14 February 2011
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There has been a nice article published in the DLN about the
French and Pickering Trust, run by Clare Quinn. Clare is also a
supervisor with West Vincent Township
Here is the link
As I have said before be sure to read the comments.
And speaking of comments, I have a couple of my own.
Sam Morris was a well respected attorney and farmer in Northern
Chester County. He was also a long term State Democrat
Representative that was well supported by both Democrats and
Republicans. He and his wife started the French and Pickering
Conservation Trust and built it into a powerful non-profit
dedicated to historic preservation and land conservation. One of
Sam's great feats was when the Morris Family celebrated the
bi-centennial with the purchase of Coventry House. French and
Pick was well organized and efficient, not the Mom and Pop
operation that Clare Quinn makes it sound. In fact, back then,
it didn't have to do with being connected, networking and
belonging to just for bragging rights, as it is now.
Sam must be turning in his grave right now. Clare Quinn has
abandoned Coventry House (aka Coventry Hall), the former
historic headquarters of the French and Pick, which was home to
the IronMaster of historic Coventry Forge. They have moved into
a modern building. They are trying to sell the Coventry House
which would break Sam's heart. They also had a donation given to
them years ago in Birchrunville, the Zuber Property, an historic
grist mill. It has around 50 acres and several apartments (it is
questionable if they were legally installed) and income
producing. The owners GAVE it to the French and Pick. The French
and Pick are trying to liquidate it.
In a press release dated 5/21/2009 written by Donna Brennan,
quotes Cary Leptuck, Board Chair as saying "Historic
Preservation is no longer part of the Trust's mission", thereby
ABANDONING the original mission set up by two of the most
respected people in Chester County in the last century.
The organization is losing donors. Why? The economy and the
realization that the operation that Clare Quinn is the executive
director of is not the same as when the Morris' ran it. It has
become a bloated, bureaucratic operation with a huge committee
base and salaries to support. French and Pick has not even
updated it's donor list on its website since 2009, for good
Your tax dollars recently went to propping up the operation.
That's right. West Vincent township donated $5000 to French and
Pick in January. $5000. Would that be to help pay Clare Quinn
and Pam Brown's salaries? Just wondering out loud. Wait, West
Vincent gave $5000 to the organization that one of the West
Vincent Supervisors (Clare Quinn) operates? That's interesting,
The last line of the article quotes Clare Quinn as saying "West
Vincent only lately began to see any dropping in property
values. And even though the real estate bubble had burst by
2008, the township's property value actually went up."
The first comment in the comment section of the Daily Local
article posts a link http://www.zillow.com/local-info/PA-West-Vincent-Township-home-value/r_397670/
from zillow.com which, once again, proves that Clare Quinn and
others like her either can't tell the truth or are too inept
understand finances and the economy.
The last question would be this. Did the West Vincent Land Trust
have a legal right to give away property paid for by the
taxpayers who voted for a referendum to acquire properties and
Transferable Development Rights without asking permission of
those same voters?
Remember, these people know that the average voter doesn't know
what is going on. I'm trying to change that.
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