The Shade Tree Commission Is Toast
At Monday’s Borough Council meeting, two important decisions were made: 1) the dismantling of the Shade Tree Commission and 2) the green light to bring more Section 8 housing to Pottstown.
We say good riddance to the Shade Tree Commission and its arrogant chairman. Selective tree maintenance based on the personal politics of one vindictive individual is a poor strategy for the borough to associate themselves with. If you want to shed a tear (of joy)…you can read the write up in today’s Mercury:
Maybe one of these days The Mercury will run a current picture of Tom Hylton…not a 25 year old one (that outdated smile is long gone baby). The article conveniently omitted the fact that Mr. Hylton left the meeting after being asked direct questions by Council…nice team playing Tom. After the meeting, some folks swear they saw Hylton curled up in the fetal position in the borough hall parking lot.
Roy over at Roy’s Rants had two very good posts about Monday’s meeting. If you haven’t already, check them out:
The other issue was the decision by Council to allow low-income senior housing to be developed along the Schuylkill River. A decision which is an about-face to the recommendations reported in this year’s Urban Land Institute report.
While the enlightened ones over at The Mercury believe there are more positives than negatives for this proposal…Sue Repko over at Positively!Pottstown has the facts and figures. Check out her post:
Maybe a group therapy session should be set up for Borough Council. Obviously, they don’t believe in the potential of Pottstown and are far too willing to sell us taxpayers down the river for an out of state developer frantically waving a tax credit application (low income tax credits we might add).
So…is that the vision for Pottstown? More folks riding those motorized scooters up and down High Street? What do low income seniors bring to the revitalization table? Absolutely nothing. This proposal is a slap in the face for all those trying to bring a younger demographic (and their disposable incomes) to Pottstown.
As a side note to all you conspiracy theorists out there…going on a semi-permanent hiatus involved no one from the legal community. It was strictly a personal decision made by SavePottstown!! So…don’t believe any of that lawsuit mumbo-jumbo. It’s simply not true. And if anyone is peddling those lies…consider their motive.