Chesco launches emergency prep Web site

The new ReadyChesco.org Website will help county residents be better prepared in the event of an emergency. WEST CHESTER — September marks National Preparedness Month and the Chester County Department of Emergency Services (DES) is launching its new website ReadyChesco.org to encourage the residents of Chester County to be prepared and know their risks. ReadyChesco.org promotes having Ready kits...

Chester County announces layoffs of 30 employees

County hopes to save $2 million; declining tax revenue, cuts in state aid force slashing Updated: adds additional comment, 8 p.m. EDT By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times WEST CHESTER — Chester County announced Wednesday that it would lay off some 30 county employees, what county officials referred to as a “streamlining” of county services. The cuts come in three departments, Facilities & Parks,...

Will commissioners’ 9-1-1 fee plan flatline?

Municipal officials balk at sharing costs for county-controlled services By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The UnionvilleTimes.com WEST CHESTER — A proposal to apply a tourniquet of sorts to the county’s hemorrhaging 9-1-1 costs has generated cries of anguish from some municipal officials, prompting the Chester County commissioners to delay a vote. In an effort to defray about $2.6 million...

County poised to assess towns for emergency services

Local officials object to timing, costs of the $5.20 per-person fee By Mike McGann, Editor, The UnionvilleTimes.com Chester County appears poised to impose a per-capita tax on the county’s 73 municipalities — $5.20 per person — for emergency services starting with the 2013 fiscal year, but municipal officials are blasting the move as little more than an excuse to shift a tax hike. The Chester...