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Petition to County Of Berks Commissioners, PATRICK MCDONNELL, Commissioner Mark Scott, Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt, Leslie S. Richards, John P. McBlain

Say NO to 40,000 trash 'ash' truck trips on Boyertown's Main Street, Philadelphia Avenue

I am writing from Building A Better Boyertown, an accredited Main Street America program. Our organization’s mission is to keep Boyertown a special place by preserving its historical heritage, maintaining its link to the past and cultivating a vibrant present and prosperous future by providing the opportunities for business, industry, and the arts while enhancing the quality of life today and for future generations. Because of this mission, we are strongly invested in the future of Boyertown and its environs. We are committed to protecting the economic interest and quality-of-life of this region for the people who live here and for the people who come here to work, visit, and play, both for today and for the future. Our organization is concerned with the impact the proposed expansion of the Delaware County Landfill in Earl Township will have on the quality of life and economic health of Boyertown. We are not oblivious that society must find space to dispose of waste. We believe that everyone must share in the burden of finding solutions for dealing with waste because everyone is responsible for producing waste. We, therefore, do not oppose the expansion of the landfill per se. However, we strongly believe that when the burdens of waste disposal fall disproportionally on a population, it is incumbent on those who benefit from that waste disposal to compensate those so burdened, or at the very least, take significant measures to mitigate the burdens they bear. The Delaware County Solid Waste facility has operated for nearly 30 years, requiring dozens of ash-bearing trucks per day to navigate their way through the community of Boyertown. These trucks cause traffic congestion, noise, and pollution. Each day, landfill-bound trucks occupy the roads to and through Boyertown, traversing historic neighborhoods whose houses front closely with the road, and grinding loudly up the main street toward the landfill. This has adversely affected the quality of life for residents and the downtown business climate in Boyertown for too long. As you may know, Boyertown has and continues to make significant investments in its future as a tourism destination. Boyertown’s economy into the future will be increasingly based on tourism. Truck traffic to the landfill is antithetical to this future. BBB wishes to encourage DCSWA to collaborate with the Colebrookdale Railroad as the Railroad is willing and capable to haul this traffic and to assist in planning and developing the infrastructure required to transload the ash. This will remove trucks from the highways into, around, and through Boyertown’s downtown, protecting the residential quality of life and downtown business climate and mitigating the impact of the ash movement on the budding tourism economy. Additionally, this transload operation will create jobs in Boyertown. We ask and strongly encourage that the expansion of the landfill be conditioned on the use of rail to ship ash. Thank you for your consideration and attention to this matter.

Building a Better Boyertown
1,784 supporters
This petition won 1 month ago

Petition to James Cocuzza Sr., Thomas Foley, George Hoff, Chris Christie, Frank Pallone, Cory Booker, New Jersey State House

Lift residency restriction of Keansburg EMS volunteers

I’m a US Army combat veteran who’s looking to answer the call to serve once again. I'm big on camaraderie and the Brotherhood-like bonds when it comes to working as a group or in teams. Teams you trust are what create success in an organization. Being from a town that used to be known as West Keansburg, I have made friends in Keansburg. Not Hazlet. Keansburg. A problem that someone who lives in my area might have, is the residency restriction on membership for Keansburg Emergency Medical Services (KEMS), and I believe that it should be lifted - for the safety of our residents and for those who wish to volunteer from nearby towns. Building bonds and friendships over the years helps to keep an organization strong. Being forced to go to a town that’s 4.5 miles from my home, where I would have to create new bonds and friendships, makes little sense. There is no reason why someone in former-West Keansburg needs to wait for EMS from Hazlet, a call that is 4 miles away, when there is KEMS less than a mile away (0.7 mi. from my location). This could be the difference in a life-and-death situation. Thus far, in 2017, Hazlet answered 640 calls between January and May; KEMS has answered 1,137 calls YTD, and of those, 101 were transported just in September alone. Keansburg is a prominent summer attraction and they can use the extra volunteers from neighboring towns when needed, whether they just need a driver or extra qualified hands on deck; but they are not just a summer EMS unit, they run 24/7/365 helping people. At one time, there was a need for slots to only be available per town, for Keansburg, there were 25, but there is no need for it now – it was recognized, then lifted. The residency restriction is also an obsolete concept, and needs to be lifted as well, so that people who live nearby can volunteer their time and dedication to the residents; so the EMS Personnel can answer a call that is closer to them to potentially save someone who wouldn't have lasted a few more minutes. Wouldn't it make sense to contact the closest EMS to the situation? Why are we calling EMS from a further distance, in any situation, for help? They need the extra hands, especially in the summer, to better serve the community. Help me lift the residency restriction so that others like me can serve their communities. We need this residency restriction lifted so that Keansburg EMS can aide in making our towns a better place!

Paula Sharkey
461 supporters