Crime Wave Hits the East End
POTTSTOWN, PA – While running errands around town the other day, we noticed quite a number of anonymous flyers posted illegally on utility poles throughout the Sixth Ward in a misguided attempt to keep Rupert Elementary School open, at a massive tax cost to Pottstown taxpayers. Here is one example and here’s another. Like we said, they were plastered all over the east end of town…like a bad rash on a hot summer day.
According to Item 2 of Section 704 (Prohibited Signs), Part 7 (Signs), of Chapter 27 (Zoning) of the Borough of Pottstown Ordinances, this form of egotistical literature is strictly prohibited in Pottstown. It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect any sign in Pottstown unless it is specifically permitted. Unlawful signs include, but are not limited to: “Signs attached to rocks, utility poles, parking meters, traffic signposts, traffic signals or control devices, street signs, or historical markers.” (and if you don’t believe us, look it up online for yourself on the borough website)
You know what’s funny though…even though the signs were for saving Rupert and Franklin Elementary Schools…there was not one sign posted anywhere around Franklin (and we drove around quite extensively looking for one). Isn’t that interesting? So…the Save Rupert/Franklin flyers were only posted in the Sixth Ward around Rupert. Hmmm. Makes you stop and think, doesn’t it? Do folks living in the Sixth Ward really care about other neighborhoods in Pottstown? Hell, they couldn’t even leave their own neighborhood to go to the north end to post their illegal flyers around Franklin. We guess if their efforts are successful, we’ll know which neighborhood to send the increased tax bills to.
So, now we have yet another group of organized criminals to deal with in Pottstown (call us crazy…but there is a documented criminal running for office in Pottstown this November…maybe that’s a larger part of the organized crime effort behind this latest string of activity).
Who has a known and lengthy history in Pottstown for penning anonymous literature? For anyone who reads this site with some form of regularity, the identity of that individual is certainly not anonymous.
Who organized and implemented the covert mission to whip Pottstown residents of the Sixth Ward into a frothing hot mess? Hmmm. The list of possible perpetrators has been narrowed down to a few known individuals. Maybe it was George Wausnock and his employee, Pottstown School Board member Valerie Harris. After all, Mr. Wausnock has a long rap sheet of trying to save Rupert from its inevitable razing (at an extreme cost to Pottstown taxpayers).
Or maybe it was Pottstown School Board member Thomas Hylton, who has been hyperfocused for over ten years on keeping Rupert open at any cost to Pottstown taxpayers…his obsession with keeping Rupert open is eerily similar to one who suffers from an untreated mental disorder, don’t you think? While Mr. Hylton hollowly pledged to be a “practicer of fiscal responsibility” when he bought his school board seat almost two years ago, he is now getting ready to spend anywhere from $13-33 million dollars that the school district simply doesn’t have in order to keep the district’s five 40+ year old elementary schools open. Do you like higher taxes folks? If so, then Tom (and any of his sponsored school board candidates) is your poster boy for higher taxes in Pottstown. The numero uno excessive spender of them all is just anxiously waiting (and we do mean anxious) to spend tens of millions of your tax dollars to initiate his fiscally disastrous band-aid fix of Pottstown’s five elementary schools, while fiscally irresponsibly refusing to close a single one. And Hylton claims to be a fiscally responsible citizen? Really? He’s just another hollow politician with no basis in reality stumping another hollow pledge.
This is really getting old.