The Van Wyck News

Volume 6 Number 28
A Voice for Freedom      7 November 2014
Treetops
    The Lennar Treetops Cluster Development will come before County Council for third reading and a public hearing on Monday 8 December 2014 at 6:30 PM in the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.
     Reece Murphy has prepared an article which was published in the Carolina Gateway on Wednesday 3 December. This article details the vision behind the Treetops Camp and the history of the successful implementation of that vision, then the deliberate betrayal of that vision and the destruction of much of the value of the Treetops Camp by Thompson Child and Family Focus on obtaining title to the property. Those who believe that business should be supported by morality will find little positive news in this article or in County Council's support for the Mattamy and Lennar Treetops Developments. There is no question that it is within the authority of the County to continue Treetops as a camp in accordance with the original vision of Mr. Wikoff, but the County has consistently followed the money rather than the ideals.
     The Community Development Club considered the situation at its meeting on 2 December and approved this document supporting community protests at the 8 December 2014 County Council meeting. 
     The Van Wyck Community has consistently held to the position that Cluster Developments have no place in Van Wyck and that the Treetops property should remain a camp operated in accordance with the clearly expressed wishes of the donor of the land, Mr. Fred Wikoff. Van Wyck does not have and the County has no plans to provide the infrastructure required to support cluster developments in Van Wyck. Operation of the Treetops Camp in accordance with the wishes of Mr. Wikoff would impose no infrastructure demands on the community and would provide, as it has in the past, a valuable focal point for service to the less fortunate for the Van Wyck Community in addition to a valuable community asset.

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Fall Calendar 
13 December at Noon - Christmas Parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus inside the Community Center after the parade. Games and goodies too. Globes and candles out for Lighting of the Way after the parade. Flyer.
14 December, 4:30 PM - Lighting of the Way begins at the Post Office with a brief service and moves up Old Hickory Road lighting the candles with stops for brief services at Van Wyck Presbyterian Church and Van Wyck Methodist Church. The people then go to Trinity Presbyterian Church and White Oak AME Zion Church for brief services, and end up at the Community Center for hot cider and cookies. This year the light poles will be left up until New Years Day so that the candles can be lit on New Year's Eve.
There will be no CDC Meeting in January 2015.
13 January 2015 at 7:00 PM The Incorporation Committee
will meet in the McSpadden Room at Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, 5140 Old Hickory Road to discuss the future of Van Wyck and the kind of municipality Van Wyck should become. The public is invited to this meeting.     

JRWilt
J.R. Wilt, Editor
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