Well here are a couple listings I never noticed in Radnor. They are from the Cabrini list. They got me to thinking about student housing and the community. What are the rights of the community?
When college students and drinking and tailgating came up at the last Radnor Township meeting, I noticed a couple of things. First was why is Enrique Hervada give off the whiff of champion of underage drinking? Because tailgating is not just alumni making drunken fools of themselves, it's all about the underage beer fest, right? And why would Radnor plab a meeting with Villanova and not ask the ward commissioner most affected if he wanted to be present before the meeting was scheduled?
So from Lower Merion, to Haverford and Radnor Township, folks are all saying the same thing: that the irritation factor in off campus student housing is up, and people also wonder if the economy is a factor in illegal student housing being on the upswing? And poor Tredyffrin residents where there apparently are no rules and the township there seems to move like a turtle? What is up with Tredyffrin, anyway?
Well, I checked in with Christine from Mt. Pleasant via her blog, and well I am disgusted 9and her complaints sound siumilar to some of what was discussed at the Bryn Mawr Civic Association Meeting:
My Parked Car Hit Yesterday By College Student
September 21, 2009
Yesterday, around 2pm while I was sitting out front enjoying a book and a cup of coffee, a college student rammed into my parked car while attempting to park behind it! No major damage but WTH!? I didn't report it to the police because my 14 year-old daughter has been traumatized by the lack of concern the police have for us. She cried please... don't call the police...our car's ok....I don't want the police to come here again...
The girl who hit my car offered no apology. She just said... it's not my car (the car she was driving) and I didn't realize I was so close. Well, she shouldn't be driving if she doesn't know how to use her brakes! She went over to 967 Mt. Pleasant to hang out and party like nothing happened.
This is the second time my car has been hit in a year. My black plastic bumper is now white with dents. Looks lovely.
Noisy Neighbors OK in Tredyffrin
September 21, 2009
I had a disagreement with the police on Friday night (or should I say Saturday Morning) over what constitutes disturbing the peace.
The police told me that it is perfectly ok for residents in Tredyffrin Township to have a 100 of their friends stopping by throughout the night into the morning to drink beer and hang out on the front porch as long as there is no loud music or fighting.
The police told me to close my windows and put on a fan or buy a white noise machine to block out the noise so I could sleep.
I will be asking the Supervisors for clarification regarding the noise/disturbing the peace ordinance.
Minutes from August 17 BoS Meeting
September 18, 2009Miscellaneous - Discussion on zoning regulations limiting the number of unrelated people who can live in the same household
Ms. Gleason said our current Zoning Ordinance limits the number of non-related people in a dwelling to three. There is an issue now of citizen concerns about the possibility of a large number of college students living together in areas zoned for single family housing. She said Mr. Scott has talked to the Police Department and Code Enforcement staff, and found there is an occasional complaint but not enough to amend our ordinance. She said we could reduce the limit of unrelated persons to two, but it would impose several restrictions. She encouraged residents who are having problems to contact the Township.
Richard Temoyan, 694 Wallace Drive, the resident who initiated the complaint, said in this economy, a lot of homeowners are renting their properties. He said it is important to look at our ordinance to provide the protection we deserve in our township. He suggested checking with surrounding townships to see what they are doing.
Bo Tarlecky, 191 E. Conestoga Road, said there is an ongoing problem with the college students who reside across the street from him....Mr. DiBuonaventuro said we need to do due diligence and understand what the neighboring municipalities are doing. Supt. Chambers said the police have zero tolerance for underage drinking and supplying alcohol to minors. Mr. Lamina agreed we need to do something, but we don’t want to unduly restrict the rights of citizens.
Mr. Kampf said that the Board and staff will review ordinances from surrounding townships, and put this item on a future agenda. We will also look at whether we are enforcing our ordinance properly.
Party til 5 am!!
September 18, 2009Woken up at 3 am by some girl talking on her cell phone in front of my house. Went downstairs and put porch light on. She got the idea and went back over to 967 Mt. Pleasant. Noise of college kids on porch woke me back up at 4:30 am. Went to let dog out at 5 am and they were still out there. Up now and got ready for work.
Last evening, I was suppose to meet with Michelle Kichline who is running for Tredyffrin Supervisor at large at 6 pm. I waited and she never showed up. Curious.
Ok calling all disgusted residents from Lower Merion, Radnor, Haverford, and Tredyffrin: not all students who live off campus are awful, but the rights of full time, 365 day a year residents and taxpayers should matter more. To follow are the 2009 and 2008 lists of student housing from Cabrini and Villanova's websites. Note that oddly, Villanova left the landlord names and phone numbers off the 2009 list (see pp. 19-21 of 2009 document). Makes you wonder who is in bed with whom, doesn't it? Now shouldn't colleges be able to contain/control their populations?
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