Monday, October 17, 2016

Mayor Bob McMahon is out of synch with public safety priorities.

Media Borough lacked knowledge to operate radar signs
As we roll through October, there’s still no clear direction by Media Borough on what needs to be done to curb speeding in the borough.  It was April, when concerned citizens on 5th and 6th streets organized a petition to request something be done about the speeding and stop sign roll-throughs.  It wasn’t until July that we saw one radar speed display installed on a borough street, only to have Media borough concede that they didn’t know how to use the data gathered from the display.  Here we are well into Fall and not a single update on what’s going on with this effort.  As Media Borough struggles with technology, the real, blatant problem seen by residents every night on any street corner, continues unabated.  


This isn’t a one time thing, it’s a pattern.  Back in January of this year Mayor McMahon was asked about adding cameras to Media Police patrol cars, as well as, officer body cameras.  As with the speeding issues, that still hasn’t been addressed or even an update given.  Unfortunately, the lack of effort, and/or concern is grossly misplaced.  Mayor McMahon has no problem expediting a $20,000 Youtube video or being front an center for local events on State Street.  

As I wrote back in July: Is this really the solution residents on 5th and 6th streets petitioned for regarding speeding?  Or is it, "Lets just hope residents see we attempted something, knowing that it does nothing to address the problem  maybe they'll just stop complaining." It's becoming quite clear it's the latter.


27 comments:

  1. Agreed its a systemic leadership problem that affects all facets of Media Borough
    Police, Fire, Code enforcement

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  2. Please update us on the woman that was struck on Monroe street who was seriously injured and hospitalized as a result of a traffic accident

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    1. She's doing better, but still experiencing pain. She also recently got a car to replace the one that was totaled. She lives in Oakmont Place.

      Thanks for asking.

      Tedman

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    2. Perhaps some of the $727,854 grant received from the Delware Valley Planning Commision be used to protect pedestrians at the interface of existing sidewalks and roads

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  3. My child was struck as a pedestrian years ago. Not bad. But enough he had a bump on his head, no concussion. The driver left the scene. Speeding through the borough has been an issue for many years. Since I lived on Front St 11 years ago.

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    1. Sorry to hear that. I'm know others have similar stories. With daylight savings, it's worse. Make sure to wear light emitting gear.

      It's the same elected people, providing the same exact results - NOTHING.

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  4. What's the PennDot code for adding speedbumps on the borough streets? Would that not encourage slower traffic? For 20k you could put a speedbump on damn near every block.

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    1. No Speedbumps!! They damage cars and make it next to impossible to plow the streets of snow

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  5. Not sure what roads in media borough are
    penndot maintained most are borough of media so it's incumbent upon them to do something' you think their would be some
    Sympathy the woman that was struck lives in mayor Oakmont development ?

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    1. the mayor walks from Oakmont on Jackson St to the borough offices down the street. Probably sees the speeding and rolls through first hand

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  6. NO Speedbumps. They damage cars and make it next to impossible to plow the streets of snow.

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  7. I find Mayor Bob very concerned with public safety. He always has concerns about this-particularly with mass gatherings- always asks for increased police coverage. As far as being "front and center at State Street events" I would expect him to be- he is the Mayor! I think he's a pretty humble guy.

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    1. Yes mass gatherings ripe for glad handing opportunities in addition to being the humble you he is proclaimed to be

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  8. I agree with your assessment of the speeding in the borough. I moved here two years ago… I now live on Radner Street. I am astonished at the number of cars who run the red light at the intersection of Radner and Baltimore Pike. I plan to stand there for a couple of hours in the near future and record the number of cars who run that light. Then I plan on going to a council meeting to talk to our elected officials aboutthis problem. I cannot believe the number of people speeding through this town. Where is the enforcement?

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    2. In 1995 the Media Police had 16 Full-Time police officers. In 2016 the Media Police has 12 Full-Time police officers.
      The Borough has grown exponentially. The Media Police has shrunken through attrition by a full 25%.

      Officer Ed Fullmer recently retired leaving ANOTHER vacancy within the ranks of the Media Police unfilled.

      Bob McMahon, as Mayor, can ONLY recommend to Borough Council that they hire police officers. It is responsibility of Borough Council to take his recommendation and hire the necessary officers. Bob has fought this Borough Council for the last several years trying to get them to hire police officers. The Borough Council clearly has other priorities.

      If your precious "enforcement" is so important to you and your neighbors, may I suggest you show up to a Borough Council meeting and demand the hiring of a COP or two. The Council has our tax dollars, let them put it to work for us.....they have chosen not to.

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    3. Anon 5:10am are you kidding me. Hire more police officers. That would impact the money Council has to hire a gardener. Please get your priorities straight before you post such nonsense in the future.

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    4. The post at 5:10 am seems like a borough employee pensioned I might add who has been subject to councils whims for years the fact of the matter is their are rules and reg's for everything it's councils choice and the mayors choice on what to listen or what to ignore and what leaves them with legal exposure terrible that the borough really does act this way

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    5. In Reply to: Anonymous October 19, 2016 at 5:10 AM

      I've heard very similar numbers regarding the Media police from other sources, which leads me to believe you are very involved, if not directly associated with the issue on some level. Thank You. You’re at least willing to discuss it.

      You also seem to elude that the problem stems from lack of police and/or funding, which is directly related to lack of enforcement of traffic laws in the borough? That being the case, I agree.

      It always fascinates me that these internal struggles within borough council are never, NEVER brought to the attention to the public. Transparency? Communication? There isn't any. You have a one party majority on borough council who feels they can do anything they want with impunity. Read this blog, the examples are numerous.

      Problem is, Media has elected people who are unqualified to deal with these kinds of issues. Watch a borough council meeting sometime. It's dominated by an open back-and-forth debate between President Brian Hall and Vice President Paul Robinson. The rest are there to just vote, mostly against Robinson; never giving an objection, counter point, or a explanation for their voting decision. They vote as if they were told to do so.

      That's part of the problem: They are scared to speak up and since it’s a one party council (democrats) no one challenges them otherwise. And here we are discussing it anonymously on a blog, because council members are too scared to address the issues. You’d think these topics would be openly discussed a borough meeting, but they aren’t. Believe it or not, a lot more gets done by being addressed on this blog, than you might think.

      You mention, "Bob McMahon, as Mayor, can ONLY recommend to Borough Council that they hire police officers." Only recommend? Well, heck, anyone has the ability to 'only recommend.' How about substantiating the position? Facts to support the need? Ability to negotiate an outcome? He didn’t have a problem expediting a Youtube video for $20,000 and I’m sure he didn’t just “only recommend’ that. As head of public safety, McMahon needs to own these issues, not throw his hands up like he’s a victim. Anyone can do a better job than what we’ve seen from him.

      How about this? When you have a borough council that approves a $1,000,000 gift, along with a loan with terms they can't even comprehensively explain or even enforce, you have situation that is clearly out of control. Especially when the police force is struggling to keep up their numbers to acceptable levels. Why aren't their finances to address that? If that doesn't illustrate the problem this will: This year this council approved a part-time gardener with a pay rate of $25 per hr. A job that could have been easily, and probably was done by, the Media Highway Department. Starting police officers make somewhere around $26 per hour. McMahon has no objection to that when it’s becoming apparent officers are being backfilled? Ridiculous!

      Not until there are changes within borough council and McMahon is replaced, will this town see any changes. It's been this way for years and it always goes back to the same problem: Lack of leadership and ability.

      Tedman

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    6. Couldnt agree more and have term limits for every position on local govt from mayor on down to code enforcement director

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    7. "To prevent every danger which might arise to American freedom from continuing too long in office, it is earnestly recommended that we set an obligation on the holder of that office to go out after a certain period." - Thomas Jefferson

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  9. Did the buy a brick solve the library money problem ? As someone suggested in this blog ?

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  10. http://www.delcotimes.com/general-news/20161019/pa-senate-oks-bill-to-let-local-police-use-radar-to-catch-speeders

    Appears local police can't use radar to ticket speeders, after all... sooo, like I said.. what else is the Borough supposed to do? Speedbumps.

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    1. Can the part time gardener use a radar gun is between raking, pruning, and watering and can someone please tell us what work has been completed by this Media Borough employed gardener

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    2. The gardner quit. The police remain understaffed. The million dollar gift to the library won't provide for Public Safety or slow down any speeders. Get off your butt and go to a council meeting

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    3. Gardner is still employed

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  11. As in private industry the mayor should have a fiduciary resposibility for public safety
    The 20 K spent on a you tube video could have went towards public safety even a couple of yield for pedestrians signs would be better then the speed radar senors purchased

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