Aug 29, 2013

Deceiving City Council

One of the major themes in the presentation by the Wildlands Conservancy was that the dam at Robin Hood is unsafe for the public. They showed the sign declaring danger and no swimming in their power point presentation three times. This warning was repeated by the park director, John Mikowychok, and reported in Thursday's Morning Call article. There was no danger sign for the last 72 years. There was no danger sign this spring when I conducted the WPA tour. There wasn't even a danger sign two weeks ago when I showed City Council the dam. The sign was just made and installed last week by Mikowychok to provide the Conservancy the photo opportunity and rationale to use in their presentation.  How ironic for a city to post a danger sign two weeks before they want to demolish a 72 year old dam. If I were Council, I would find such a contrivance disrespectful.

10 comments:

Joe G said...

Mike, really amazing that your baseless opinions can delay a fact-based endeavor headed up by credentialed biologists and engineers. Only in Allentown! LOL!

Joe G said...

Of course you won't print my comment!

michael molovinsky said...

joe, what i find amazing is that a park system that was nationally known for it's beauty is allowing itself to block view and access to the creeks. it is neglecting and demolishing it's features to accommodate an outside organization. last night wildlands showed slides of their project in trout park; they forgot to mention that it is now overgrown with invasives, as are all the riparian zones.

Anonymous said...

To find something disrespectful, council would have to be honest brokers in the process. With one, or perhaps two exceptions however, they are willing participants in the sham process that City Hall has become.

They are also beneficiaries of the money laundering scheme involving the Wildlands Conservancy and other advocacy groups, all of which is on the taxpayer dime.

Anonymous said...

Mike,

Hoping city council will do the right thing is right up there with believing in the Easter Bunny. When was the last time they did the "right thing"? I can't remember either. It has been that long.

Allentown is the butte of jokes to everyone outside the city. Those who can get out do. What is left are the frogs in boiling water and those too poor to leave.

It is in the end very sad.

Scott Armstrong

michael molovinsky said...

scott @9:51, at this point in time the decision rests with pawlowski. i hope he will decide to preserve the dam for it's beauty and historical significance. it's an important component of the magic of robin hood.

Anonymous said...

Hundreds swim there every summer weekend.

Anonymous said...

Wildlands is known for going half-way on stream bank projects. When the money runs out the projects languish .
It's their MO.

Anonymous said...

No little trick is beneath this bunch.
Allentown is a banana republic.

Anonymous said...

Hey, suddenly the EAC are heroes!