Here are some newspaper articles. All worth reading, with the
At the time I
looked the following article had attracted 3266 viewings
(Same story as the first, different paper)
Here's a notice
of Interest forwarded to me. I think it is a great idea.
BOYCOTT - BIRCHRUN HILLS FARM CHEESE -- Currently
available at Kimberton Whole Foods, 320
Market Cafe, Fair Food Farmstand, Southwark Restaurant & Bar , and Di Bruno Brothers,
sold at places where Di Bruno Brother Cheeses are sold.
Please ask the stores etc who sell these cheeses to join us
in a boycott of any products labeled Birchrun Hill Farms
(AKA KEN MILLER) if they will not, please boycott their
store! Inform your friends and neighbors.
And here is another letter I received after the meeting.
So most people ended up leaving before the end...
after all it was almost 11:45pm! However, the last agenda
item regarding Gilmore & Associates was actually
approval of an $8000 environmental study for the LCHSA
property. Amazing that the Supervisors couldn't fathom a
$2-3K spend/repercussion purportedly associated with
rescinding their resolution (supposedly no one on the Board
knew, including the solicitor, what the penalty would
actually be). However, they had no problem authorizing $8K
for an environmental study of the the Horseshow grounds!
Now I ask you... if they were genuinely going to consider
rescinding their resolution, do you think they'd need to
spend $8000 of taxpayer money on the environmental study for
land they weren't going to take!!!!!!
Here's what I think is going to happen.... the environmental
study is going to show some type of contamination or other
significant issue from something, rendering a HUGE decrease
in property value for otherwise extremely desirable and
valuable ground, yielding a dirt cheap "fair market" price
for the Township. The Township will take the property at
great expense to taxpayers because LCHSA will likely put up
a fight. The Township will at some point change it's tune,
likely a "result" of the environmental study findings, and
claim the public use of land will be for "economic
development" purposes, which is one of the few and difficult
purposes for a landowner to successfully defend against in
Eminent Domain. Supervisors will likely claim, given the
environmental "issues", that they aren't able to pursue the
public park purpose, which clearly is a front for their real
intentions given their inability to answer even the simplest
of questions last night. The Supervisors will then "flip"
the property to a third party, likely a for-profit entity,
which Eminent Domain allows, and the land will be used in
some way to benefit the developers of "moderate-income"
housing likely planned for across the street. Prove me
wrong... please. I may not have the sequence of events
right, but this is what I see unfolding.
I really wish I could prove you wrong but to me it seems a very
valid scenario. I would add, that if it should work out like
this, then I can imagine that the developer, having obtained the
land for a very moderate price, might be looking to supply some
monetary favors to the supervisors who had enabled
And here is the letter I mentioned that I had received from a
self confessed soccer fanatic. I hope he sees his dream come
true but somehow I doubt it.
Here is a shocker, but I am happy that the township
is doing this. I am usually in full agreement with you, and
wonder whether you will publish me when I am not in agreement
Although I might think eminent domain is heavy
handed, I am thankful for a parks and (mostly for) playing
fields, something the township is way being on providing. I
can say I have been to parks and rec. meetings where people
have been full on against soccer fields. I can't figure out
what people have against kids playing sport. You do know
there is an epidemic of obesity in this country, yes?
When I look at how underutilized that area is I am
happy to see it hopeful it will be used more effectively. In
this one instance I am willing to take a wait and see attitude
toward whether the township will properly handle this issue.
Yes, I do know the open fields are being used as sports
practice fields, but they are poorly maintained and not
designed and built professionally as proper sports fields.
As a parent and coach I go to beautiful field
complexes in other townships and wonder why they have what we
can't get our act together well enough to have. I guess they
either got it when land was cheap or when the will of the
community was strong. We did not have either going for us,
but with a little luck we can have a facility that we can be
proud of, and can be used by more people then currently use
As long as the horse show set get their time for the
horse show stuff, they should be relieved that it won't be
completely eaten up by development. If I can coexist with the
horse folks, they should be willing to coexist with the sporty
Cheers, Manny Chester
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