Apr 1, 2010

Andrew Kleiner Appointment


Andrew Kleiner, author of the blog Remember, which concentrates on the Allentown Park System, has been appointed to the Mayor's Environmental Advisory Council. I have criticized this group for not speaking out against the myriad of new park plans, which are not environmentally sound. Andrew has noted that the paving of the paths in Cedar Park are not in compliance with the guidelines issued by the State. Other groups which have remained silent include Friends Of The Parks and the Wildlands Conservancy. Andrew's appointment will go in front of City Council next Wednesday for approval, along with three votes on paths; Lehigh Parkway, Martin Luther King Parkway and the Trail Network Plan.

Addendum:R16MLK&LittleLehighParkwayTrail is news to me. The federal grant was supposedly to used for signs and yellow painted bike lanes on streets.  It appears that they are passing two components of the trail Network Plan at the same time as the Plan itself.  This is an end run by Weiztel, in violation of the promise that no new trail would be built without input from both the public and Council. Council has apparently agreed to pass the first and second readings the same night, in committee at 7:00 and then final vote in meeting at 7:30, never a good sign for Allentonians.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Young Mr. Kleiner will receive quite the Progressive edcuation with respect to how Allentown's local government apparently, routinely conducts themselves from his appointment to the Mayor's Enironmental Advisory Council.

That is, if Mr. Kleiner hasn't been schooled enough already.

Go Bulldozers!

Defeat Everything.

michael molovinsky said...

andrew had reported after the council committee meeting on the trail network plan that he had faith that all separate implementations of that plan would receive both public input and council scrutiny. council now is prepared to pass the trail network plan, and approve two trails; one along MLK, under the 8th st. bridge, and the other in the precious parkway, ALL AT THE SAME TIME, plus approve his appointment. what sort of voice andrew will be, remains to be seen

Anonymous said...

What about the rows of Parkway trees now being covered with boulders and stone to kill the roots and leave the trees to the
cutter! Please someone help with these trees before they are dead.
They are located on the right hand side of Academy Road going up towards the police academy.
Three weeks ago they were covered in stone, boulders, and cinder.
The abuse of a natural resource must be against state laws. Where in the world are the Friends of the Park? Why aren't they protesting this abuse?

Anonymous said...

Young Mr. Kleiner seems to be a genuine caring individual, but we cannot imagine he will buck the system once he is installed in a quasi-official position.

One has only to recall Councilwoman Eichenwald's public comments during a summer council meeting assuring Rose Garden neighbors she would never allow destruction of the open space via the paved paths to proceed without their valued input.
What happened?

michael molovinsky said...

anon 11:15, you have been alerting both andrew and myself to this tree situation. what really is needed is for more people to come to council wednesday evening and express disappointment with weitzel's stewardship of the park.

anon 11:20, i'll let you know if andrew speaks up against the trail plan on wednesday evening during the full council meeting at 7:30.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Andrew might bring along his photos of an open pit surrounded by orange construction tape surrounding a former Lights
in the Parkway electric box he photographed and posted on his blog to council's Wednesday meeting to ask Weitzel for an explanation. Andrew's photos accurately depict a three-year long Parkway situation.

michael molovinsky said...

anon 2:00, again, what is necessary is for more people to speak out, perhaps you will come to the meeting and say something

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:00, thats not an " open pit " you are seeing. It's much worse than that. That is one of several natural springs, disturbed and disrupted, in clear violation of PA State and U.S.
E.P.A. law. The City should be ashamed. If you or I did this to a natural stream side spring, we would be hauled into court, and rightfully so.