Apartments, retail proposed as part of D-Town parking garage bid

Union Place proposed for East Lancaster Avenue By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times An architectual rendering of the proposed Union Place development in Downingtown on East Lancaster Avenue. The development would include 81 public parking spaces, 72 apartments and four retail locations. DOWNINGTOWN — The borough’s request for bids to build a parking garage for additional downtown parking for...

Borough Council to handle fire chief selection responsibilities

Council sets procedures for appointing head of fire department By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times DOWNINGTOWN – Per an ordinance passed Wednesday night, borough council will now be in charge of selecting a chief for the Downingtown Fire Department. The ordinance also calls for borough council to appoint the assistant fire chief or deputy chief to take over should the fire chief not be...

Downingtown retains Lamb McErlane for solicitor services

Temporary solicitor Mark P. Thompson approved to take position permanently By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Battalion Chief Joel Swisher offers insight to the Downingtown Borough Council  on the structure of the fire department during Wednesday nights meeting. DOWNINGTOWN – Borough council voted to retain Chester County powerhouse law firm Lamb McErlane PC to provide solicitor services...

Downingtown council passes $7.66M budget for 2015

Budget increases by $165k, but borough announces no tax increase By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times DOWNINGTOWN – Borough Council passed a $7,664,654 budget for 2015 at Wednesday night’s meeting. The budget will not raise taxes from the current 7.65 mills rate and includes a projected $665,925 surplus. The surplus is down from 2014’s $679,043 projection and the $815,756 actual surplus....

Borough Council looks at police, fire costs for 2015

Police Chief seeks additional police officer, fire chief; council questions costs By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Borough Police Chief James McGowan is asking Borough Council for an additional full time police officer to replace two part time officers as part of the 2015 municipal budget. DOWNINGTOWN – Along with Borough Finance Director Judith Walters, the Downingtown Borough Council...

Borough expects $171-476k expenditure increase for 2015

Borough $815k under budget for 2014, expenses to go up next year By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times DOWNINGTOWN – Borough Finance Director Judith Walters said that the borough anticipates an $815,000 surplus for 2014 when the borough council reviewed budgets at Wednesday night’s meeting. Walters said that the surplus came from various hires that were budgeted but not made as well as...

Lighting, vegetation, fencing to liven up Armour Alley

Main Street Association to add plaza between Lancaster Ave. and Mill Alley By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times DOWNINGTOWN – The Borough’s Main Street Association unveiled plans for a plaza at Armour Alley between Downingtown Country Gifts and Belle Vie Salon at Wednesday night’s Borough Council meeting. Main Street Association member Sarah Peck said that plans include adding trees,...

Borough Council forbids ATV usage between 9pm-7am

Recreational usage restricted; transportational usage still allowed By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times DOWNINGTOWN – The Borough Council voted to restrict recreational dirt bike and ATV usage between the hours of 9pm and 7am at their meeting Wednesday night. Police Chief James R. McGowan said that the ordinance further restricts where and when those vehicles can be used and increases...

Dague formally sworn to Borough Council

Takes oath during otherwise quiet meeting New Downingtown Borough Council member Phil Dague takes the oath office Wednesday night from District Justice Jeffrey J. Valocchi. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times DOWNINGTOWN — Phil Dague was officially sworn in as a member of Borough Council Wednesday night, the lone point of action in what may have been the briefest council meeting in recent memory. Dague,...

DMWA plans rate hike to fund repairs

Water Authority plans $15 quarterly increase for the average customer By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times DOWNINGTOWN — Water rates for users of the Downingtown Municipal Water Authority are going to increase in the coming months, as the authority works to pay for badly needed infrastructure improvements. Hank Hamilton, Assistant Treasurer for the DMWA, made a presentation before Borough Council...