Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Where were Mayor Bob McMahon and Media Borough Council during the last major storm? Where was the Leadership?

In what was probably the biggest and most damaging storm to hit Media, since Hurricane Sandy in 2012; a few questions need to be answered:  Why weren't there any borough assessments, updates, course of action or status reports by Mayor Bob McMahon and Borough Council?  Why haven't they utilized the convenience and benefits of social media as an effective form of communication, when virtually every other municipality has?  They not only weren't engaged, they were absent!  And I don't want to hear "it's not in the budget," because this has been discussed for years and "Safety" should be in the budget.  As a matter of fact, these tools cost nothing and only require a bit of effort.

In contrast, other municipalities were actively using social media to provide timely updates during and throughout the storm that included:  street closures, instruction by police departments, emergency services updates, important contact numbers and even opening facilities for those who lost power or were in need.  They were also providing ice to those in need and who were out of power for days!  Much like a few here in Media.

Here are some examples of what leadership looked like in other communities while Media borough sat idle.  Even Delaware County provided detailed reports on what was going on and how they were reacting to the storm.

Kudos and tremendous THANKS to organizations like Blue Route Vineyard, House restaurant, the Rocky Run YMCA and others who actively offered their facilities to those affected by the storm.  Those groups and others were the ones that stepped up to support this community.  I'd also like to thank our first responders and law enforcement who always make it easier to sleep at night knowing they are on the job.

Kwowlton Road Bridge closed til mid-September due to Chester Creek Trail work

Be advised that Knowlton Rd Bridge near Linvilla we be out of service until mid-Sept while work is being done on Chester Creek Trail.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Simon Says coming to Media.

The former Cedar Chest space located on Jackson Street, won't be vacant for much longer.   This week there was a posting on the front door that Simon Says by Harvey Oak Mercantile
will be moving in.  Their description indicates they'll be providing gifts, toys, books, and apparel for babies and kids.

They also have a neat Facebook page that give a good look and feel of what they offer.

Welcome to Media.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Update from County Councilman, John McBlain regarding last night's storm, assessments, notifications and clean-up

AS OF 2:10pm EST 6/24/15

OK Delco, here's your lunchtime update following last night's storm. That was certainly no typical summer thunderstorm. Delco got rocked. PECO and PEMA compare it to a severe winter ice storm because of the effect of wind on trees and power lines. At 70 mph, the airport recorded the 5th highest wind velocity on record. Of Southeastern PA, Delco seems to have been hit the hardest. There is damage in almost every one of our municipalities.
Delaware County Council spent the morning at our Emergency Services Center in Middletown. We met with representatives of PECO, PEMA, PennDot and SEPTA. We've also called the heads of local governments most affected by the storm. Here's the latest...
First, power outages. As of about noon, there were still 68,000 households in Delco without power. That's down from the peak of about 100,000 homes last night. PECO says this will be a multiple day restoration. They hope to have about 95% of households restored by midnight Friday into Saturday. That means several thousand homes will still be without power into the weekend. PECO has 200+ crews out now and are bringing in reinforcements from as far away as Ohio. They are busting their humps.
You can check on the status of restoration by going to PECO.com and clicking on the STORM CENTER banner. You can also call PECO at 215-841-4141 to get restoration information.
Remember, PECO works to get the largest number of homes back online first, so if your whole neighborhood of 3000 is without power, chance are that is a priority area. If you are the only home without power in the neighborhood, chances are it may take longer to get your power back on.
Of our 49 Delco towns, there are only five that report no power outages. Chester City, Brookhaven, Aston, Chester Heights, Media, Middletown, Sharon Hill, Springfield, Swarthmore, Thornbury, Upland and Upper Providence are the towns with the largest problems.
SEPTA - service on the Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line is still suspended and we have no information about when it will go back online. The Route 100 is running between 69th Street and Radnor but not farther to Norristown. Buses to the City of Chester were suspended this morning but are now back up and running. Otherwise, minor delays.
PennDot - There are some state roads with closures, most notably Baltimore Pike Route 1 in Concord from Schoolhouse to Thornton Roads. There are some other closures on Concord Road (Chester Twp.), Dutton Mill Road (Brookhaven), Pennell Road (Aston) and Cheyney Road (Thornbury).
Our hospitals and nursing homes are all good. We were able to supply some with generators and respirators in a couple of places.
Lastly, we declared a State of Emergency for all of Delaware County this morning. Most people say, so what? What does that mean? Well, mostly it is necessary for the lawyers so that certain procurement rules for local governments are waived and they can get and share equipment and supplies. It also officially activates our emergency operations plan, although most of our emergency management staff were at the 911 Center all night anyway. It is possible that municipalities could qualify for disaster aid if the state or federal government makes any available.
We have contacted PEMA and called Governor Wolf to update him on the situation in Delco.
Sorry for the long message. We'll keep you up to date on any news.

Tonight's performance at Rose Tree Park has been cancelled due to a power outage (6/24/15)

Tonight's performance at Rose Tree Park has been cancelled due to a power outage.  Here's @delcoparks official message via Twitter.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Media Youth Center - MYCamp Summer Day - Camp Program - Camp Starts June 22nd 2015

Media in Two Minutes

Media in Two Minutes
Happy Father's Day and First Day of Summer.  

Kudos to Jim Jeffery
I’d like to recognize Jim Jeffery who is Media’s Code Enforcement Director and has been for a long time.  When people come up to me to say how well someone is doing, I definitely take note.  That was the case last week when a person told me how well his experience went with Jim.  Nice Job.

Rose Tree Restaurant
Looks like there's been some changes over at the Rose Tree Restaurant.  It looks like DiFabio's will be running the operations over there now.

New Mexican Eatery coming to Media?
Time will tell, but it looks like there's interest in bringing a Mexican eatery at the former Planet Hoagie location.  Stay tuned.

Plans coming together for Marple?
I find it hard to believe that Arch Diocese is selling an acre of prime real estate for a million dollars. I find it even harder to believe someone is actually paying that price.  Either way that’s what being discussed in relation to the project going on out on Sproul Lane in Marple.  Looks like the Home Depot there is also getting into the game an looking to move into the future development. Apparently, a K-Mart may occupy the build that the Home Depot is currently in.

New Business Comes to Media
Last week I met the president of a benefits company who is in the process of relocating their staff of 15 people to Media, PA.  He was quite enthusiastic about the transition.  Best of luck and a warm welcome to BeneServ for choosing everyone’s hometown.

Maggie Hooks Building
A lot of talk lately about what's going to happen to the property that was formerly vacated by Maggie Hook's restaurant.  From what I know the bank now owns it and is currently shopping it around.  Rumors abound, but one was for car wash.

Periscope Depth
Thanks to all new ATM followers on Periscope.  I've done one broadcast with the service and really thought it worked well.  Essentially it lets you broadcast live video via a smartphone which can come in handy for all sorts of things.  I'll do more of these broadcasts in the future and will make sure everyone is aware in advance. 

Traffic Light or Round-About?

It looks like Media will be addressing the need for traffic easing at the location of Baltimore Ave and Brooke Street in preparation of the West End Flats project.  Not sure if it'll be a traditional traffic light, or a mentioned round-about, but I think I like the latter.

As for the West End flats, you'll be hearing more about it soon.

Does Media Have a Cockroach Problem?
I didn't think so, but someone contacted indicating that it did.  Specifically off of State Street near the court house.  I haven't seen them, but apparently they come out at night and are noticeable.  I've requested pictures and video.

Tiny House Jamboree
I like this Tiny House stuff and some of the practical ideas they come up with.  Here's a big jamboree out in Colorado this summer where they'll have vendors and builders going over a lot of products they have.  Check it out, pretty neat stuff.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Septa making large scale preparations for Crum Creek bridge replacement.

Septa making large scale preparations for the Crum Creek bridge replacement.  This was taken on 6/12/15.

Thursday, June 18, 2015