Trash Talk in Lower Merion
Last night a couple things caught my eyes/ears with the commissioners' meeting in Lower Merion. (And it wasn't just the totally fun split-screen format).
First was finally some common sense about the Schuylkill River West Trail --- don't know what caused the epiphany, just glad to see it. (And personally, I would love it if Norfolk Southern and PennDot were to come in and discuss their apprehensions over a trail so close to their very active properties with the commissioners.)
I love trails, but parts of this "feasibility study" were total pie in the sky misrepresentations from jump. No one has ever answered the question either as to why this consultant was the only one that could have been hired, have they? But I digress. Karey Aydt and Phil Sullivan of Gladwyne were fabulous and made a lot of sense. Glad others besides Jenny Brown were finally listening.
The other amusing moment came when Jane Dellheim started to take public comments/questions during her Public Works Committee meeting and her challenger (Regina Balinski) in this year's commissioners' races got up to speak. You see, when you make Jane uncomfortable or she just doesn't like you she gets a particular look on her face with this little fixed smile. She also refuses to look the person in the eye, or look at them directly. It's very amusing to watch (even if it is kinda rude), especially on T.V. where you get the close up. I know Jane HATES being mentioned on this blog and probably dislikes me quite a bit, but you know what? Why do things people will talk about? (Do you think there are Executive Meetings yet just to discuss what to do about me? Can you imagine the conversation? These are grown ups. If they don't like what is being said on blogs, they have the choice not to read them, right?)
So anyway when Regina Balinski got up to ask a question and make a comment as a resident, Jane did this face thing. I guess it's insecurity or something, but honestly, it was way too obvious. One would think that Jane has been a commissioner long enough that she could handle these situations better? (Regina, by the way is very nice. She was out at First Friday Main Line last week and I met her for the first time. And it is NOT endorsing someone to say you met them and found them to be a nice person.)
It's all about changing up the trucks for these "automated" trucks that I do not believe will fit on half of our streets (as a former resident of Barrett Avenue alluded to last evening during the comment section), and/or outsourcing our trash.
Outsourcing means a lot of people who are really very nice will be out of a job. I think that is wrong. We will trade in hard-working people, many of whom live in our township, for people who do not care about the area, it's just a paycheck. Our refuse guys are part of our community. Do you think if outsourced the trashers for hire would care about the not hitting cars on narrow streets, picking up the garbage at legal times, or say hi as you walk down a street where they are collecting? Some of our trashmen are also volunteer firemen, did you know that? I know one in particular who is who works as a recycling worker.
I say this is another bad plan for Lower Merion and urge all of you out there to write to your commissioners and write to the local papers and OBJECT to this proposal. I would also think that perhaps Bruce Reed would find it most politically expedient to squash this idea? After all, doesn't he seem to court the unions that serve Lower Merion? Kill their employment Bruce Reed, and I daresay support for you will fall away quicker than you can change your tie, eh?
As for ways to make more money, duh, look at enhanced services like rear yard pick-up. They should have been charging for this for years. The McMansion set can well afford this luxury, and as for worrying about discriminating agaist senior citizens and the ill or infirmed? Another duh moment - they could complete some sort of suitability/exemption form. It would not take much to do that. Then it's win-win: seniors who can't physically move the cans or afford to pay are exempted, but those who can WELL afford a fee will pay.
Whatever, just my thoughts on trash talking in Lower Merion. And for once, I don't just mean what the Unified Slate is spewing on a daily basis!