I m behind with my reading of the BOS minutes and decided to
catch up. The very first minutes I read, for August 11 http://www.westvincenttwp.org/home/images/Minutes/BOS_Minutes_08-11-14_.pdf
include this information:
I was intrigued. According to the minutes, in addition to the
insurance company that protects West Vincent Township making a
payment of $165,000 to resident Carl Masarra for the Road Crew
doing damage to his property, you, the taxpayer also shelled out
an additional $35,000. That would be almost $8 per person for
every man, woman and child that resides in West Vincent
Township. This was not a court decision, this was a settlement.
Most likely, this settlement was to keep this suit from landing
in front of a jury and having a potentially much higher award.
Here is the
information directly from the file at the Prothonotary's
office at the Chester County Courthouse. At the link you will
see the complaint. As I read the documentation, it appears that
the West Vincent Road Crew, directed solely by Roadmaster and
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Ken Miller; trespassed
onto the Masarra property on Hollow Rd in Birchrunville in order
to complete a road drainage project. In doing so, the road crew
worked beyond the legal right of way area and did serious damage
to a private individual's property.
Why would Ken Miller do
such a thing? He simply doesn't care about residents
property rights and it looks to me that Ken Miller directed
his road crew to do whatever he wanted them to do and if the
property owner didn't like it, he could sue them. Well, Mr.
Masarra did, and didn't quit. He wasn't going to allow the
Township to trespass, damage his property and not pay
compensation. That same year as this lawsuit, the Horse Show
pushed back against the egregious Eminent Domain assault by
Ken Miller and his two crony Supervisors of the time. The
Township had to back down. In the end, Ken Miller has cost
you, the taxpayer, tens of thousands of your tax dollars for
lawyers bills and settlements for his follies and foibles.
This is another example. I wonder how many more issues there
are that nobody knows about?
They say when you are in a hole stop digging. Well I'm not
in a hole and I'll certainly not be stopping digging!
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