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Readers' Views: Make a difference at the polls

Posted 5/14/13

Editor,

A letter to the citizens of Middletown: I am writing to you today because in a few short days you have the chance to make a difference.

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Readers' Views: Make a difference at the polls

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That’s right – on Tuesday, May 21 you have the opportunity to remove five current Borough Council members from office by voting in the primary. When you go to the polls, please remember the following items that have occurred over the long year and five months this council has had control:

• Remember when council voted to eliminate funding for the library. This vote occurred even after the citizens of this community attended council meetings to voice their displeasure.

• Remember Middletown Borough’s decision to cut down the beautiful trees in our central business district. This decision came during a meeting that few were aware of or could attend.

• Remember the hiring practices implemented by this council. All the positions hired for during this council’s tenure lacked any openness. Example: No open interviews and little to no advertisement that the positions were open.

• Remember all of the unreturned phone calls and unprofessional conversations with the borough administration since Jan. 1, 2012.

• Remember the approval for the $290,000 construction project to relocate the police station to the Behney Building. As you may recall, this was voted on without ever seeing blueprints or detailed cost estimates for the project. How can a council that says Middletown is broke vote blindly on a project to spend $290,000? This was passed by a 7-2 vote with John Brubaker and myself dissenting.

•  Finally, remember – you can make a difference.

Get to the polls and vote to remove all incumbents from council. If you want to see this town regain its pride then elect Robert Givler (mayor), Thomas Handley (First Ward councilman) and Tom Strohm (First Ward councilman). These candidates bring a lot of energy and ideas to the table.  

                                               Scott Sites
                                               Middletown

(The writer is a member of Middletown Borough Council, representing the First Ward.)