Cut Down the Shade Tree Commission
POTTSTOWN, PA – As we stated earlier this week while looking over Pottstown Borough Council’s agenda for this past Wednesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, there were some interesting items up for discussion.
And one of them was the future of the borough’s Shade Tree Commission.
Today’s Mercury fills in the details:
One piece of key information that was omitted from the article is the fact that Trees, Inc., the non-profit organization run out of Shade Tree Commission Chairman Thomas Hylton’s Chestnut Street home, has net assets close to $100,000. Much of that money is taxpayer contributed funds from the Borough of Pottstown from the years 2003 to 2007. Hmmm. The amount of money the Borough freely handed over to Mr. Hylton (almost $105, 000) is about $8,000 more than the amount in Trees, Inc.’s coffers. It looks like it’s time for the borough to do a little asset seizure.
For those number crunchers out there…here is Trees, Inc.’s IRS Form 990 from March of this year which is posted on their website:
As we’ve said several times before, the Shade Tree Commission is really of no use to the borough and its residents. It doesn’t work with residents to solve tree issues. Its Chairman is belligerent and self-righteous towards borough residents and simply shrugs his shoulders (and says they have no money) when asked to take action. And why should he have to answer to anyone…he’s only sitting on close to $100,000 to do with as he pleases.
Here are some past posts we shared with you on the Shade Tree Commission:
It’s time for Borough Council to do what’s best for its taxpaying residents. Toss the Shade Tree Commission into the wood chipper and be done with it.