Apr 26, 2016
South Whitehall Conspiring To Steal Our History
You can enlarge the last Pa. State report above by clicking on the image. As you can see, there wasn't anything about the dam that was very problematic for the state. They concluded that it was "overall in good condition." What happen since, besides politics and greed? The Wildlands Conservancy approached South Whitehall with a plan to demolish the dam, with their usual patter about stream health and happy fish. The commissioners, with no sense of history or esthetics, were ready to give their OK, and then entered Molovinsky. Because of my initial defense of the dam and the writeup in the paper, the Wehr descendants become aware of the threat, and joined the battle. The Wildlands then commissioned a study which approached the dam as if it was Hoover Dam, endangering a community below. In reality, all through the years, the township workers themselves filled in cracks as noted by the state in prior inspections. The Wildlands quarter million $dollar study suggested that they demolish the dam, at no cost to the township, or the township would have to spend $1.5 million to completely rebuild the dam. After the commissioners yielded to public pressure and voted to not allow the dam's destruction, they supposedly were going to get bids from an actual contractor to do necessary repairs.
Now, two years later, and continuing pressure from the Wildlands and their minions within the township, they instead commissioned another study with a pre-set agenda; Make the price high enough so that we can justify calling for a referendum. So now, we hear the new engineer saying things like "To do it correctly", we must replace the middle third. Actually not, as they well know, it doesn't matter how much or how little water goes over or through the dam. It's a thing of history and beauty, not a working mill dam. No where else can the public see water going over a dam and then under a covered bridge, at one place. For this reason and the beauty, the public has been coming to Wehr's Dam for over a hundred years. I may not succeed in saving the dam, but there will be at least one place where the truth will be told.