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Kennett Square Borough Council handles a full agenda

07/09/2019 11:46AM ● By Steven Hoffman

At the July 1 council meeting, Lorenzo Merino said that Kennett Square Borough’s Finance Committee is considering a proposal to increase taxes slightly to raise funds that will be contributed to the Kennett Library.

Merino, a council member, said that the Kennett Library Board is seeking assistance from the borough and the other member municipalities to help pay for the construction of a new library that has long been needed—and discussed.

Council member Peter Waterkotte explained that a .3-mill increase over the next three years would generate enough revenues for Kennett Square Borough to pay about 1.5 percent of the total costs to build the library. The Kennett Library is undertaking a capital campaign to collect private donations for the project.

Waterkotte said that a .3 mill tax increase amounts to less than 10 cents per person, per day.

The Finance Committee will be making a recommendation on the proposal in the coming months.

The Finance Committee has also been exploring the possibility of the borough purchasing translation headsets that residents who don’t speak fluent English could utilize during council meetings. Borough officials are reaching out to individuals and groups in the community that might be willing to help offset the costs of the headsets.

Kennett Square Borough Council approved certificates of appropriateness for a number of applications that had been submitted to the borough’s Historic Architectural Review Board. The applications under consideration included a proposal to install a fence at 208 Lincoln Street and at 200 Marshall Street. There was also an application to replace a fence at 300 Marshall Street and to replace an existing exterior staircase at 124 North Willow Street. All the applications had been reviewed and approved by the Historic Architectural Review Board.

Borough council also approved a resolution ensuring a harassment-free environment for employees and anyone doing business with the borough. An ad hoc Human Relations Committee was also approved by council. The ad hoc committee will work to form a Human Relations Commission.