Welcome to the City of Chester
Welcome to the new City of Chester Official Website. We hope you find all the resources you are looking for. Be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages as we are constantly staying in touch with the constituents in the City of Chester.
The City has changed parking processing vendors as of May 1st, 2019. Any parking ticket issued on or after May 1st can be paid in person at Chester City Hall, on-line by clicking the Pay Parking Ticket icon or visiting https://www.chesterparking.com to make a web payment.
Any ticket issued before May 1st, please read the ticket for payment instructions.
|Paying with Coins:||First two Quarters = 30 Minutes
.10 cents = 3 minutes
.5 cents = 1 1/2 minutes
NO PENNIES ACCEPTED
|Paying with Card:||$1.00 = 30 minutes (default value / minimum allowed with credit card payment)
.50 cents = additional 15 minutes (press button to add time in 15 min. increments for a max time of two hours).
Please be advised that Fees for Pool Access have been changed:
|Children 12 - 17||$20.00|
|Family of 5|
(2 Adults + 3 Kids)
The City of Chester, PA is seeking assistance from qualified professional planning and design consultants to prepare a municipal-wide parks, trails, and open space master plan. Consultant firms are invited to submit formal proposals that detail the scope of work and budget as well as participate in the final interview process. After reviewing the RFP submittals and interviews with the consultant teams, the City of Chester will identify its preferred candidate and enter into negotiations resulting in a final contract agreement.
The Department of Parks and Recreation is releasing the Mother's Day Route, as the route has changed from previous years.
7th and Penn to 7th and Jeffrey
- Left Turn to 4th and Jeffrey
- Left turn to 4th and Yarnall
- Right turn to 3rd and Yarnall
The three stops are 7th and Lloyd, 7th and Tilghman, and 7th and Jeffrey
Join us as Chester supports Chester on our Panther’s road to UYFL Nationals in Florida!
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Chester City Hall Community Room
Registration Days: Monday through Friday
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Place: City of Chester, 1 Fourth Street Chester, PA 19013
Deadline: November 20, 2015
Kids Ages: Newborn to 12 Years Old
Must have kids Social Security Card
Parents must have Driver's License or State ID
Must live in Delaware County
For more information, please contact Parks & Recreation at 610-447-7700.
The 2018 swimming pool season at Memorial Park begins June 16 – September 3, 2018. The pool is open every day from 12:00-6:00pm.
You can obtain a pool application at Chester City Hall or by downloading the application on this page.
To purchase a day or seasonal pass, please review the current pool fees.
ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE WITH A MONEY ORDER.
|Children 12 – 17||$20.00|
|Family of 5|
(2 Adults + 3 Kids)
Chester City Hall - One Fourth Street
Saturday, June 17, 2017
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Door Prizes will be available
For more information, call 610-447-7861
The meeting for Zoning Board Hearing Meeting for Wednesday, February 15, 2017 has been cancelled for the month of February due to lack of applications.
The meeting for Planning Commission Meeting for Wednesday, February 8, 2017 has been cancelled for the month of February due to lack of applications.
Are you a Chester City Police Officer or Teacher in the Chester-Upland School District?
The Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County is offering $3,000 in grant funds to one (1) Police Officer and one (1) teacher in the form of down payment of closing costs assistance to purchase their primary residence in the City of Chester. Certain restrictions apply.
See the flyer below for more information.
We are in need of 150 volunteers to participate in a training (drill), to familiarize our residents with the screening and distribution of medication in the event there was a biological threat present in the City of Chester and surrounding areas.
*** Interested in volunteering? ***
Email your contact information to Rosetta Cater at: [email protected]
Join us as we kick off our Fourth Annual
5k Run / Walk for Breast Cancer
This event is FREE for EVERYONE!
Location: Chester Waterfront (Seaport Drive) & (Flower Street)
Pre-register by: 10/01/2016
Walk / Run Date: 10/22/2016
On-Site Registration Time: 7:30 AM
Start Time promptly at 8:00 AM
For more information contact Ms. Rosetta Carter (610) 447-7700 ext. 7955
Come Celebrate the City of Chester's
Let's Move! 6th Anniversary Celebration and Health Awareness Month
|Saturday 2/20 11-3pm||City of Chester Wellness Week & Chester Biddy League Health Fair||Showalter Middle School|
|Sunday 2/21 various times||Healthy Churches - A Matter of the Heart||Various Locations|
|Monday 2/22 12-1pm||Health Awareness Week Information Table||City Hall|
|Tuesday 2/23 11-1:30pm||Heart Disease & Stroke: What Seniors Should Know||Community Room @ Chester City Hall|
|Wednesday 2/24 10am||City Council Proclamation||Chester City Hall|
|Wednesday 2/24 various times||Walk 4 Wellness Wednesday||Various Locations|
|Thursday 2/25 9am - 12pm||Fit Frenzy Fun Day!||Showalter Middle School|
|Friday 2/26 10am - 2pm||Chester Apartments Health & Fair||Chester Apartments 1225 West 9th Street|
Please call Ms. Rosetta Carter at the Bureau of Health (610) 447-7770
These events are sponsored by Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and Councilman William Jacobs, Director of Public Safety
3rd Men's Wellness Breakfast
"Men's Health Matters"
Featuring: Glenn Ellis
President / Senior Consultant at Strategies for Well-Being, LLC
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Chester City Hall Community Room
1 Fourth Street
Chester, PA 19013
For more information please contact:
Rosetta Carter, Community Health Director @ 610-447-7770 x7955
Please be advised that we will be experiencing extreme weather conditions throughout the City of Chester, with temperatures reportedly dropping below zero this evening and overnight. We encourage all residents to stay inside.
In the event of a power outage, we strongly advise residents to seek temporary shelter with family or friends.
We also advise our homeless population to seek adequate shelter at one of the agencies below. If you see someone who is homeless and in need of shelter, please call 911.
Emergency Shelter Information
City Team Ministries
634 Sproul Street
Chester, PA 19013
151 West 15th Street
Chester, PA 19013
Please be mindful to check on our elderly!
City of Chester Department of Public Safety’s
3rd Annual 5K Walk / Run
Councilman William “Al” Jacobs, Director
Chester Waterfront (Seaport Drive)
7:30 AM Sharp
We Invite you to pre-register by contacting:
Ms. Rosetta Carter, Community Health Education Director
@ 610-447-7770 x7955
This is a free event and open to the public!
CITY OF CHESTER TOP TEN PUBLIC SAFETY & HEALTH CODE VIOLATIONS
The City of Chester Department of Public Safety is committed to working with the community to help preserve the quality and integrity of our neighborhoods, while ensuring public health and safety. Our Code Enforcement staff has identified the TOP TEN CODE VIOLATIONS most commonly found within our community.
In accordance with the Chester City Codified Ordinances, if founded these violations may warrant fines of up to $1000.00.
- Construction or Building without Permits
- Unlawful Operation of Businesses
- High Weeds and Grass
- Unregistered / Inoperable/Abandoned Motor Vehicles
- Trash & Debris
- Vacant, Unsecured Property
- Miscellaneous Property Maintenance Violations
- Unleashed Dogs
- Pet Allowance
- Animal Waste
We encourage residents to report suspected violations within their neighborhood to the Department of Public Safety Bureau of Health. You may contact the Department with any questions or concerns at 610-447-7770. You may also pick up a detailed copy of these regulations at Chester City Hall 1 E. Fourth Street Chester, PA, or click ‘Public Notices’ at www.ChesterCity.com
Councilman William Al Jacobs, Director
Ieasa Nichols, Public Health Commissioner
The City has adopted a Curfew Ordinance. Please see the document linked below for more information.
"The Eyes and Ears to insure that students are safe on their way to and from school."
Office of the Community Liaisons
Mayor John A. Linder
Primary duets of Community Block Leaders in Chester are as follows:
- Nurturing Neighborhood pride among residents
- Volunteers in this position work in conjunction with city government to keep residential blocks safe and clean.
Office of the Community Liaisons
Mayor John A. Linder
This special Council Meeting has been canceled. Details on a future date will be communicated via legal notice, on the city’s website and Facebook page.
Disclaimer: To be eligible, your small business MUST be located in the city of Chester.
APPLICATION FOR MICROENTERPRISE GRANT PROGRAM
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT – CORONAVIRUS PROGRAM
CITY OF CHESTER
On behalf of the City of Chester, the Chester Economic Development Authority is administering a Microenterprise Grant Program for grants up to $5,000.00 to businesses directly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Microenterprise businesses are defined as a commercial enterprise that has five or fewer employees, one or more of whom own the enterprise. If the business is owned by an individual, that person must have low to moderate income. For a business of more than one individual, 51% of the employees must have low to moderate income. Income limits are attached.
Attached is a Microenterprise Grant Program Application. Please complete the Application and submit your documents in one of the following ways:
Mail to: Chester Economic Development Authority, P.O. Box 407, Chester, PA 19016
Email to: [email protected]
Hand Deliver to: CEDA, Chester City Hall, 1 Fourth Street, Chester, PA 19013
The deadline for application submission has been extended. NEW DATE: August, 14, 2020
Questions may be directed to Jo Ann Ruark at (610) 447-7854 or via email to [email protected].
Only full and complete applications will be reviewed for this Grant Program. Full and complete applications include:
- Application Questionnaire completed with acknowledgements initialed and signed by applicant.
- Income Certification and Declaration of Retained Jobs form completed, signed and dated.
- A copy of the most recent tax return submitted (2018 or 2019) for the business, signed.
- Copies of invoices for expenses to be considered for this grant award should be included with the completed Application.
Once your completed Application has been received, it will be forwarded to Entrepreneur Works Fund for processing and technical assistance. Applications will be evaluated for an eligibility determination and amount of applicant’s total financial need. Financial assistance received from other sources will be deducted from the applicant’s total need in order to avoid a duplication of benefits.
Note: Businesses must be current as of March 1, 2020, with all City of Chester taxes, licenses, and related ordinances.
News for Immediate Release
July 1, 2020
Office of the Receiver for the City of Chester
Chester, PA – The Office of the Receiver for the City of Chester announces the appointment of Michael T. Doweary as the Receiver for the City of Chester, Pennsylvania. Secretary Dennis M. Davin with the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) petitioned Commonwealth Court for the appointment of a Receiver for the City of Chester and on June 22, 2020, Judge J. Andrew Crompton with Commonwealth Court granted the Order making Mr. Doweary Receiver for the City of Chester.
Receiver Doweary has taken the first step and named his team that will assist him with developing and implementing a recovery plan for the City of Chester. The Receiver will be supported by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals assigned to address Chester’s financial situation. It will include Campbell Durrant as Counsel, PFM Group Consulting as Financial Advisor, The Kapoor Company as Chief of Staff and Workforce Advisor to the Receiver, Fox Chase Advisors to assist with Operational Audit services, The Quarks Group with Communications and Community Engagement services, and Shilvosky M. Buffaloe Consulting & Resources, LLC, with Economic Development. His team will begin work immediately.
The Receiver’s team will bring objectivity and experience to the City of Chester. Each member brings their own area of expertise to address Chester’s intricate and unique financial and infrastructure issues, and together their knowledge of municipal finance, workforce, policy and community development will be a great asset to Chester.
Under the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act (Act 47), as amended, the Receiver is responsible for working with city officials and stakeholders to develop a solvency plan for the fiscal recovery of the City of Chester. Great resources are being assigned to the city through this team but it’s extremely important that city officials and stakeholders be committed to working together to make the tough decisions to get the City of Chester back on its feet.
Receiver Doweary noted, “My team and I will work hard to help Chester make the necessary and vital changes that are essential to bring this great city back to fiscal stability.” In the coming weeks, the Receiver’s team will be developing a recovery plan under Section 702 (3) (4) of Act 47, and submit the recovery plan to Commonwealth Court, the Secretary of DCED, Chester City Council, and the Mayor. Commonwealth Court will conduct a hearing on the recovery plan within 30 days of the receipt of the plan from the Receiver. The court then has up to 60 days to confirm the plan.
Mr. Doweary received his Bachelors of Science in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Financial Management from York College. Mr. Doweary has been an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service since 2009 and is currently completing the final stages towards his CPA. While serving as the City of York’s Business Administrator, Mr. Doweary established fiscal policies and procedures for all city departments in conjunction with implementing a new financial management system. He served on the pension board, York Adams Tax Bureau Board, supported The Intermunicipal Sewer Authority, and the 5 Cities quarterly meetings. As the Director of Administration for Capital Region Water he managed the overall administrative operations, developed and implemented organizational strategies and polices.
The Receiver recognizes the challenges that are in front of him and looks forward to working with his team, city officials, and stakeholders to make Chester a vibrant city again. Mr. Doweary’s introductory statement is found below.
City of Chester.
My name is Michael Doweary. Governor Wolf has appointed me to be the Receiver for the City of Chester, and Judge Crompton of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has confirmed my appointment. Only one other city in Pennsylvania has entered receivership, and it did so under very different circumstances than we face here in Chester.
Many of you are understandably nervous and concerned about what receivership will mean to Chester as a whole, and also to you and your families. I want to provide my perspective, and explain where I’m coming from, how we can engage in constructive dialogue, and what I plan to do.
Let me start with some basic facts:
Barring an unforeseen change, Chester will
The police pension is close to depleted, with only a couple of more months until it runs out of money to make payments to retired officers.
Chester has been in state oversight for over 25 years. Bill Clinton was the President when that occurred. COVID-19 only increased the terrible financial position of the City.
But I am not just concerned about the financial state.
Chester’s murder rate is among the highest in the state. Several children were shot and killed this year, and we are only halfway through 2020. Our youth poverty rate is among the highest in the State. Almost half of our, your - Chester’s kids live below the poverty line.
All of this must change. The children and the families of Chester deserve the same opportunities that any other Pennsylvanian child and family have.
There is no one clear answer on a way out. I do not have any preconceived ideas about actions to take, and everything is on the table. My decisions will be made based on the answer to this question: Is it in the best interest of Chester residents?
I am not alone in this. Everyone on the team is committed to the same goal, serving the interests of the residents of Chester. There is no fanfare in the position that we find ourselves in, yet, our intention is to position the City for success.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be developing a plan to get Chester out of receivership and put it back on its feet. As I mentioned previously, everything is on the table. We will start by listening, and we will be meeting many people, including spending time with residents and various stakeholder community groups. We will need your help, and we will need the help of others. We realize the challenge that is in front of us, and I look forward to working with you to address it.
Media contact: The Quarks Group – [email protected]
Enforcement of all posted parking regulations in the City of Chester, including parking meter enforcement, will resume Monday, June 15. This is in response to the city moving into the “yellow” phase of Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 pandemic response plan and is meant to provide safe and efficient traffic flow as businesses begin to reopen and employees begin to return to work.
Customers are encouraged to make contact-free payments through the Chester Parking Authority’s mobile payment app, Pango.
Parking enforcement personnel have been issuing warning notices to vehicles since June 5th, 2020 notifying them of the resumption of enforcement.
While Chester City Hall remains closed to the public at this time, parking staff personnel are available to answer questions. Call our office at (484) 480-4423 during normal business hours.
J.P. Mascaro is looking to hire 5-6 Chester residents immediately.
Call General manager Tony Bergandino during normal business hours:
City of Chester
The city of Chester is interested in establishing an Eligibility List for the position of Patrol Officer. Applications will be available at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 1 Fourth Street, Chester, PA 19013, beginning March 16, 2020 between the hours of 10:00am-12:00pm and 2:00-4:00pm, Monday – Friday. There will be no exceptions to these times for pick up or return of application. A non-refundable processing fee of Thirty Five Dollars ($35.00) Money Order or Cashier’s Check payable to the City of Chester is required at the time of obtaining the application. If there are any questions, please contact (610) 447-7795 for further information.
Completed applications include Proof of:
- Age 21 years at the date of testing on April 17, 2020
- US Citizenship (Birth/Baptismal Certificate is acceptable)
- High School Diploma/GED
- Valid Driver’s License/Passport
- Proof of Veteran’s Status, if applicable
- Proof of 120 Certification, if applicable
Applications must be returned in person by the applicant, along with the items listed above for verification (copies are acceptable), to the Office of the City Clerk during the hours listed above no later than 4:00pm on April 3, 2020. There will be no exceptions. If hired, applicants residing outside of the City of Chester must establish residency within three (3) months of date of hire.
*Applicants will have to PASS a READING COMPREHENSION TEST ON (APRIL 11, 2020 @ 8a at CHESTER CITY POLICE STATION) AND PASS a PHYSICAL AGILITY (APRIL 11, 2020 after the READING TEST AT WIDENER UNIVERSITY) and as outlined by the Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission prior to being permitted to take the written Civil Service Test.
The written test will be given on April 17, 2020 at City Hall, Community Room (off of Rt. 291). Check in time will be 10:00am.
CHESTER CIVIL SERVICE BOARD
Office of the City Clerk
1 Fourth Street, Chester, PA 19013
An Equal Opportunity Employer