I attended the special meeting of the Haines Township Board of Supervisors on Dec. 3.
The purpose of this meeting was “to hold a hearing on, and therefore consider the adoption of, and if appropriate enact, an ordinance vacating a portion of Broad Road.”
A broad range of testimony was provided by residents who rightly object to their elected officials essentially giving a valuable asset to the Con-Stone Quarry.
Why the supervisors would go so clearly against public opinion is anybody’s guess. But one thing was clear to the standing-room crowd and media present: zero consideration was given to the testimony, because one minute after public comments, Broad Road was closed and dedication for a new road was approved. Unanimous. Meeting adjourned.
I am not against Con-Stone recovering material allowed by its mining permit. But no individual or business should get special treatment at such a high cost to the residents.
The fact that this road is in the way cannot be said to be enough justification to simply close it and pay the township 25 cents a ton for the material under it. To many, the value of this road exceeds this figure by far. One of them, I would guess, is the operator of the Con-Stone quarry.
In May, there is a municipal primary election. The chairman of the Board of Supervisors is up for re-election. He needs to go first.
Charles Andrew Boyer