Below is a video and presentation Easton Area School District’s (EASD) engineers presented to the school board on January 7. During the presentation, it was plainly apparent that Palmer Township is taking advantage of EASD, forcing them to pay for an unnecessary stormwater system that won’t even improve the stormwater situation.
The EASD engineers said new collection areas with the proposed Palmer Elementary itself will significantly cut EASD’s stormwater runoff around the 1:31 mark and slide 21 below, so why should EASD taxpayers pay for solving a township problem? You can listen from the 1:11 mark this video here as they present the below PDF. Caption comments below are mine.
After the presentation concluded, a few moments worth noting.
Around 1:36:30, School Director Meg Sayago confirms with the engineers that the new school will greatly improve the stormwater situation as-is with no changes to the stormwater system at all. Around 1:41:30, she questions why is it EASD’s responsibility to improve the stormwater situation when the new school will cut in half the stormwater runoff if built?
From 1:51:00 to 1:56, I spoke directly to the board concerning my RTKL requests on the delayed Palmer Elementary construction since the emails have not directly involve them. I asked them directly to release the 235 redacted emails and, if not, to at least cooperate with the Office of Open Records attorney.
At 1:56:30 to 2:02, Eric Adams addressed the board. He suggested EASD submit a stormwater plan using the existing drainage system. This would force Palmer Township’s engineer to put his reasons for rejecting the plan in writing. He asked the school board to vote against using eminent domain to take his property. He also suggested EASD join his side of the land use appeal against the township. Lastly, he explained why he can no longer accept any money for the easement since he feels he would then be complicit in Palmer Township’s scheme to take advantage of the EASD board and taxpayers. He later summarized his thoughts in a formal letter which you can read here.