Next Wednesday evening, August 29,at 6:30pm, citizens will have the opportunity to speak out against the Water System Lease. Mayor Pawlowski refers to this right of expression as grandstanding. He may be half right, but perhaps the grandstanding is by City Council. Take for example the hearing on the Trash To Energy Plant. Although one environmentalist after another spoke out against it, including those normally supportive of Pawlowski, Council still voted yes. If the water plant is profitable enough to attract buyers, why shouldn't the city retain the asset? Normal Pawlowski sycophants, such as Schweyer and Schlossberg, might want to consider the long term political consequences. Both Councilmen visualize a political career starting in Harrisburg. When a private water company starts raising the rates, which will affect the entire valley, their votes may well provide their future opponents an issue. I must exclude Jeanette Eichenwald from the grandstanding implication. She was sincere in calling for the public meeting. Will her colleagues seize their opportunity for leadership?
UPDATE: The Morning Call announced the meeting on it's website with the following headline: Public to get say on Allentown water, sewer plan. The public will be allowed to speak, if they get a "say" remains to be seen.
UPDATE: Jeanette Eichenwald has an editorial today urging her fellow council persons to vote against the water system lease and explore alternatives. Although her independence is nothing new, I applaud her effort to influence her colleagues.