Back to Eminent Domain. First a letter from a regular
correspondent then an announcement following a meeting with the
Parks and Recreation Committee then a letter about that
The WVT supervisors did not make the eminent domain decision
without discussion with and, one would assume, concurrence
of it by solicitor Sienna. That concurrence was obviously a
gross, self-serving mistake. Couple that mistake with the
astronomical legal bills WVT gets from that firm, it appears
or could be perceived by a reasonable person that the Sienna
firm has a conflict of interest in its representation of
WVT: one of self-interest. Therefore, wouldn’t it be
appropriate for supervisor-elect Brown to call for replacing
the Sienna firm as solicitor when he takes office next
Then there is this announcement:
RESCIND OR RESIGN
JOIN US AT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
12/12/11 - 7:30 P.M.
West Vincent Township Building
(Regardless of what the Township tells you --- we will be
there, it is our right!)
Last evening a group of interested residents showed up at
the Parks and Recreation Committee meeting held at the
Township Building. During the meeting they were kind to
answer all of our questions. Some of those questions were
Q. Was parks and recreations informed of the intent of the
Board of Supervisors to seize the Horse Show grounds?
Q. Has the Parks and Recreations Committee ever looked into
the feasibility of putting ball fields at the horse show?
A. No, although we are aware that you presently have some
ball fields at the show grounds....(they did understand that
they are "rough" fields.
Q. Has Parks and Recreations compiled a budget to install
the ball fields at the Horse Show Grounds and the resulting
upkeep of them?
Q. Since the Northern Federation Plan was cited as a
justification for the needed ball fields, can you tell me if
that plan has yet to be approved?
There was lengthly and good discussion on both sides of the
table. The discussion ranged from the the history of the
Horse Show, our mission and why the public is so strongly
opposed to this hostile taking to potential other
properties better suited as well as a dialog from the Horse
Show side discussing why the Horse Show may not be the best
location for the proposed ball fields or park. Information
was given to us regarding the recent French Creek property
acquisition and a proposed Nature Park. It was clear that
the members of the Committee were as unhappy with the action
of the committee.
At the end of the discussion, the Parks and Recreation
Committee voted to condemn the use of Eminent Domain for the
use of a Public Park and recommend to the Board of
Supervisors that they rescind their resolution forcing
Eminent Domain on the Horse Show Grounds.
So for the record: Senator Dinneman, Councilman Ryan
Costello, Neighboring Townships, The West Vincent Parks and
Recreation Committee, Hundreds of Residents have all gone on
record condemning the action of the The Board of
Supervisors. Can the work of 3 people destory a 68 year
Since I am not a reporter, and I do not want to mis-lead or
mis-quote anyone who spoke at the meeting, I highly
recommend that you request a copy of the minutes of this
meeting for your own review. The Parks and Recreation
Committee were clearly "blindsided" by this mis-use of
power, they are not infavor
In addition, please be advised that the Friends of the Horse
Show intend to attend the December 12, 2011 Board of
Supervisors Meeting. We hope you will join us. We cannot
promise a vote will be delivered. In the most recent
coorespondence with Zoe Perkins, her position is
flip-flopping. I was warned that this would happen. I am
sorry to have to report that it in fact is.
Our motto remains the same: Rescind or Resign.
Thank you for your continued support!
Friend of the Horse Show.
Then there is a letter:
Chickenman - I sat @ the Parks & Rec mtg last night.
They too were blindsided & have motioned to advise the BOS
they are not supporting their actions. They have never planned
to put ball fields on the showgrounds, have not looked at the
grounds to see it they fit, do not know if they ever will put
ball fields in, do not know the cost of doing so if they ever
do. They agreed that manicured ball fields combined with massive
horse trailers parked & driving on them is not a good combo.
Anyone could see that.
If I were a volunteer on that Park & Rec board I would
wonder why I got thrown under the bus. It would make me quit
& enroll my kids in a sport that does not involve the
Township in any way.