Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Why what happens in Beverly Effects Edgewater Park
I received several emails (firstname.lastname@example.org) that complained about the Posts concerning the Beverly Free Library. The emailers said that this Blog is supposed to be about Edgewater Park not Beverly. We (blog owners) decide what gets published. If you don't like it start your own blog and we will link to it.
It is very naive to think what happens in Beverly doesn't effect us here in Edgewater Park.
If you are observant to the decay of the once very nice homes that lined Cooper Street from the Railroad to Oak Street (Beverly), you should see how this decay, is having a negative influence on the Cooper
Street homes in Edgewater Park.
There are maybe four or five well maintained
homes in the Railroad to Oak Street stretch of Cooper Street (Beverly). If you don't agree, then send me the pictures to prove me wrong.
Why is the Beverly City Council allowing this to happen? Could it be that the foxes (check out who are members) are watching the hen house? If you don't understand the last statement then I hope you are not registered to vote.
This brings me to the issue of the Library Board renting out the old pharmacy. The Library Board is a Beverly landlord and as a landlord, is responsible to keep the property in a well maintained condition under Beverly City Ordinances as well as the 2005 Mortgage terms between the City of Beverly and the Beverly Free Library.
Have you looked at the condition of the old pharmacy?
In all honesty, is this building being being well maintained? What did the Beverly Free Library do with the $17,402.00 dollars they borrowed (Mortgage) in 2005, that was to be used for rehabilitation under the terms of the 2005 mortgage? If you know, please email me.
If the City of Beverly hasn't enforced the terms of this 2005 Rental Housing Rehabilitation Mortgage, then I wonder how many other properties who's owners received Mt. Laurel money, are not fulfilling the terms of their Mt. Laurel Agreement Mortgages? Probably a lot judging by the decay of housing quality taking place.
Since some members of the Library Board are also members of the Beverly City Low Income Housing Over site Committees, then why should we be surprised that the terms of the Rehab Mortgages are not being enforced!
If this lack of over site and enforcement is not changed by your Beverly City Council, then you Beverly City residents need to change your members of City Council or expect Beverly City to continue its quality of life decline and what for most of you is your largest asset, your home, to continue its decline in value.
Your city will never attract any quality developers whose developments could help bring your city back as a desirable place to live and raise a family, unless you change your leadership and/or stop allowing your leadership to appoint people who have vested interest in the areas they were appointed to oversee. This atmosphere will keep the quality developers from looking at Beverly as a good place to build. You will only attract the bottom fishing scumbag developers, who like dealing with governing bodies that make deals that are not in the best interest of their community, but for themselves.
What happens in Beverly will not stay in Beverly, it will effect us here in Edgewater Park. If you doubt this, just look at what has happened to Pennsauken because of Camden's influence.
By the way, who does appoint the Beverly Free Library Board Members? Themselves?
Why does the Library Board who receives public tax money, think they do not have to open their records to the public?
I can't believe that members of the Beverly Free Library Board think this attitude will promote public confidence, in the decisions made by this board. I have asked an expert in the area of public financing to look into this, and will report the findings in a future Post.
The Edgewater Park Reporter