Friday, May 3, 2013

18 years, Millions in Dollars and Now it's Four Feet!

One size fits all for Mayor McMahon and Boro Council
You don't have to walk a mile in Media Borough Council's shoes, as apparently four feet will do.  With an article in today's Media Patch, the issue now holding the Third St. Bridge project up and costing further expense is Media Borough Council's demand that the width of the bridge be 28' instead of 32' which is being required by Delaware County and BLCC.  The best reason MBC can come up with and what was quoted on the Media Democratic website "council originally voted for the one-lane roadway because it would cost less and have the least amount of impact on Glen Providence Park."  Cost less and have the least amount of impact?  Cost increases and expenses this community has had to put forth since 2000 are estimated to have been over $400,000 because they can't get their act together.

It's also outrageous that Council President, Brian Hall and Vice President, Monica Simpson would make a statement that they didn't want to tie up future borough councils. Their Letter to the Editor: "Because council did not want to tie the hands of future councils, it made the top of the dam wide enough to expand the one-lane road to a two-lane road if needed in the future."  THEY SHOULD BE ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF THIS TOWN, NOT FUTURE COUNCILS!

Is this worth four feet?
After 18 years, millions in cost increases this is now back in court again for FOUR FEET!  This is not only a blatant disregard towards Media taxpayers but an embarrassment to this community over the lack of leadership and accountability.  School buses are exposed to dangerous risk, because Media Borough Council and Mayor Bob McMahon are too inept and completely out of control to fix this issue.

I'd also add, that Media council candidates who are purposely not speaking about the issues in this town and feel they're entitled to be elected on May 21st, will only compound this problem.  This is EXACTLY the type of deception we've been victims of for far too long.

14 comments:

  1. I have to say in this regard that Tedman, Patch, and BLCC are right on the money with this one! I have posted here and elsewhere previously that the general public is STILL waiting for the dollar quantification of the 'cost savings' at the 28' design (including the sidewalks and landscaping) vs. 32' of road. While I have seen (and heard) Prez Hall comment numerous times on the 'cost savings' there has yet to be data released on these specs. And yes, BLCC and the County have BOTH agreed to cover future maintenance. At this time there is no valid argument to Media Borough Council's stubbornness in delaying this further. Anyone running for a council seat in the borough should be able to clearly and concisely speak to these and provide clarity to their positions. I have only heard the Media First candidates publish and speak to these points. They are all getting my vote - I have kids that ride those buses and frankly it is getting worse instead of better.

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  2. If BLCC wants those four extra feet, they should pay for it.

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  3. You realize the safety issue from the bus picture would be fixed via a one lane road into Media from Upper Prov over the 3rd street bridge?

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    1. Will concede that point - however that is only part of the equation: if you are a taxpayer in Upper Prov and your kids go to Media Elementary (through no fault of our own) then this does not fix the overriding problem in total. We are still paying thousands of extra dollars per school year to get these students back OUT of the borough which is not cost effective. It's not fair to place this tax burden on UPT, M'town and Edgmont taxpayers when we have no control over the issue.

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    2. And if you are a tax payer in Upper Providence, you won't have to pay any Part of Media's tab for the dam. Another part of the equation.

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  4. If Media First wins, and God let's hope that happens; the celebration in this town will make the liberation of Eurpoe look like a book club meeting.

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    1. Absolutely, Dem - but people have to be willing to get out and vote en masse! Don't just bitch about it - change it!

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  5. The mayor is absolutely useless, although I like his shoes!

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    1. The only thing missing is having a tuba player following the mayor around everywhere he went.

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  6. This hits just keep coming for the frauds As democrats we can do better than the 10 people who supposedly represent us and Media First is a good start.

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    1. I stopped reading after 'Jim Cunningham is not a DINO'.

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  7. I always enjoy reading Frog Slayer's comments. Besides "cost," the other scam this Council keeps pushing is that a one lane road will have "less impact" on Glen Providence Park -- which incidentally, THEY DON'T EVEN OWN! The REAL owners -- the County of Delaware -- seems to have no problem rebuilding the bridge, as it was, to meet modern day safety codes. Maybe it was the two state environmental studies that documented this would not have a negative impact on the rest of the 35-acre park.

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    1. That's right--Delaware County has no problem rebuilding the bridge--as long as Media Borough pays for it!! They won't even cop to owning it once its's done. So while they want there to BE a dam, they wouldn't own it even if you gave it to them (which is what they demand)!

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  8. Michael Jordan, MediaMay 3, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Monika R., Jim C., Sam L., Bill T.--the Media First Team has my vote on May 21.

    "Worse than being blind is to have sight, but no vision."
    --Helen Keller

    The Media First team has that VISION for Media.

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