The Board of Supervisors meeting of July 18, 2016 was
cancelled. Two of the Supervisors were away. It was not
announced on the West Vincent website other than on the
calendar. This type of cancellation is important enough that
whoever manages the website should create an announcement
clearly on the front page of the website to inform people. It is
done for frog alerts, etc. Five minutes of time would save
people from taking time from their day to attend a meeting that
isn't happening. Checking with sources, NO email was sent to the
township subscribers informing them, either. Seriously, time is
valuable to people. If the person doing this doesn't have time,
get someone else to do it.
The next meeting will be on August 1. If you have the ability to
be there, you should.
What is so important? Roads. For the first time in decades, West
Vincent had a complete road evaluation performed. Not one like
in the past where the Roadmaster said that he looked at the
roads, leaving the schedule and plan for the year in his head.
There was no written and no public plan. Nobody ever knew what
was going on and in the end, West Vincent had shoddy workmanship
performed by a crony friend of the Roadmaster on roads that were
not of the most urgent condition. Some roads were located where
friends live and they wanted a nicer road in front of their
house. A perfect example is Kimberton Rd when a section of it
was resurfaced, in front of Supervisor David Brown's house. Last
year a video was made to show the condition of Kimberton road.
If you want to view it, go here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofBK5bM8DEk
Here is the report http://www.westvincenttwp.org/wp-content/uploads/Draft-WVT-Roads-report.pdf
It is a very in-depth and complete report. I noted that while
the former Roadmaster always said that West Vincent maintained
around 17 miles of gravel roads (http://www.westvincenttwp.org/wp-content/uploads/Spring-2016.pdf)
, It turns out not even that statement is true. The report
states that 27% of the roads, roughly one-quarter, are gravel
which calculates to just under 13 miles. While the township has
paved some extremely short sections of some of those roads,
thereby lessening the amount of gravel road, but that paving is
at best measured in yards, not miles. The report also notes the
need for ditching, something rarely performed in West Vincent.
If water is not kept off the roads, the damage is greatly
accelerated, especially in freeze-thaw conditions.
It is an insightful report pushed forward by John Jacobs and
Mike Schneider. It will give you an idea of how much the former
administration really ignored problems with the road system in
West Vincent Township. Having a solid evaluation will go a long
way to preventing waste like the Blackhorse Road debacle that
exploded in cost from $75,000 to $205,000! Where did all the
additional money really go? More importantly, the creation of
this report reflects what happens when people that really care
get into office and take action for the future and proper
maintenance of township (public taxpayer funded) owned assets.
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