To my knowledge, no one has come back to the table to discuss that issue. Coming up with ideas for the bridge is one thing, renegotiating a settled lawsuit with two other parties will be a whole other matter and potentially costly for the Media taxpayers. I know it, and borough council does too. Unfortunately, 16 years went by which should have been plenty of time to discuss alternatives.
What's discussed at the CAC at tomorrow's meeting (Monday, 7pm Boro Hall) may all be a moot point, but I wanted to point out some issues I have with borough council and the committee.
- Who on Borough Council Signed the Friends of the Glen Providence Park Petition?
I'd like to know who on borough council signed the petition presented by Friends of the Glen Providence Park. I understand, Councilman Kent Davidson did, but it's important to know who else. The petition includes the following with item #3 being relevant.
- Maximize public participation in the design of the dam and bridge;
- Minimize the project’s damage to Glen Providence Park, especially plant and animal life;
- Create a pedestrian/bicycle greenway on the Third Street Bridge, open only to emergency motor vehicles;
- Enhance the beauty of the dam, bridge and surrounding area.
- Friends of Glen Providence Park Special Interest:
For the sake of transparency, I'd like to know who on the CAC is a representative of the Friends of the Glen Providence Park. At least two people have made public statements in Oct 2011, stating that they were. That being the case, using their group's lobbying influence to distribute literature and leaflets to peoples homes is not only a passive aggressive move to sway the decisions, but would also intimidate those on the CAC who may not agree or want to speak up against an organized movement. Would the community like it if so-and-so bridge builder came to town, put people on the CAC committee and then handed out flyers as to why a bridge was good? And then had elected borough officials sign their petition for a bridge?!? Truthfully, this scenario borders on outrage.
I tried at the last meeting to ask this question, but was harshly denied and ignored.
- Lack of Transparency:
One of the committee members resigned abruptly last week and apparently submitted a lengthy reasoning for his departure. I asked borough council for this and they sent me a one paragraph letter stating that this person did resign, not the letter as to why. If a letter was sent to borough council, it should be public domain and shared. I asked Councilman Paul Robinson about this and he went on to question "what" letter and what I knew about the letter. I have a lot of respect for Paul, but thought that should have been handled differently.
- Is Borough Council withholding information?:
From what I've been told all of the emergency services (Police, Fire, Medical) have stated it's a "no brainer" to fix this bridge and open it to vehicular traffic. Neither the CAC or Borough council has released this information, and I'd like to know why.
Also, the children living in the new development at the top of 3rd St. (Kirk Ln) will be attending Media Elementary. What has been done by borough council to address the need of the adjoining community?
- Media Business Authority Silent:
What's the Media Business Authority's position on the Third St. bridge and why hasn't this been discussed?
- Media Democrats ask Republican Party for advice:
If the democratic controlled borough council is so sure they can change the agreed upon lawsuit, then why are they reaching out to the Chairman of the Delaware County Republicans for perspectives on the bridge? The Media Democrats who waste no opportunity to bash the "County" are now calling the Republicans for advice.
- The $650,000 Question:
The grant money provided by Senator Pileggi is not guaranteed forever, in fact there is a major concern that further delay or additional lawsuits may jeopardize these funds and that the state may decide to use it for other pressing needs. How will borough council address this issue and what are other financial alternatives if Media should not get the $650k?
Should the money fall through, Media and borough council will be left with one of the top 10 dangerous dams in the state and no easy way to pay for the repair. That would be a tragedy for everyone.
A survey will be sent out to residents and businesses in the coming days. Please take the time to fill it out and return it to the borough.