Editor’s note: Hallelujah! This makes complete sense and will help the borough budget! Two Roy’s Rants thumbs up!
Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
POTTSTOWN, PA — One of the four firehouses in the borough is up for sale and the fire company that has occupied it for 92 years will be moving into another firehouse by December.
Mark Gibson, a longtime member of the Empire Hook and Ladder Co. and its designated spokesman in this matter, confirmed that Empire will move into space at the Goodwill Fire Company on High Street and has put the 7,970-square-foot Empire firehouse at Chestnut and Franklin streets on the market.
The asking price is about $225,000.
Empire members voted overwhelmingly to endorse the move early in the year, he said.
Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty’s reaction to staff cuts contained in city council’s 2012 budget was simple.
“We will do more with less,” Mr. Doherty said Wednesday, reflecting on how his administration plans to grapple with looming personnel reductions after lawmakers on Tuesday night overrode his veto of their $85.3 million 2012 budget.
Despite a wide-ranging list of cuts – including 29 firefighter layoffs proposed by Mr. Doherty himself – the mayor maintained there could be delays in nonessential services, but stressed garbage collection will continue uninterrupted.
“We have to live in the budget they give us,” said Mr. Doherty. “We are going to make it work.
After months of talking about layoffs and balancing the budget, Camden now has far fewer municipal employees. 168 police, 67 firefighters and 100 other city workers were let go last week. (That represents about 25% of the city’s employees) This is an effort to close Camden’s $26.5 million dollar budget deficit. (For a point of reference, Norristown’s entire 2011 budget is $25.5 million dollars).
The good news is that no spike in crime has occurred, yet. However, as one astute online commenter pointed out, wait until summer. It is too cold out now and people are staying indoors. This summer, when it hot and people are outside, things will get dicey. There is certainly something to be said for that theory.
Camden can not be compared to other suburbs their size. Generally, suburbs do not have the inner city problems that Camden does. Camden is certainly in a class by itself when you study their demographics and crime statistics. The crime rate and abject poverty are startling.
Another well made point was that Camden is not an island. It is surrounded with other suburbs and criminals are not stopped by the city line. Not good news for Camden’s affluent neighbors like Cherry Hill and Haddonfield, to name a few.
Let us hope that a solution can be found to resolve Camden’s budget problems before the warmer weather hits!