Pottstown Council Gets Their Act Together Regarding Economic Development

I read, with much delight, in today’s Pottstown Mercury that Pottstown Borough Council has made a historic decision regarding economic development that will finally propel us forward on the road to economic recovery.

For years, efforts on the economic development front have been fragmented and lacking a unified voice.  A new partnership has been forged which will merge all the fragments into one entity, thereby increasing political clout and sending out a clear message of what Pottstown’s game plan is to recover.

Using the model created in Johnstown, PA, Pottstown will move forward economically.  Pottstown is in a better position to rebound than Johnstown so if this strategy worked there, it should work here.  That is, if we can stop shooting ourselves in the collective foot, move forward with a plan and stop squabbling amongst ourselves for all the world to see.

The Pottstown Area Industrial Development Corporation will be restructured with a new executive director who will possess regional or national credentials!  AWESOME!  Bring in an expert from outside the area without the local baggage and a positive attitude.

Kudos to Council for taking this courageous step forward.  Team work is the direction to go.  This project is too big for one group.  It needs all the major players at the table, speaking the same language.

We look forward to the future and what this new mindset brings!

The Hater-Aid Continues Against Councilman Rhoads

I read, with much disgust, a letter to the editor in today’s Pottstown Mercury lambasting Jody Rhoads.

This is getting old folks. 

1.  Jody does not hate trees.  He wants us to be responsible with trees.  Trees have their place but not at the expense of taxpayers in this borough.  Sorry if this does not compute.

2.  Mr. Hylton, rules the Shade Tree Commission with an iron fist and is arbitrary in his treatment of taxpayers with tree problems.   Trees are NOT more important than people.  They are wonderful and I am glad we have so many BUT they should not present a hardship to homeowners.  Trees do NOT pay taxes!!!!!!!!!

3.  The Shade Tree Commission has entirely too much money and too much power to be controlled by Mr. Hylton.  Until Jody came along, the rest of you were like bobble-head dolls and went along with whatever the Shade Tree Czar commanded from on high. 

4.  I believe this letter was “encouraged” as it smacks of a paid political announcement during campaign time.  Frankly, I dislike paid political announcements.

A new day is dawning in Pottstown.  Let the elected officials run this town and shut down these agenda lobbyists while there is still time!