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I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Coatesville City Council-AMENDING: Police Pensions, Firefighters Pensions, Personnel Policies and the Licensing of Contractors

The Daily Local (dailylocal.com), Serving Chester County, PA
Is Coatesville police chief eligible for 2 pensions?
City code correction made under ex-chief
Thursday, January 13, 2011
By KATRINA DIX, Staff Writer

I can’t say if the City of Coatesville’s former City Solicitor Andrew Lehr was consulted concerning Mr. Matthew’s contract or Chief Canale’s contract.

One difference between Mr. Lehr’s working style and Coatesville City Solicitor John Carnes working style was to me, visually apparent.  Nearly every instance when Mr. John Carnes is asked a question he takes the time to look among the 40 lbs. or so of legal documents he brings to every meeting.  Understand that I’m only going by memory here; but as I remember it much of the time Mr. Andrew Lehr appeared to be winging it.

Not particularly concerning the  items voted on; but I believe a lot of stuff, mostly about “cash flow” concerning the old Coatesville Administration and old Coatesville Council is brewing under the surface, kind of like a volcano.

The discussion and voting concerning Chief Canale’s pension plan are a part of the recording below.

The Action Items in this recording are:
"2. Receive and Consider a Second Reading and Final Reading an Ordinance of the City of Coatesville, Chester County Pennsylvania, amending Chapter 35 of the Administrative Code, which is entitled “Personnel Policies,” to revise certain definitions contained therein, and to revise provisions of the code concerning job qualifications, transfer of employees, disciplinary actions and appeals, hours of work and benefits, and replacing all other Ordinances, or parts of Ordinances, in consistent therewith
3. Receive and Consider First Reading and Ordinance amending Chapter 84, “Building Contractors”, Licensing of” of the General Laws of the City of Coatesville, narrowing the application of a licensing fee to contractors engaged in Commercial Construction, providing for the registration of all contractors engaged in business within the City of Coatesville for the purpose of providing insurance certificates, defining the term registration of contractors, providing for the establishment of the application requirements and fees, and providing for penalties for violations. 
4. Receive and Consider Resolution amending Coatesville Firefighters Pension Plan
5. Receive and Consider Resolution amending Police Pension Plan
6. Receive and Consider Police Pension Plan – Plan Revision Guide"
 Here is a recording of the entire discussion and voting:
Employee policy firefighters police pension.mp3

 Regular action item 2; Receive and Consider AFSCME Non-Uniform Union Contract was removed from the agenda.

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