Jun 1, 2016
The Damn Dam and Damn Blogger
When I made my presentation to the County Commissions on Wehr's Dam, I was preceded by Farmland Preservation advocates. I knew that farmland preservation is a fashionable topic, and even referenced it in my speech. In addition to being met with silence at that time, I have heard since, that the commissioners are not taken with the idea of adopting the dam. But, I have just learned that while they want to dwell on the farmland topic, Lehigh County has already preserved 22,000 acres, at up to $5,000 an acre. It's hard for me to imagine spending so many millions of dollars preserving land that may not be developed anyway, but not caring about preserving an irreplaceable historic structure of beauty, which has been treasured by generations of people from Lehigh County.
For those new to this blog, I'm no diplomat. I tend to become somewhat blunt when it comes our historical structures which cannot be replaced, once gone. Readers may be surprised, especially the ones who comment with a pseudonym, that I see and talk to the officials that I criticize. Yes, it can be awkward, but along the way I saved a couple of structures, and caused a few more to be repaired. Could I have done it more diplomatically, perhaps, but I'm an old dog.
The Wildlands Conservancy are hypocrites, who harvest state dam demolition grants because they're allowed to keep 15% for administrative fees. The South Whitehall Commissioners are reneging on their 2014 vote to keep the dam, and are disingenuously greatly inflating the repair cost, to accommodate the Wildlands and justify a referendum. Let us hope that the County Commissioners show more respect for the things that matter to the residents of Lehigh County, and save the dam.