For months, if not years poeple have been wondering why all the resistance and lack of effort towards repairing the Third Street Bridge. With a fully funded design in place to mitigate one of Pennsylvania’s most dangerous dam hazards, why wouldn’t this have started months ago? In addition, why have we witnessed blatant conflicts of interests, favoritism to a group opposed to the bridge, campaign literature/ petitions for a greenway, stacked committees and a website provided by a councilman to advance opposition against the project?
Well, it’s now become clearer from a Letter to the Editor in yesterday’s Daily Times, that Council President Brian Hall never really had the best interests of the town in mind. 16 years, millions of dollars and one of the biggest safety concerns in the state, and he's quoted in the paper stating keeping the bridge area closed wouldn't be such a bad idea?!?! This may also explain why Hall and Robinson who both served prior terms never got anything accomplished towards the dam, nor spoke up about a one-lane/greenway option during that time. Based on Hall’s comments, how can one not think this was politically gamed while taxpayers and residents were strung along the whole time.
Seems the Media Democratic party had a stall tactic in place for years only to fortify it by proxy, as shown by pandering and preferred treatment to the Friends of Glen Providence Park who obviously share their same views.
Letter to the Editor - Delco Times: Media Borough Council Faulted on Third Street
|Letter to the Editor - Daily Times|
Of the 16 years, 18 months were held by Pete Alyanakian and a bi-partisan coalition that resolved the lawsuits and secured the remaining funding. In the last nine months Council President, Brian Hall and his majority have wasted our time, money and have challenged a settled agreement that now has the matter back in court. We've gone backwards, but I guess his group doesn't think that's so bad.
Media Democrat Co-Chair, Deborah Krull wrote and article commending the all-democratic borough council for their works towards the bridge. She went on to say, “ But ultimately, Borough Council did its job.” I beg to differ, they did nothing of the sort. In addition, she also supports a one way option across the bridge now that costs have increased. They increased due to a lack of leadership and mismanagement that has plagued this issue for 16 years!
What they did do includes:
- Mismanaged 16 years while the cost of the project doubled for taxpayers.
- Signed petitions for the FROGS while campaigning for political favors.
- Mayor tells people he’s for two-way design, but says nothing during meeting before crucial vote.
- Allow a councilman to provide webservices to group lobbying him on a multimillion dollar project. Never divulged the relationship until caught.
- Allow another councilman to angrily call up a RTM schoolboard member to protest their discussion of Third St. Bridge.
- Allow same councilman to shockingly insult Upper Providence, Middletown and School board for resolutions supporting the bridge.
- Allow Council to stack the deck with FROG officers, while never addressing the reason for the Co-Chair resigning due to a slanted committee. They even denied the resignation letter even existed.
- Allow councilman who lives 50’ from the bridge and affiliated with the FROGs to vote on project. If it’s not against the law, it must be ethical.
- Allow a survey to be created and sent out that didn’t weigh cost associated with options for a bridge. Essentially a push survey for a greenway.
- Use results from same survey as their premise for a one way design, while recent meetings held majority audiences with petitions for a two-way.
- Jeopardize a fully funded, ready to go project by irresponsibly challenging a court order and the agreement with two stakeholder. One of which has contributed money to the projects design.
Over a decade and a half, $1.5 million in increased costs, not one brick or concrete footing set and we’re back in court! And we hear, “But ultimately, Borough Council did its job” The lack of awareness is stunning, let alone NOTHING to show after all this time.
We not only can do better, we HAVE to do better as democrats, republicans, and independents who have all had enough of the most conflicted, mismanaged, and politically slanted issue this town has experienced in decades.