Chester County meeting on proposed extension of city limits will wait until Aug. 31

The Chester County Council will not address a proposal to extend the city of Chester’s boundaries two miles for school protection until its Aug. 31 council meeting. And even then, approval would require weeks of multiple readings and a public hearing, a county official says.

City officials voted Wednesday in an “emergency” meeting to ask county leaders to approve extension of the lines at the request of Chester County schools, for the purpose of another layer of police protection and safety at Friday’s Chester High School football game.

Earlier this year, the school district dropped county deputies for private security guards.

Chester city police were to serve as supplemental school security guards at Friday’s Chester-Lewisville football game, but Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood said city officers do not have police jurisdiction.

Any city action requires county approval. Shane Stuart, Chester County supervisor, said Friday the topic will be added to a Aug. 31 meeting already being planned for other city/county issues that the County Council has to handle. Stuart said he has been asked by at least one County Council member to hold an “emergency” meeting.

“I have asked, ‘Where is the emergency?’ and I still don’t see one,” Stuart said.

County approval, if given, would require three readings and a public hearing, Stuart said.

Underwood, the sheriff opposed to private guards replacing his deputies, is on the agenda for the Chester City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday to reiterate his position that he will provide off-duty deputies to work games if paid by the school district, but only with a written agreement from the schools.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065