Oct 10, 2013

Saving The Bridge

Allentown and Lehigh County aren't much for history. Last year Allentown celebrated it's 250th anniversary by having someone rewrite the lyrics to the Billy Joel song. The County actually commissioned a whole music program for their 200th, also last year. Believing our history should be more than a tune and a speech, I've been using this blog to advocate for the preservation of our historic structures. During the County Commissioner committee meeting last night, the project manager said that if the bridge is repaired instead of replaced, it might last two months, or it might last six months. Considering that the bridge has endured everything that has come it's way for 189 years, that statement clearly demonstrated that he was never a fair broker for options concerning the bridge. Recently, the Commissioners expressed support for preserving the King George Inn, but noted that they had no say in it's fate. Last night, I pointed out the durability of the bridge, and reminded the Commissioners that they do have the say concerning the bridge's fate. By a 7 to 2 vote, the Commissioners decided that the historic Reading Road Bridge should continue to provide passage over the Cedar Creek, by Union Terrace.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mike congratulations! This was great work by you.

Can you tell us who voted in favor? I've looked for it/can't find it.

Thanks,
The Banker

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mr. Molovinsky that is one giant leap for Allentowns public and one small stagger for allentowns administration? Small in stature but giant in all things historic in Allentown!

michael molovinsky said...

banker@7:51, don't know if you will ever find it. wednesday evening was the budget hearing, which took center stage. mccarthy and jones voted for the resolution to fund the replacement bridge, the other seven voted against. with the replacement option now over, a new resolution will be prepared to repair the existing bridge.
on another post you inquired about the move-on petition, which was a marriage of convenience for me. somebody had sent me a link to their stock petition form, and i utilized it for expediency sake. it was hosted on facebook, where there were no objections such as yours.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Mike on both.

The Banker

michael molovinsky said...

banker@1:35, i have actually utilized the move-on petition format again, this time in regard to the robin hood dam. it's my understanding that you can unsubscribe to their emails at any time. although i received several tips on how to make the petition more effective, i only received one or two emails on their political positions.