Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Breaking - Media Borough Council Chooses Not to Appeal Third Street Bridge Lawsuit

After 18 years, it's over!
This Monday, July 28th marked the 30 day deadline Media Borough had to appeal the latest ruling by Judge Proud which found Media borough in contempt of court over Third Street Bridge.  5pm on Monday came and went, which unofficially marked the end of a 18 year dilemma that many in this community were not only following, but were affected by in varying degrees. I could have reported this at 5:00pm on Monday, but elected not to for other reasons.

The good news is is that Media Borough will now have to follow the stipulation that includes a two-way roadway and make arrangements soon to do so.  Being found in contempt of court, which I'd like to know when the last municipality in Delaware County was found in such; there's not much maneuvering Media Borough Council can do to hold this up.  This all assuming that the Penndot funding is still available, which would have been helpful to know at July's council meeting, but nothing was said about that or their decision not to appeal. 

In my opinion Media, PA fell victim to personal agendas, conflicts of interest and an abuse of power by those elected.  The costs to taxpayers over the last 18 years painfully illustrates that story.    When a town's council is too inept and forced to legislate through a judge, which is now shaping up to be the case for the proposed Wawa; there's something seriously broken. 

I'd like to thank those who followed this story and voiced their opinions.  I assure you, your time spent made a difference and was appreciated.

Tedman

28 comments:

  1. ribbit, ribbit, BANG

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  2. The Borough and park 'friends' will probably demand speed bumps along the entire road and stop signs every 15 feet.

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  3. Is there any money left over to buy a round of free trade humble pies for the frogs and Dbags on council? I sure hope so. I really do.

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  4. Great news! And what an absolute slap to our incompetent mayor and borough council. I hope the construction noise and traffic doesn't stress out Davidson's chickens. Ha!

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  5. Let me dust off this goody and throw it out there - F U DAVIDSON!

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  6. Finally! It has been ridiculous how long this has taken. I was a teen when the bridge was closed. It was a two way road before, with plenty of space for pedestrians to walk.

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    1. Here here. Me too. Totally ridiculous.

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  7. This weekend I plan on enjoying both bbq'd and fried frog legs just to enjoy the experience of having them TWO WAYS.

    Don't worry, guys, we'll still have that awful Greenway idea...

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    1. This from Steve McDonald's 10/15/08 Media Musings blog:

      "Fencing Along Third Street Bridge - my favorite useless bridge next to the swim club! This may spar a debate about what to do with said bridge. Want my opinion? Tear the thing down or let Upper Providence pay for repairs! We've lived without it for, what, nearly 10 years now? Why change anything?

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    2. It took six years to get a page view - finally!

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  8. I still don't understand what making the road two lanes will accomplish besides funneling even more unnecessary traffic through residential Media. Who does it benefit?
    That said, good to see some progress one way or another, even though I'm hoping plans change from what they are now.

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    1. Just exactly HOW much traffic goes through there? I have lived in Media for all my 67 years and have most likely gone that way maybe a dozen times over the years. I used it coming home from work because it was easier to avoid the traffic coming into Media on Baltimore Pike from WC Pike. I worked in Exton at the time and 352 and Baltimore Pike is a nightmare at that time of day. I would also like to know WHY you post as anonymous? If you have an opinion, you should at least stand behind by signing your name AS I HAVE DONE.

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    2. Anonymous July 30, 2014 at 1:23 AM , you don't mind if I call you Anon do you? I will tell you who it benefits, talk to the people on Orange Street who get all of the traffic since the bridge has been out. Talk to the school district who spends more money in fuel each year due to be re-routed. Maybe you should consider the carbon footprint that all of that extra travel makes, assuming you give a hoot about that type of thing. People who live on both sides of the bridge will have options for getting in and out of town. The shops on State street will benefit since people who may have gone to another place to eat will take the path of least resistance and spend their money in town (while driving their evil SUVs that scare Terry Rumsey so) The police and fire department are both in favor of what has been decided and please do not forget that Media is the County Seat and should have the infrastructure to allow for as much traffic to get in and out as possible. This road was needed when they build it over a 100 years ago and now that the population has increased it is needed more. Who are you to determine what is necessary and unnecessary traffic? let me fill you and some of your high and mighty neighbors in on something and that is YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL. The town of Media is not special because of you and it is not special because a group of Johnny come lately FROGS. Media , get ready for this , is special because of the businesses on State , the charming aspect of the trolley and because it is the County Seat. Not because of Fair Trade and not because we have hippies in town. Since you believe you are special can you tell me why? Are you better than say the people of Chester? if a bridge or road was out in Chester or some other area trust me the thought of NOT fixing it would be a firestorm since it would deprive the citizens of that town. What option did you want to see? Was it to remove the dam that has been there for over a hundred years to "restore" the stream to what is was back in the 1800s? Save your selective outrage for something else and do yourself a favor and get ready for some construction and as you put it "unnecessary traffic coming through your private sanctuary .

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  9. Tedman----- Now that Media has finally stopped stalling and bending to special interest groups the elephant in the room is ---- Who is responsible for the cost increase in this project over the last three years?
    How much money has been wasted by this group of elected officials on special meetings and attorney fees for arguing an asinine concept of what does "re-establish" really mean.
    Are the so called Friends of Glenn Providence Park going to contribute or are they going to disband now that they did not get their way or come up with another clever idea to get strangers to clean up their backyards?
    Can Brian Hall, Kent Davidson and Paul Robinson be held accountable for prolonging this charade of a case at tax payers expense.
    Where was the leadership? Where was common sense? Can Media residents really elect such ill prepared people to represent them?

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    1. Obviously, the voters in Media have not problem re-electing this do nothing group, hence the last election. They were voted back in because of the voter apathy in this town.

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  10. The headline should have read "Council President Brian Hall taught costly vocabulary lesson at expense of taxpayers" How can someone hold public office and not as a lawyer understand what the word re-establish meant?

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  11. After hearing this news, someone should check on Frank Daly to see if he's okay. After 18 years of holding a grudge against this town and using the bridge to establish his own cul-de-sac, he can't be taking it well.

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  12. I would not count the opposition out just yet. They may know something that we do not about the funding or lack of funding. While I have serious issues with the Council and the other "do gooders" saying "F U" to anyone does not help the situation.

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    1. Funding or lack of funding as you put it has no bearing. The stipulation states Media is responsible for the funding even if the state money is no longer available. Either way Media has to move forward and rebuild.

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  13. When will construction begin??? I have an engagement planed at BLCC.

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  14. I won't believe this is over until I drive over the bridge.
    There are still tons of ways to bury this in red-tape and procedural bottlenecks. Why would anyone think that a group held in contempt of court would start to obey the court now?

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  15. It's about time ... can't wait till its done I always used that bridge !!

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  16. I'll believe it when I see it. By the way, does anyone know who owns the chickens who run around on S/Old Middletown Rd and Bortondale Rd? Twice now, I've driven through this area recently at rush hour 5pm-ish and have seen these chickens, once in the road at Bortendale/Middletown stop sign, and then again, a herd of them, on Middletown Rd a little past Indian Lane from 352. What the hell?

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  17. Amazing no pathetic drivel from :

    Brendan O'Rioroan -- Chris McNichol-- Media Mike (Kent Davidson?) -- Stephanie Grab-a-ho

    no lets talk down to these peasants about not being eco-friendly and trying to save the park

    What about Rumsey has he moved on to gun rights now that he kicked this issue for all it was worth they should all be ashamed for holding this project up for the past three years. Along with the three morons on council ROBINSON< HALL and DAVIDSON

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    1. The question is how pissed off should the FROGS be at Boro Council over one year ago according to this blog BLCC offered a one lane compromise. Brian Hall even discussed it at a monthly meeting responding to one of Terry's questions. Bet one lane would seem pretty good to the FROGS now.

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    2. That is absolutely true! Come 2015 election voters of Media should be pounded with this fact - that the one way 'compromise' was indeed offered/agreed upon by BLCC, but the high and mighty council rejected it. What do you want to bet the FROGs throw this fact aside and still blindly stump for their fearless leader Davidson.

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  18. Guess this does not count as MEDIA,PA NEWS because it is not listed on a blog of the same name. But the whole greenway crap would have been. #loser # moron #chickens

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  19. While this may happen but I suspect another shoe is going to drop. I don't want to speculate but i have a sneaky suspicion there may be more to this than we all think.

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