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Township Asks "How Should We Spend $50,000?"

Supervisors want to hear what residents think should be priority number one to fix in our town.

The Upper Southampton Township Board of Supervisors has set aside $50,000 in this year's budget to begin implementing the township's comprehensive plan.

The only problem is the board is unsure just where to start.

The nearly 200-page plan is filled with suggestions for improving life in Southampton, ranging from those as simple as seeking additional grant money to support the library to tackling much more complex issues such as alleviating the traffic congestion in the center of town.

Earlier this summer, the board decided to turn the task of prioritizing the action list over to those that it would affect the most: the residents of Southampton.

"We want to hear from anyone who has concerns or ideas," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Stephen Wallin. "The offer is open to anyone who is willing to get their two cents in."

With that, the board voted to form an ad hoc committee of citizen volunteers to work alongside the planning commission. This group would be charged with creating a list of action items, based on the recommendations of the plan.

"We've waited two years and nothing has been done," said Planning Commission Member Raymond Grossmiller at the commission's July meeting.

Grossmiller said it was time to get the ball rolling, as most people would like to see a revitalized town center in Southampton.

"Even something as simple as replacing the signs that welcome you to Southampton, that could be a good place to start," he said.

 

So we ask you, Southampton, what do you think?

How could $50,000 be best spent in the township?

Leave a comment below and tell eveyone what you think should be done first and why. 

 

You can read a summary of the township's comprehensive plan in the .pdf section of this article, or you can download the entire document here.

The Planning Commission hopes to start weeding through suggestions at its next meeting, scheduled for Monday, August 20.

Interested in joining the citizen committee? Head out to Monday's Planning Commission meeting. It will be held at 7 p.m. in the township building meeting room, next to the tax collector's office.

Steve G August 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM
If you want to improve the Township, use the money for lawyers to review the documents from when Southampton joined the Centennial School District. Then figure a way for Southampton to leave the Centennial School District. Having your own School District will much improve Southampton and possibly raise the values of our homes.
Gary Hutton August 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Put it towards helping to alleviate the flooding issues.
richard clark August 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM
it should be used to alleviate flooding issues which have been on the drawing board for many years now, yet nothing ever seems to get done.
Ken Woodring August 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Second to the suggestions to deal with the flooding issues - they need to be fixed once and for all. Flooding issue needs to be kep on the front page
ingrid August 16, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I agree with the flooding aspect since the Township is largely responsible for what has continued to happen over the past 12 plus years (i.e. Giant shopping center) with runoff. Having dealt with the Board in the past and prevailed on my own to correct my property of the flooding, unless you are a supervisor that is directly being impacted by an issue, good luck in trying to have it rectified. Possibly our township solicitor may offer some assistance since his flooding issue was corrected rather quickly when he moved to an area of the township that residents had tried for years to have that flooding from the turnpike runoff taken care of. He certainly did not appreciate that inquiry I questioned years ago at a Board meeting. Flooding has been a problem within this township and having people who are in charge to make these decisions that don't understand the actual impact or provide lip service to residents is politics as usual. I wish you all luck in having the Board take a sincere interest in your concerns.
Nicole Curry August 16, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I think Bristol rd and second st pike should get a traffic signal the ones with arrow plus repave second st pike to we need speed bumps on cushmore rd ?
Jack August 16, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Where is this advertised? I checked the township website and found nothing. If anyone can guide me that would be great.
Wren August 16, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Owners of businesses need to act more responsibly to keep their storefront and the surrounding radius clean and free from trash and debris. There are not enough receptacles and recycling containers to promote this. Many for profit places do not even recycle! Additionally, the sewers are ALWAYS clogged with trash, hence stormwater often backs up. We need to research and find solutions so manunkind never has the opportunity to clog the system. I'll see all concerned citizens Monday evening. Laura
Lou August 16, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Bring back two day per week trash pickup. The trash stinks sitting out in the heat. I agree with Steve G about the school system!
Jennifer Mohan (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I'm not sure that it is/was advertised. It was first mentioned at the June 19 Board of Supervisors meeting, and again at the Planning Commission meeting. If you check the minutes (when they are posted) I'm sure you will be able to find a reference. Here is the link for the board's meeting minutes: http://www.southamptonpa.com/township-government/meeting-minutes-agendas.aspx
LovinLife August 17, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Bring back the 2 day trash pick up, put a sidewalk on Maple Avenue, fix the flooding issues... Unfortunately, $50,000 will not go far, and is not enough to have our own school district - boy that would be nice, though.
Daniella August 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Having our own Southampton school district and getting away from Centennial would be wonderful but would take far more than $50,000. We'd have to build our own high school too. I agree with bringing back 2 day trash pick up.
Harry Hood August 17, 2012 at 10:45 PM
We are still paying for 2 day trash pick up they only gave us back 5 bucks. Its probably where they got the 50,000
Concerned Citizen August 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Try paving Eagle Road .Off of Second Street Pike .We pay taxes to Southampton and this road is a horror.Thankyou And I am all for two day trash removal again...especially in Summer.
Angelena September 17, 2012 at 02:58 PM
we spend 14,000 on street lights a year how about we go green?!

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