Aston Accused Of Neglect — Letter
Aston Township Board:
I am writing to comment on the Delco Times article from March 17, 2023 by Pete Bannon.
For over two years myself and other township residents have insisted the Drop Box located at the abandoned township building be removed. The camera for the drop box was installed in such a manner the solar panels were partially or completely (depending on time of year)obscured from the sun thus calling into question their functionality.I can almost hear the condescending tone of Mr Higgens, “you’re a bright guy…” as reported in the article. This is no way to speak to constituents.
Mr Maddren, current township solicitor, pointed out safety concerns at the vacant property. This property is not vacant. This property was literally destroyed by the current board of commissioners who neglected to make necessary roof repairs. This property was neglected and abandoned, not vacated. Now the commissioners demand a multi-million dollar facility to replace what could have amounted to tens of thousands in repairs had they did their job properly.
The noise complaints from the business park at Springbrooke Boulevard is another boondoggle that could have been avoided. Myself and several other township residents are on public record at a meeting detailing this is exactly what would occur if the property were to be developed in such a way. This board of commissioners has been quite adept at destroying. Destroying a township building. Destroying a large swath of old growth trees on the site of the former Mercury Gun Club.Destroying our air quality and quality of life in general for the 4th Ward residents. Destroying confidence in our elected officials.
The irony of Mr Higgen’s abandoned property in the 7th Ward that has an unregistered vehicle in the driveway, an out building that is missing a large portion of roof, an unmaintained above ground pool and failing roof on the house is not lost on me. If I let my property deteriorate in such a manner I would have been paid a visit by Code Enforcement but this does not appear to apply to Mr Higgens.
To add insult to injury Mr Higgens has not resided in the 7th Ward for over two years and has lived in the 4th Ward during this time. Mr Higgens was elected to represent the residents in the 7th Ward and has repeatedly stated he will return home but has not. Leaving a wake of destruction in the 7th Ward (the township building) and now the 4th Ward (Trammell Crow property noise pollution) seems to be par for the course under this failed leadership.
Since both these issues were brought to the commissioners multiplet imes I had to question what changed. Why now all the supposed concern. Then I realized four of the township commissioners are on the ballot this year and the need to placate the residents after raising our taxes. Again. Talk is cheap. Your actions speak volumes.
This is what happens under one party rule. Chaos and destruction with zero accountability. The Board of Commissioners and the Aston GOP are essentially one in the same. I am concerned the township by allowingMr Higgens to run for office in the 7th Ward, where he no longer lives, may be opening us up to legal problems. The board knows he does not live in the 7th Ward as does the local GOP but chooses to not address this matter. In fact it’s my understanding the GOP endorsed his candidacy.
Mr Higgens as Vice President of the board has been little more than atax and spend failure. Now he wants to run for office again,unopposed, even though he clearly does not live in the 7th Ward.Perhaps Mr Higgens needs to retire gracefully and get his own literalhouse in order. It is too late for the township building roof butperhaps he can fix his own.
Joseph B Dychala(Actual)
7th Ward Resident
Aston Accused Of Neglect — Letter