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There was an article in the Daily Local News from June 4, 2013:
http://www.dailylocal.com/article The story is condensed
and takes full shape after watching the video from that meeting.
The video is now on youtube and is easier to view. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_hgqALpEaw
The following day DLN published an Opinion
That article is submitted by a reader of the DLN and
although called opinion one would assume it is not the
opinion of the DLN. The article is peppered with biased
allegations. Please watch the above video to understand just
how skewed the article is.
Whilst I love the idea of a farmer's market in
West Vincent I can't believe that the "for profit" vendors for the Farmers
Market do not have to pay anything - they do not even have to
cover the legal bill for drawing up the agreement!
I will address just the glaringly misleading points the writer
makes with this article.
Paragraphs 1,3,4. Sam Cantrell, the spokesperson for this
operation owns a large farm operation in West Vincent Township.
For two years in a row, he hosted a very large concert and
entertainment operation there over a weekend called Maysie's
Farm Fest. In
2010, in 2011,
and to come in 2013.
He can host this Farmers Market legally,
yet not even he will host it. Why not?
Paragraph 2. The writer says "we look askance at the grumblings
of those who seem to think that such markets are another way to
squeeze money out of associations that do not have much to begin
with" The kid's sports teams that use the fields at the park
make no money yet have to pay up to $1550 per year (see
attached). The stallholders are coming to sell items for a
profit. Why should they not make some contribution to the real
Paragraph 6. I quote “Both townships (West Vincent and Upper
Uwchlan) have already given licenses to the association allowing
them to sell food and other items in the park.” The Opinion
article fails to mention Upper Uwchlan Township, the section of
the park where the Farmer's market is to be located, withdrew
it's permission because the use was grossly misrepresented by
the West Vincent Township Manager and therefore not in
compliance with the zoning of Upper Uwchlan township. Either
West Vincent Township or the West Vincent
Farmer's Market must seek a variance with the Upper Uwchlan
Zoning Hearing Board. In order to get a variance, the applicant
must show a hardship. What hardship have they sustained? The
writer speaks as though this is a rubber stamp of approval. It
is not. And don't make Upper Uwchlan out to be the bad guys.
They are merely following their zoning. I expect they will
follow the law, unlike West Vincent Township's practices.
Paragraphs 7,8. A political jab at the Republican candidate for
Supervisor John Jacobs states, “Although he stated that the
idea of such a market was a good one, he nevertheless seemed to
suggest that it would be a drain on township funds”, claiming he
was the only one to "object". In watching the video, this is
another gross misrepresentation. Mr. Jacobs simply just doesn't
understand how it is fair for one group to get favorable
treatment over another, especially when dealing in commerce
(kid's playing sports vs. adults making profits). Furthermore,
he was not the only one that had questions about this issue,
there were half a dozen as the video clearly shows. Yet the
Opinion writer ignores those facts.
In paragraph 8, I would suggest that the legal bills and costs
improvements on the grounds will be in the thousands. Even
though "much of the legal work was done
by Township Manager James
Wendelgass" his time does not come
for nothing - $120,000 per year say around $60 per hour. There
will be no way to track payments for repairs to the property
from vendors vehicles on the turf, or other unforeseen costs
ever being recompensed. This is empty talk being stated to lull
people into financing vendors coming from far more than West
Vincent. If there are no costs incurred, as the writer
challenges John Jacobs, why then is the Township charging the
The opinion article is careful not to directly mention that
there will be pottery, jewelry and other crafts also sold at
this venue, making it a flea market, not a farmers market. That
is, unless you can grow pottery or reap silver from silver
seeds. Nor does it mention that the Mill at Anselma was
underwritten by a grant which funded the Farmer's Market
operation and when those funds dried up, so too went the Market.
What is Sustainable about this operation?
If there are no costs and West Vincent and Sam Cantrell truly
believe in this Farmer's Market, why then doesn't Mr. Cantrell
put it on his property? After all, in the author's Opinion it
won't cost a dime!
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