Uncle Irvin: London Grove myopia
06/16/2015 03:57PM ● Published by Richard Gaw
London Grove Township supervisors just don't get it.
While the supervisors just voted to drop out of future discussions about a regional police force, allegedly because of pressure from taxpayers, the township is still wallowing in the $1.3 million mess called Inniscrone.
The supervisors have hocked up the township with a huge $1.3 million bank loan, with the amortization paid for with monthly rent from a private golf course management organization. The supervisors approved a contract with a private company that requires no financial investment on their part, meaning they can walk out without notice, leaving the township to pay the monthly interest out of their general fund, made up of residents' taxes. Moreover, the contact requires the township to reimburse the management organization's annual operating losses, which they have done.
This no-win deal will hang over their heads for years, even if the organization does not pull out.
The sport of golf has taken a major hit nationally since the 2008 financial crisis, and the lack of participation by millennials, who cannot afford to play the sport anymore. Furthermore, there are probably more public and private golf courses in a 15-mile radius of Inniscrone than anywhere in America. The course operating income is hamstrung by having a liquor license but no dining room or sit-down meals, so players play and leave to get food and refreshments somewhere else.
Now instead of selling the golf course, which will still remain a spring irrigation site in perpetuity, so they can look at police protection objectively, they shoot down participating in a regional force, which is the only practical way of providing police protection in central Chester County. The population is growing by leaps and bounds, and more people means more crime.
The London Grove supervisors have sown the seeds for a bad harvest, and they still don't get it.
(Uncle Irvin's column is his opinion only, and is not a news story.)