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The $40,000.00 (Fountain) Question?

Just came back from the lake and looked at the $40,000.00 fountain that has been sitting in front of the fountain building.  Word has it that someone was "working" on it today.  What I noticed is now the lights have all been removed.  Also missing is the motor.  The same motor that Our Borough Engineer unequivocally stated was not burned out.  We were told that there were problems with the circuits tripping, but it did not necessarily mean the motor was the problem.  I believe he even said that tests showed the motor was functioning.  I guess not enough to make the fountain work.  The motor has been removed along with all of the lights and the fountain has now sat for two months on the banks of the lake.   I'm not sure I'm happy that my tax money has:  paid for the purchase of the fountain two years ago, paid for the 24 /7 running of the fountain during the winter months, and now the removing, testing, and replacing of most of the fountain.  This fountain is 2 years old.  The previous fountain had lasted 10 to 12 years and none of these problems occurred until the fountain was at least a decade old.  Most of the damages occurred by the improper removing and installing of the previous fountain.  Paul Matus, Councilor of Parks and Properties(2013) and Bob Berger, President stated that we were saving money by leaving the fountain in during winters.  I am wondering where are these savings.   I will have to ask at the next council meeting.  I can't wait to hear the "spin" that will be given for the current state of the fountain.  Remember Ridley Park Residents, this is our tax money being spent foolishly by a few who are trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to properly maintaining a $ 40,000 fountain.

Jared

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Comment by Jared Brennan on May 22, 2014 at 7:15pm

Last night was quite amusing.  The borough engineer was the one who went missing,  or was he hiding.  I found it interesting how Dawn, the borough manager, explained that the fountain motor was NOT broken, it was taken off the fountain so they could fix the bent part and service it.  They only spent $2000 to service the fountain.  Then the bright President boasted, "it only cost 1700.00 tax dollars.  The fountain is two years old and now has cost: $ 41700.00 to the tax payers.  "You know, like when you take your car to the garage and they tune it up?"  That is another comment Dawn made. Does she really think we are dumb?  The fountain was damaged by leaving it in the lake over the winter and running it 24 /7 to keep it from freezing.  They forgot to tell us how much electricity costs the tax payers to run the fountain 24/7 at full power all winter long.   Then Dawn tried to say the manufacture told the borough the best way to maintain the fountain was to leave it in the lake all the time.  I will be calling the fountain company to get their explanation.  Since I was required to maintain the fountain a few years back, I know what the fountain company "really" said about the fountain.  THE BOROUGH made the decision to leave the fountain in the water all winter long and won't admit that THEIR decision was a ridiculous idea and cost us MORE money than it would have to take it out and store it in the fountain building. 

If you rent, you do not pay taxes.  It's a fact.  If you are trying to say the landlord adds it into the monthly rent, then you can believe that is the same as paying taxes on property you own.  I choose to believe that it is comparing water melons to grapes.  So if a renter pays taxes in their monthly rent, then why don't they have any responsibility if the taxes are not paid?  Does a lien go against the renter or does the government come looking for the renter to pay taxes?  Hey, I rented for 15 years and that was by choice.  I never paid taxes and that is a fact.  You're missing the point about Paul not having a vested interest in Ridley Park taxes increasing , or how they are spent.  It's a fact he came here for a political reason period.  That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.  @ Hotdog, spell my name correctly please: Jared

Comment by tim devabey on May 22, 2014 at 3:33pm

@Jared and all,  Who is right?  I heard the Manager say that the fountain motor was NOT  burned out... the screen was broken, full of debris, and the shaft was bent.  And all the ice jamming it up has melted.  So even if the description "burnout" might apply to some on Council (and the Mayor), nevertheless, the fountain didn't "burnout."  It just stayed in the Lake till it required an expensive overhaul. Has anyone figured out the actual electricity cost to run the fountain full blast for a month?

Comment by hotdog on May 18, 2014 at 9:16pm
Linda, stop kissing Jarads arse. Taxes are included in Pauls rent. God forbid you insult Jared
Comment by doglover4 on May 18, 2014 at 6:07pm

@Jared. Would also love to hear the spin council will put on the zoning board putting the billboard issue back in their laps. Get ready for the double talk.

Comment by Jared Brennan on May 18, 2014 at 5:31pm

The wheel that squeaks the loudest, gets the oil!   The fountain is back in the lake and working.  Hint:  If you want this council to do something, just question it online near election time and amazingly things will get done quickly.  Can't wait until the Wednesday night council meeting.  The council members and borough manager are probably meeting right now on how to talk about the fountain.  Does it remind you of our government being given talking points about issues.  Love to hear the spin on this one. 

Comment by Jared Brennan on May 18, 2014 at 5:26pm

@ LInda Shockley,  The reality is that when you rent, you are not paying taxes like a person who owns property in the borough.  You may be right about indirect paying of some of the taxes, but clearly not the burden of a property owner's share.  My point isn't to make it a negative to be a renter, it is to clarify that Paul Matus is on council and makes comments and votes on how my taxes are being used.  I don't think he has a vested interest compared to a person who pays taxes as a home owner.  Also, he moved to Ridley Park so that he could have an address in Ridley Park to run for council.

Comment by tim devabey on May 16, 2014 at 12:12pm

@Linda,  Thanks that is my point about taxes...

@Jared, @parkergirl,  AGREED!  We need, deserve, respectful caretakers--custodians of our neighborhoods and Codes that benefit us all, not just the chosen few.

I received a political mailer from Miccarelli requesting that I WRITE HIM IN on the primary ballot this coming Tuesday, May 20.  Why would I want to do that?  I will NEVER vote for a cross-filer.  It is just another attempt at "gaming' the electoral process.  Where has he been?  Who will be handing out "Miccarelli stamps" to write him in on election day?  Watch and see!  SAY NO to rubber stamp cross-filers!  

Comment by Linda Shockley on May 15, 2014 at 8:58pm

@Jared, one minor point: when I rented an apartment, I resented being told I didn't pay taxes.  The landlord certainly doesn't come up with the tax money out of his own pocket; renters pay taxes too, albeit indirectly.

Comment by Jared Brennan on May 15, 2014 at 8:38pm

Paul Matus rents in Ridley Park, so he doesn't pay taxes.  He doesn't own property in the borough.  He was brought in to Ridley Park by Bob Boland and Nick Micarrelli to join with Holly O'Mahoney and Shellie D'Alessio as a group to maintain the majority vote on council.  Sue Murtha and I were not going to let Micarrelli and Boland tell us how to think and talk, so the "so called Republican Party" decided to take the majority back.  They don't care if you are a tax payer.  All they care about is the power and majority of council.  Holly O"Mahoney never lived in Ridley Park for the first few months that she was on council.  Her address was the basement of her father and mother's house.  If you believe that, I have some prime real estate in the swamps of Florida for you to buy.  Great investments!  Remember, they are life-time politicians, not care takers of Ridley Park. 

Can't wait to hear how much money we've spent on the fountain this year in just repairs.

Comment by Kenneth Harper on May 15, 2014 at 12:50pm

The fountain is fixed now.  Does anyone know how much it cost to get fixed?

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