I just read the latest SavePottstown! post. The question du jour is:
One Year Later… And Exactly What Has Been Accomplished?
I would have to say not much! Click on the link below to read the latest thoughts from SavePottstown! on the Urban Land Institute Visioning Summit that was held one year ago. Recommendations were made. We are all still waiting for something substantive (results) to come out of this meeting.
Forecasters are predicting an early and cold winter for our neck of the woods, however, another “snowmageddon” or “snowpocalypse” can be ruled out (Thanks be to God).
Temperatures will be normal or below normal for November and December. Most of our snow will be early in the season. A January warm-up is also expected.
La Nina winters are dry but COLD! Philly is predicted to have an average amount of snowfall. We appear to be on the border of normal to above normal for temps.
This is great news! The jobless rate in Pennsylvania has fallen for the second consecutive month and is now 9%. 7,000 new jobs were added in September. The national jobless rate stands at 9.6% so Pennsylvania is below the national average.
Taking a cue from Pottstown, a group of concerned taxpayers in Harrisburg is forming a new organization to represent their interests and concerns regarding the October 1st application for Act 47, which would officially designate Harrisburg a financially distressed city. The $288 million dollar incinerator debacle is threatening to financially ruin our state capital.
Debt Watch Harrisburg held their first meeting on October 19th at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. Third Street in Harrisburg. Harrisburg attorney Neil Grover and several other activists are organizing the effort.
If you are a city resident, please click on the link below for more information on how you can protect your interests:
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A bad situation is getting worse by the minute. Harrisburg has 557 employees and the payroll is $1.2 million. Payroll is due next week and the city has $492,000.00 in the bank.
Fast Eddie and Linda Thompson are scrambling to find lenders to cover the payroll gap but lenders are skittish about investing in Harrisburg. Not just because of the incinerator debt but also because of the fighting between the mayor and council. There is no clear plan in place to get Harrisburg out of the mess they find themselves in. There is a lot of rhetoric and finger-pointing but no good solutions seem to be forthcoming.
Somebody needs to take control of this rapidly deteriorating situation!