As an outsider I marvel that one tiny municipality has so many odd issues. I don’t understand how residents continue to allow these people to be in office? I applaud those who speak up at public meetings and encourage those who whisper from the side lines to also get up and speak.
These local yokel government officials like “Queen of Eminent Domain” Clare Quinn, “Shucks the Farmer” Ken Miller (and if Restaurant Alba in Malvern is serving his farm’s meat I won’t be patronizing them any time soon – and I am allowed to make that personal choice), and “Squire” David Brown only have as much power as the residents allow them to have. If Chickenman can put it out there and others can get up at meetings and speak, then it isn’t just a couple of malcontents as this local government would have you think. And that is what they want you to think.
It seems apparent to all who peek inside West Vincent that this municipality is run by very ambitious people who seem to do whatever it takes to preserve their fiefdom, but should it remain their fiefdom?
West Vincent used to be this cool little crossroads place full of woods and rolling fields. People wandered comfortably about in their Wellies and old trucks and it was fine. Then West Vincent was discovered. All of a sudden you have McMansion dwellers complaining about skeet shooting. Lordy I bet they complain about the sirens at the fire house too, don’t they? I guess it can be said shiny nouveau has discovered a pretty part of Chester County, and that is fine, but it doesn’t mean that the place has to be developed into oblivion complete with nine thousand soccer fields and whatever that will not only never get used, but will never be maintained properly.
Look around Chester County, Chester County residents and you will notice if you open your eyes that Chester County is being developed at a pace that needs to pause and think. Once the land and open space is gone, it’s gone. And given the economy, I still do not understand how all this development can be justified. And how many box stores are needed? Who is paying for all this zoning that often runs contradictory unto itself as well as being rather confusing? Who REALLY benefits from all these grand plans and zoning changes? How high will taxes go to compensate for all this? Who will be a steward for the land and practice true conservation, not just preach about it because it gives good sound bytes? Once Chester County is all developed where will all the farm critters and horses go? How can people not try to preserve more of the farmland which is historically quite fine? Who will preserve the historic homes and other structures? Does the world also really want to live in plastic townhouses perched on the edge of highways? Do you want that world that loves plastic houses shaping your community that you were born and raised in or do you want to be a real and viable partner in your futures? Are you content to let petty municipal leaders to pat you on the head and say “good resident, you work for us”?
Sorry, don’t mean to be on a soap box, but what I see happening in Chester County is the same nonsense that has ruined parts of the Main Line.
Whether you are politically liberal or conservative it doesn’t really matter, this is about where you live so everything is local. Don’t be an ostrich, that is all I am saying.
And why is it that West Vincent public meetings do not seem to be televised anywhere? All municipalities in PA have access to public access channels and the minutes are slow to load on the West Vincent website and quite sanitized when posted and why is that? Is West Vincent also anti-sunshine? Why can’t they say for example split a channel with their local school district? Shouldn’t people be able to see meetings live on TV like most other municipalities?
5 April Length of meetings:
Hi, Just a couple things for today. I was interested in the length of the meetings since David Brown thinks the meetings take too long and is working on Township legislation to limited public comment. I thought that perhaps if the meetings lasted 2-3 hours, he could have a point. So, in fairness to Mr. Brown, I decided to review all of the minutes for the last year (2011). I listed the dates and the lengths of each meeting, per the record…..42 minutes on average. That includes all public comments. 42 minutes. Where’s the problem? Since David Brown became Supervisor, the average has jumped to 1 hour, 7 minutes, an increase of 30%. I am sure it is an anomaly. Either way, I cannot find a reason to stop people from voicing their concern. I would have calculated the other posted years, 2010 and 2009 but the minutes are not there. They are listed, but not there. They were promised to be posted “soon”, back in the Fall of 2011, over 4 months ago.
8 April Millers debts. Again.
Hi On Monday, April 9, 2012, West Vincent Township will open bids for the mowing of sprayfields for Weatherstone and Matthews Meadows, approximately 21 acres. To review for the new(er) readers and for the long term subscribers, the award of the mowing bid last year was given to Ken Miller, Roadmaster and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of West Vincent Township. The value of that contract was around $21,500. Last year several sprayheads were damaged. Only AFTER I did research and exposed the fact the the only person that could have done the damage was Ken Miller, he was forced into paying. Even then he only took claim for two. The third was left to the taxpayers, between a $400-$500 bill. Thanks Ken……TOTAL: $114,357.59. Say it out loud. ONE HUNDRED FOURTEEN THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED FIFTY SEVEN DOLLARS AND FIFTY-NINE CENTS. Bigger than ever. All the Judgments/Liens follow this submission for review. There are 12 pages. I urge the readers to look them up in the Chester County Courthouse. It is public information. Don’t worry. Ken should be able to pay these off once the bond re-fi comes through because there will be lots of roadwork money to skim. Your kids can cover it through the year 2031. Or, as Clare Quinn says, “You can move”.
11 April Ken Miller’s Lawyers
After posting the most recent Judgments for Ken Miller, Roadmaster and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of West Vincent Township, I thought I would look into his legal representation. In the Land O’ Lakes lawsuit, Ken is protesting and has a lawyer to defend him. The Attorney’s name is Michael Thomas Taylor and here is what I discovered. Mr. Thomas works for the firm of Siana, Bellwoar and McAndrew, LLP. This means that the West Vincent Township attorney Steven Siana is representing Ken Miller. Has this happened before? In short, yes.
Ken was sued by Eleanor Morris (the co-founder of the French and Pickering Conservation Trust) in 2005 for $118,000 and who represented Mr. Miller at that time? Stephen V Siana and Michael Thomas Taylor.
When Ken was being sued by East Coventry Township in 2011 for not paying rent on ground for 3 years, guess who tried several times to orally negotiate a lower settlement? Steven V Siana. In the end, Ken was forced to pay the entire bill.
We all know now that Ken Miller has less than no money. How does he pay his legal bills? If the Township attorney is representing him,is there a better than good possibility that the West Vincent taxpayer and voter is paying his bills? ……The legal documents are attached.
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If everything Chickenman has up is true I guess the old adage is true if you are part of the “in crowd” , huh? That there is no place like home? Only if I was Dorothy, I might grab Toto and click my heels three times to escape….wow The Land of Oz indeed.
An end note is that I have been warned not to talk so much about West Vincent because they come after people? Really? Freedom of speech and public information and opinion are for other people? West Vincent is hardly the sole focus of this blog, but it keeps opening itself up to public scrutiny. When a municipality runs the way it is supposed to and the politics are clean, no one finds it interesting. It’s when things seem ok in part, but odd in part, or curious in part or residents’ questions and concerns go unlistened to and un answered that people start looking inside the proverbial barn, so how is this my fault???? I mean really.