Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Atiyeh: She Condemns Traffic, He Proposes Gas Station
At first, Harte was greeted by stony silence.
Abe Atiyeh's attractive wife, Nemo, has waged a hard-hitting campaign for Commissioner. In ten mailers, she has complained that Bethlehem Township is "stuck in traffic," thanks to Commissioner Tom Nolan. One mailer warns, "Don't Get Stuck in Traffic ... Vote No to Tom Nolan." She adds, "Tom Nolan + Increased Traffic + Out of Control Development = Lower Quality of Life."
After a few moments, Commissioner Michael Hudak quietly suggested that the Planning Department should take a look at it. Then there was another awkward pause, and Commissioner Jerry Batcha spoke out.
Batcha, who is stepping down from the Board at the end of his term, noted that area really could use a gas station, even though there are traffic and concerns about its location near the crest of a hill. But then he began quoting an Atiyeh response to a news inquiry in which she complains that "I am prepared...to stand up to developers and let them know the township will not tolerate any more out-of-control development...and traffic congestion." Noting the inconsistency between Nemo Atiyeh's flyer and Abe Atiyeh's proposed gas station, Batcha said, "I don't know if hypocrisy is the word I'm looking for, but it is interesting."
Township Manager Howard Kutzler suggested that Harte make a presentation to the Planning Commission.
Other Atiyeh flyers complain that Bethlehem Township is homeless, its Community Center is a "money pit," and it's overtaxed; all thanks to Commissioner Tom Nolan. Interestingly, despite these mailers, Atiyeh has yet to file a pre-election expense report, which was due on October 28.
Gotta' admit, I laughed my ass off at the "homeless" flyer, which looks like some kid was hired to smear dirt on his face and pose for the camera.
Commissioners will meet again on Monday, November 21, 7 PM, at the Township Municipal Building, located at 4225 Easton Avenue.
Updated 7:33 AM, to supply the correct quotation used by Mr. Batcha. I thank him for pointing it out.