|Tp Manager Bob Cartwright|
There were also some heated exchanges between Jerry Geake and Larry Hallett. Supervisors did manage to authorize an appraisal of the Eastern Industries, which is about 300 acres of an old quarry that was purchased by the Township in 2008 for $2 million. Mortgage payments cost the Township $100,000 per year. The plan is to keep the buildings, which amount to about 16 acres, and sell off the development rights to the remaining land to the Nature Conservancy.
But even the Nature Conservancy acknowledged last night that it's highly unlikely that a former quarry land could ever be developed. It's also by no means clear that Northampton County Council would ever approve open space funding for this kind of project. Hayden Phillips has previously made clear that he is philosophically opposed to open space funding, and Glenn Geissinger has voted against some projects where the possibility of development is remote. In addition, even the Open Space Advisory Board questions using open space money to buy development rights in land already owned by a municipality.
The Nature Conservancy stated that if the County voted against this project, it might fund it on its own.
If you think Angle was deadly as an elected official, you're wrong. He's most dangerous as a citizen, weighing in on different topics as they come up. Last night was no exception. Angle was accompanied by the Bad Mark last night, who was there simply for the entertainment.. Me, too. The Good Mark was doing the Stations of the Cross.
While he was there, Angle managed to
- get signatures to a nomination petition for someone running for Supervisor, and from the very people he was criticizing.
- convince Supervisors to put off a deed transfer requested by Attorney Al Pierce.
- raise questions whether it's more economical for the Township to hire someone to do annual paving than to do it themselves.
- belittle a recent newsletter from Chairman Dennis Jones, which contained 28 spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.
- complain that taxes have gone up 300% over 12 years with nothing to show for it other than a roof over a silo in a meeting room where the water is polluted.