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Our opinion: Surprise! Here’s the bill

June 11, 2013

There is an old saying: Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on my par....

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MTOMTO

Jun-14-13 9:43 AM

But, they're so darn itchy.

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Heydrich

Jun-13-13 4:39 PM

This country is not about choices anymore, MTOMTO, so YES, you would be required to move to the city whether you liked it or not, even as a simple write-in. AND you would be required to update your wardrobe to include sweater vests.

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MTOMTO

Jun-13-13 4:14 PM

Then you would force me to move into the City?

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Heydrich

Jun-13-13 4:09 PM

I'm going to write you in anyway, sweater vest or no sweater vest.

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MTOMTO

Jun-13-13 3:56 PM

I would run for Mayor, but I just can't pull of the whole sweater vest look.

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garypayton

Jun-12-13 3:19 PM

David See. There's a name not heard in a while. Wasn't he up to his eyeballs along with the Mayor in the Mainstreet / Gro-Warren / Tim King mess. Don't think people don't remember.

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Heydrich

Jun-11-13 12:17 PM

dubedit,so apparently people who are married, have a full-time job, have a houseful of children, run around to school events, practices and meets, actually take care of their home and property and have zero extra time in their day have no right to share their opinions? Isn't that right, dubedit? We forfeited those rights because we are good, responsible people, RIGHT DUBEDIT? Sorry some of us do not live in the 36-hour-per-day world you live in.

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saveourschools

Jun-11-13 10:42 AM

Dubedit, sometimes it is called timing.....

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pauline

Jun-11-13 9:58 AM

the members of the Planning Commission at the time: James Carbon, Peter, Mangini, Pat Scutella, Ellen Shepard, William Tarpenning, Donna Zariczny and David See. Members of the Planning Commision are appointed by city council not elected by “us”. City manager at the time of the plan was Kenneth Dupont. James Nelles followed in that position and remained until he retired last year. City planner was David Hildebrand who remains as a member of the City of Warren’s executive staff.

There are today, two original members of the Planning Commission who were a part of writing the Plan: Pat Scutella who is presently an HR executive with Beacon Light and William Tarpenning who is employed by Northwest Bancorp. William Tarpenning and David Hildebrand are both currently members of the Blighted Property Review Committee. Mark Zavinski is currently a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

So… to whom does the city belong if not to “us”?

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pauline

Jun-11-13 9:57 AM

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pauline

Jun-11-13 9:56 AM

is sought for agenda items. I have written public and private letters, sent emails to a council member and had private conversations with council and city staff. I have researched the origins of municipal government both as history and as practical governance by Commonwealth legislation. As I see it, municipal governance is definitely not an “our community” phenomenon.

It appears our city government has a guide it loosely follows that transcend the tenancy of council members: the City of Warren Comprehensive City Plan. It appears the last Plan was written in 1998. I am guessing it is periodically updated. This is what seems to be the basis of the Planning Commission, the Redevelopment Authority and the Blighted Property Review Committee. The Comprehensive Plan was written with input of city council members at the time: Mark Phillips, Mary Connaro, Mark Danielson, Karen Davis, James Hunter and Mark Zavinski and the members of the Planning Commission at the time: James Car

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pauline

Jun-11-13 9:54 AM

No, Paul, Warren is not “our community”. I am not sure whose community it is but it is definitely not “our community”. If it were “our community” there would be a traffic light at the intersection of Liberty Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. If it were “our community” the streets in the whole of Warren would be as well maintained as mainstreet. If it were “our community” the paving bricks would not have been removed from Prospect Street for use in other projects around other section of “our community.” If it was “our community” there would as much thought and planning put into the eastside business district as there were for mainstreet. If it were “our community, the West Side Alliance would not have had to turn to the Community Environment Defense Fund to help them protect their neighborhood.

I have been attending the city council meetings. They are all about potential budget items. I may be missing the cue, however, I have not had the impression that input from observers is

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dubedit

Jun-11-13 9:29 AM

And none of the "brilliant" critics who post on here will run for the open seats on city council or the school board. Hypocrisy, thy name is "commenter".

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saveourschools

Jun-11-13 9:06 AM

The bill for the district was not a surprise bill. The amount of debt we are incurring is based on a building plan that also includes waste on buildings that do not need renovation. We keep trying to fit education into buildings based on mascots and location. We are doing it backwards. To successfully educate we should be planning education first then planning based on the education we want to provide.

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saveourschools

Jun-11-13 9:03 AM

Paul, people hardly attend school board meetings when there is a crisis. What? 10 more people might show up?

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MTOMTO

Jun-11-13 8:28 AM

"Never let a good crisis go to waste."

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paul2008

Jun-11-13 7:44 AM

It's your community people. Get involved in your government. Run for office. There are still two openings for Warren City Council. If that's not your thing, attend a board meeting when there isn't something controversial on the agenda. Talk to your elected representatives. At least send them an letter or an email once in awhile expressing your views. If you don't do at least one of these things once in awhile, be careful about how you criticize those who are simply trying to serve their community.

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paul2008

Jun-11-13 7:27 AM

We the taxpayers of Warren County are just as guilty in my view. Go to any meeting of any township, borough, city or school district, and count the empty chairs in room. As soon as these entities raise taxes to pay for infrastructure improvement, these board rooms are mysteriously filled up. My point is that apathy abounds today. Nobody cares to get involved in the governmental process until their pocketbooks are threatened. Then what's one of the first things to get cut from budgets? Facility improvements.

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Themattmobile

Jun-11-13 5:12 AM

This is a result of officials and bureaucrats attempting to manipulate circumstances to serve a goal. (A good example is Obama's moratorium on new coal mining permits.)It is a national disgrace. We are affected constantly by the decisions made by unelected faceless administrators who do not answer to us. ( NSA, IRS, WCSD...)They act unilaterally to serve agendas of their own or those of people of influence. At the very least, it's the "Kick the can down the road" mentality that has allowed our physical plant(s) and infrastructure to fall apart under our noses.

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