Chester County commissioners and meeting attendees excitedly showered Librarian Nancy Canada with applause and gratitude during Monday night’s County Commission meeting. The board showed its appreciation of Canada’s years of service to the Chester County Library shortly after voting unanimously to reappoint the library’s board members. While addressing the board, Canada stated that the library had checked out more than 10,000 books in the last quarter, and she shared the successes of this summer’s children’s programs.

Also, at Monday night’s meeting, Tim Crowe, Chairman of the Budget Committee, read a letter received from Southern Prep Academy’s Board of Directors. It read, in part, “We understand that several commissioners have stated their lack of support… Considering the recent controversy associated with assisting the school, we feel that it is in the best interest of the Southern Prep Academy and the County Commissioners for us to decline the proposed donation that the Budget Committee requested in the fiscal year ’20 budget.”

Due to Southern Prep Academy’s decision to decline the charitable donation, it was necessary for the commission to approve an amended Resolution for Charitable Contribution. The board voted unanimously, with a voice vote, to remove the $10,000 donation to Southern Prep Academy.

Additionally, due to a mistake in the minutes from June’s meeting, the board voted on approving corrected minutes. After a brief discussion regarding the mistake, all commissioners voted to approve the corrected minutes.

Next, the board reviewed Quarterly Reports from Chester County School System, Highway Department, Trustee, County General, and Solid Waste Departments. All reports submitted were approved unanimously with voice votes.

Also, at Monday night’s meeting, the board reviewed the Fiscal Strength and Efficient Government Fiscal Confirmation Letter ThreeStar Program Requirements. With a voice vote, the board approved the letter.

Mayor Barry Hutcherson went on to speak about the new Regional Planning Commission, which will meet on the third Monday of each month. Unanimously, the board voted to approve the new Regional Planning Commission.

Next, during the “Other Business” portion of the meeting, Sheriff Blair Weaver addressed the board. He announced that the Henderson Police Department and the Chester County Sheriff’s Department have entered into an agreement to start up a new Narcotics Division. Two city officers will be deputized to work out in the county, which will be helpful to both the police department and the sheriff’s department.

As the meeting continued, Commissioner Russell Clayton spoke to the board regarding two softball teams that are going to the World Series. He stated that he believed it would be a good idea to recognize the efforts of these teams when they return, perhaps with a meal. After a bit of discussion, the board voted to donate $1,000 to the cause.

The last item on the agenda was to charge the districts and the board voted to approve this unanimously.

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