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At Ridley Park's April Borough Council meeting I spoke before council about two of our prized Ridley Park properties that are going to pot; 100 Swarthmore Avenue and the Hippie House at 312 Swarthmore. All of the attention has been on 611 Swarthmore over the last several months; and that's where it should be. That property's been a disgrace to RP for decades, just like 100 Swarthmore and the Hippie House.
The process of a governmental body forcing a land owner to clean up their property is like a sculptor using a little chisel on a rough block of tough stone; it's slow going and it takes a lot of pounding away at the stone before the sculptor makes a little difference. The trouble is, pounding away by my government is cost me money, taking away my government's resources and frustrating my elected officials. I for one don't want perturbed politicians running my Borough and wasting my money.
I see it that the property owner(s) of 611 Swarthmore, 100 Swarthmore Avenue, and the Hippie house are straight out wasting my tax dollars, disgracing my community, and distracting my elected officials from matters that need their attention that are much more important.
Council Member Murtha is the latest Council Member to have a bee in their bonnet about 611 Swarthmore and her request for a Council vote to step-up the pursuit of 611 Swarthmore is the right step in the right direction. Hopefully with guidance from solicitor Jack Whelan, Council Member Murtha and Borough Council will create an Ordinance that will create a sufficient mechanism to enforce derelict property owners and create a way to recover the financial resources and interest for the man-power and fee's the Borough expends on enforcement.
I spend enough money, resources and man power already to keep my property within the limits of the law and so do the greatest majority of Ridley Park residents. Beautiful homes, clean lawns and floral landscaped abound in Ridley Park and I see no reason why my tax dollars have to be displaced to teach somebody how to have some common civic pride.
Over time the persistence of the sculptor and their skill with the chisel can transform the toughest stone into the sculptor's vision. 100 Swarthmore Avenue and the Hippie House at 312 Swarthmore must be added to the Borough's list of properties needing transformation; they are a disgrace to Ridley Park, they waste our tax dollars and they lower our property values. Let's continue our efforts to do something about it.