Is it any wonder why people in West Vincent Township are
progressively becoming more disgusted with the current
administration? And why there is no trust that the West Vincent
Township Administration is competent to perform in a proper
At the Board of Supervisors meeting of November 25, 2013; this
was the Agenda: http://westvincenttwp.org/images/docs/112513%20Agenda.pdf
Part of the agenda reads: "Active Subdivision List: Extension
Request: Birchrun Village"
This spawned an interesting discussion about what was happening
with the Birchrun Village Development.
I recommend that everyone watch this video to see how the people
were treated. http://youtu.be/gGwG_P1b7C0
(The full version is here http://westvincenttwp.org/images/all-videos/BOS%20Video%20112513.wmv)
Most embarrassing is how the West Vincent Administration did not
know the difference between the Municipality Planning Code and
the Municipal Sewage Code. Not only did the Supervisors not
know, West Vincent Township Manager Jim Wendelgass did not know
and was emphatic in telling a resident that she was talking
about the Sewage Act.
when the clearly frustrated resident proves, beyond a shadow
of a doubt, using a Smart Phone to check with Google, the
front table containing all of the leaders of West Vincent
Township continue to deny that she was correct.
By the way, The Municipal Planning Code (referred to as the MPC)
is Act 247, just as the resident stated. http://mpc.landuselawinpa.com/mpc_full.html
The Municipal Sewage is Act 537. http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/watermgt/wqp/Forms/Act537/Forms_537Plan.htm
Here is the transcript of the video.
Supervisor Clare Quinn: ….spending about half
of our budget
Thomaseth Dulchinos: If I'm not mistaken,
when you have a historical property and you have a historical
district, you do need to consider that plan.
Quinn: You are mistaken, You do not, you do not
Thomaseth Dulchinos: Act 247? The Muni code?
Audience member: Isn't that sewage?
Audience member: Yeah, that's the Sewage
Dulchinos: No it's not.
James Wendelgass: Yes it is.
Unknown: Act 247?
Wendelgass: Act 247 plans? That's the sewage plan.
Dulchinos: It's the Municipal Code. It's the
Pennsylvania Municipal Code.
Quinn: That's the sewage plan.
Dulchinos: OK, so perhaps none of you know what
the Pennsylvania Code would be that, that is supposed to guide
Quinn: We're not in violation of any code. That's
what we're saying. We're not in violation.
Dulchinos: So you've never needed to do a study...
Quinn: No, we've never need to do a study, we do
not. We didn't do anything in violation of anything.
Suzanne Graham: But Clare, didn't you also say you
didn't do a study of anything?
Quinn: We did not do a study when we extended the
Birchrun Village to that property, we did not. The Birchrun
Village District is what it is. It is fairly clear, It was
created with a planner. We decided that property appropriately
belonged there, which was moving it up by 3 properties.
Suzanne Graham: And so you, do you find that
Dulchinos: Can we? Excuse me...
Supervisor Ken Miller: Hold on.
Dulchinos: Act 247 is exactly what it is. In the
day of Google, you guys should be ashamed of yourselves.
Miller: Will you please sit down? Suzanne Roth has
Dulchinos: Suzanne, would you yield to me?
Suzanne: I will yield.
Miller: OK, go ahead, yell at us.
Dulchinos: It's right here. It's right here.
Dulchinos: Not good. Read it, because you know
Miller: I can't undo what the Board did then. As
much as you don't like it, there's nothing I can do about it.
(Note: the Board members at that time were Miller, Quinn,
Dulchinos: The word is non-feasance
Quinn: What is non-feasance?
Dulchinos: It means if you don't follow this and
you are aware of it, you can be booted.
Quinn: I'm leaving, baby. So it doesn't matter to
(Several people laugh)
Dulchinos: Well, I find that really, really
helpful and very funny. This is our village, sweetie.
Debbie Westfall: Excuse me.
Miller: Debbie Westfall
Westfall: Where were you all when this happened?
Were you out there then, asking the board then to do anything
Dulchinos: So if someone does....
Dulchinos: ….something wrong or illegal it's OK,
it's grandfathered in, right?
Westfall: I'm just asking. I'm just asking....what
year was this when..when
Wendelgass: It was 10 years ago
Westfall: 10 years ago
Wendelgass: It was 2004 or 2003
Dulchinos: And isn't it supposed to be updated
every so many times, especially if you're going to...
Wendelgass: You're talking
Dulchinos: ….making a zoning change that affects
the historic district?
Wendelgass: The Act 247 Plan is a sewage plan. And
there are certain (undetermined), it gets updated on a regular
basis with each subdivision that gets approved.
Dulchinos: It's funny because what she just pulled
up and what I have been reading has nothing to do with the
Quinn: And you're citing the wrong number, there
Wendelgass: Then, then we don't have the right
Sara Shick (Planning Commission Member): 235
Shick: 247 is the sewage plan
Quinn: Yes, 247 is sewage.
Miller: Is there any other comments?
Isn't it sad that an ordinary resident knows the difference
between Act 247 and Act 537, but those titled “Township
Supervisor”, “Township Manager”, and “Attorney” do not? Perhaps
their pay is too high? In fact, at the table are 3 attorneys
(Stephen Siana, Jim Wendelgass, David Brown), including one
developer (Stephen Siana subdivided Hunt Hill and owns the
office Buildings on Route 100 in Ludwigs) yet NONE of them
know the difference.
As a sideline, as the Township Manager that doesn't know
the difference between two vastly different codes, James
Wendelgass' starting salary in 2014 is $108, 500. With benefits
brings his total is $138, 320.00. http://westvincenttwp.org/images/docs/2014%20Budget-Reformated.pdf
Jim Wendelgass' base salary of $108,500 is higher than that of
the salaries of the Governors of : Maine, Arkansas, Tennessee,
Colorado, North Dakota, Oregon, West Virginia, Louisiana,
Indiana, Arizona, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, South
Dakota, Idaho, Kansas, and South Carolina.
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