Uncle Irvin: Pie in the sky
● By Richard Gaw
One thing Oxford borough manager Betsy Brantner is good at is applying for, and getting, grant money.
That's what she did for the borough exclusively before becoming borough manager, and that's what she's doing now. Oxford usually uses these grants to hire consultants to study a "problem." Now one has popped up for another parking management study, which has been studied to death without results.
This grant, like all others, goes to a consulting firm which makes recommendations. Unfortunately, that’s where the process ends. Get the money, hire and pay a consultant, do nothing with the recommendations and keep applying for grants. This cycle has been going on for years, and the borough has little to show for all the grant money.
Where does the grant money come from? Your taxes folks, along with everyone else's taxes, which makes these grants a boondoggle and a joke. Money is spent and nothing happens, and the borough itself is basically the same as it was 45 years ago, when I purchased the Oxford Press from John H. Ware III.
(Uncle Irvin's column is his opinion only, and is not a news story.)