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Letter to the Editor: Residents of Newtown Square Need To Wake Up

The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by Newtown Square resident Michael Wozniak on the potential zoning changes in Newtown Township.

The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by Newtown Square resident Michael Wozniak.

Apathy is not working.

By not attending meetings and speaking up we have created a community where power and control reside in the hands of a few. At the , we were informed that our Police Chief was being paid off to keep his mouth shut regarding the details of his being terminated.

This did not appear to shock anyone...business as usual in the lowly depths of Newtown Square politics.

If we do not get involved soon, it may be too late. I do not have any answers. I only recently became involved in township matters when they attempted to shove a zoning change down my throat.

We have created an environment where the individuals in control feel very comfortable acting according to their plan without regard to the people they affect. Even in the hands of the most competent, intelligent and well-meaning individuals, this is bad government.

Send an email to ourtownsq@aol.com with your ideas. Maybe together we can make adifference. I hope the next time I leave a township meeting I will leave with more answers than questions.

Sincerely,

Michael Wozniak

Newtown Square Resident

Our Homes, Our Streets, Our Town

19073 resident December 01, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Mr Wozniak, I disagree with your comment on the former Chief being payed off to keep his mouth shut. He was suspended, and a letter of termination issued. He filed suit and the Township's insurance carrier was notified. You being a business owner I am sure you understand that if one of your landscaping trucks was involved in an accident you would not be able to tell your business insurance carrier who to settle with or who to fight in court. Insurance companies make decisions like this everyday to avoid costly litigation. This was a business decision that was made by the insurance company not the Township. As for the gag order being issued, i suspect the former Chief requested the details not be made public to prevent any embarresment as he was represented by counsel and had a say in the terms of the settlement prior to him agreeing to it. Although I applaud your new found passion and involvement in our community, Its obvious that you don't know the apartments right across the street from your home are currently zoned commercial. That means that if Claude Debottom purchased those apartments and wanted to knock them down and build a Walmart, guess what, he could do it. The planning commission recognized this weakness and took steps to prevent a Walmart or other such building from being built across from your house. I read your article and feel your attacking the very people who are trying to prevent what you fear so much.
Michelle December 01, 2012 at 03:18 PM
19073 resident, Sounds like your a cop a failed business owner maybe even part of the township! Also you sound like you have something personal against this Claude fellow . Did you get a little bumble bee sting ? I'm sure Wozniak is humbled that YOU are applauding his new found efforts! What a joke. The next post you submit- ill divulge your true identity, where it counts. Your bullshit has gone too far. You have NO CLUE BOY! Have "faith". "true residents"!
Patti Wilson December 01, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Thank you for writing this letter and urging residents to get involved. There is no way that I believe that in the CR zoning ordinance as well as many other issues, including the recent decision to allow Melmark to expand dramatically, that our township officials are engaging residents in the discussion when they are asked to make decisions that affect the entire community. When I asked if I could ask questions at this past week's budget workshop, Joe Catania said no--I would have to wait until this week's meeting. At the same meeting, Ross Lambert fell asleep and slept through a good portion of the meeting. In my view,this is our current representation--meetings and decisions made behind closed doors with developers and institutions and the least amount of public notice possible to the residents. And here we are in December, the only municipality that has not presented a budget to their residents. The next Budget Meeting is on December 5th at 6:30PM at the township building. I hope many residents are able to attend.
Jamie December 03, 2012 at 04:00 AM
All that said..... lets not forget the kangaroo court they run in newton square.... makes you stop and wonder .... former police chief is the district court judge. Does Hunter even have a law. degree? And no. I haven't had to go to court there just seems ODD
Jamie December 03, 2012 at 04:00 AM
You go WAZ!
Jamie December 03, 2012 at 04:02 AM
And Michelle. U GO GIRL !! I have to agree with you100%
Just Saying... December 06, 2012 at 11:45 PM
19073 Resident..The Newtown residents are paing his salary, they should know what is going on, oh yeah...this is Newtown Square..they play by a different set of rules...
Just Saying... December 06, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Good Letter Mike...don't worry Claude DeBottom will never own those apartments...

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