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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Borough taking positive position

  • In the weekend edition of this newspaper, we featured a story about a woman in Honesdale who is not happy about a zoning situation she says has never been addressed.
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  • In the weekend edition of this newspaper, we featured a story about a woman in Honesdale who is not happy about a zoning situation she says has never been addressed.
    Ann Reynolds believes politics has gotten in the way of the right thing to do for the past 30 years. Now, she wants something done in the worst of ways.
    We don't blame Reynolds for her frustration.
    For far too long, it seems favoritism has been the dominating factor with decisions like the one which frustrates Reynolds.
    We were pleased last week when Scott Smith, chairman of the finance committee, said the council was aware of the problem and trying to find some solutions.
    That's a pro-active approach to this situation and it's long overdue.
    Smith said borough officials are trying to determine such factors as whether trailer parks in the borough have ever been properly registered and just what to do about properties which have not been inspected.
    These are huge issues because there is the appearance some properties have been overlooked over the years while others have had to undergo the proper inspections and certifications.
    The issue here is fairness and that's what Reynolds says has not taken place — for 30 years.
    That's totally unacceptable and smells of injustice and favoritism.
    If there had been a situation for a year or two, that's different. But Reynolds has been ignored for three decades.
    We applaud the council for addressing this issue. It's not an easy task to take on because there are years and years of records which have to be examined.
    As we have seen the past, sometimes the records don't exist.
    What we urge members of the borough council to do is stay on top of this issue. It's not easy because there are so many matters which come up on a daily basis.
    But Reynolds has been waiting 30 years, so it would seem her case should go to the top of the checklist.
    Not only might this solve her issue, it might also solve the overall issue of trailer parks as well as rental inspections in the borough.
    That in itself is a huge issue.
    What the eventual solution to all of this is remains to be seen. The potential is widely varied and there are many possibilities.
    As Smith pointed out, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. That's true.
    But at least it appears some answers may be closer than they have been in 30 years.
    That is positive.

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