Thursday, September 06, 2007

GettysBLOG: A Crisis in Cumberland Township - When Government Goes Bad!

“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
It’s like one of those circus cars, where a VW Beetle is driven into the center ring and eighteen clowns climb out. That’s pretty much everyday life at the Cumberland Township Municipal Building these days. Everything but peanut shells on the floor. And it’s done at a level of absolute arrogance that often surpasses the heights to which the Strabaddies rose during the Casino fight.

The latest edition of the Cumberland Township Circus generated an article by our favorite reporter, Scott Pitzer, in the Gettysburg Times this week giving a few details of THE PLAN. We’ve mentioned THE PLAN before. THE PLAN is a nefarious and nebulous project to double the size of the Cumberland Township Municipal Building and facilities. Township manager Flo Ford was quite vocal on the projects, quoted in the article as saying:
“This expansion is to get us through 2020.”

“Right now we have a lot of equipment that just sits outside in the open. If you have a garage to house your cars, your equipment is going to last a lot longer.”

“We’re out of compliance with a lot. We’re crowded now and have nowhere to go.”
Alright, now we can live with the quote about the equipment. That’s what is called protecting the taxpayer’s investment. But we certainly have a lot of questions about the rest.

Out of compliance with what, exactly? Township supervisors use this term a lot, but they never give specifics. Frankly Ms. Ford, we don’t believe you.

What happens between now and 2020 that makes this expansion so important? Well, you can fill in the blanks. Obviously, massive development is what this crew of clowns that are running the township have in mind.

MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT.

The article goes on to explain, in a very confusing manner, the efforts to find funding for THE PLAN. This involves a seven year note to repay a loan from Adams County National Bank. It is a $1 million loan, according to the Gettysburg Times.

Now, they also indicated they had not solicited bids for the project and therefore can not estimate the cost of the project.

Cumberland Township Residents, do you recognize when you are being sold a bill of goods?

Since when does anyone get a loan first, and then decide how much to spend?

Why the rush? Ford explained that bids would be solicited after the bank deal is closed in October.

Hello?

This is a level of absolute disrespect for the taxpayer and residents of Cumberland Township.
  • First question: Who approved this plan?
  • Second Question: Were taxpayers polled to approve this plan?
  • Third Question: Was a committee formed to explore all the alternatives to the plan?
  • Fourth Question: When was this plan approved by the taxpayers who are going to have to face increased taxes on top of a 1000% increase in taxes two years ago?
This is a major capital expenditure, and it is being rammed down the throats of the residents of Cumberland Township by a group of malicious clowns who have no respect for the people who voted for them. They are NOT serving you, they are serving themselves and the developers who want to pave over this township.

We mentioned alternatives. A first step would be to eliminate the Township Manager’s job. That would not only save money, but it would also save much needed space in the building and a parking spot in the lot.

Problem solved, no expansion needed!

Find another property in the township, closer to town and purchase it for new Police Headquarters. It will shorten patrol routes headed to the other side of Gettysburg and create much needed space at the Municipal Building.

Problem Solved, no expansion needed.

Reduce the number of supervisors to three. This would free up much needed office space and parking spaces, and save some tax dollars [not to mention saving money for the developers!].

Problem solved, no expansion needed.

Unless and until these clowns can justify THE PLAN, and get it approved by the taxpayers, NOTHING SHOULD MOVE FORWARD!

Folks, you need to mobilize around this issue. It is YOUR MONEY these clowns are wasting. They must be stopped NOW!

Any attorneys out there willing to file a request for an injunction to stop them please contact us at the email link on the sidebar. We’ll pass info on to the readers here if someone comes forward.

In the meantime, write letters of protest to the editor of the Gettysburg Times and the Evening Sun [click on the links to generate an email letter to the editor].

Show up at the next Township Supervisor’s meeting, and feel free to bring protest signs.

This kind of arrogance and disrespect must be stopped. This is a project that requires taxpayer approval, and these clowns have already started THE PLAN!

They must be stopped NOW!

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