20 April 2011
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Now I'll address some remarks made by Clare Quinn at the
township meeting on 2/14/2011
Her transcript, although not exactly the same as the speech she
gave (compare it to the video), grossly misrepresents what I
stated. She must be taking lessons from the Township Manager,
Jim Wendelgass. Remember, this could be you being misrepresented
at some point, so be aware.
I could not cut an paste it from the minutes, it is a disaster
to look at in Word, so here is the link to the minutes, so you
can follow along:
She never addresses the issue of how Sam and Eleanor Morris were
indeed the powerhouses that started the Trust. Of course not,
because this is a different group of people. Forget about the
Founders. They have discounted them and thrown away their
memory. This group, led by Clare Quinn, could be compared to an
adolescent child's disrespect for a parent.
First, I merely questioned the $5000 “donation” to the French
and Pickering Conservation Trust. I NEVER said it went to
anyone's salary. I simply asked. In fact, what I said was,
“Would that be to help pay Clare Quinn and Pam Brown's salaries?
Just wondering out loud.” She goes on to state where the money
goes but shows no proof.
She states I find it interesting that Clare both works for the
Trust and is a Supervisor. The e-mail she is referring to
doesn't say anything of the sort. I merely point it out that she
is both. In fact, the quote is:
"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 http://dailylocal.com/articles/2011/01/29/news/srv0000010784513.txt?viewmode=fullstory
As I have said before be sure to read the comments."
But since she said that, it is interesting, isn't it? She works
for the Trust which has business dealings with the Township. She
should pick one or the other. This is no different than being a
Contractor and having your company work for the township while
you are Supervisor. Too much interconnection is never good in
government. It leads to corruption. Dealmaking. Hiding of
actions. Misrepresenting what is said. Well, I guess we are on
our way, then, aren't we?
I never mentioned anything about the Trust being chosen to place
easements on land after a competitive bidding process, which
Clare says I might find interesting. But we shouldn't have an
employee of the Trust near the pursestrings of taxpayer money if
her company is involved with the township. Period. End of story.
This is why we are paying $5000 for French and Pickering Trust
to look at a giant open field right on Route 401with a little
swampland woods ONCE A YEAR and get a fat check for $5000 of our
taxpayers money. $5000. Say it with me. $5000. FIVE THOUSAND
DOLLARS. And about the bidding process being documented in the
minutes? Clare never said where, whose minutes or when, let
alone supply the minutes. So it may be true, it may not.
Clare does finally quote me properly when I said that she was
either untruthful or inept when she said property values in the
township went up in 2008. She explains by saying the information
came from a Philadelphia Inquirer article dated 10/31/2008 that
West Vincent Property sale values for most of the year were 23%
higher than the preceding year. She parsed the article. While it
does talk about the houses that sold in the township selling for
higher than last year, it doesn't reflect the article. Here it
Interestingly, Clare is a person that believes we should have
lower income housing in our township, all the while bragging
about a few homes selling above average prices, in the $620,000
range! We have that lower income housing already, don't we?
Clare, Ken and Zoe gave us Miller Towers on Nantmeal Road. That
is also our source of some of the best 911 calls we have had in
the township. Fights, drugs, weapons. Thank you Clare, Zoe and
Here are some interesting things to read about Miller Towers
Every historical chart, and I posted one in one of my e-mails,
has shown the plummeting of purchase prices in the area. Good
thing she used a 30 month old article instead of a tool that
could analyze the market conditions after all the information
was in. This woman runs your township!
This e-mail is getting way to long so I am going to shortcut the
rest of this as best as I can.
She did indeed abandon the Coventry House. The operation moved
from that location while she was in charge. I never said that it
wasn't land preserved, that isn't the issue. Sam worked hard to
acquire that property which reflected the beliefs and direction
of F & P. I think maybe the new strip store style location
aptly reflects the new attitude, so maybe it's better this way.
I never said there was a bloated bureaucratic staff. I said “It
has become a bloated, bureaucratic operation with a huge
committee base and salaries to support.” It was all volunteer
when the Morris' ran it, and now there is a big group of people
operating it and a couple salaries to boot! The downfall of so
many operations, not just the F&P is when they become
overwhelmed with committees or a large Board of Directors.
Decisions become murky. It is really a shame that so many start
out so noble and end up defunct, only to be picked up by places
like the Natural Lands Trust. There was nothing incorrect about
what I said.
I could address many other things in this response from Clare
but again, I cannot dwell too long lest I will lose my audience.
I just want to point out, once again, the half truths of your
local government. Watch your money because it's going quickly.
Clare, Zoe and Ken raised your taxes 25% and is running for
Supervisor May 17. Tell the Supervisors and the candidates they
support how you feel that day in the voting booth.
Clare, Zoe and Ken raised your taxes 25% and Clare is running
for Supervisor. Ken is the Chairman of Clare's Re-Election
campaign. It is no wonder why he isn't the treasurer, given all
of his non-payment of taxes. Zoe supports Katherine Trolier and
David Brown. She assures us they will carry on the traditions of
local government you have now. That is reason enough to not
support them on May 17.
Maria Holderness: Accountant
Richard Malasics: Very successful local business owner
Jeff Hester: Retired Teacher, Masters Degree in Administration
These are all qualities we need to run our local government.
Maybe then we won't need the excessive tax increase in the
Tell the Supervisors and the candidates they support how you
feel May 17 in the voting booth. It's your money, it's our
Township, not theirs.
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