To the Editor:
What is John Hart proposing?
I watched the Hopewell Township Committee meeting in astonishment on Monday night (September 16, 2019). Longtime Committee member John Hart is pushing the Township to purchase the Hopewell Valley Golf Club without a careful look at the financial and engineering problems that could plague taxpayers for years to come. In all his haste, Mr. Hart is out of touch with the needs and wishes of our community:
- After years of seeking help, do our seniors really want the Township to halt its $300,000 renovation of the current Senior Center on Reading Road?
- After years of fighting overdevelopment, do residents really want the Township to spend millions of dollars running sewers up Rte. 31 so they can tie into the golf course?
- After years of careful planning, do taxpayers really want to rush into a hazy, ill-conceived plan that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars down the road?
The Golf Club is undoubtedly a wonderful asset to our community and, in the coming months, I hope the Township Committee will develop a careful, responsible strategy to protect this property and the recreational opportunities it provides. However, taking John Hart’s advice and rushing into a real estate deal without first doing our due diligence could lead to another Pennytown fiasco.
I don’t think Hopewell Township can afford yet another chaotic John Hart term. I’m voting for McLaughlin and Peters-Manning on November 5th.