Letter: Re-elect Scottoline as Pennsbury supervisor

Scotty Scottoline is running for re-election as supervisor in Pennsbury Township. During two terms in office, he has demonstrated his commitment to achieving the top goals for the township government expressed by residents in a questionnaire for the 2006 Comprehensive Plan, which Scotty managed while on the Planning Commission from 2003-2006. Most important were the preservation of open space and agriculture and the preservation of rural character.

Scotty became an activist for better supervision while on the Planning Commission when an ill-conceived, commercial town center was proposed for township land. In 2007, he was elected supervisor, supporting Wendell Fenton on the board for township land preservation.

After the center’s developer filed for bankruptcy, Scotty and the supervisor team secured loans and bought the land, permanently preserving it. Passive recreation, a dog park, extended hiking trails, and a road maintenance building have been added on township property.  General Fund taxes have not increased during Scotty’s tenure.

In 2012, the supervisors passed an updated zoning ordinance, creating a “Route 1 Corridor and Brandywine Battlefield Overlay District,” controlling development along the Baltimore Pike. Among improvements, building setbacks were increased; commercial building sizes and heights were limited; landscaping requirements were strengthened to create natural buffers.

Scotty also worked as an organizer for better regional ambulance and fire protection. The newly implemented commission will provide residents with more efficient services and help maintain lower costs for all.

The same qualities Scotty had as an award-winning NASA program manager still provide him the skills to work successfully as a Supervisor: the ability to work with different types of people; a positive outlook; and a future vision for the community.  Pennsbury residents need to Re-elect Scotty Scottoline as a supervisor for continued leadership.

Lynn Luft,
Pennsbury Township
Chair, Pennsbury Historical Commission

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