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Uncle Irvin: Penn, New Garden: Millions +; Oxford area: Millions -

11/15/2016 12:59PM ● By Richard Gaw
The arithmetic in the headline refers to the millions of dollars the residents of Penn and New Garden received from the sale of the township sewer systems to a huge water and sewer company ... and the untold millions of dollars of losses that will be a burden on every resident and business or farm in Oxford Borough, Lower Oxford, and East and West Nottingham townships.
Well over three months since the secret of the Oxford Area Sewer Authority's (OASA) inability to pay interest on a loan was made public, the leaders of the municipalities, Borough Council and supervisors have done nothing but assess a 30 percent increase in discharge rates.
They haven't even fired Ed Lennex, who draws a six-figure salary for managing the OASA into virtual bankruptcy. The economy of the Oxford area is moribund, while the rest of southern Chester County is growing -- slowly, but still growing.
The Oxford area is becoming more like the Coatesville model than the Jennersville or Kennett Square model, and that is bad, bad news.

(Uncle Irvin's column is his opinion only, and is not a news story.)

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