Sunday, September 21, 2014

Media in Two Minutes


I have a huge backlog of stuff to work on this month, so those who have reached out, I'll get to you as soon as I can.  There are some new businesses in town that I think are really useful and I want to make sure people know about them.

I'd also like to recognize at least one person on Media borough council who stepped up an questioned the surveillance cameras proposed for State Street.  It's a serious topic that should at least be fully vetted as many in this town seem to agree.  Looks like the issue has been tabled for further review.  Keep up the good work.

Tiny Homes with a Small Experience:
I liked the idea of tiny homes and the design that went into building these clever structures with minimalist confines.  Affordable housing in Media is almost non-existent, so some people where intrigued by the possibilities of maybe having one in their back yard as a guest house of small office.  However, everyone needs 'space' which looks to be the drawback when it's you an someone else living in one of these.  Here's a good story on what it was like when two family members lived in one.

Here's the same concept but build as tiny house on the water.  I don't think you'll see these on the docks of Essington anytime soon, but these would be pretty neat on Lake Travis, Austin TX.

Fortune 500 hundred company interested in Franklin Mint
We will see where this goes, but the Franklin Mint site is under a lot of pressure from the recent news by the Granite Run Mall's owners and their plans for a full-fledged town center.  You can't put two town centers right next to each other, so look for an update on this in the coming weeks.

Water Towers painted, almost
I was asked why they stopped painting the two large water towers located behind the Media Youth Center.  I don't know.  It looks like they completed one and not the other.  Once I get an answer, or you know what happened, please share.  

Media 5 Miler Questions
I actually had a sponsor of this race reach out to me and ask what was going with the finance and management of the Media 5 Miler.  That led in part to my post last week along with residents questioning the same thing.

So, someone posted a tax return they found online from 5 years ago, which only led to more questions.   Those who read it weren't so sure the numbers were adding up.

Innovation is more than just Super Sunday
Media needs to do a much better job at improving its vision and innovation for the residents and businesses of this town.  Especially as being the county seat for an area so close to a major metropolitan corridor.  With so many new technology ideas, smart communities and collaborative business efforts taking place, why can't we host a State Street event to showcase these new ideas for living, working and communicating? 

I'd love to have companies come in a do a electric car demonstration along with e-motorcycles and e-scooters.  How about a presentation on solar and how your home thermostats and fire alarms can be setup to your smartphone?  Biking and public transportation would be a great topic on their own.  Here's a neat design for a bike.

RTM almost ready for CNG School Buses
Looks like with the CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) fueling station completed next to the bus depot at Penncrest, it won't be long until the full system is on line.  From what I understand two buses are in the process of being converted to this fuel and will be in service shortly.

A special thanks to the RTM School Board and State Representative, Tom Killion for their efforts and vision to make this happen.

Delaware County turns 225!
A  big event planned for next weekend as the county celebrates its 225th birthday.  

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