February 5, 1989 |
Finance Committee Chairman Richard A. Fazio announced that he would not seek a second term on the Borough Council, but would instead help fellow councilman A. Wayne Burton win. For the first time, because of the gradual phase-in of West Chester's ward system, which began in September 1987, a ward election will be held in the First Ward, where both Fazio and Burton live. Fazio said after last week's Finance Committee meeting that he is not running both because he does not want to compete with Burton and because he may have "higher political aspirations.
January 2, 1994 |
For Richard Fazio, it's a debate about constitutional law - and his right to earn a living. For West Chester officials, it's just a bunch of words being tossed around by someone who wants to keep his position at the public trough. Either way, it should be settled by the end of this week, when County Judge Leonard Sugerman is expected to rule on exactly who has the right to call himself West Chester's tax collector. Fazio, who was appointed as tax collector last January, contends that his Nov. 2 election earned him the right to stay on until 1998 - even though voters on that day also approved a new home-rule charter giving tax-collection duties to Borough Treasurer Doug Kapp.
November 16, 1986 |
West Chester Borough Councilman Richard Fazio has come under criticism from fellow council members who contend that he has appointed himself as a spokesman on key issues. At the Borough Council meeting Wednesday, Councilman William Bowes - reading from a prepared statement - rebuked Fazio for "grandstanding" on three proposals before the council for consideration. "Plans have been in the press, and it appears they have council sanction when they may not," Bowes said. The first of the issues is a business privilege tax proposed publicly by Fazio that seeks to shift a portion of the town's tax burden from residents to the business community.
April 5, 1987 |
A $15,000 proposal to computerize the operations of West Chester's local government will come before the Borough Council for a vote Wednesday, according to Richard A. Fazio, chairman of council's finance committee. Under the plan, which was discussed at a finance committee meeting Wednesday, $1,000 would be set aside for a computer consultant who would evaluate the current system and analyze the improvements that could be achieved through computerization, Fazio said. The money, which is part of the 1987 operating budget, would be used to purchase computer hardware and software, Fazio said.
December 17, 1989 |
West Chester Councilman Richard Fazio voted himself onto the borough's Civil Service Commission last week, leaving a bitter Ashton B.T. Smith Jr. off the board he served for 18 years. At Wednesday's Borough Council meeting, Smith was removed from the commission by a 4-3 vote when Fazio voted for himself to begin a six-year term in 1990. Council members Ray Ott, Susan Armstrong and Eleanor Loper voted to reappoint Smith. Mitch Crane, Ann Aerie, A. Wayne Burton and Fazio voted to appoint Fazio.
September 13, 1988 |
The investigation of state Department of Transportation employees who allegedly accepted gifts from contractors has been expanded amid indications that money and not just gift certificates were involved. State Inspector General Peter J. Smith said yesterday that his investigation, which resulted earlier this summer in the suspension of three employees, now involved numerous employees and "more than a dozen" contractors. "We have indications now that cash was involved . . . substantial amounts of cash, in addition to gift certificates," Smith said.
February 7, 1988 |
Within six months, most of West Chester's municipal services will be computerized, according to the borough finance committee chairman, Councilman Richard A. Fazio. Before bringing the matter to Borough Council, the committee must choose between the $28,400 proposal of Municipal Management Systems Inc. of Pittsburgh or the $32,400 proposal of Metro Technology Services Inc. of Malvern. A computer consultant will be asked to render an opinion. Both companies offer the same hardware - a Compaq 386 system for $19,000.
April 10, 1988 |
After winnowing out several alternative sites, the West Chester Borough finance committee has three options for a new borough hall: building on the current site with commercial development, building alone on the current site or swapping with the Penn Mutual building on Gay Street. There's no question that something needs to be done, finance committee Chairman Richard A. Fazio said, because the finance committee decided earlier this year not to spend $3.63 million to renovate the current building, which has termite damage and is structurally unsound.
May 10, 1987 |
Several key votes are expected by the West Chester Borough Council this week, including one on whether to commission an architectural evaluation of Borough Hall following the discovery of extensive termite damage and decaying asbestos. The results of a study commissioned by the council in January show that asbestos in the building at Gay and Adams Streets is beginning to deteriorate and could present a health hazard if the fibers become airborne. A routine inspection by public works crews revealed extensive termite infestation beneath a section of the Police Department offices.
November 23, 1986 |
West Chester Councilman Richard E. Fazio says he is prepared to "walk away" from a deal in which the council would exchange a borough building for one owned by Chester County. Under the terms of the proposal made public last month, county government offices in the Dague Building at New and Market Streets would be moved into the Borough Building at Gay and Adams Steets. Borough government offices would be relocated to the Dague Building. Fazio, angered by County Commission Chairman Earl M. Baker's comments about the plan, said, "The ball is in their court and we are prepared to walk away.