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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • No second chance for commission

  • So they want a second chance, huh?

    That was the request from the resigned members of the planning commission in Texas Township. A letter was read by vice-chairman John Bartron at Monday night's meeting of the township supervisors asking for the five board members to be reinstated.
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  • So they want a second chance, huh?
    That was the request from the resigned members of the planning commission in Texas Township. A letter was read by vice-chairman John Bartron at Monday night's meeting of the township supervisors asking for the five board members to be reinstated.
    The members stormed out of a recent meeting, saying they simply could not agree with the supervisors.
    At issue for quite some time has been the sign ordinance in Texas Township. The planning commission was asked to develop a new ordinance, which they did.
    The problem was the ordinance was simply too burdensome. The simple mass of the ordinance was larger than many major cities in the country.
    In other words, it was ridiculous.
    But what was even more ridiculous was the fact the commission members didn't bother to sit down with business owners in Texas Township and ask them how they felt about the proposed plan.
    Instead, they decided to attempt to cram through this new ordinance without the input of the business owners or anyone for that matter.
    When the supervisors rejected this notion, the planning members walked out.
    And that is where they should stay.
    The Texas Township supervisors should simply tell those members to forget about re-forming the commission.
    The supervisors, indeed, might want to keep the planning commission. In fact, that would be a wise decision because it gives outside perspective to issues.
    But they should not allow any of the five members back onto the board. They walked away and away they should stay.
    It's ironic that Bartron is the one who showed up Monday night and had apparently decided not only were they going to be a commission again, they would start meeting the next day.
    The arrogance is astounding.
    This is the guy who has rambled on and on at meetings for a long, long time. At one time, he railed at the supervisors. Then, in what was likely an effort to quiet his tone, they put him on the planning commission so he began railing at others.
    Suddenly, after he walked out as a planning commission member, he began railing at the supervisors again.
    Do you see a pattern here?
    Apparently, this guy decides who he likes each morning and then starts slamming those he doesn't — at least for that day.
    That is someone you just don't want on any planning commission — or any other official board, either.
    The same holds true for the other four members. All of them decided to walk out because they didn't like the direction the matters were headed.
    Page 2 of 2 - We think they should have put on their big girl panties and worked with the supervisors.
    Disagreement is the heart and soul of the governmental process. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and most times you have to compromise.
    In the case of the planning commission, they did none of the above. It was my way or the highway for them. They made their bed and now they have to stay under the covers.
    The supervisors really don't have a tough decision. What they need to do is work with the business owners and the public (which includes the business owners) and come up with a reasonable solution.
    If they choose to do that with a planning commission that's great. They should just choose to do it with a new group of people.
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