As many people know, East Linden Street is one of the more distressed areas in Kennett Square. But we learned this week that old homes there will soon be getting historic plaques thanks to a $8,000 state grant.Councilor John Thomas is foolish to say this expense is a waste of tax money. Residents in Kennett Square Borough will not pay a dime for these historic markers. It's state money, and Kennett Square should consider itself fortunate to be a beneficiary of state assistance. And fortunate too, to have people like Shannon Cortigine, executive director for the Alliance for Better Housing, championing this worthy cause.
Let's face it. If Kennett didn't get the money, some other municipality in the state would. And in the scheme of things, we're just talking chump change, considering the state's $28.2 billion budget.
For a real lesson on waste, look at the big picture. Last year, the U.S. spent $7.5 million for grape and wine research, $87 million to build bicycle paths, and $742,000 for olive fruit fly research.
Thomas claims he's always looking for ways to save taxpayers money. That's great, but on this one he misses the mark. That money will enable homeowners there to get a sense of pride and helps to re-establish an area that really needs it. Kennett Square should be proud to have so many old historic buildings.
We are all for saving money, but Thomas must realize there's a practical side. Last month, he took issue with the borough purchasing new boots for the public works department every year. When he was in construction, he told council, his boots lasted longer than a year. Well, we want to see our public workers properly suited for the job they do. A new pair of boots every year is a small gesture that council is looking out for its employees.
We're glad to see Thomas sit on council and be a watchdog for our tax money. But let's get practical!
Parking woes on Marshall Street
It looks like Kennett Square is taking aim at parking on Marshall Street, and officials plan to permit it the same way they do on South Broad Street.
"Marshall Street needs permit parking," Councilor William Carozzo said Monday night. "Businesses there have no respect for anyone on that street."
Carozzo said McCormick's Dental has employees park on the street so its customers can utilize its parking area and postal workers also park on Marshall Street.
"If the Post Office can't supply a place for employees to park, they shouldn't be in town - get them out, Carozzo said.
We agree. As Brant Kucera told us Tuesday, once Marshall Street gets permit parking, "the issue will go away." Council is investigating the parking dilemma and plans wholesale changes in the way parking is handled, not only in historic downtown, but across the borough.