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Emmaus Will Look Into Growing own Christmas Trees

Mike Waddell asks council to consider planting trees somewhere on borough property.

As the borough of Emmaus looks forward to its ceremony in on Saturday night, an Emmaus borough councilman is already looking forward next year’s Christmas tree – and the trees after that.

Mike Waddell, who heads council’s general administration committee, made what he termed an “unusual request” at the Nov. 21 .

The borough, he said, had been looking for its 2011 Christmas tree for a while, and it had taken until a few days before Thanksgiving to find one. Good news that was a little too close for comfort for Waddell.

To make the borough’s annual Christmas tree hunt a little easier down the road, Waddell proposed that the borough explore growing its own Christmas trees.

“I have always liked that we have a tree,” Waddell said. “I would like council to consider the possibility of planting some trees on borough property. We could purchase, say, 50 trees.

“It would be interesting in the coming years to have our own home-grown trees. I think it’s a good community venture and it gives us a natural tree and we know we are going to have one without someone having to scurry round in different counties,” he said.

Borough council president Lee Ann Gilbert assigned the task of exploring the feasibility of home-grown Christmas trees to Waddell’s general administration committee because of the committee’s ties to the borough’s Shade Tree Commission.

Cheryl Saul December 02, 2011 at 09:29 PM
I looked for the tree today, expecting to be as gruesome as some of you have been complaining about... and found it to be lovely. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and a few grinches too. :-D
Black Sheep December 05, 2011 at 03:42 PM
I don’t believe anyone stated that this was a done deal but on November 22, 2011 an article in the Patch entitled, “Living in Emmaus Will Cost $10 More in 2012”, Mike Waddell was quoted “I would like to see us just increase the millage and be straight up about it.” The article also stated “Council members Mike Waddell, Labenberg and Lee Ann Gilbert voted to balance the budget with a tax increase.” Mr. Waddell’s answer to everything seems to be raise our taxes - tree purchases included.
Mike Waddell December 05, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Black Sheep...whomever you are, if you look at the meeting video you will see/hear that the comments you cite relate to either closing the approximately $70,000 budget shortfall by raising the water/sewer rates or increasing the millage with my choice being the millage as noted...the context is obviously important for accuracy of intent.
Chris DeFrain December 06, 2011 at 12:42 AM
I don't quite understand why we would want to raise the water fees to make up the difference when the causes of the budget gap I "assume" are not related to the water fees and expenses related to water. The gap is related to the real estate tax received and the cost of the services Emmaus provides it's residents. Transparency is a good thing. Why not raise the right rates the millage rather than raise something unrelated. Different residents use different services. I wouldn't expect a business to charge customer A additional because Customer B's products are losing money. Charge Customer B more money or better yet eliminate some costs on customer B's products to make that product self sufficient. Dr. Waddell I agree that if we have to raise water rates or millage it should come from the millage. I would hope however that we could find some more expense cuts so we don't have to raise any rates. The problem with budgets is once we give (in good times) most of us don't have the stomach to take (in bad times). Knowing this, we need to be more careful in good times.
Jim Kahle December 06, 2011 at 02:11 AM
Mike: Take my advice...(with a grin and a grain of salt) Don't argue with an idiot...They will drag you down to their level...Then beat you with experience...

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