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Willows Proposals

My position of the Willows.

There has been a lot of "talk" recently about the proposals that have been received regarding the Willows. In response to our request for proposals for the future of the Willows we have received nine proposals. To say that I am elated would be an understatement. My position on this has always been that the operation of the Willows Mansion is not the “business” of the Township and that the taxpayers would be better served and the asset better secured by a public
 private partnership. Government should focus on the efficient delivery of services including, but not limited to, public safety, trash, sewers and streets. The role of elected officials is to assure that the services expected by the citizen are provided in an efficient manner and to further community values.

Contrary to suggestions otherwise, the Township could easily continue to operate the Willows and the necessary expenditures could be included in the budget. Radnor is far from a poor community. That being said, it is my opinion that this is not the course that is most responsible. My goals for the Willows are fairly straight forward: Preserve the asset for the taxpayer and assure that the operation is cost neutral or, better yet, profitable for the taxpayers.

As we move forward in reviewing the proposals the process will be completely open. The Parks and Recreation Board will review the proposals, along with staff, and make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners. It is my expectation that there will be several of the proposals included in their recommendation because there are several excellent proposals . I have suggested that we also bring in an outside consultant conversant in the hospitality industry to review these proposals to review the “finalists.” This is a decision will has lasting effects on our community and much be approached in a thorough and thoughtful manner.

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John C. Nagle November 11, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Martin, you have missed my point entirely. Your original comment can be parsed but the fact is most readers would understand your statement to be that taxes have been raised at a double digit rate each year not over some time period. Frankly I find the argument to serve no purpose. The taxpayers demand a level of service and amenities and it is our job to provide that with an efficient use of the tax dollar. This Board and our management team have done a great job in this respect.
Metoxic November 11, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Mr. Nagle, would you please answer my question. Why are there no permanent lights at Memorial Field?
Radnor Patch ISN'T About Radnor Anymore :( November 11, 2012 at 04:58 PM
This article is about the Willows, yet 2 people have decided to hijack the conversation. Stick to the topic. If you have something for Mr. Nagle not related to the Willows then contact him directly. IMHO the current Township Manager is doing an outstanding job and this BOC is much improved in many Wards.
Metoxic November 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Charlie, my question is relevant to this article. If I say I will plant money trees around The Willows' pond, and pave the parking lots with gold bricks, in order to win the lease, am I bound to do so? Is Radnor bound to allow my doing those things? The AIS-Memorial Field lease was a private-public endeavor. Did Radnor residents get what they expected; a lighted turf field? No. My question is why not. Who put the nix on the lights everyone thought were going to be part of the field? That's all I wanna know. And, I did ask the question about the lights in a previous Patch article. http://radnor.patch.com/blog_posts/one-commissioners-opinion-the-memorial-field-lease
Elinor Ball December 14, 2012 at 03:00 AM
There is a current discussion going on about the possibility of a Kindergarten center at Ithan Elementary in order to offer Full Day Kindergarten to families in the district. This scenario would have the kindergarten classes housed in a trailer at Ithan. There are many potential problems with this concept. Is there any chance that the township and the school district could work together in a way that is beneficial to both in order to use the Willows Mansion as the kindergarten center for the district?

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