We recently read Pottstown Mercury reporter Evan Brandt’s commentary on his Digital Notebook blog regarding revitalization for the borough. If you haven’t already, please take the time to read it here.
We totally agree with Evan. If it works, show us the proof and let’s get it implemented. Don’t waste any more of our taxpayer dollars on ridiculous studies telling us what we already know. In this new year, let’s get things working in Pottstown…and stop doing what’s been done so poorly over and over again with the same terrible results.
Speaking of terrible results…we see that there’s a profile on Borough Manager Mark “I Am Smiling Dammit” Flanders in today’s Mercury. If you want a good chuckle, you can read the article here.
In the article, Flanders looks ahead to what he wants to accomplish in 2013. Curiously, there’s no mention of a much needed overhaul to the Codes Department. We would think that after a county grand jury investigation, an embarrassing state reprimand, and slumlords who are treated like royalty over taxpaying residential property owners, Flanders would have already started to clean house in the Codes Department (without the help of an outside firm that has family ties to members of both the Pottstown School Board and Pottstown Borough Council).
While reading the Happy Happy Joy Joy Flanders piece, we stumbled across an article on PAID’s presentation to borough council which occurred a few days before our Crickets post was published. Of course… The Mercury article notes that the presentation happened in December….which is true. The presentation actually happened during council’s only December meeting on the 10th…three weeks before the article on the event appeared in yesterday’s Mercury. Yup…that’s right…three weeks. While most news media outlets operated on a 24 hour news cycle… The Mercury operates on a three week news cycle. Nice job Nancy March. Keep up the good work.
We wonder if PAID Executive Director Steve Bamford mentioned to council the fact that one third of the townhomes being built in the Hanover Square development will be rental units? It looks like that little itsy-bitsy fact was left out of Bamford’s presentation.
We here at SavePottstown!! have high hopes for 2013 as well. High hopes that elected officials in Pottstown will put on their big girl and boy panties and start making decisions that will move the borough forward and benefit the residential property owners…instead of sitting on their collective derrieres and playing the “what’s in it for me” card.
2013 is the year to toss the dead weight overboard and make real changes that will move Pottstown into the 21st century. Demand it taxpayers! Our elected officials are supposed to be serving us….not themselves.