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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Annex project over-planned

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  • To the Editor:
       In the matter of the courthouse addition, no number of political supporters can erase the fact that the project is over-planned, and thus, a costly and long-term burden to county taxpayers.
        Today’s realities of population and court docket flows no longer substantiate the size and expense of the project.
         Further, the plan from the beginning skirted municipal architectural protections and failed to document common sense alternatives. Nor were there meaningful studies of impacts to tourism and property values.
     Why not, responsibly, return 2 million dollars to the investment bank, construct a smaller building, save the Kenworthey House, bolster the National Historic District, and reduce the bite to the taxpayer.
      These steps serve everyone’s interest. The court gets its space and security needs. The county utilizes its space options from its several prior property purchases. The community’s self image of charm, character, and life style virtues is upheld, enhancing tourism, property investment, and the local building economy. And the county taxpayer breathes a sign of relief.
       Losing control of the size, cost, and impacts of the project is a human mistake, but a mistake nonetheless, and needs to be redressed.
    (Signed)
    Bill Kiger
    Milford, PA

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