PRESERVATION OF OUR PAST AND PLANNING FOR OUR FUTURE
An appreciation of the heritage and beauty of our community is what attracts many of us to Delaware Township. That’s why I’ve worked for over 30 years to preserve and protect farms, open space and historic sites in the township including two outstanding properties have been preserved in my current term on the Township Committee:
- Last year, the Township purchased 64+ acres of property adjacent to the Sarah Dilts Farm Park (known as the Riemer property). By establishing strategic partnerships with other agencies and organizations, the Township paid less than 20 percent of the total purchase cost.
I feel that it was a better use of this prime piece of property to remain as open space rather than be developed, particularly when planning for the future recreational needs of our community at a centralized location in the Township.
- I led the Township efforts to acquire the historic 1861 Wescott House (long timers know it as the Reading Schoolhouse) from the County for $1.00 after the Township was made aware of plans to demolish this important structure. The property is now leased to the Delaware Township Historic Society with plans to restore the Schoolhouse to its original condition at no expense to the township. It is planned to use this 19th century Schoolhouse as a teaching museum operated by the Historic Society so that we can keep our history alive and our people informed.