Coatesville City Hall to undergo repairs to fix roof leaks

Ward sworn in; election for fourth ward seat to be held in May

By Kyle CarrozzaStaff Writer, The Times


With his family by his side, Bill Shaw takes his oath to fill the Fourth Ward Coatesville City Council seat.

COATESVILLE – City Council approved a $127,890 project by Pro Com Roofing to re-roof city hall at Monday’s meeting.

The 8,000-square-foot section of the roof to be renovated has had leakage problems since last year, and last month, council made the renovation project a priority in light of the winter weather. The vote only covers exterior repairs, but the city has money set aside for additional work if the wood below the roof needs repair.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the city formally swore in Bill Shaw as Fourth Ward City Council member. Shaw was actually sworn in immediately following his Feb. 2 appointment, but council held a formal ceremony with Shaw’s family present this week.

Further regarding the Fourth Ward seat, council approved a special election for the seat to take play during the May primary municipal elections.

According to the city charter, when a council member steps down mid-term, council must appoint a replacement member who holds the seat until the next election—in this case, Bill Shaw will hold the seat until municipal primary elections in May. The candidate selected in May will then hold the seat for the remainder of the term, which lasts until January 2018.

The Democrat and Republican parties will each select candidates for the position. Anyone who wishes to run independently must fill a petition with 10 signatures to be included on the ballot.

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