|Sort of like being Punk'd, but worse.|
Over 19 months this project has been presented 14 times to this borough, and yet on Thursday evening, borough council implied they still don't have enough information and now have further demands. During each and everyone of these meetings, it's like borough council is hearing the whole matter for the first time. It's the 11th hour and now Councilman, Paul Robinson wants and economic impact study to see how Wawa will affect the area?
Media, this is now political obstruction stuff, not objective governing borough council was elected to uphold. You may remember a few years back when Mr. Robinson thought it shortsighted to sell 1 West Street for $1 million, only to eventually sell it for $650,000. The $350k difference would have been huge for this town.
|Borough Council Meeting Minutes, May 2005|
|Media Borough Council seal of approval|
It's easily understood and predictable: Media borough council will throw up so many hoops for Wawa to jump through, that they'll get fed up (maybe we're at the point now) and abandon the project. Media Borough will then go on to say it wasn't their fault that Wawa cancelled the project.
Yet when Mayor McMahon wanted to spend $20,000 for an infomercial that no one saw, they had immediate conference calls, skipped the bidding process and fast tracked the whole thing in two months with a company fined for fraud! They apparently understood how to spend our money, as for understanding the economic benefits a Wawa would bring, not so much.
Lastly, they've pushed any final vote on Wawa out to November, which is after the local elections. How convenient.