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Readers' Views: We will make Middletown a proud town again

Posted 8/13/13

 Editor,

 

I’ve just heard a disturbing rumor and was wondering if you or your reporter that attends Middletown Council meetings could shed light on it.

 

I understand Middletown Borough Council President Christopher …

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Readers' Views: We will make Middletown a proud town again

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 Editor,

I’ve just heard a disturbing rumor and was wondering if you or your reporter that attends Middletown Council meetings could shed light on it.

I understand Middletown Borough Council President Christopher McNamara has advised Police Chief Steven Wheeler that all police personnel must be out of the police station at 60 West Emaus St. by Friday, Aug. 23.

It’s rather strange, considering that demolition permits are in the works by council. Is this building one that is being demolished? And, if so, how can you demolish just the police station without damaging the rest of Borough Hall attached thereto?

Could it be that Councilman Robert Louer’s statement, made recently, is true, that the present council is going to tear things down so that any new council cannot put the operations of the borough back to the way it was?

If the present council’s goal is not to handicap any incoming council’s actions, then why create an authority to oversee borough-owned properties – the Industrial and Commercial Development Authority – that cannot be done away with by any future councils? Are you signing over deeds for borough-owned properties to members of an authority who are not residents of this borough? I always thought the borough’s properties belonged to the taxpayers of the borough – now you’re signing over deeds to an authority that can do as they wish with these properties, even go so far as to sell them?

I cannot understand why McNamara is so determined to destroy a town that our fathers and grandfathers have built for us. Since his reign of terror began in January 2011, more than 30 borough employees have either quit, retired or been furloughed. That’s almost a 50 percent decrease in the work force. He has defunded the Middletown Public Library, closed the communications center and declared we are bankrupt, yet he always seems to find money laying around that he can give to a cause that seems to benefit himself, such as giving $150,000 to the industrial development authority, which he chairs; $17,000 for fireworks to be set off for borough residents on Labor Day weekend – just before the election; $290,000 to renovate a $2 million electric department garage into a makeshift police station that had no construction plans and somehow skirted the bidding process for the construction; and the countless lawsuits he has filed and countless audits that never seem to get done.

I say this to you, McNamara: Enjoy the few months you have left in your reign of terror. Know this: The borough will pick itself up from what you have destroyed and we will survive. We will rebuild a borough that the citizens can once again be proud of.{jcomments on}

                                          Robert W. Givler
                                          Middletown

(The writer is a Republican candidate for mayor of Middletown in the November general election.)