Thursday, February 15, 2018

Media Borough Council never inquired about a risk assessment or safety evaluation with Sunoco regarding $350k ME2 pipeline easement

Documents obtained from a Freedom of Information Act filed with Media Borough shows no mention of any type of risk assessment or safety evaluation with Sunoco regarding the $350k easement granted for the pipeline project.

Back in September when flatly asked, Media Borough stated it would be unfair to suggest that Media Borough did not consider these issues, yet the borough was unable to provide any documentation that any type of risk/safety assessment was discussed.

Jeff Smith, Media Borough Manager
Media Borough Hall
301 N. Jackson St.
Media, PA 19063


Pursuant of a formal FOIA submission, I'd like to request all email correspondence/discussions between Mariner East Pipeline parties (i.e Sunoco)  and Media Borough Council related to a $350,000 payment given to the borough, in return for an easement used for the ME2 pipeline.  Specifically any discussion/documents on risk assessments and safety evaluations which may have been used by the borough to base a decision on.

I request that a copy of the following documents, either electronic or hard copy, be submitted to me at this email address: or mailed to 128 E. 6th Street.  Media, PA.

Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in my commercial interest.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Tedman O’Hara
128 E 6th Street
Media, PA 19063

Pearl Kim from Radnor enters congressional race for the 7th District.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Six security cameras to be installed on Baltimore Avenue at the cost of $40,000. Use of Body Camera discussions to begin (Again).

Per January's Public Safety meeting, six security cameras will be installed on Baltimore Avenue at the cost of $40,000.   In addition, the committee liaison, Lisa Johnson is expected to begin discussions on the use of body cameras for the Media Police Department.

Media Boro Public Safety Agenda January 2018

Mayor Bob McMahon has been asked repeatedly about body cameras for law enforcement but has failed to provide updates.

Save the dates! The 2018 Media Film Fest runs Thurs-Sat, April 5-7

Monday, February 12, 2018

A few interesting efforts being entertained regarding parking in the Media business district.

Proposed for State Street
At the Borough's Public Safety meeting last month, a few things were discussed to address parking.

One of particular interest is the idea of using two spots per block on each side of State Street to allow for pick up and drop off.  This would be at 15-minute intervals.  It doesn't provide details if this would be for certain times and days of the week.

A parking app has always been a viable idea, but that's more of a matter of execution than technology.  So is the idea of kiosks instead of individual parking meters.  Both have been around for a while but never acted on by Media's elected officials.
This situation isn't unique to Media, as other localities face similar parking challenges.  However, what are they doing about it?  Well, during my travels this week, and looking for a place to park, I noticed a well lit sign that instructed drivers to download an app to pay for parking with their smart phone.  This didn't alleviate the immediate shortage of parking spaces, but much like real time traffic apps and Ezpass, this too could have great potential.  Can your Iphone Help Media's Parking Problem? July 2012
Credit Card Parking meters is another matter of execution and followup.  Media has had the ability to accept credit cards since 2013, but never the oversight to maintain them.  Speaking of which, when will the Olive Street Garage be repaired (again)

Agenda January 25, 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Past Life Store on State Street in Media to Close

Congratulations to this year's Penncrest ring of honor inductees:

Congratulations to this year's ring of honor inductees.  
Excellent examples of the achievement, hard work and character.

Peter Ventresca
Class of 1990
Wrestling - Football - Track

Barb Jordan
Class of 1981
Lacrosse - Field Hockey

John Lohn
Girls Track and Field

Friday, February 2, 2018

A few updates for tomorrow's Eagles Parade Rally in Media, PA

I've received an update from the organizers of tomorrow's event:

Hey Eagles fans - Saturday's Underdog Pride Parade at 2pm will NOT include any ceremony or speeches at the courthouse. Feel free to spread all along State Street from Monroe to Vet Square and get a good spot. Should be a fun day! GO BIRDS!

As with Media events on State Street, pets are not permitted.

Sunday: Parking will be prohibited on State Street starting at 4pm through 11pm.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A BIG change in plans for the former Towne House Restaurant Site.

The former site of the Media Towne House Restaurant is looking to get a new LEASE on life!  Not as the proposed cluster of multiple story apartments that was presented months ago, but as a new concept for outdoor dining.  One of which Media, PA has never seen before on either scale or experience.

This week, the property was listed with Zommick McMahon Commercial Real Estate, Inc. who will be entertaining ideas for a restaurant setup.   There is a conceptual plan of what that would entail, but it also appears there is a lot of flexibility for potential suitors to create their own vision.

From what I understand, the site could be divided up to include open dining on the Baker Street side.  That would include both patio and outside (under roof) dining, which looks to me might be 35-40% of the current footprint.  Indoor dining (6,000 to 6,500 sqf.) would be on the Baltimore Avenue side.  Again, there's a lot of creative room to maneuver here, so the possibilities could get very interesting.

What this also attracts are groups who can do big restaurant projects like a P.J. Whelihan's Pub, Buffalo Wings, or any mix-&-match of sports bar-centric setups.  That would include a brew-pub model restaurant too, which has been quite popular over the years.  Victory Brewery? Who knows. (Note: the businesses I mentioned are used as examples and none to my knowledge have yet explored the listing).

As details become available, which I hope to have more in the next day, I'll be posting to this page.  In the meantime, please contact Jeff Dowd from Zommick McMahon Commercial Real Estate, Inc. for further information on the property and leasing details.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Media Farmers Market expected to return in 2018

After taking 2017 off, the Media's Farmers Market is planning to make a return in 2018; however, the details aren't very clear by Media Borough council on when or where it will take place - they are still to be determined.

It was mentioned that a new group by the name of Farm to City will be managing the market.  That will be an important move, as the market came up against strong criticism on how it was run and where it was located prior.