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Letter to the Editor
Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, 9:14 p.m.

No Cheswick problems

In response to residents' questions at its November meeting, the Cheswick Council acknowledged the “problems” it claimed were created by previous councils were not problems after all.

Our council now realizes that Cheswick Borough is not bankrupt, nor does it have a $2.5 million debt problem, as some councilors had insisted. The claim that the borough's books hadn't been audited from 2009 through 2011 was abruptly squelched when a local resident produced the 2010 audit report. This obviously surprised the councilors. Also revealed was that there is not $88,000 missing, as this council had insinuated.

Adding to the insult, the council also admitted it had recently discovered the borough had not submitted a permit application for the proposed new water plant. This came after residents were told repeatedly for almost a year that a permit application had been submitted, but no response had been received from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

You can't make this stuff up. Fortunately, our previous councils governed quietly with consideration and forethought.

Marie Elise DeSantis


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