Letters to the Editor, May 16, 2013
EDITOR: It was with great interest that I read the comments made by Mr. Charles Shaffer in reference to running for another term as a Monroe Township supervisor. He has been an incumbent for 17 years and during that time he has been on a board of supervisors that have raised taxes three times. The last time (before I become a supervisor), even when there was $167,194.08 in the treasury at the end of the financial year, they raised taxes simply because "everyone else did." I was the voted in as a Township supervisor a year and a half ago and I made the suggestion/and the motion to lower the township taxes when we found out we would be getting money from the Impact fees. Interesting.
Mr. Shaffer also refers to helping people get permits to get the creeks cleaned out. He has never gotten any permits during my time in office. I have been getting the permits since I was elected. After I was elected, I asked the board to approve for us to clean out some of the creeks that had been affected by the 2011 flooding. I was nowhere near finished when the other longer term supervisor, Mr. Allen called me on a Sunday morning and told me that "You're done cleaning out the creeks - we are sending the excavator back." When we hung up, I called me Mr. Shaffer who agreed with Mr. Allen. Mr. Shaffer also made a comment at our Feb. 14, 2012 meeting that "he did not want anything to do with" being in the creeks. This is in the minutes. He also said that he thinks anyone "near the creeks with equipment should be arrested." Interesting.
We just finished cleaning out Schrader creek above the bridge (with two permits). 275 tri-axel loads were removed. At Towanda Creek, off of Birdsall Road, 525 tri-axel loads were removed - both at no cost to the township.
Mr. Shaffer also refers to getting equipment that doesn't need repairs. Another one of my goals was to build onto our current garage to provide more inside storage for our equipment. It would have cost us $43,000 but would have saved on the equipment which is not inexpensive either. We had the funds to cover that much, but it was also voted down. So our equipment continues to sit out in the weather, usually at least two trucks.
There are countless ways to save the township funds and improve the quality of our roads, while keeping our taxes in line. This election we have other candidates running for the position of Township Supervisor. If you find these comments interesting, consider making a change in our township for the better!
David G. Dunn
Monroe Township Supervisor
Come one, come all
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