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VNA Senior Center
The request has apparently been withdrawn.
Score one for the residents
2015 - Public Affairs Meeting -
Commissioner Spiegelman did not alert any residents that we
know of to come to the September Public Affairs meeting -
especially those that live directly across form the
park setting that he is considering donating to what might
become a parking lot . He was aware in advance, the
Visiting Nurses Association (VNA ) lawyer ( Mr Morrow?)
was coming to ask for a
donation of the triangle "park" land that was a former
pumping station next to their building. This outright
donation of our precious little greenspace would be
a dangerous precendent to set . We already have other
non-profits asking for parkland to be donated for $1 per
year while they build their non-profit owned building on it.
Our park land and greenspace should not be for sale - or
given away to non-profits in such a way . And
should all residents - especially those MOST imminently
impacted be alerted and deserve a full vetting of the
pros and cons. Also:
any buildings on Township lands
should be owned by the Township -in effect by the
taxpayers who bought the land and elected the officials to
serve in their interest . The taxpayers should always
have a say in how these publicly bought resources are used
and maintained. And I doubt any would bequeath these assets
that they paid for to other entities.
The VNA proposes to use the land for parking and/or storm
water retention. They propose to build up and to
possibly build out in the back in order to expand.
home values and quality of life are affected by these
actions. They affect the beauty, absorbancy factors, the
cleanliness of our air and the over all
desirability of our Township to outsiders. We
have many vacant and available buildings which could
accommodate a senior center. This is about nothing more than
$. If they can get your elected officials to give your
assets away they will have more of it. Doesn't a
Senior Center provide a service. Yes it does. And it can
also provide another of the far too many catch alls
that is the black hole where your public dollars are funded
- through a non-profit. The Township can afford
seniors access to any number of spaces that they own and
control --- and these spaces can provide programs throughout
the Township - because that's where our seniors come
from....all over the Township. I would wager that there
would be few to none of the Taxpayers that would approve if
they understood the whole situation.
At the presentation on 9-28-15 the lawyer for the VNA
says he does not want to spend any money until he knows the
Commissioners are inclined to donate the land.
So instead of him and his organization being required to
make a full presentation for the residents and all to
see ---- instead of him and his organization spending money
to make a proposal, which the residents would have an
opportunity to view in it's entirety --- instead of those
proper channels a new "method" is beginning to take hold in
Abington, where someone proposes only a concept and
asks that it be approved before they spend any $. In
fact , our $ will be spent instead, as Commissioner
Spiegelman agreed that our Solicitor should aid
in the preparation of options for the donation of the land.
Why would that be? And ..........can you imagine our
solicitor preparing something that the Board would be
turning down? That would be a waste of $.
On top of this if you watch the video you will see
Commissioner Spiegelman say that the Public Affairs
Committee seems to be all in favor of this --- but he
made no effort whatsoever to garner their approval. He was a
one man show.
that this has been done in this manner, knowing that his
residents were not notified that the land in front of
their homes might become a parking lot puts Commissioner
Spiegelman once again at odds with the platform of
transparency and inclusion that he prefers to promote as his
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