City attempts to clean up solid waste billing practices

City to take over trash bill collection; Berkheimer will still handle taxes By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Newly elected Council President Linda Lavender-Norris (right) and Vice President Marie Lawson (left) discuss budget items. COATESVILLE – City Council discussed steps for ensuring the collection of solid waste bills and passed a proposal to change billing practices at Monday night’s...

City Council elects Linda Lavender-Norris president

Marie Lawson elected vice president while Michael O’Rourke debuts as acting city manager By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Acting City Manager Michael O’Rourke talks with City Council member Ingrid Jones before Monday’s organizational meeting. COATESVILLE – City Council voted Linda Lavender-Norris as 2015 council president and Marie Lawson as council vice president at Monday’s...

City Council must do the hard thing Monday night

Council must pass a budget that slows ‘burn rate’ from trust fund By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times COATESVILLE — For a while, it looked like City Council would suck it up and do the right thing — the hard thing — that for nearly a generation its predecessors couldn’t find a way to do: begin to ween the city off the trust fund and edge toward more financially responsible operation. Now,...

Coatesville council reaches dead end in 2015 budget talks

City council considers not passing balanced budget by end of year By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Coatesville Finance Director John Marcarelli runs the numbers for next year’s budget. COATESVILLE – City Council reached an impasse in 2015 budget discussions at Friday night’s workshop and will look into the ramifications of not passing a budget by the end of the year. After making...

Coatesville Council approves City Manager’s resignation

Hudson’s severance package to include three months of salary, benefits By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Kirby Hudson presides over one of his last meetings as Coatesville city manager. COATESVILLE – City Council approved City Manager Kirby Hudson’s resignation in a 5-0 vote Monday night. Taking effect Dec. 29, Council also approved of a severance package that will pay Hudson for...

Sources: Hudson quits at City Manager

Said to have offered his resignation, City Council to meet tonight By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Kirby Hudson COATESVILLE — In addition to having to find as much as $2 million in budget cuts by next week, it appears that City Council will also have to find a new City Manager, after sources said that Kirby Hudson resigned late last week. The council apparently called a special meeting for Monday...

Coatesville budget vote signals real progress

Kudos to City Council for stepping up to address fiscal mess By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times In a world of typically boring municipal budgets, the City of Coatesville is about to get very interesting. Monday night, the City Council voted to approve a preliminary budget for 2015 that does two seemingly impossible things: it doesn’t raise property taxes and it doesn’t dip into the city’s dwindling...

City Council resists tax increase in passing 2015 budget

Council rejects 16.1% proposed tax increase, will look to make cuts instead By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times COATESVILLE – The City Council passed a preliminary budget for 2015 at Monday’s meeting, which includes taking nothing from the city’s trust fund and no tax increase — meaning the city will need to find spending cuts to balance the budget before month’s end. The proposed...

Coatesville council OKs $1.85M transfer from city trust

Amidst opposition, Coatesville borrows money for municipal operations  By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times COATESVILLE – Four city councilors voted for and two voted against allotting $1.85 million from the City Reserve Trust to pay for city operations at Monday night’s city council meeting — meaning the city will not have to resort to layoffs or service cuts to make it through the remainder...

City swears in Deputy Fire Chief, Fire Police Officer

City augments fire department, delays payment on uniformed, nonuniformed pensions By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Steven Dobson is sworn in as Coatesville’s Deputy Fire Chief Monday night. COATESVILLE – The city swore in Steven Dobson as Deputy Fire Chief and Polly Beebe as a fire police officer at Monday night’s meeting. Dobson is set to replace Chief James Lentz who left his...