer filing deadlines for reporting payroll withholdings are not changed.  Similarly, quarterly estimates for 1st quarter 2021 have not been extended.   

    Taxpayers contacting you with questions regarding the filing deadline should be directed to Keystone’s website, www.KeystoneCollects.com or to Keystone’s Taxpayer Services Department at (888) 328-0565.

  5. Borough of West Chester Zoning Code
    Borough Seal

    Chapter 112. Zoning


    The Borough will be tagging recycling items which do not comply with the recycling standards. Please be advised that plastic bags are not recyclable.  Please click here to learn more about the recycling standards.


    The general public is welcome to join the meetings via a computer, laptop, tablet, cell phone or landline phone.  The Public WebEx link can be found at www.west-chester.com. If you need further assistance, please contact the Chief Information Officer at wmann@west-chester.com.  We encourage residents to provide public comments by submitting them via email to webex@west-chester.com prior to the meetings to be read aloud. Participants may provide public comments during the meetings. Those individuals with disabilities and ADA accommodations for effective participation in the meetings should contact webex@west-chester.com or call 610-692-7574 at least two days prior to the meetings. All attempts will be made for reasonable accommodations. For updated information on all further Borough meetings, please see our website, www.westchester.com

    West Chester Police Department  Diversity Task Force Meeting (Virtual):  May 25, 2021 @ 7:00 P.M.  

    SPECIAL (VIRTUAL) MEETING OF THE BOROUGH COUNCIL:  Discuss proposed revisions to the Borough Zoning Code, Chapter 112 on Wednesday, May 26th at 6:30 P.M. 
    Click Here to Review the Proposed Revisions

    Committee to Reestablish Rail Service to West Chester.
  8. 2021 Budget - Graphic

  9. PECO Replacing 100+ Poles

    Starting Wednesday, October 14th, PECO will be replacing numerous power poles throughout the Borough.  It is anticipated that the replacement of these poles, over 100 in total, will occur over the next several months.  

    Borough residents may already know, we have been experiencing issues with the street lighting at various locations throughout the borough.  The issues include lights not turning on/off, flickering, brightness of lights, lights turning on at irregular hours, etc.  The initial response was to turn these non-working lights to manual function, but this process was found to be too expensive to sustain.  Borough Council has been made aware of the issues and the Public Works Department has been working diligently to find a resolution to these issues. Bulbs are not burning out, but rather there is a malfunction with the control system on the individual light poles.  Unfortunately, neither the public works department nor our electrical contractor can take immediate corrective measures, as the system requires a new software platform, therefore there is no quick fix.   The Public Works Department has identified a company that offers a product that is expected to resolve the issues.  Having over 1,000 lights in the Borough makes the cost of implementing the corrective measure a very costly endeavor.  Approximately a dozen nodes have been received, which will be installed to conduct a test of the products reliability.    If successful, the Public Works Department intends to include the cost of the product, along with the installation costs, in the budget for the next calendar year.  So, a solution to this problem could take us into the spring of next year.

  11. West Chester Current Events - Header
    This month's stories include:

    2021 Pavement Repair Program
     Borough of West Chester Hosted a "Virtual" Community Cleanup Event on April 24th & 25th, 2021
     Watershed-Friendly Property Certification Program
    The West Chester Borough supports our Local Businesses and Main Street
     The new sewer rate takes place on February 1, 2021
    Borough Council Approves Resolution Accepting High Street Corridor Plan
     2021 Preliminary Budget Approved

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    This month our meetings will be made available through WebEx.
    You can learn more about using WebEx here.
    You can also contact our Chief Information Officer for additional information.
    We recommend sending in any questions for the meetings to webex@west-chester.com and we will be sure to address them at the meeting. 


    By connecting to a virtual WebEx meeting you agree to the terms and conditions as described below.

    Any disruption to a meeting will result in the abuser being immediately expelled. If the abuse is harassing, threatening or otherwise intended to disrupt the meeting, legal action may be taken against the abuser. 

    Administration, Communication & Technology May 11, 2021 @ 5:30 PM Agenda Attachments Watch
    Public Works May 11, 2021 @ 6:00 PM
    Agenda Attachments Watch
    Parking May 11, 2021 @ 6:30 PM  Agenda  Attachments Watch
    Public Safety May 12, 2021 @ 5:30 PM  Agenda  Attachments Watch
    Finance & Revenue  May 12, 2021 @ 6:00 PM  Agenda Attachments Watch
    Smart Growth  May 12, 2021 @ 6:30 PM  Agenda Attachments Watch
    Borough Council Combined Meeting  May 19, 2021 @ 7:00 PM Agenda Attachments WebEx or 844-992-4726 132-243-9737
    Special Borough Council Meeting - Zoning Code Review May 26, 2021 @ 6:30 PM Agenda Attachment WebEx or 844-992-4726 132-989-2796

  13. Boards & Commissions 

    Virtual Meetings

    Planning Commission Meeting Worksession May 17, 2021 @ 6:30 PM Agenda Application WebEx or 408-418-9388 132-175-4661
    West Chester Library Board  May 17, 2021 @ 7:00 PM  Agenda Attachments Zoom or    
    Historical Commission  May 20, 2021 @ 7:00 PM Agenda Attachments WebEx or 408-418-9388 132-992-3593
    Public Arts Commission  May 24, 2021 @ 7:00 PM Agenda Attachments WebEx or    
    Planning Commission Voting Session  May 25, 2021 @ 6:30 PM  Agenda Attachments WebEx or 408-418-9388 132-098-1043
    WCPD Diversity Task Force May 25, 2021 @ 7:00 PM Agenda Attachments WebEx or 1-408-418-9388 132-072-5169
    Sustainability Advisory Committee  May 27, 2021 @ 6:30 PM Agenda Attachments WebEx or    
    Historical and Architectural Review Board  May 27, 2021 @ 7:00 PM Agenda Attachments WebEx or