1 West State Street: Make up your mind
UPDATED: We were incorrect, Borough Council was unanimous in revealing the terms of this offer, not for selling the building to this bidder.
The statement made by Monica Simpson at the meeting was:
- “This is a decision that will be very well received by our residents, by the local businesses, and I think this is one area in which council has unanimously agreed that this is the best decision for this property … for the borough.”
- The vote thereafter was unanimous to read the statement.
The original opinion article continues here:
I was happy to see the Delaware County Times write an article about “Old Borough Hall” a.k.a. 1 West State Street. What’s interesting is the position of Borough Council President, Pete Alyanakian:
What? According to Monica Simpson, Borough Council was unanimous in
accepting the offer. Even curmudgeon Jim Cunningham voted for the offer. Because all votes are in executive session, this, unfortunately is all based on Ms. Simpson’s statements at the meeting. Note, however, that no one spoke up to contradict her claim and state that it wasn’t unanimous divulging this offer to the public.
I think the sentiment among all borough council representatives was that the price is too low. Certainly that’s my opinion. Certainly, it seems too low for a building appraised above $1 million dollars in 2007. That’s money that could be used for many things that this town needs. Not to mention the $72,000 in income ($6K/month) we are missing by not renting the building.
So, in the closed executive session, Mr. Alyanakian is in favor of the offer, but publicly, it’s “flat out too low of an offer.” Color me confused, then. Why not vote against it then?
Unfortunately, this highlights the political skill of Mr. Alyanakian. At the workshop meeting on April 7th, 2011, I asked whether they were, in fact, unanimously in favor of this offer.
Mr. Cunningham stated: “Not necessarily.”
Pete Alyanakian stated: “We’re exploring the opportunity to look at this offer. We’re not voting on it tonight.”
After further clarification, it was revealed that the unanimous approval was simply to present the offer.
We regret this error. Given the history of how Mr. Alyanakian chooses to vote, my bet is that he and Jim Cunningham will vote against the motion.