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: http://www.dailylocal.com/general-news/20131126/west-vincent-to-buy-birchrunville-property

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 making.

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 expense.

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 chastised them.

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

Best wishes


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