Monday, July 13, 2015
Williams Tp To Reconsider Glovas Handout
In June, Northampton County Council voted 6-3 to table a $319,970 handout to wealth management specialist and real estate flipper Michael Glovas in exchange for a "conservation easement" on the 72 acres surrounding his palatial estate at 590 Browns Drive in Williams Township. Except for the area around the mansion, an appraisal makes clear that the tract can never be developed. It is too full of boulders and steep slopes to permit basements or septic system without cost prohibitive measures.
At their meeting on July 8, Williams Township's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in support of Vince Foglia's motion to direct their Solicitor to prepare a resolution withdrawing any financial commitment to the project. While that does not mean it's going to happen, it will be discussed. Supervisors seem concerned that the process being used, which does not include the Township's Planning Commission is wrong.
"We don't have to spend taxpayer money on scrap land, when we can spend it on farmland, which is most amenable to development in the immediate future," argued Foglia.
Land Preservation Board Chair Robert Schmidt, was visibly irate during the meeting. He derided Foglia for relying on an "Internet blog." He also told Foglia to "read the Supreme Court's report on Bernie O'Hare's disbarment proceedings."
I think that's already required reading in every grade school.
"Does that make his article in the newspaper false?" asked Foglia.
Schmidt had no reply. He instead demanded an apology from Foglia for calling his Board corrupt on this blog, a charge that Foglia vigorously and effectively refuted.
A review of the blogs concerning the Glovas handout demonstrates that Foglia at no time called any of them corrupt. But I have criticized their self-dealing in preserving their own properties, and stand by what I wrote.