I have been waiting for the latest Township meeting (November
25, 2013) video to be posted on the Township website and it
appeared 9 days later. As of Tuesday there was a word that said
“Video” but no link, Wednesday morning it was finally linked.
After reviewing the video, I now understand why the delay. There
are so many subjects to cover about this meeting. Only one will
be addressed in this e-mail.
I'll cover the following subject. West Vincent Township is
poised to buy back part of Birchrunville Schoolhouse property. The
announcement was made at the Board of
Supervisors Meeting on November 25, 2013. It was listed on the
agenda as #16 “Land Acquisition”. http://westvincenttwp.org/images/docs/112513%20Agenda.pdf
Here is the article from the Daily Local News about the meeting:
The Schoolhouse property (and former Township Building) in it's
entirety was sold in 2004 for the amount of $477,000 (see Schoolhouse.jpg). I have written about the
history of this property before. Refresh your memory on this
subject by reading my e-mails from 22 December 2013 and 1
January, 2013; almost one year ago!
Allow me to enlighten you on what is really happening. The
township of West Vincent is not able to keep promises it made.
Luckily, people in Birchrunville are wising up the the
truthfulness (or lack thereof) of the Supervisors. So the
PROPOSED resolution is to purchase back part of the property.
Here's something just disclosed. The property doesn't have to be
subdivided to purchase that part back. As it turns out, it is
already TWO parcels (See: Schoolhouse parcels), something
NEVER mentioned during the approval process. Why? Were there
complications if it was two parcels with setbacks, septic, or
other regulations? I don't know the answer.
Here are some additional facts from the November 25 meeting
about the Schoolhouse property and the deal the Supervisors are
1. The price has not been determined for the purchase of the
property. It could be $50,000 or $400,000. Paid for at taxpayer
2. The assessed value of the property is $57,960 according to
Chester County. (see: Schoolhouse.jpg) According to
the County, that is 60.2% of actual value, which pins the value
of the ground at approximately $96,279. Most likely, that does
not take into consideration the well and the septic for the
adjacent property, which devalues the property. (Note: The
attached file schoolhouse.jpg, relates only to the parcel that
is planned to buy back, but since both parcels were sold as one
lot, the TOTAL sale price is shown as well as the assessment for
this particular parcel)
3. The people of Birchrunville (Members of http://www.historicbirchrunville.org)
did not cheer at the announcement because they are concerned
about the deal. The Supervisors were upset at the response and
4. The only people that cheered were people that never spoke
out about the development of the Schoolhouse property. My
suspicion is that they were told to come to the meeting and
clued in on what was going to happen. Watch the video.
5. The Supervisors propose a park for the property. In
Birchrunville, a village of very small population. Which will
have to be developed and maintained. The property is also quite
a hill. At taxpayers expense.
6. According to Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Ken
Miller, the septic system AND well for the Schoolhouse property
are located on the property the Township proposes to buy. This
is, for the most part, unbuildable land except for where the
sheds are which were temporary structures that were to be torn
down when the Township sold the property.
I would like to point out that none of this burden would borne
on the West Vincent taxpayer had the Supervisors initially done
the right and proper thing by deed restricting the property or
selecting residential zoning for the property. This potential
cost most likely will negate ANY additional funds realized by
the Township when they sold the Schoolhouse with the commercial
zoning for a higher final sales price. This doesn't take into
account all of the legal bills paid to Steven V Siana. Instead
the Supervisors have created nothing but bad faith with the
Wilkinson's and the citizens of West Vincent.
Watch the video and make your own decision. The discussion
starts at 52 minutes, 17 seconds: http://westvincenttwp.org/images/all-videos/BOS%20Video%20112513.wmv
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