Sep 27, 2012

Betraying General Trexler

This evening many former supporters of the administration will gather in the Council Chamber to try and persuade City Council to reject the administration's water lease plan. These former supporters were on board when the mayor paved Cedar Park, and sent the merchants packing. Don't know if you have been on Hamilton Street lately? We have solved the seedy customer problem, there are no more customers. Things started going bad between the mayor and the supporters back with the Trash to Energy contract. Supporters or not, seems that they're particular about the air they breath and the water they drink. Bless them for thinking that democracy is in play this evening, or in Allentown. What they should be doing is speaking to an outside attorney about an injunction against the lease. Around 1900, General Trexler donated hundreds of acres along the Little Lehigh to protect the watershed for the benefit of Allentown's citizens. They should be petitioning the Trexler Trust to protect the intentions of the General.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mike.

There is hope, maybe not from council chambers but from other government bodies. Last night the Lehigh County commissioners shot down the city's poorly thought out KOZ plan for the old metal works on S. 10th Street.

Scott Armstrong

Anonymous said...

Where is the Trexler Trust on this? Any comments?

Anonymous said...

I hope that the good people of Allentown show up with pitchforks and torches tonight.

Let this water "lease" go through tonight, and you deserve what you get.

Anonymous said...

Yes- at least one comment on the Trust-- but it apparently didn't make the cut.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what will be included in the leased assets?

Pipes, wells, sewage treatment plant, sure. But will it include the Little Lehigh? Isn't there one well that's actually in the Little Lehigh? And, given the relationship of the Lehigh Parkway to water issues (such as providing overflow areas during flooding) what is the future of the parkway itself? The parkway provides an area where flooding can occur without damaging citizens' properties but also helps to keep the water clean through riparian buffers.

Will the Lehigh Parkway be leased with this water deal? If not, what would stop the city from putting, say, a dog park near the well and contaminating the water?

Doesn't the Trexler Trust have something to say about this?