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Uncle Irvin: Golf course vs. public safety

11/29/2016 11:28AM ● By Richard Gaw
The editorial in the Chester County Press' Nov. 16 edition once again criticized London Grove Supervisors for not embracing the new regional police department being put together by New Garden Township and West Grove Borough.
The new Southern Chester Regional Police Department will begin operation on Jan. 2, 2017. London Grove Township has a population of 8,500 and will continue to increase, according to London Grove's own Zoning Steering Committee. Leaving all the safety of its citizens to the overburdened Avondale barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police is a serious mistake, mired in bad judgments from the Board of Supervisors, starting with Tom Houghton and continuing with current supervisor David Connors.
Buying the Inniscrone Golf Course and liquor license and hocking the township with $1.3 million of bank loans is a serious oncoming calamity that's similar to the Oxford Area Sewer Authority's passing a huge loan into the lap of its residents.
Instead of investing in the safety of residents, London Grove Supervisors are staying with an investment in a golf course that is losing money every year. The course and liquor license should be put up for sale to a private operator who can build a dining facility/banquet hall in the Hartefeld model that can make money and get London Grove out of the business.

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

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