Monday, April 30, 2007

GettysBLOG: Beware of the Water Park!

Residents, farms and businesses in the greater Gettysburg area need to know about the potential disaster that awaits them should Cali Entertainment gain approval for their water park project in southern Cumberland Township near the current Eisenhower Inn complex. The project, which includes an indoor water park, an outdoor water park, a 100 room hotel, retail shops and restaurants on less than 100 acres along old Route 15, is currently pending the vote by the Cumberland Township Supervisors as to a "curative" amendment to the zoning for the area in order to permit a "water park". A recent meeting at the Township building drew nearly 100 residents out to protest the project.

In a recent post here we pointed out there does not exist enough water in that area for a water park, or a hotel, or a bunch of retail shops and restaurants, let alone enough for all of those combined.

The source? Marsh Creek.

Hence the warning. Marsh creek is the main source of public water for the greater Gettysburg area.

The use of land along Marsh Creek in a project like what Cali has tried to put into Mt. Joy and Franklin townships recently, [Only to be driven off. Suddenly, one Franklin township supoervisor likes the project! Well, of course the bozo would like it now that it is proposed for some other township than his! Where do we find these clowns!?!?] is extraordinarily greedy of water. In an area where no one knows where the water will come from for the development that is already planned, Cali comes from another county to suck the water out of the creek that supplies the entire greater Gettysburg area with its public water! The potential is there to pump more than ten thousand gallons per day for the entire project.

Yes, their project is down stream. Major use of Marsh Creek as a resource for this project will drain the water below the impoundment dam at a faster rate, causing a loss of water availability to those downstream from the dam. This means lower water tables for the farms and houses in the area between the Marsh Creek reservoir and the project. This will put not just a water strain on the area, but also an economic one.

Perhaps even more important is the ecological effect. Lower water levels will create an ecological imbalance in the area from which it may never recover. It will affect plant life, and streamside animal life and waterfowl, and the aquatic life within the water itself. Drying out of the lower banks destabilizes their structure so that when waters do rise as a result of heavy rainfall, serious erosion [including loss of property] will occur, and as will an increased threat of flooding.

In order to reduce the threats described above, the Municipal Water Authority would likely be forced to divert more water to downstream flow thus lowering the level in the reservoir, and threatening its own supply.

None of this, however, addresses the disaster likely to occur downstream from the project.

Immediately downstream from the project farmland will suffer a drop in water table that will seriously affect their ability to continue as productive farms. Don't believe it? Ask the farmers in Straban Township what happened when a test well for the new prison and the power plant was drilled, and massive amounts of water were pumped out of the water table! Their wells went dry. Yes, it was in the middle of a drought, but these farmers all lost their water supply very soon after the test well went into operation!

The fact remains that in late summer, perhaps the time of year that such a project would be expected to have its highest rate of use, water levels in local streams are such that in very dry conditions they shrink to little more than a trickle.

Water tables in Adams County are extremely vulnerable to threats from drought and over development. Adams has just sufficient water for its current usage, and perhaps a little left over, as it has relatively few streams that flow across it. All of our streams drain into the Chesapeake Bay, most of them through the Potomac River Basin. Seriously altering the flow of one of these streams would/could have a dire effect on the ecology of both the Potomac Basin and the Chesapeake Bay.

Regarding Cali Entertainment and their curative amendment, apparently the Cumberland Township Superisors are trying to ramrod something through on Cali's behalf. They were apparently thunderstruck and unprepared for the turnout and opposition. They also were apparently prepared to be taking such action without a complete and throrough investigation of the ecological effects of the project, and its riparian effects both upstream and downstream. Had they done a proper study [and no study paid for by the developer should ever be acceptable!], they would have rejected Cali out of hand. But not this gang of clowns -- they live and breathe to make life oh-so-easy for any developer who wants to build on their green space.

As we have seen by recent events in the eastern part of the county, New Oxford borough recently turned down an effort by York Water Company to purchase their water system, and add the borough on to the pipe line they are planning to build west from the Susquehanna River. Why did the borough turn them down? Because the result would be water rates at least triple the current rate. Imagine how expensive water will be if they run that pipe to Gettysburg and beyond!

Water, which should be free to everyone on the planet, is no longer free.


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Saturday, April 28, 2007

GettysBLOG: 3-Ring Circus Hits Fairfield Over Comcast

This just gets more and more absurd all the time. One of the clowns governing Fairfield Borough claims the borough needs to have an ordinance governing where and how people may install their satellite dishes. According to the Gettysburg Times, Court Jester Ron Shanks raised the issue by asking, “Do we want to have these things being visible all over town?”

That question comes on the heels of many local government officials claiming they have no ability to force the local cable provider, the megalithic Comcast Corporation, to control their rates and offer better tier selection. Many municipal leaders voiced options that included satellite service. Such dishes are small [less than two feet in diameter] and an unobtrusive gray in color.

Do you smell government intrusion here? We are not talking about the old six foot diameter dishes that still inhabit some back yards. Technology has certainly come a very long way since they came out.

Ronald Reagan once said, "Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Apparently local government in Adams County works the same way.

The townships receive money from the cable company. It is called a franchise fee. It is paid on the basis of the number of utility poles on which the cable is strung. Most municipalities feel that is of limited leverage when trying to gain concessions from the cable company, and indeed it is. One township agreed to have the fee, which is then passed on to the customers in their bill, returned to those customers. It would amount to a few cents each month. The local governments claim they have no leverage over Comcast other than to urge their dissatisfied customers to switch to the dish.

Meanwhile, Comcast reports an increase in profits of 80%!

There is, however, even more they can do. They can complain to the FCC, officially, and have the FCC work as an intermediary in gaining concessions. They can also work through the US Congress, and even the State government. Perhaps it is time to declare the cable industry a “utility” and regulate them that way.

Even more, there ARE other alternatives. Indeed, Gettysburg Borough is exploring an alternative to the high rates Comcast charges for Internet access. They are considering inviting a company in to install wireless Internet access throughout the town, for about $18-20 per month.

The electric utilities are testing Internet access over your power lines, and it is a technology not quite ready for prime time, but it is coming.

With fiber-optic cable installed by the phone companies, they may also be able to deliver something akin to cable Television over your phone line.

Even now, many areas can bundle a package of telephone service, Internet access via variable high speed DSL, and satellite dish television for very attractive rates. Embarq [was Sprint] even promises never to raise the rates on any of the deals once you sign up. Verizon also offers a similar package.

There are, then, more than a few options for most people.

What absolutely astounds us about this whole issue is that no one, absolutely no one has picked up on the fact that when Comcast changed its lineup from the old Adelphia one on March 1, no one has been given a card with their channel lineup on it, nor can you find it by creating an online account and clicking on the “channel lineup” link; some premium HD stations are duplicated; and not only are we still, two months later, without the promised and heavily advertised Video on Demand, but our selection of Pay Per View channels is limited to Adult Only movies and Wrestling! 80% profits and they cannot fulfill the simplest customer service requests.

We find this insulting. Even more so when we call to complain and ask when it is going to change, we are told, “I’m sorry, I do not know,” by the ultra polite but ultra useless customer service reps who have the unfortunate luck to answer the phone.

This kind of shabby and insulting treatment reprehensible.

Complaints to the Better Business Bureau coming from the various townships and even County government would be helpful as well. Large corporations should not be permitted to act arbitrarily and with impunity. There must be some recourse for “the little guy”, and it must be easy to access and use. [Is there anyone who would not file a complaint against Exxon Mobile, after they repeatedly raise the price of their oil, claim it is a supply and demand thing, and then boast of obscenely large profits on a quarterly basis? Exxon Mobile’s profits could fund a large part of our national budget! We are not about the redistribution of wealth, but there are limits! What about the shoddy overpriced performance of Comcast? Is it really any different than Exxon Mobile gouging the public for record profits?]

Ronald Reagan also said, "No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.” We urge you to go to your township or borough meetings and voice your complaints to them, not just about dishes, and cable, but about being too intrusive by over regulating the rights of homeowners, while giving away the store by greasing the skids for the enormous development of the county.

Those supervisors, zoning board member, borough council members, and County Commissioners are YOUR employees. You put them in office to work for you, not against you. Go to the meetings and start taking back your government from the hands of the monied interests. Do not be afraid to cross party lines in an election, and by all means, start getting rid of those who are currently in office. Your local governments exist now only to serve those with money who seek to make a profit. They are deceitful to the public when they assert what they can and cannot do. They have lawyers called solicitors [there is a connotation with that word that is appropriate for what they do], who often act as a mouthpiece for the supervisors in much the same way as the consigliere does for mob families - and for similar purposes. Lawyers are frequently paid to lie because they, supposedly, can lie their way out of it by parsing the argument down to semantics.

It is time to have great turnover in local government to signal that power is being restored to its rightful place: the hands of the people.


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“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

“Legislation without representation is tyranny.” -- GettysBLOG

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

GettysBLOG: The Lunacy continues in Cumberland Township

The dog and pony show once known as the Cumberland Township Supervisors meetings continued Tuesday night with another irregularly scheduled meeting. This time, instead of the farce over amending zoning to permit a water park, it was holding off a developer because plans do not include allowance for future airport expansion.

The Gettysburg Airport is located along US Route 30 just west of the Battlefield, but still in Cumberland Township. Our rocket scientist supervisors put a hold on plans by Adams County’s favorite green space destroyers, S&A Homes. S&A wants to put a development of over 300 homes in the area surrounding the airport. But the representatives of the regional transportation group that owns the airport testified last night that future expansion would preclude the construction of several houses due to runway extensions, and of course, building so close to the airport always raises the issue of noise complaints. S&A is quite upset at the delay.

We, of course, dance with glee over it.

Perhaps someone should rent some ground for a billboard right outside this housing project that would warn potential buyers of the plans for airport expansion, and noise problems that will only increase as time goes on.

What this tells us is that even the process to ease the way for the rampant development of central Adams County that has been put into place by the local political party organizations, is itself totally out of control. While the airport is in Cumberland Township, its use is, or at least should be, governed by the Adams County Transit Authority.

What’s that you say? There is no Adams County Transit Authority? Oh, yes there is. They run a shuttle bus system in and around Gettysburg. They have a small fleet of white half-buses. So you are correct, there really is no “county transit authority” per se. If the Gettysburg Airport [a commercial enterprise] is providing passenger and cargo service, even on a walk-in basis, there needs to be local governmental control.

If there is to be growth in the county, and the powers that be have so determined, despite what you or I may think, then the airport needs to come under the County’s authority. It would then be the arbiter of disputes like the one that has arisen between the airport’s owners and S&A.

The three ring circus put on by the Cumberland Township Supervisors last week [over the proposed water park] and this [over the airport expansion issue] is symptomatic of the total breakdown of local government in Adams County.

First, and foremost, the county and local governments are in the process of destroying the very fabric of the county. By allowing the runaway development of Cumberland, Straban, Mount Joy, Butler, Freedom, and Highland townships, one of the two major attractions in the county will be strangled to death. We refer to the Gettysburg National Military Park. No, the park will not be destroyed, but it will be forever altered, shorn of its historic physical context, squeezed by the encroachment of housing, business and industry, and choked to the point that no one will be able to drive through it. No, in ten years if you want to visit the park, you must catch a shuttle at the Visitors’ Center, or down town, and tour by bus. Individual tours by the famous and peerless Licensed Battlefield Guides will be a thing of the past.

There is no “second”.

There are already signs of the great miscalculation by Adams County government, and local governments, and the major developers in the area. One of the two new restaurants out at Bob Monahan’s Gateway Gettysburg Convention Center [the one illegally displaying the Great Seal of the United States for commercial purposes] can’t open because they cannot hire enough employees to work the place!

Our over-zealous Adams County Economic Development Corporation has sold the county to far too many developers, and for no good or valid reason other than profit making. Adams County does not need economic growth. We have an unemployment rate among the lowest in the nation, tax rates that are lower that the national average, and average family income higher than the national average. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a fantastic economic situation.

But these clowns, these bozos who sit officiously in their elected offices as county and local governments, are doing everything in their power to ruin that economic stasis from which Adams County has been benefiting for decades. The ACEDC lures developers in with images of low land prices, low taxes, a great local economy, and enormous tracts of land to develop among the many farms that make Adams one of the top agricultural producers in the Commonwealth. So the developers come in waving their money around at the farmers, and the next thing you know property values go up for everyone. Good for the owners if they are selling or refinancing, bad for their taxes, and bad for buyers. And for everyone, the first signs of instability in the local economy.

Who are they? Empire Homes from Maryland, the ubiquitous S&A Homes, Dave Sites, and of course, Bob Monahan. Oh there are others, but these are the principal murderers of Adams County’s economy. They are aided and abetted by the local township supervisor boards, and the Adams County Commissioners.

This is no effort to bring growth and progress to Adams County [such would be against the best interests of the county.] There is no effort to provide humanitarian relief for those in need of housing.

This effort is purely, and completely greed driven.

And it is totally misplaced, unwarranted, and undeserved. Those mentioned in the above paragraph are well aware of what they are doing to Adams County, and its impact long term. In our book, that makes them greedy and guilty as Hell.

The result? From New Oxford to South Mountain, and from the tiny village of Mason Dixon to York Springs, an unending stretch of tract housing and shopping malls, far too many of which will be empty at any time, housing and business structures alike, starving the economy even more.

Gone the tourists.

Gone the low taxes.

Gone the low cost of housing and real estate.

Gone the low cost of living.

Gone the high wages and salaries.

Gone the small businesses.

Gone the large local restaurants.

Gone, the gorgeous orchards between Biglerville and South Mountain.

Gone the farms, large and small that made Adams the second top agricultural producing county in Pennsylvania.

Gone the green space, the idyllic, bucolic setting that is the context for the great Battlefield.

Gone the clean, fresh, country air that blows so coolly down from South Mountain.

Gone, almost all of the history, and anyone’s ability to touch it.

Gone forever.


We support the Roadmap to Reform!

“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

“Legislation without representation is tyranny.” -- GettysBLOG

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

GettysBLOG: Cumberland Township's Supervisors' Star Chamber

Imagine our great surprise this morning when we found an account of last night’s unscheduled Cumberland Township Supervisor’s meeting about a proposed water park in the Gettysburg Times! Our favorite Times reporter, stalwart Scot Andrew Pitzer, wrote an excellent account of the meeting, though for the gravity of the issue, it received scant weight from the editors, as usual.

This is a common practice of the Times. Several weeks ago these same supervisors gave preliminary approval to a 345 unit housing development in the township. If the public wanted to know about it, they needed to read it in the Hanover Sun. The Times never reported on this controversial subject.

And last night’s meeting warranted front page coverage, and twice the inches that Pitzer was allotted for his article. Instead, we were treated to an article about the president of the American Legion Auxiliary visiting the area. While such an august event warrants good coverage by the local media, it would seem that an issue that drew “nearly 100 locals to the municipality’s headquarters” [see why I like Pitzer so much?] would weigh more heavily in the “news” department. Indeed, front page coverage was devoted to the recent Virginia Tech massacre above the fold, but below the fold was Madam President’s visit, and a disturbing article about the rest of the mobile home owners and residents at the Natural Springs Mobile Home Park near Giant being evicted for a large, as yet “unnamed big box store” [according to the Times Insider Reporter and major secret keeper John Messeder].

A reporter as good as Pitzer deserves better than what the Times shows of him. Repeatedly, his work has been censored in the name of editing, allowing only those details to escape that are deemed friendly to the pro-developer editor and owners. Why do we call them pro-developer? A tiger can not change its stripes. They were pro Wal-Mart on the distribution center project, they were pro Wal-Mart on the super store project at the proposed site of the casino, and they were most assuredly pro casino, despite any and all protestations to the contrary. Anyone close to the fight over the casino will tell you that if you wanted hard news about the casino project, you got it from the Hanover Sun, which, in the end, came out in favor of the casino, but still maintained an even hand in its coverage. Not so the Times, which remains today one of the most heavily biased newspapers in business. To the owners of the Times, development means increased circulation. It also means increased advertising revenue. So when they sell the paper, as they inevitably will, they will likely make an enormous profit on their investment.

Their editorial policy is to print little that would damage a development plan, and much in praise of it. Do not get us wrong here, we do not oppose development. We oppose development on the scale that Adams County is experiencing. As our favorite reporter puts it, “Adams County is the third largest county in Pennsylvania as far as growth…” quoting a Cumberland Township resident.

We can trot out all the trite clich├ęs about cutting off the nose, and throwing out the baby with the bathwater, but what is happening in Adams County is going to destroy or seriously damage both of the industries that provide one of the greatest and most prosperous local economies in the nation. Apparently, for those with wealth, it is not prosperous enough, but for the middle class it is very prosperous, with low taxes, low cost of living, and higher than average income. But for “Old Gettysburg Money”, and for rich investors from Cumberland County, Adams County is covered in fields of gold.

The fruit industry will lose valuable land to developers, and with that goes valuable water, an already indispensable commodity to the South Mountain fruit growers.

Developing around the Gettysburg area is the death knell of the Battlefield. Oh how much the Old Gettysburg Money must hate the National Park for them to allow this destruction of the context for the Battlefield! Indeed, historic Hunterstown, where newly promoted Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer bloodied the nose of Major General J.E.B. Stuart and his vaunted Rebel Cavalry for the second of three times in four days during the late Gettysburg campaign, is about to be overrun with a 500 house development. Even more will be added to the west of that area extending to the west side of US 15 along the Biglerville Road.

The greed is so blinding that they cannot grasp how much of a jewel they have here, how much of a gift that keeps on giving. The fruit growing will come to an end [indeed, some canners are not processing local fruit any more!], and the little patch of green where great deeds were accomplished in a great and significant battle in a great and significant war that shaped our national identity, and restored a moral certitude where it had not existed before.

And so, we have coming into our midst, another out of town investor who wants the good citizens of Cumberland Township to change their zoning ordinance to allow a nearly 100 acre site to host a 100 unit condo complex, an indoor and an outdoor water park, a movie theater complex, shops, and restaurants to be located near the Boyds Bears, Eisenhower Inn location on old Route 15 [Emmitsburg Road] south of the Battlefield. Current ordinances do not permit a water park.

But during last night’s meeting, a nonplussed township solicitor Henry Heiser insisted that all the objections being raised were premature…and should be held until after the curative amendment allowing a water park to be built in the township is passed. We say nonplussed because it was apparent that the township was not expecting anything like the turnout they got last night. Two township patrolmen were called in off their beat to make sure things stayed under control!

Mr. Heiser is either lying or greatly mistaken [in which case the township is being ill served by his “services”} when he says commentary is premature. Indeed, when a “curative amendment” is being sought/proposed, there is no other time to protest it. After it is passed is too late. And the people present last night were viscerally opposed to the action, not just to the current developer, but to any water park in the township.

Adams County is talking about constructing a water pipe to the Susquehanna River in order to supply sufficient water for the immediate future of Adams County residents and businesses. We have approximately 100,000 residents in the county, and from time to time we have problems finding enough water. Now it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if you don’t build that water pipe to the Susquehanna, many of the 20,000 homes to be built here in the next five years [increasing the population by at least 50%] will wind up without access to water, and forced to drill deep, will lower the current Adams County water tables drastically. That is to say nothing of other development projects.

So into the midst of this situation rides Cali Entertainment, a company on its third attempt to build a Water Park in Adams County, having been driven off in Mount Joy and Franklin Townships before trying developer-friendly Cumberland. These rocket scientists are so filled with greed to get their claws into the gold fields of Adams County, that they cannot see there is NOT ENOUGH WATER for their grandiose scheme, nor would there be enough if the pipe already existed.

And the people of Adams County are about fed up with over-development. While township supervisors mouth lies/excuses [“we have to do it, its in the ordinances!”] they forget for whom they work. They work for the people, and the people want fairness, and shy away from drastic change. They do not want 1,000 home subdivisions, nor 500 home ones, nor do they even want 100 home developments. They are smart enough to know that very few of them will be able to afford what the developers are building here, in hopes of attracting people from Frederick, Harrisburg, Hagerstown, York, Lancaster, Baltimore and Washington. Those people will be lured here to high priced housing with low taxes because it will be cheaper than where they live --- until they get here, and find that not only have taxes skyrocketed, but so has the cost of living in Adams County.

So your developer-friendly township supervisors, who were developer friendly before they ran for office, continue to stick you with $500 for a permit to add on to your house, but our out of town developers get the royal treatment, with unlimited extensions of deadlines until they get their plans in line with codes, and if there is a stickling point, “No matter! We’ll grant an exception or pass a curative amendment.”

Is there any doubt who they work for? Nah. And they get a lot of cover from the Gettysburg Times, and from the County government.

Cumberland Township’s Board of Supervisors acts like a Star Chamber. They shun the light of day, spurning publicity at all costs. They have a plan for expansion of their building, but no one knows what it is. And they aren’t saying. All you residents of Cumberland Township who were asked for the go-ahead for this project, please raise your hands. Go ahead. Anybody? No? How curious. And this on the heels of a 100% increase in your township real estate taxes!

The Cumberland Township Supervisors change their meeting schedules so no one will come, then complain when only a reporter shows up. Who do they notify? Anyone out there who has been notified, please raise your hands. Anyone? No? How curious. They have a website. Nothing on it for announcements. No meeting minutes posted since January. On the County’s website, for Cumberland Township, they list their meetings for the first and third Tuesday of the month. In the past, we have driven up, and seen the sign in the window that says the same. And we sit there on one of those Tuesdays and no one shows. Nothing posted on the ample amount of glass on their door.

And the meetings are frequently run without allowing comment from the public, as there was an attempt to do last night. It failed.

Most business of the supervisors has already been conducted before the supervisors actually have their “public” session. And therefore, comment is unnecessary and useless because it comes after the fact…business is done before you even get in the door.

The township embarked on the preliminary phase of their facility expansion project last November, right after the election, when few people would be around. They tore out a lot of brush and filled part of the hill running down to Willoughby Run to increase the size of their level lot. Has anyone seen an environmental impact study for this project? What chemicals, silt, salt, and gravel, asphalt and oil will run down into Willoughby Run, and how will that affect the wildlife down there…the ducks, geese, raccoons, muskrats, deer, fish, crawfish, frogs, and so on?

These people have no respect for you or for us. None. They are filled with puffed up self-importance, and have to hide what they do lest they get caught. There is no observance of any sunshine laws. There is no “right to know” about plans. Heck, there is not even a noise ordinance in the township. Why bother. That’s just for the taxpayers, not for the business owners.

We hope and pray that these words will get you angry, and have you seething enough to show up at the next Cumberland Township Supervisors meeting and demand some answers. When the supervisors say, comments aren’t allowed, ask to see where that says such a thing! Demand answers. They are taking pay that you put out in taxes. It goes from your pocket to theirs. They work for you. They exist to protect YOU, not the developers, and they are doing everything but.

And remember, before you vote in May, GettysBLOG!


We support the Roadmap to Reform!

“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

“Legislation without representation is tyranny.” -- GettysBLOG

Remember in May! Before you vote, GettysBLOG!

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