West Vincent Township has been actively working to bring a
Farmer's Market to the township's Andrew Evans Park. Local farmer
Sam Cantrell came to a township meeting on March 11, 2013 to
request the use of the Township property. http://www.westvincenttwp.org/images/Minutes/BOS%20Minutes%20031113.pdf
This was done under new business, not public comment on non-agenda
items but not published on the agenda:http://www.westvincenttwp.org/images/docs/031113%20Agenda.pdf
It was further discussed under Public Comment on April 8,
There was a question pertaining to the park property being eased
against commercial activity and Clare Quinn stated that there is
no easement. It was supposed to be eased
as part of the DONATION to the Township, but it was never done.
While Clare Quinn answered truthfully, the Township did indeed
adopt a resolution AGAINST commercial activity on the property
that stands today.
The township eventually elected against using most of the park,
but there is just over 2 acres next to Rt 401 that the township
purchased from Newt Evans and is allegedly not part of the resolution. The part of the park is
actually located in UPPER UWCHLAN TOWNSHIP. There are some
improvements that need to be made. In the last couple weeks, a
pipe was installed in order to cross a drainage swale. Surveyors
have been hustling around the location in the last week. I see
signs have been popping up. This operation has NOT YET BEEN
APPROVED. Who is paying for these improvements? You are.
Sustainability is a buzzword in West Vincent Township. Does
Sustainability mean that the taxpayer need to underwrite the
expenses of the local farmers? Wait! It will be more than Farmers.
It may be crafters, also. Here is the Farmer's Market Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WestVincentFarmersMarket?fref=ts
This operation is required to be approved by the township of Upper
Uwchlan and according to the video, a permit was issued (according
to Ken Miller), against the zoning of Upper Uwchlan
Township. Is Upper Uwchlan is starting to become like West Vincent
by ignoring their laws? Did they really issue a permit? Here is
the pertinent section of the West Vincent Township meeting about
the Farmer's Market:
Pt 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRByEhLGzVU&feature=youtu.be
Pt 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD5nx8BAWZM&feature=youtu.be
I urge everyone to watch these videos. In Part 1, resident
Frances Ellis points out that the use does not meet the criteria
set forth in Upper Uwchlan zoning. In Part 2, Ken Miller is
anxious to vote on this issue. The issue is discussed as if it has
already been approved. Ken Miller becomes very upset when counsel
advises against voting on the Farmer's Market. It sure seems like
this is a done deal, in the face of questioning that this clearly
does not meet Upper Uwchlan Zoning.
What is the rush? Ken Miller needs a new outlet for his goods.
This is his chance to move into a Farmer's Market at no or little
cost, at least to him. There will be plenty of cost to the
township taxpayer as this moves forward. I am not against a
Farmer's Market, I think they are great. But it has to be a legal
operation. Pearl's Farm Market was shut down years ago because
it's location on Rt 100 at Horseshoe Trail did not meet zoning.
Additionally, why does the government (the taxpayer) have to
finance someone else's business? Rent the property, cover the
expenses for ALL the improvements and costs. I have not seen any
township video discussing how the township expenses are going to
be covered. Better yet, do it on private property, where the
rental income can be taxed, which supports the government
There is a special township meeting currently advertised for
Monday night, June 3 at 8:00 pm, to vote on the Farmer's Market.
If you want to find out what the meeting is about, or just wish to
be aware of what's happening, you should attend. But I bet I know
how it will turn out.
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