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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

Philly End The Fed Block Party

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

September 9, 2017 at 12 PM
10 N Independence Mall W, Philadelphia, PA 19106, United States

Are you ready for the greatest grassroots liberty event of the year in PA!? Join us as we shutdown the entire block in front of the Federal Reserve building in Philadelphia, not to protest or shout, but to have fun, connect, network and enjoy ourselves as we bring more light to the issue of central banking, fiat currency, economic controls and the solution to these problems, and many others.

The event will begin at 12:00 and will feature live music, speakers on a variety of different topics, and a variety of vending booths, including food/drink. This is a permitted event with an enforced time period. The streets will have to be cleared at 4 P.M.

Bring your signs, bring your friends, bring your bag chairs, and bring your passion!

Our Speakers include:

Event MC: Dale Kerns for US Senate2018/Libertarian/Penna

Keith F Smith – Cryptocurrency entrepreneur, Developer of Nexus Cryptocurrency
http://www.nexusearth.com/

Steve Scheetz – 2018 Libertarian Candidate for Congress representing Pennsylvania’s 8th District, Former Chair of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania
http://buckslp.org/candidates/steve-scheetz | Steve Scheetz Candidate for Congress District 8

Dale Kerns – 2018 Libertarian Candidate for Senate representing Pennsylvania
https://www.dalekerns.com/ | Dale Kerns for US Senate2018/Libertarian/Penna

Will Coley – former Libertarian Party Vice Presidential candidate, National Director of Muslims 4 Liberty, Host of “The Call to Freedom”
http://www.muslims4liberty.org/ – http://lrn.fm/shows/

Adam Kokesh – Long time freedom activist, Iraq War veteran, Author of “Freedom!”, 2020 Libertarian Party Candidate for (Not) President.
http://thefreedomline.com/ – https://www.youtube.com/user/AdamKokesh

Philip Labonte – Vocalist for the world touring band All That Remains, outspoken Libertarian, Constitutionalist, and Gun Rights advocate.

Splash

Larry Sharpe – 2018 Libertarian Candidate for Governor of New York, Managing Director of the Neo-Sage, Instructor and guest instructor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Business and Yale University School of Management respectively. Larry is well known and well respected as being one of the best motivators and unifiers in the Libertarian Party. – Larry Sharpe for New York

Dr. Murray Sabrin – Professor of Finance in the Anisfield School of Business. He was awarded a Ph.D. in economic geography from Rutgers University, an M.A. in social studies education from Lehman College and a B.A. in history, geography and social studies education from Hunter College. Dr. Sabrin is also contributing member of the Mises Institute.
http://www.murraysabrin.com/ – https://mises.org/profile/murray-sabrin

The Philly End The Fed Block Party will also feature Live Performances featuring both original music and some of your favorite anti-establishment songs by:
Jamall Anthony – https://www.instagram.com/themallystar/?hl=en –
Corrected Axiom – https://www.facebook.com/CorrectedAxiom/
Groundwork – https://www.facebook.com/groundworkband/