Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Things not going well for Media Borough Council

Media residents tell council members Brian Hall and Sayre Dixon they don't appreciate being treated like children. They argued that they have invested a lot in their homes and community to not be given the straight story on the 5th St. park purchase.

Rose Tree Media School District is doing a Great Job!


Rose Tree Media School District is doing a Great Job!  Penncrest ranks #1091 nationally and 28th (up from 1283 and 34 last year) in the state as shown by the 2017 US NEWS Best High Schools. 
It also has a 98% graduation rate!


Media's Dining Under the Stars to Include Saturday Night's too?


Media's Dining Under the Stars to Include Saturday Night's too?

An effort is underway to create a Media restaurant association in order to better position Media's outdoor dining experience.  It's been cited that competition outside the borough will directly challenge the success of Media restaurants.  One idea being entertained is to include Saturday's during the dining under the stars season.  

The "Saturday" proposal would only run from July 15 to Labor Day and not the full length of the season.

March 2017 Borough Council Meeting Minutes

Monday, April 24, 2017

Media Borough had an agreement of sale with the seller prior to the April 20th council meeting vote.

By request of a Freedom of Information Act submission to Media Borough, we received documents related to the sale.  Of interest is a Sales Agreement that was signed between Media Borough and the seller in March.  When was a vote made by borough council to enter into such an agreement?

Based on the email it appears to have happened as early as March 13, 2017.   That was two weeks before Brian Hall sent out a letter dated March 30, 2017 to some residents that a public hearing would be held to discuss the park.   Was it shared with that group that the borough had already secured an agreement of sale at the April 6th public hearing?

If the agreement of sale was already locked up, was the vote at the April meeting just a formality? Did Media Borough Council push this through not concerned about any input from the community at the April 20th meeting?  




Detail, ambiance and creating a memorable experience are vital to a restaurant. “I created this restaurant so people could come in here like customers, but leave here like family,” Bellapigna said sincerely.

Complaints mount from residents near the future Hampton Inn site as they weren't told in advance by Media Borough of the coming demolition.


Complaints mount from residents near the future Hampton Inn site as they weren't told in advance by Media Borough of the coming demolition.  They received letters about the project after the demolition had begun.

In addition, there is information that needs to be shared with the community on the re-start of this project.

  1. Construction timelines.
  2. Have all criteria been met to begin construction?  Are there any outstanding items needed?(permits, sewer upgrades, etc.)
  3. What if any will be done with traffic?  Will Beatty Rd be made a one-way street?  
  4. What is the position of Borough Council regarding the project and do they have any concerns.  
  5. Will the developer and/or Media Borough share or present any further plans or decisions for the property?
There's no reason why Media residents can't be updated on a monthly basis regarding the progression of this development.  


Friday, April 21, 2017

In front of angry residents, Borough Council approves park at 5th and Broomall Streets

UPDATE 4/24/17 5pm EST:

By request of a Freedom of Information Act submission to Media Borough, we received documents related to the sale.  Of interest is a Sales Agreement that was signed between Media Borough and the seller in March.  Based on the email it appears to have happened as early as March 13, 2017.   That was two weeks before Brian Hall sent out a letter dated March 30, 2017 to some residents that a public hearing would be held to discuss the park.   Was it shared with that group that the borough had already secured an agreement of sale at the April 4th public hearing?

 If the agreement of sale was already locked up, was the vote at the April meeting just a formality?  Had the decision already been made in March despite the community's input presented on April 20th?




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Media Borough Council President Brian Hall 

We will be doing a full story with "must see" video from last night's meeting, but the vote to proceed with a park at 5th an Broomall Streets passed 5-2.  Paul Robinson and Lisa Johnson voted against it but that wasn't enough for the standing room only crowd that was openly hostile towards council president Brain Hall for two straight hours.   One-by-one residents took to the floor to express their displeasure with how the whole process was carried out.  Citing examples of misleading/incomplete information, lack of transparency, favoritism and personal agendas.  Residents even went as far as declaring their total lack of trust in Media Borough Council.

Shouting matches ensued with threats being leveled that people would be removed from the audience. Infighting between members on council also erupted with one member questioning the council's own transparency and legal obligations.  Vice President, Paul Robinson openly accused Brian Hall and other members on council of bullying the park through with no discussion.  He even went as far as saying he didn't even know about the agreement.  That's interesting as complaints from the community stated the same thing.

After two hours of open hostilities, the council did manage to take a vote on the issue, but this doesn't look like it'll blow over anytime soon.

Here's what wasn't known until last night's an hour before the vote.

  • The Borough will pay $350k for the land.
  • The land is owned by an employee of Media Borough 
  • There are back taxes owed on the property
  • Media Borough did not adequately post the agenda in advance stating there would be a vote on Thurs 4/20.  They posted it the day of the borough council meeting.

Not only did Brian Hall lose control of last night's meeting, he's lost the confidence of the community to effectively lead as council president.



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A vote could come as early as Thursday, April 20th on whether the lot at 5th and Broomall will proceed as a public park.

A vote could come as early as Thursday, April 20th on whether this lot will proceed as a public park.
UPDATE (4/20/17 9:00am EST) Media Borough has posted tonight's agenda.


Media Borough has yet to post the official agenda for tomorrow night's monthly council meeting
, but word is a vote is expected on whether they will proceed with making the property at 5th and Broomall a public park.  Apparently, Councilman Peter Williamson is close to securing a grant, but one resident has indicated attempts to reach Williamson have gone unanswered.

Line Item from 4/6 Council Workshop Meeting:



In addition, the meeting hosted by council President Hall, on Thursday, March 30th announcing the plan, failed to address many questions by residents.

Comments from post: Media Entertains Pocket Park
  • Council doesn't know who'll pay for the park. 
  • Council doesn't know the cost of creating and maintaining the park.
  • Council doesn't know if eventually basketball courts will be placed there.
  • Council doesn't own the property yet.
  • Council doesn't care if you object to a park being built essentially in existing residents' backyards.
  • Council has zero sympathy for you if your quality of life will negatively be impacted by the park.
  • Council has zero sympathy if your property value decreases.
  • Council has no interest in correcting a property division mistake made years ago (properties were subdivided wrong).

Thursday's (4/20) meeting is at borough hall and starts at 8pm.  We will provide a link to the council agenda, should one be posted before the meeting.

Media's Mayor Bob McMahon and Borough Council are not looking out for the community.

When Mayor Bob McMahon and Media Borough Council failed to address or even acknowledge complaints of door-to-door solicitations, we provided updates and FAQs to the community over the last year. KUDOS to Media Borough Police for citing violations.

Ironically, Mayor Bob McMahon has a "No Solicitors" sign out front his complex.




Check out the latest on Media's newest restaurant opening soon on State Street. Looks great!