Friday, October 21, 2011
Chrin TIF Passes Northampton County Council
Once again, Palmer's Dale Colver spoke in support of the TIF. "We are controlling the zoning," he affirmed, noting there will be "no big boxes." He added that this is a regional project affecting 7 municipalities. Once again, former State Rep. Rich Grucela added his support. "I've never seen a better deal. than you're getting here." he argued.
A new face joined the litany of TIF supporters - Easton Mayor Sal Panto. Although he has worked for Chrin and admitted they contribute to his campaign, he told Council he was not standing before them for his sake.
"I'm here for the residents of my City. The City needs jobs. I need jobs for my residents and you need jobs for the County as a whole. Every day I get requests for jobs.
"We need to save our lands. I applaud what the County has done. I applaud what has been done with the $2 million that is going to be contributed. I think that's all great. But the first thing we need are jobs. Everywhere I go, people are asking me for work, and I feel really badly about them. A lot of people we put out of our jails are coming back in because they can't find work."
Cusick was upset that the agreement was finished only moments before the meeting, but it had already been signed by Chrin. He was going to offer an amendment that would increase tipping fees at the landfill, but withdrew it.