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Is Michael Cotter West Chester Borough Manager?

Friday, October 6th, 2017

WEST CHESTER, PA — On October 2, 2017, Borough Manager Michael Cotter took “an indefinite leave of absence.” The latest controversy for Mr. Cotter has to do with signing an unauthorized check for $600,000; however this is not the only controversy facing the former Borough Manager.

Michael Cotter at a Busking Ordinance Public Hearing

Michael Cotter at a Busking Ordinance Public Hearing

For a good portion of 2016, Michael Cotter pushed the West Chester “Footloose” Busking Ordinance through Borough Council. Several public hearings were held and drastic revisions were made and voted into law. In 2017, the Borough started requiring street performers to get licensed. With the license, a copy of the the ordinance is issued.

After the first permit was issued, it was discovered that the Borough Code is the original draft of the ordinance without any of the revisions. There are many unconstitutional aspects of what the Borough has done. The lawyer for the Borough noted during the public hearings that the drafted ordinance would make it illegal for “a two-year-old to draw a chalk dinosaur on the sidewalk.” The published code also declares it is against the law for anybody to read within 100 feet of a library.

The following are illegal without a permit: acting, singing, playing musical instruments, pantomime, juggling, magic, dancing, reading, puppetry, sidewalk art (working with nonpermanent, water-soluble media, i.e., chalk, pastels, or watercolors directly on the pavement), and reciting.

Under no circumstances — even with a permit — can the above performances occur within 100 feet of “a school, library, or church while in session, or a hospital at any time.”

On March 27, 2017, the Borough was contacted about the problem, and Borough Manager Michael Cotter stated, “The correct version is in the process of being posted.”

The problem was not corrected. In August and September, several instances of a West Chester Police officer(s) trying to enforce the wrong ordinance were reported.

On September 27, 2017, Michael Cotter was again contacted:

Dear Mr. Cotter,
Quite some time has passed since the Borough published the wrong “busking ordinance”. (http://ecode360.com/31784800 )

On March 27, 2017, you (Borough Manager Michael Cotter) stated, “The correct version is in the process of being posted.”

Since that time, reports of rogue police officers trying to enforce the wrong law have surfaced.

Your prompt attention to this matter would be greatly appreciated.

As of publication date, we have not received a reply.

Previous Articles:
West Chester Busking “Street Musician” Ordinance September 27, 2017
West Chester Outlaws Singing, Dancing and Pantomime March 27, 2017
West Chester Busking Ordinance Monday, September 19th, 2016
West Chester Busking Public Hearing Monday, July 25th, 2016
West Chester Borough Petition Against Busking Ordinance Saturday, July 16th, 2016
West Chester Busking Ordinance Borough Council Saturday, July 16th, 2016
West Chester Borough Busking Ordinance Saturday, July 9th, 2016
West Chester Busking Ordinance
West Chester Borough Busking Press Release
Letter To West Chester Borough

West Chester Busking “Street Musician” Ordinance

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

by Daniel Brouse

WEST CHESTER, PA — West Chester Borough is making noise with their “Busking Ordinance”. The Borough adopted a “busking ordinance” in 2016; however, in 2017 it was discovered the approved ordinance was not the law published as Borough Code. In error, the Borough published the original draft without the major revisions that had been voted into law. The currently published law declares it is against the law to read within 100 feet of a library even with a permit, as well as, many other unconstitutional requirements.

On March 27, 2017, the Borough was contacted, and Borough Manager Michael Cotter stated, “The correct version is in the process of being posted.”

During August and September our office was contacted about several incidents of West Chester Police Officers enforcing the erroneous Code.

On September 27, 2017, the Borough was again contacted:

Dear Mr. Cotter,
Quite some time has passed since the Borough published the wrong “busking ordinance”. ( http://ecode360.com/31784800 )
On March 27, 2017, you (Borough Manager Michael Cotter) stated, “The correct version is in the process of being posted.”
Since that time reports of rogue police officers trying to enforce the wrong law have surfaced.
Your prompt attention to this matter would be greatly appreciated.

As of publication date, we have not received a reply.

Look back in time:

West Chester Outlaws Singing, Dancing and Pantomime March 27, 2017
West Chester Busking Ordinance Monday, September 19th, 2016
West Chester Busking Public Hearing Monday, July 25th, 2016
West Chester Borough Petition Against Busking Ordinance Saturday, July 16th, 2016
West Chester Busking Ordinance Borough Council Saturday, July 16th, 2016
West Chester Borough Busking Ordinance Saturday, July 9th, 2016
West Chester Busking Ordinance
West Chester Borough Busking Press Release
Letter To West Chester Borough

West Chester Passes Unconstitutional Law

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
Published on Oct 18, 2016

West Chester, PA — West Chester Borough is already involved in litigation over the constitutionality of their Noise Ordinance. Technically speaking it is illegal to play a guitar in West Chester under the noise ordinance. In fact, you can not play any instrument in West Chester.

This is in direct violation of the Constitution of the United States of America. Specifically, the First and Fourteenth Amendments guarantee freedom of speech and expression.

The new ordinance passed today, October 18, 2016 will violate the Constitution even further by regulating:
acting, singing, playing musical instruments, pantomime, juggling, magic, dancing, reading aloud, puppetry and reciting.

HATE CRIMES AND CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN WEST CHESTER, PA

Harassment, Civil Rights Violations and Hate Crimes
Swatting, Police Terror, Assault and Wrongful Arrest
Harassment, Abuse and Terroristic Threats of the West Chester Police Department
West Chester Police Officer Gregory Cugino Makes Threats
West Chester Police Officer Gregory Cugino: Intimidation and Harassment
Lt. William Morris, Patrolman Albert McCarthy Jr., Patrolman Gregory M. Cugino, and Corporal Joshua Lee
Cugino Complaint
Gorman Complaint
Lee Complaint (Corporal Joshua Lee 2011)
Sergeant John O’Donnell Complaint
Anthony Marion (Penn’s Table Restaurant) Right To Know
Anthony Marion Criminal Complaint #1
Anthony Marion Criminal Complaint #2
Anthony Marion Criminal Complaint #3