Dec 18, 2012

Defend Your Rights, Protect Your Water


Turnout is Critical - New Legislation Being Introduced

Water Privatization. Tell Council You Want the Voters to Decide.   

Please come to City Council this Wednesday, 12/197 PM It's important. 

We will be asking Council to quickly pass legislation requiring any water and sewer lease to go to the voters for approval. 

We want this legislation in effect soon, before the mayor presents Council with a lease agreement for Council's approval. 

Without this new legislation, the decision to lease the water and sewer operations will be for Council, alone, to make.  

Turnout is critical. Council has to see and hear that the voters don't want Council approving a lease contract. 

Over 4,500 Allentown voters (one-fifth of the total number of people who voted in the 2010 elections) signed petitions for a charter amendment requiring the city to get voter approval before it can sell or lease a city asset worth over $10 million. But the charter amendment requested won't be voted on until May 2013.  The mayor will likely be presenting a contract to Council well before then. 

Come out and tell Council you want them to pass legislation now that mirrors the proposed charter amendment-- legislation that says any lease agreement has to come to the voters. 

Thank you, 
Citizens for Allentown Water
Don Ringer, Glenn L. Hunsicker, Glenn S. Hunsicker, William Hoffman, Rich Fegley, Dan Poresky
Contact: Bill Hoffman wjhoffman10@gmail.com

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

What in the world makes you think Council will pass this?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads-up.
When Council votes this down they are adding wood to their own political funeral pier.
Hats off to the good folks who put this together.
This issue won't go away, clean house, throw the bums out!

michael molovinsky said...

@11:11, council may not pass it, forcing those who are protecting our water into legal recourse. attendance tonight will however demonstrate to council that this issue does in fact have long term political ramifications.

ironpigpen said...

With all due respect, Mr. Molovinsky,

Exactly when was the last time (hell, how about EVER) that the Rubber Stamp Council of Apparatchiks here in the People's Democratic City With No Spending Limits did NOT do something that Pawlowski wanted them do?

I say again --- the General Secretary WILL win his Water War.

Sincerely,

ROLF OELER

Anonymous said...

I'm going so I can support Julio, Cynthia and the new guy. Keep your eye on the new guy.
He was a total administration shill on the ASD Board. The dude has aspirations to sneak in as a dark horse in the upcoming mayoral races.
Ya heard it on Channel Molovinsky first.

Anonymous said...

Good luck Mike. We out here in the burbs who have no voice in this are rooting for you.

michael molovinsky said...

@4:50, you need not root for me; the people waging this battle are listed at the bottom of the post, and besides printing their notices, and attending part of a meeting, i have done no work on this issue. but it does affect people in the burbs. if a private company takes over allentown water, i assure you that those municipalities, and LCA, that currently buy water and sewage service from allentown, will be paying more.

ironpigpen said...

So, what happened?

Looked in The Morning Call today and found nothing ...

Sincerely,

ROLF OELER

michael molovinsky said...

rolf, for the record, although i have previously spoken against the lease plan before city council , i did not attend the meeting last night. council took no action, and said that it would address the referendum proposal in early january.

Anonymous said...

Not commenting on the issue just the idea that any on council will have their positions at risk. First is that most( 4 of 7) of them don't really care if they are ousted. It's not a fun job and little compensation.

It would take a primary win to oust one. The LC GOP is disorganized and is focused on trivial issues at the county level.

It takes money to win a primary and challengers need a lot to take out an incumbant.