Monday, October 03, 2011
Elbow Room, Says John Stoffa
Executive John Stoffa is sticking to his commitment to open space, one which is backed up by a 2007 half-mill tax hike when Stoffa was first elected. He'll spend $2 million for farmland preservation, $1 million for environmentally sensitive land, and $700,000 on County-owned parks.
"People have complained about the condition of our parks," Stoffa noted. "We have an obligation to keep them in good stead."
Stoffa is particularly proud of an innovative program under which the County and Townships like Moore and Plainfield pool together their open space, which leads to a larger matching grant from the state. Stoffa credits both Ron Angle and Farmland Preservation Adminstrator Maria Bentzoni with this program.
This year, instead of hearing the Nature Conservancy's Ellen Lott claim that she speaks for the trees, Bigfoot will come down from Upper Mount Bethel Township and mark his territory.