West Chester Borough Council president to resign in December

by Adam Farence, Daily Local News, 11/18/16

WEST CHESTER >> Borough Council President Ellen B. Koopman announced her intent to resign from her position in the near future at the Nov. 16 borough council meeting.

Koopman, who represents Ward Seven, took the position of council president in January this year, and has been on borough council since 2013.

“It was, and has been challenging,” Koopman said. “But highly rewarding.”

She said she was resigning in order to spend more time with her family, including her 1-year-old daughter and a child she is expecting to have in the new year. She plans to resign in mid-December.

When asked if she would consider running for borough council again, she said “it’s certainly possible, but nothing is set in stone.”…

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Ellen Koopman Running for West Chester Council

by Nate Adams, West Chester Patch, October 31, 2013

A Chester County public defender is taking a shot at government.

Name: Ellen Koopman

Address: 304 N. Darlington St.

Running For: West Chester Borough Council, Ward 7

Positions Held Previously: Currently an attorney with the Chester County Public Defender’s Office

Improving traffic in the area: I see two ways to improve traffic in the Borough without a massive overhaul of the roadways.

First, we need to encourage those who live locally to walk and/or bike when they want to come into the downtown area. We can do that by maintaining the quality of our sidewalks and keeping them well lit, and by providing ample places for cyclists to park their bikes.

Second, we need to encourage the people who do drive into town to make use of the parking garages to keep people from driving around the downtown area in circles looking for street parking. We can do that by making it less expensive to park in the garage than on the street, or by offering a discount on parking in the garage when one makes a purchase at a local business.

What motivated me to run: West Chester is such an interesting place to live, and I wanted to get more involved in the nuts and bolts of what makes the town work. Public service has always interested me, and is what brought me to my day job as a public defender. I see serving on Borough Council as a natural extension of that, and a great opportunity to contribute to the community in which I live….

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