I found an article this morning which leaves me slightly stunned. West Vincent Township, that tiny hamlet in Chester County that seems to have an inordinate amount of issues and examples of bad government and municipal thugginess, is at it again.
Apparently, sunshine and transparency in government is for other people. The Daily Local is reporting the following:
WEST VINCENT — The Board of Supervisors unanimously repealed its policy of publishing official documents to the township’s website, saying that the policy is “unnecessary” and has had adverse effects.
The decision came during the supervisors’ meeting on Monday, coupled with the announcement that the policy would be reduced to an informal guideline.
The policy to post certain township documents, including meeting agendas, minutes, announcements and policies, was “created as a courtesy to some residents,” said Supervisor Clare Quinn.
According to Quinn, the decision to repeal the policy stemmed from an overwhelming number of requests for additional documents….Brown said one of the issues with the policy was that there was difficulty posting documents on the website within a week of their original publication, and that reducing the policy to a guideline would help resolve the matter.
Well blow me over, someone get those poor people some Internet technology. They can pay well enough to have moving photos and silliness on their municipal website but not information that would actually be helpful to the residents let alone show that West Vincent Township complies with sunshine and transparency laws in PA? Yowza people!
This is deeply, deeply troubling. When municipalities go this far to say why they should not release what should be public information in a timely manner, does that mean they are hiding things??? Here is a link to their Right to Know Form . They deserve to be flooded.
Sigh…this municipality is so scary backwards. So much beauty where it is located and such decay underneath…
And speaking of Clare Quinn, does she have a new business? If so, are the taxpayers of West Vincent going to continue to be on the hook for her healthcare benefits? Because correct me if I am wrong but if she is opening a small business she can at least get benefits for herself under the business, right? Self-employment is employment, right? It is easier to get benefits as a business versus an individual, right?
I was curious about Tacie’s so I dug around. So Tacie’s is owned by Coventry Enterprises LLC whose address tags back to Clare Quinn if that where she actually lives ? (And you have to put the corporate names into the forn and submit to see info – see screen shot photos at bottom of this post) Well, if all true, good thing I do not travel to Pottstown much as I just can’t by a moral sense of right and wrong support a business whose owner once attempted eminent domain for private gain (Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds). And it is a shame because I love little local places like this. But in this case, I can’t overlook ownership, and I am truly sorry….
Hope Clare doesn’t borrow any fabulous recipes without attribution, right? But I bet Clare will have lots of yummy products from Birchrun Hills Farm, another business I unfortunately also choose not to patronize because of Ken Miller, who is as everyone knows also a supervisor in West Vincent who was in favor of eminent domain for private gain at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show. (Farmer Ken has been remarkably quiet at meetings hasn’t he?)
And what is up with the Chicken Man is dead posters in Birchrunville Post Office? And not just about Chicken Man. Is this how they govern in West Vincent? Fear and thuggery? How come the developments in West Vincent are getting fresh paving and none of the older back roads?
The shame of West Vincent is that if they spent half the time doing positive things in this twisted hamlet versus what they actually do, this would be among the most desirable places to live, wouldn’t it?