Zoning rules apply to us all…

Zoning rules apply to us all…

Zoning rules apply to us all…

Local rules impact us on a daily basis. Property owners must adhere to these strict regulations set by local municipalities so that our community is not harmed in some way. It also helps to prevent people and businesses from negatively impacting property values or quality of life; or to maintain the character of the community. They are also important so that development that is incompatible with local planning is not allowed which could cause harm.

Zoning is also used to keep …

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It’s Still Going to Rain?

It’s Still Going to Rain?

Yes, It’s Still Going to Rain!
A follow up to the “Rain Tax” debate. Honesty matters for the residents of West Goshen!

It would seem that honesty and transparency are a problem for the Endorsed GOP candidates in West Goshen Township. They continue to deny that a stormwater fee (“Rain Tax”) is currently being discussed or was ever in the works.

This is just not the case. I have endeavored to uncover the truth and what I have learned is astonishing.

The Township has been actively engaged in creating …

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Is a “Rain Tax” on the way?

Is a “Rain Tax” on the way?

Is a “Rain Tax” on the way?

At the West Goshen Board meeting on 4/12/17 there was a statement made regarding a “Rain Tax” (better known as a Stormwater Fee or Clean Water Management Fee) being considered by the township on all property owners. This was refuted by the township who was referencing campaign materials being distributed by Republican candidate Margie Swart.

It was stated by the Board chairman as not being set and that they were weighing their options due to a change in the state …

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Senior Needs Are Everywhere!

Senior Needs Are Everywhere!

Who is there for you when you just need answers?

While campaigning over the last few weeks, there has been one glaring problem that seems to be a redundant theme throughout West Goshen Township, the need for support and advocacy for our senior population. No matter what neighborhood I walked through, there were people of all ages who had a loved one needing guidance and support.

Last year I had to deal with this when my mother needed help getting assistance for her healthcare needs. We had …

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West Goshen Fails Its Residents Again!

West Goshen Fails Its Residents Again!

The new Sewer Authority has failed to determine if the upgrades are truly necessary. They are relying on HRG Engineering’s recommendations for their facility. The problem with this is that the Township is the one pulling the strings and deciding what will be done.

But who from the Township? Who is giving input into the upgrades? I have asked several times for a list of people who were talking to HRG. I was denied by the New Sewer Authority to speak with HRG directly or ask …

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West Goshen Township legal fees on the rise!

West Goshen Township legal fees on the rise!

West Goshen Township’s legal fees on the rise? This may be due to a lack of transparency, along with the probability that the township is not forthcoming with information. It may also stem from the inability of taxpayers getting their questions answered without a fight.

First and foremost, it does not cost the township anything to answer questions other than time. Second, when they don’t answer questions, citizens are then tasked with filing a Right-To-Know (RTK) request with the RTK Officer for the municipal body. For …

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No Fair Shake!

No Fair Shake!

With the new revelation from PA PUC Commissioner Powelson, residents who fight for their rights, American rights under both the state and federal Constitutions, are no better then “Jihadists!” This was stated at a recent industry event on Tuesday March 21, 2017. Mr. Powelson was speaking to gas industry representatives at the Upstream PA conference held in State College, PA. He further exclaimed that residents, who are doing what is their ability to do by right, are somehow irresponsible. I do disagree with showing up …

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Who’s Standing Up For You?

Who’s Standing Up For You?

What is West Goshen afraid of?

At the Board of Supervisors meeting on March 8th, 2017, Tom asked if the township was going to engage with Sunoco and enforce the 2014 zoning ordinance that is designed to protect residential zones within the township. The response from the board was “not at this time.” Essentially NO. They would not be helping to protect the health, safety, and welfare of townships residents by enforcing the zoning law. But residents are free to do it for themselves! This is …

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Something smells at the WG Sewer Plant

Something smells at the WG Sewer Plant

In February 2016, the West Goshen Township board of supervisors presented a scenario regarding the need to upgrade the WG Sewer Plant which is owned by the Sewer Authority. The Sewer Authority leases the entire sewer system to the township which is required to use township employees to maintain the system. The story began with a tremendous story of intrigue, people getting fired & transferred, and ending with a “sky is falling” ending with the potential of raw sewage dumping into Goose Creek within 15 …

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Transparency of Government

Transparency of Government

West Goshen Township has been actively keeping information from residents. Sounds like a strong statement, however it has merit. Over the last several years Tom has inquired about many different issues facing our community. He has asked hard questions. Yet the information he sought was kept from him and others.

I WILL NOT ALLOW THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR TO CONTINUE!!!

Transparency in government is crucial for citizens to know where their money is going. West Goshen RTK requests sometimes don’t reveal much. In this case, …

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