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Downingtown Borough News
Council News 

Highlights from recent Borough Council Meetings

  • Council is pleased to announce that the Borough will receive a $916,600 federal funding grant to install a new trail and sidewalks along Woodbine Avenue and a portion of Lincoln Highway.  This Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant will be added to the $235,000 in state funding that was awarded in December to create a 10 foot multi-use trail along Woodbine Road.  In a Daily Local News article announcing the grant, Senator Andrew Dinniman said that the funding will be "another major boost for a project that will make Downingtown more walkable and add to the community's already-popular and growing trail system."   The Woodbine Avenue project will include the installation of streetscapes and a walking/biking trail for residents and pedestrians. For more on the TAP grant, click here. 
  • Residents should soon see a new Recycle Toter delivered on their doorstep.   Borough employees are putting on the wheels and axel assembly for each toter and have begun the process of delivering one for each residential home.  The recycle toter should be placed out on the curbside with your trash toter on Thursdays.   Residents can use the new yellow topped toter for glass, cardboard, paper plastic and more.  To see what can and cannot be recycled in these cans, click here.  
  • Council officially approved the 2016-2017 Real Estate Tax 2017 at a rate of 7.65 mils.   This means a 0% tax increase for our residents - the third year in a row for a zero tax increase! 
  • Moody's Investors Service has given the Borough an A1 rating.  Notable factors, according to Moody's, include "a very healthy financial position and an exceptionally low pension liability with a affordable debt burden.   It also takes into account a healthy socioeconomic profile with a modestly sized tax base." 
  • Representatives from PennDot came before Council to present updates about the Borough bridges.  All final permits and permissions are being obtained for the improvement to the Chestnut St. Bridge and money for that project is expected to be made available in Spring 2018.  Following the completion of the Chestnut St. Bridge, PennDot will begin working on improvements to the Lancaster Ave. bridge that crosses the Brandywine.  Architect drawings show that the historic look and feel of the Lancaster Ave. bridge will be retained.  
  • The Historic Commission and Main Street Association worked with Zoning Officer Tom Yuhas to select appropriate paint colors for the downtown historic area.  The new colors are considered "Williamsburg" type colors in keeping with the theme of our historic overlay.  You will soon see the new color scheme in use on the exterior of the Downingtown Yoga and Mediation Center at 116 Lancaster Ave.  The Center was the first local business to select colors from the approved new historic color wheel. 
  • Council approved the appointments of several Borough Commission members at their 1/18/17 meeting.  
                Planning Commission - Sean Lawrence and David Proctor
                Zoning Hearing Board - Matt Bush and alternate Caitlin Bottomley  
                Administrative Board of Appeals - Dan Castaldi
                DARA Board Member - Dan Castaldi    
                Civil Service Commission - Phil Burns   

Council meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. (check the website for any changes to this calendar)

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Downingtown Municipal Water Authority
Resident questions have been received concerning unexpected changes and increased costs in their water bill.  These changes are the result of switching from meters read by hand to the Radio Read system.  The DMWA reports that all bills issued by the Authority are accurate and reflect actual customer usage.   In cases where the meter was changed during the billing quarter, the usage figures from both meters were added together to determine the quarterly usage.  In many cases, this changeover between meters extended the billing period to an additional month of service resulting in a higher bill.  

In other situations, slow leaks within a residents system were not being picked up on the old meter due to age and wear of the impeller of the old meter.  The  new Radio Read system will allow DMWA to look at detailed usage reports and alert customers when a leak is picked up. DMWA will continue to work with customers to resolve all issues individually.    
Congratulations and Announcements
 Kevin Gore has completed the Basic Certification training requirements as an emergency management staff member for the Borough of Downingtown.   Thank you to Mr. Gore for his efforts in securing the Borough readiness for disasters and emergencies.  

There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, Feb 24 at the Annex Building  (1pm - 6pm)  Please check our website for further details in the weeks ahead.  

Parks and Recreation Commission/Historic Commission

It was a great holiday season with multiple activities for Borough residents.   Santa came to visit several times, appearing in the Downingtown Good Neighbor Christmas Parade, the lighting of the Borough tree on Lancaster Ave. and in his annual Log House visit.  New this year was the Holiday Decorating Contest sponsored by the Downingtown/Thorndale Chamber of Commerce and our Park and Recreation Commission.  Three Borough homes were selected by participating residents for cash prizes with $550 raised for future Borough events and the Coatesville VA Hospital.  

Thank you to the many volunteers, sponsors, parade participants, and Borough staff who helped make these events a success.   

Park and Recreation Commission meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.    

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Downingtown Library

The Downingtown Library Board of Directors announced the retirement of Library Director Karen Miller.  Karen served as the Borough's library director for 24 years and did double duty as the Children's Library for 26 years.   

Registration is now open for Readers on the Run - April 22, 2017. www.runtheday.org

For other upcoming library events, click here

The Library is open 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Friday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Saturday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Closed on Sundays. 

Downingtown Main Street Association

Dane Decor has generously offered their massive front windows to display our local businesses heartfelt messages about their love of Downingtown!   The display of candy heart shaped notes are available for $

Our display will take the form of traditional candy heart shaped notes, each sponsored by local businesses like yours, expressing their love of the town and its citizens.  To learn more about the Downingtown Heart Campaign, click here.

Jim Flynn, a financial advisor, and Judge Jeff Valocchi have been appointed to the Downington Main Street Association Board.  For more information about these two new members, click here. 

The Downingtown Main Street Association is a non profit organization committed to brining vitality and vigor to Downingtown for the betterment of its residents, property owners and businesses.   

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