2013-01-26 / Editorials & Letters

‘What would happen in Baltimore’

Editor:

It is very unfortunate that Superior Fibers is closing their plant in Bremen. One hundred and six workers, and their families, will be adversely affected by that closure. The Village of Bremen anticipates that their general fund will also decrease by somewhere around $ 80,000 annually. Its village administrator stated that “we operate on a pretty frugal budget, and we don’t needlessly spend money”. Bremen is also fortunate in that Westerman Companies, recently acquired by Worthington Industries, will continue and hopefully grow.

The fact is that this can happen in any community, with little or no advance warnings. What would happen in Baltimore if this would happen to our single largest employer in Baltimore ?

Baltimore has yet to see the much talked about 125 jobs that were coming to the vegetable processing plant. The Village Administration and Village Administrator Hall could not wait to spread the good news, and how hard the Village Administrator worked to see this happen.

Well, it is not here, and likely will never be here, but we just keep on spending. We are in the process of installing the “Route 256 east sewer line extension,”,and now they are installing a water line in that area.

By the way, I thought that when you did that type of taxpayer funded project, a sign is to be posted showing the cost of the project. The sewer line was partially complete before any signage was posted, so I assume that this project will involve the same procedure. We now know that sewer extension cost taxpayers approximately $ 170,000, what is the water line going to cost taxpayers ?

There are people, as well as businesses that will likely be “forced” to connect to the water and sewer lines, which they may not have asked for. Maybe the people on Route 256 will benefit from the underground water storage tank that was installed about four years ago. It was supposed to increase water pressure, but residents on Holder Road say they saw no increase. When you live that close, one would think that they would have seen some change, but people that I spoke with stated they saw no change in water pressure. I wonder how much was spent on that “necessary” project.

I understand that the Village Administration believes that growth is coming to Baltimore, but that statement “does not hold water” when one looks at census figures for the period from 1960 thru 2010. With water/sewer billing of $ 75 minimum each month, a school system that will likely need more tax revenue in the near future, streets that have not been paved for several years, and a Village Administration that continues to spend and spend and spend, why would anyone want to move here? I assume that this is one of those “build it and they will come” dreams.

The point is, what if what happened in Bremen, happens in Baltimore ? The loss of the payroll and tax revenue from the largest employer in Baltimore would be devastating. I wonder if the “dreamers” in our Village Administration have even considered what would happen to this community, and how they would ever “pay” what “we” owe. I suspect that much of the monies now being spent is “borrowed” money that will somehow require repayment.

Charles R. Lamb
Baltimore

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