Apparently, the inmates are running the asylum in good old Pottstown. Several shootings, one fatal stabbing and a gas leak happened over the weekend. Sounds like your tax dollars are hard at work. Apparently, council is adding $6 million to the budget bringing it to $44 million. Frankly, that should include a dozen more police officers and somebody should be reaching out to county and state officials for help. This mess needs cleaned up once and for all. It’s the same crap, in the same part(s) of town, over and over again. We all know it’s drug related, gang related or a turf war etc… Hey, Ma, “Pass the Section 8 housing please. I want a heapin’ helpin’ so I can smother it in drugs.” Happy Thanksgiving, Pottstown style. Who needs mashed potatoes and gravy ;). We sure know who the turkey is!
I can tell you people are scared. They are afraid to take out their trash at night, drive through town at night etc… The comments on Facebook by residents are upsetting to read. You can feel the anger, fear, frustration and almost panic in their comments. Some think it’s hopeless.
So I say to you, pack the council chambers for meetings and express your outrage to the people who hold the purse strings and can actually do something about it. Pressure them to clean up Pottstown. They will cave in and do something if enough people complain. But if the same 20 people show up at meetings every month they pass all this off as a few malcontents and naysayers causing problems. They are more interested in speed traps and tourism than public safety.
There is a bigger problem here than the leadership is willing to admit. The “keep a lid on the powder keg” strategy has been an #epicfail and proactive policing needs to happen. Stop putting lipstick on a pig and start throwing money at a huge public safety issue! People are dying, isn’t that enough motivation?????