|Jack Glagola, Democratic nominee for Township Comm'r|
Though no formal action could be taken, developer Traditions of America signaled it has no issues with recommendations made by the Township engineer. Moreover, Del Val Soil and Environmental Consultants, hired independently by the Township, has raised no environmental concerns. Snover warned that Traditions' real problems will be with regulatory agencies like PennDOT, DEP and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.
Glagola had waged a write-in campaign for the Democratic nomination to the at-large seat on the Township's Board of Commissioners. He received 92 write-ins, to 88 for incumbent Marty Zawarski, the Republican nominee.
Glagola was reminded by Snover several times to confine his comments to the merits of the plan. But no such admonition was given to others who decided to attack him. Traditions Principal John Biddison complained that Glagola's own home is closer to Green Pond Marsh than any of the homes he plans to build. Calling Glagola a NIMBY, Planning Commissioner Les Walker told Glagola, "This Board isn't here to save your view." He called the "Save Green Pond" signs he said he sees everywhere "ridiculous."
Glagola did address the merits of the plan, noting that Save Green Pond had done its own environmental study. Planning Director Nathan Jones assured Glagola that his study had been distributed.
While Biddison and Walker took their shots at Glagola, Commissioner Michael Hudak applauded from the back of the room, and spoke loudly enough to be heard in the front. Marty Zawarski, who was also listening, walked out after Hudak began whatever he was doing
In a first, Green Pond Country Club owner John Daub weighed in. "We feel very comfortable that Traditions of America is the best plan for the Township," he assured planners. "The majority of the people in the Township support it," he added.
"We are not touching Green Pond," Biddison insisted. "The wetlands are 100% protected."
After the meeting was over, Zawarski stated he is troubled by what he has seen. To him, this is not a done deal.