Chaos seems to be the norm on the Pequea Township Board of Supervisors over the last number of years. It’s unfortunate, but we are on the road to change and we will need your help and support to see it through as your local, elected officials.
As you may know, the Board of Supervisors is in the process of appointing a new Township Supervisor due to the resignation of Supervisor Bob Race that became effective March 31, 2019.
In my article earlier this week, I shared the important distinction between appointing a Township Supervisor and an election. I also shared the backstory of why I was sharing this information and some of the contentious issues surrounding the appointment. A few people believe this process hasn’t been transparent. I disagree. We have had two public meeting where I called for votes and each time there was a fight.
If you haven’t read the article from the other day, I would encourage you to do so.
Today, I want to talk about why I believe there is so much chaos in Pequea Township over the last few years and some solutions that may involve you.
Current State of Our Township
The last few weeks I’ve been out in the township talking with residents about their concerns and answering their questions. It’s refreshing to get away from the inside chaos and talk with people. Many of you have heard the rumors and stories. Some are true and others are not.
Some are angry and others are disappointed.
Yet, the common theme is they want change.
Allow me to share the current state of our township and put in context what they want changed:
- Over $300,000 in legal spending due to irresponsible and reckless behavior over the last three years. Consider this, the average legal spending was approximately $25,000 per year from 2005-2015. Read the recent article from LNP
- The road crew unionizing due to a hostile work environment.
- The former Police Chief recently sued the township. Read the article because I can’t comment…
- The attempt at forcing one fire department to close permanently and consolidate with the other, creating both unnecessary infighting and spending. Read the article.
- Our police department costs increased by at least $300,000 per year by prematurely ending the regional police agreement with Conestoga before the contract ended. Read the article
- Deer Hunt was shut down by the DA last November because one Supervisor knows better than the attorneys and the DA about the law. Additionally, the township lost money on the hunt that was promoted as a big win for taxpayers. Read the article
- Roads and infrastructure that are in dire need of maintenance and repair have been neglected while other roads in much better condition were taken care of (i.e. Kendig and West Willow).
Also, there is a significant issue I can’t talk about that is turning out to be very costly.
Then there is the elephant in the room… we have approximately $300,000 in our rainy day fund. On a budget that is just under $1.9 million that isn’t much. And, late last year the board authorized a transfer of approximately $127,000 from the rainy day fund to the general fund to cover a budget shortfall to prevent taxes from going up.
Simply stated, we are spending more money than we are bringing in according to the budget. They had to transfer money to make it a balanced budget because they don’t know where additional money may come from in 2019.
Year after year, this is unsustainable.
Folks, I can’t make this stuff up.
What’s the Point?
Here is my point in sharing this. I ran on changing the political environment in Pequea Township, reducing legal fees, and getting our budget under control so we can get back to maintaining roads. I intend to follow through. The Supervisors still serving from the previous board who contributed to the problems don’t believe there are problems.
The attitude is that the problem isn’t them, it’s everyone else.
If you believe that, I have a dam to sell you in the desert.
I’ve only been on the Board since January and the longer I’m here the more things I keep finding. I just have to shake my head and wonder.
Back to the Appointment of a Supervisor
As one of your elected officials and the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, I have been committed from day one to solve these problems alongside Anthony Cazillo (who was elected alongside me last November).
They type of problems we have cannot be solved by those who caused them and unfortunately, they will not all be solved at once. And, we may live with the consequences for years.
It’s that simple.
Our wounds are entirely self-inflicted.
We are tasked with appointing a Supervisor whom we believe will serve the best interest of Pequea Township and both understands and is committed to solving these problems from among those who expressed interest in serving.
With that in mind, I believe Scott Edwards is the best person for this job.
He has attended every Board of Supervisors meeting for over two years. He is committed to this township and as I said in the article the other day, he is highly qualified.
Most importantly, he is ready to boldly step up and help us lead our township out of the current mess we find ourselves in.
It’s not going to be easy.
It’s going to take time.
Together, we can do this!
Already, there are some making accusations that the good old boys’ network is at work in Pequea Township.
Well, if you call men AND women who believe we were going in the wrong direction, who believe in the vision I’m laying out to restore sanity back to our township, part of the good old boys’ club… I’m happy to own it.
You may have noticed all the men and women who are joining us by supporting Eric Lucas for Township Supervisor. There are hundreds of his signs in yards and more are being put out every day in yards all over Pequea Township.
Eric supports responsible government who listens to the voice of citizens, respects their wallets, and wants common sense restored to local government.
Anthony Cazillo and I endorsed Eric and we are asking you to join us by voting for Eric in the primary on May 21, 2018.
Voting is your opportunity to ensure that the reckless behavior of the past is put to an end once and for all and your tax dollars are responsibly spent on things important to you such as roads, infrastructure, police and fire.
Not legal fees.
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