The Van Wyck News

Volume 5 Number 5
A Voice for Freedom             6 June 2013
FY 2014 County Budget
     I am very uncomfortable with the FY 14 budget for the following reasons:
 1.    It has passed first reading and is up for a public hearing and second reading in 5 days (3 business days) and still has not been posted on the County website. It is not possible to have a meaningful public hearing on a 100 page document that has not been made public with adequate time for the public to review and discuss it.
 2.    The budget takes the County in a whole new direction toward development in general and industrial development in particular in violation of the County's published Strategic Plan, which places Public Safety above Economic Development in priority. The Sheriff does not get his deputies, but LCEDC becomes a County Department (the county picks up $300 k in expenses formerly paid by the 501(c)4 corporation) and the Comprehensive Plan gets a rewrite (second in two years) to the tune of $100k without revisiting the rewrite process that yielded an unusable product last year..
 3.    The time that could have been used to obtain public input on these issues has been deliberately wasted by refusing to publish the budget until just before the state mandated deadline for budget approval of 30 June.
 4.    The financing alternatives used to finance this bloated budget ($38MM, up 5% from last year) boggle the mind. Bond $1MM in radios and software that would normally have been expensed. Raise property taxes the legal maximum for thus year, 2.8 mils ($700k). Raise building plan review fees to four times their previous level ($825k).
 5.    This proposed budget needs some serious rethinking and needs to be tabled for some serious rework.

Rte. 75 Intersection Changes
     John M. McCarter, District Engineer for SCDOT, has indicated that changes will be made to the intersection of Rte. 75 and Old Hickory Road. These changes will involve the installation of some new signs and are expected to take a couple of months. When the changes are complete we will need to thank Mr. McCarter and Steve Willis, County Administrator, for making it happen.
      The 622 acre Treetops site at 9070 Van Wyck Road has been placed under contract to a developer who plans to build about 1000 residences on the site as a cluster development. In a cluster development all the residences are built on very small lots on the buildable portion of the land while the rest of the land is left undeveloped. The difficulty with this is that it allows the development at very high density of sites with a large amount of unbuildable land - swamps, floodplains, etc.  A further concern with the Treetops proposal is that Van Wyck Road is not capable of absorbing the traffic from such a development and the schools are not able to absorb the additional students that will be generated by such a large development.
     The Planning Commission will be working on this proposal at their workshop on 6 June at 6 PM  and will consider the application at their regular meeting on Tuesday 18 June at 6:30 PM. Both meetings will be held
in the County Administration Building. Questions? Send me mail.

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6 June Bluegrass Jam
Gilber, Kenny and John will be playing; others may show up. Free Chicken Soup with Bow Ties until it's gone. Snacks and drinks for sale. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted. 7:00 - 9:30 PM.
 4 July Bluegrass and Fireworks  
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1 August Bluegrass Jam
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7 September
Celebrate Van Wyck Festival

10AM - 4 PM with games, the Gem Mine the train and more for kids, music, food, crafters, pony rides, etc. Admission and parking are free.  All day kids pass for most activities $5, Gem Mine is $5, kids keep the gems they find.

Feeding the Hungry
Donations to Lancaster County food programs have fallen off recently. The recession increases the number of people facing hunger and the need for food.  The Van Wyck Press is happy to transport food to the agencies serving the needy in Lancaster.  If you have food that you would like to donate and would like us to transport it for you, let me know.