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Linglestown Gazette: Watchdog group keep tabs on LP

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Watchdog group keep tabs on LP

Below are three items of interest for Linglestown area residents. They appeared in the latest newsletter published by Stray Winds Area Neighbors, better known as SWAN. Well-known political and nuclear power activist Eric Epstein heads up the Lower Paxton Twp. watchdog group. Be sure to check out their Web site, and thanks to SWAN members Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson for penning the news briefs.

* The group operating Koons Park Pool is seeking financial help from LP Twp. A pool representative told the LP supervisors earlier this month that the pool had a financial deficit of just over $4,000, and the red ink would likely grow to as much as $6,000 by the end of the season. The pool also was a point of discussion at the August meeting of the LP Parks and Recreation Board. They noted that the pool's long-term operation is in doubt due to upgrades needed at the aging facility, and discussed the possibility of getting grant money to rebuild the pool or to build a new facility somewhere else, possibly Wolfersberger Park, which is undeveloped parkland located along Wenrich Street.

* Linglestown Football Association is seeking help from LP Twp. to upgrade the football field turf at Koons Park after this season at an estimated cost of over $23,000. The field is used by 17 youth football teams. No decision on the request was made, but LP Parks and Recreation Department director Brian Luetchford said annual topdressing and reseeding would most likely be adequate.

* LP Twp. supervisors recently signed off on a new agreement for South Central EMS to provide emergency medical services to township residents that calls for the yearly contribution to go from $112,000 to $224,000. The increase was needed to due decreased subsidies from federal, state and local sources and the increase in fuel and other costs.
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Source: SWAN Newsletter #28 – July 24 to August 13, 2008

3 Comments:

At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Mike said...

What BB, no rant on our tax dollars going to the pool, or football field?
I guess your rally cry to call our lawmakers ends with tax dollars going to a dog park.
I neither use the pool nor the football field. Why should my tax dollars go towards maintaining/repairing/upgrading them?
Mike

 
At 8:51 AM, Blogger BB said...

Stay tuned, Mike. I've been too over-the-top busy getting out news posts to thoughtfully consider funding for wide array of recreation projects.

Again, for the record, Koons Park Pool has not received township funding in 2008.

RE: Dog park ... To clarify, I'm not in favor of state dollars being used to fund this park. Also, the proposed 1-acre park in my opinion is too small to even bother with it. Backers of a proposed dog park in Carlisle Borough say the minimum size needed is 3 acres.

RE: I neither use the pool nor the football field. Why should my tax dollars go towards maintaining/repairing/upgrading them? ... Sounds like you should run for office and seek to disband the township parks department.

 
At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or BB, we could keep all of our own money. Then grab a glass of lemonade and watchi it oh so quickly wither away. As a community there is always going to be things that we do not want OUR tax dollars going towards but they will none the less. Give and take.
Is it wrong or is it right? ::shrug::

But it is.

BP

 

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