In Nazareth, a divisive summer has finally ended. Borough Council has finally listened to reason and ended its quest to destroy what little remains of Nazareth's green space.
The little kids have won! Nazareth has won!
Borough Council tonight unanimously agreed to purchase over an acre currently owned by Lafayette Ambassador Bank and Nazareth Mutual Insurance along the west side of Main Street to relocate their borough offices and police department. Purchase price? $1.545 million. That's a lot less than the $3 million figure originally proposed for an expansion at Nazareth Hall Park. And it keeps Nazareth's government center in the Main Street business district, where every public dollar spent brings in $27 of private investment. There will be only minimal renovation to the 13,000 sq ft available for offices and a police department. Council also intends to take action to preserve Nazareth Hall Park.
The situation was described, by residents and council members alike, as a "win win" situation.
Does this mean I'll be ending my Sunshine Act suit against Nazareth? No. This summer's acrimony is merely a repetition of what has occurred time and again as borough council committees operate in the shadows. That practice must end, or it won't be long before the next public outcry.
In fact, another borough council action this evening demonstrates why the Sunshine Act litigation must continue.
Council appointed Fred Daugherty, the only borough council applicant who refused to condemn council's original proposal to move borough offices into Nazareth Hall Park. He was appointed over the objections of Councilpersons Werner and Herbst, who bristled as the votes were cast in favor of Daugherty with absolutely no discussion.