Hi

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.

Best Wishes. 

Chickenman

To see my previous mailings just Google chickenman west vincent.  As usual, if you want to be on or off my list, or have some comments or suggestions, or know someone who would like to be on the list, please let me know.  Just  write to chestercountynews@gmail.com  Feel free to forward this email on to anyone you think might be interested.