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Happenings in the Borough of Slatington

                                                                                           Sunday, December 4, 2016

                        THE END IS NEAR


4 YEARS                -              Maintaining this blog

5 YEARS                -              Served on Borough Council

22 YEARS              -              Attending Slatington Borough meetings

In all the time I have dedicated to this community, I wish I could tell you that I have witnessed great progress and economic advancement.  Unfortunately, I cannot.  In fact, I have seen the reverse.  Crime is increasing, Council’s handling of our tax dollars is irresponsible and reckless and our property values are on a rapid decline.


Since starting this blog, I have provided photos, documents and videos that support this assessment.  Yet, residents’ complacency of these issues does not encourage change or improvement.  To the contrary, that complacency endorses this downward spiral of Slatington.

In 2017 three council seats will be up for election (Reed, Rinker and Brogan).  To continue to re-elect these people is a continuation of our deterioration. It is time for people to step up and SERVE this community, not just complain about it. 


When I started this blog, many thought that it was just “sour grapes”.  As time went on and I produced evidence of Council’s corruption, double standards and incompetence, it became evident that the truth is a bitter pill to swallow.  Winston Churchill said “The truth is incontrovertible.  Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” 


Several people provided me with invaluable information for this blog.  I thank each and every one of them.  It was obvious that some people REALLY did care about Slatington and wanted the best for the Borough.


After all the time, effort, energy and expense that I committed to Slatington, I find that I must now move on to more productive ventures.  If I provided you with knowledge, I am grateful.  If I provided you with support for your issue, it was my honor.  But I can no longer stand by and watch the decline of a borough.

There are a few things that can happen to improve this town.  First, the Department of Environmental Protection could take over the sewer plant.  Then we know the plant will be repaired, brought up to current standards and apartments would be billed individually for water and sewer minimum charges just as homeowners have been charged.


Second, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania takes over the operations of the Borough.  Should that happen, Council would have no power.  The State would make all financial decisions, handle all the hiring and firing of personnel, delve into the operations to establish sound practices and policies and most important, place the management of the Borough under their direction.


This website will shut down in the near future.  I do not walk away defeated or frustrated because I know I tried my best.  Unlike so many who will complain about the Borough but do nothing, I did much and at times, too much.  But no more.  Good luck Slatington. 


                                                                                              Established:     January 1, 2013   ©

        ………….…….welcome to my website.

This is my blog.  For those not familiar with the term, the definition is:

blog (a noun):  a website on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis.

Although many people believed I was responsible for the “improve Slatington” website, I was not.  But thank you for the compliment.  It was a very informative, well written, professionally organized website.  All the charges were backed up with real documents, evidence and video tape.  

But this is my website.  I own it, I write it and these are my opinions.  You don’t have to agree with me and similarly, I don’t have to agree with the nay sayers of truth.

So let’s get started with the first entry.  Let me ask you something…….

Did you ever have a job where the boss never, I mean NEVER showed up at the workplace??  If that happened, do you think the employees would…..

1.  Do whatever they damn well pleased?

2.  Cheat on their timecards?

3.  Steal company property, (hey no one is looking, right)?

4.  Couldn’t give a damn about the boss’ interests, property or rights?

You probably answered “yes” to these questions and you would be right.  With no oversight, people become irresponsible and corrupt.

Well people of Slatington Borough, you are a boss of 7 people on Council and the Mayor……..and YOU NEVER SHOW UP TO CHECK ON YOUR EMPLOYEES.  Why is that??

You can’t believe that without checks and balances, these people are looking out for YOUR best interests, can you?  

Sure, you can get your gossip updates at the garage or grocery store, but nothing beats seeing how the employees behave when the boss is watching.

Let’s go over some astounding issues the boss doesn’t know about or care that they exist.

Slatington Board of Health

This Board is appointed by Borough Council.  Each year they schedule four meetings.  However, they NEVER SHOW UP FOR THE MEETINGS.  That’s right!!  If you, the public (the Boss) wanted to present an idea, ask a question or just attend the meeting, you are out of luck!

When this was questioned, a former Councilman stated that “they only show up when we need them”.  Did you ever have a job that you come to work only when the boss needs you?  How can that approach have the Borough’s best interests in mind?  And why aren’t they showing up for the meetings they schedule and advertise?

This Board is not proactive enough to do positive things for the Borough, such as:

  1. Flu shot clinic
  2. Smoking cessation program
  3. Weight management program
  4. Safety program for senior citizens
  5. Safety program for children

But where is the Boss?   Why isn’t he/she demanding a better performance?  Complacency?  Don’t give a damn?  Where the heck is the Boss anyway????  Doesn’t the Boss want a healthy Borough?

One of John F. Kennedy’s favorite quotations, which he attributed to Dante, was that “The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.”   Is that you??

Don’t know when the meetings take place?  Visit the calendar page on this website for a list of all Slatington municipal meetings.   All meetings listed are open to the public and held at Borough Hall, unless otherwise noted.

As I said earlier, these people are appointed by Borough Council.  Let’s take a look at more folks that SHOULD be representing you.

President of Council, Gwyn Neff/Jones

Abraham Lincoln once said “Most men can handle adversity,  but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

Gwyn Neff/Jones can only be described as “drunk with power”.  She has forgotten that we operate in a democracy not a dictatorship and has referred to herself as "the queen of the Borough".  Her mannerisms are hostile, rude and unprofessional. 

If lies were music, Gwyneth Neff would be a symphony.  She bluffs her way through issues and has produced no measurable results for the Borough.

For 2 1/2 years she chaired the Finance Committee.  During that time, she NEVER raised revenue for the Borough or reduced any expenses.

The Finance Committee also oversees zoning.  For several years citizens have asked that a resolution (which is unenforceable) pertaining to inspection of rental units (Resolution R14-99)
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  be converted to an ordinance (which is enforceable) and collect the inspection fees.  (See "What's New" entry of July 23, 2013).  The budgets for 2014 and 2015 listed only ONE inspection fee as revenue.  At $25 per inspection (more if follow up inspections are required), this would produce measurable income for the borough and ensure safe, clean housing.  But Neff sits on her hands, her butt, her decision making and added no income to the Borough budget or protected tenants.

Then there is the issue of charging water and sewer minimums to rental units as it is applied to homeowners.  Everytime this issue was presented, Neff would state they will not do that because "the numbers don't add up".  I asked her at the September 8 council meeting to show me how "the numbers don't add up".

By October 13 I had not received the documents proving water and sewer minimums should not be charged to rental units as they are to homeowners because, according to Neff, "the numbers don't add up".  On October 14, 2014 I filed a Right To Know request for these "records". 
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  On October 20, 2014 before the start of the Sewer Committee meeting, Neff handed me a pack of papers and walked away.  She gave me over 200 pages of the Borough "Customer Detail Report".  Boro_customer_list.pdf
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  The documents are dated March 27, 2012.  At the start of the meeting I questioned these papers and asked how they "prove" water and sewer minimums should not be applied to rental units.  She bluffed her way through this question, never really providing an answer.  See the Times News account of this event:    http://www.tnonline.com/2014/oct/22/water-sewer-issues-discussed

When speaking with the reporter after this meeting, Neff made other false allegations about this issue.  Neff claimed that individual water meters would be required if rental units were billed for minimum usage.  I was not aware of such a mandate, so I filed a Right to Know request for that ruling. 
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By November 6, 2014 I had not received a reply to either Right to Know request, thus filing an appeal with the Office of Open Records in Harrisburg.  On November 14 the Borough confirmed with the Office of Open Records that there is no ordinance or resolution that would mandate the installation of individual water meters.  No_record_on_RTK_102314.pdf
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  Once again Neff LIED!!

The Office of Open Records also found in my favor regarding my request for documents substantiating Neff's claim that "the numbers don't add up". 
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Neff is not even supported by her fellow council members.  When Dan Stevens stepped down as President of Council on June 1, 2014 Neff, as Vice-President took the job of conducting meetings.  In that capacity, she was not permitted to chair or serve on any committee.  She was removed from the Finance Chair position.  When a fellow councilman made a motion to make Neff president of council, he could not get ANYONE to second the motion.  Since then Neff has been in political "never-never land"....never serving as president of council and never serving as chair of a committee.

Neff forgets her own bad behavior, like talking out of turn, not signing in to talk and calling people "assholes".....so let's watch this clip to refresh our memories of her "lady-like" behavior:  : 

Neff also believes that the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee citizen's rights.  Instead, she believes this sacred document is only a suggestion of rights.

In January 2013 Neff stated that she was implementing a new procedure to follow up, secure and, if necessary, prosecute rental property owners that did not provide Tenant Registration forms by the due date of January 31.  I followed up on this at the May 12 council meeting (see the entry on "What's New?" dated June 8, 2013, Item #3).

Well, here we are in January 2016 and Neff has produced NOTHING!!  Once again bluffing her way through her responsibilities.  Hey Neff, what about the skateboard park you were going to create for the youth in this community....oh, never mind.....you didn't do that either.

And let's not forget that she thinks she is "allowed" to cuss at taxpayers and immune from action.  If the tables were turned and a taxpayer cussed at her, what do you think would happen.  Be carefull Neff/Jones, your slut behaviors are showing.

For your viewing pleasure, a video of her potty mouth.


She states that she is a title agent.  This is a position that is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania after satisfactorily passing an examination.  Ms. Neff is NOT a licensed agent.  You may see for yourself by going to the following website.  


The Commonwealth states that anyone claiming to be a licensed agent who is not is perpetrating a fraud.  It is a criminal act.  I wonder if First American Title knows she has misrepresented herself this way?

Sadly, Ms. Neff is also lacking in mathematical skills.  When a resident questioned why water and sewer rates were not applied to each apartment in the Borough as they are applied to each homeowner, her argument was “we can’t do that, we have bills to pay”  WHAT???  Ms. Neff I realize you do not possess a sharp business acumen, but when an enterprise wishes to increase revenue it can be accomplished by increasing the number of customers.

When Neff could have shopped for better insurance premium costs, she never “got around to it”.  When asked in August if work on the budget had begun, she was full of excuses.  In mid-November during questioning by a resident, she admitted they had “just started” working on the budget.  

Isn’t this the person that pushed a business toward bankruptcy with her bad business advice??  And she is Chairperson of Finance???  Really???  This is the best qualified person for the job?  Heaven help us!

Vice President of Council, Joseph Wechsler

Joseph Wechsler does not belong on Council.  Here is a man who could not be bothered to vote in ANY election for 14 years.  His name was taken off the registered voter list and it did not seem to bother him at all.  He lied to get on council saying he was a registered voter.  He even had the audacity to run for 2 positions in the last election and then ASK people to vote for him.  Hypocrisy at it best?  You bet.  For the last 2 years Joe has been Chair of the Finance and Zoning Committee.  In that time he has not added one dime to the borough or cut any expenses.  Why?  He has been too busy thinking he is in charge of the Sewer Committee.  Joe will tell you that he is behind the creation of the property inspection ordinance currently in discussion.  But, if you dig a little deeper you will see his reason for becoming involved in that issue.  It seems he had a neighbor who rented out his property and the tenant was very untidy.  To Joe it was appalling to look out of his window and see such debris.  His answer to the problem, create a law to ban this type of action.  Yes Joe, the world is here to serve you.  Too bad you could not get up off your butt for 14 years and vote for really serious issues (war, school funding, infrastructure maintenance, etc). Are you making any money for the borough?  NO!!

President Pro-tem of Council, Bryon Reed (a/k/a) “The Slumlord of Slatington”

To say that Bryon Reed lives in a world of double standards would be an understatement.   While people in the Borough get citations for not mowing their lawn or for putting out their trash too early, Bryon owns this hazardous piece of property at the entrance of the Borough.  Please note the shredded blue tarp.  

(These pictures were taken in 2013 and nothing has changed.) When citations were issued against Reed for this property, it resulted in the Borough Manager, Herb Pfeiffer losing his job.  Galen Freed then made magic by getting all those citations to disappear.  Any citizens get special treatment like that?  I doubt it!!

Here is the news article that appeared in The Morning Call:


The Borough has an abandoned vehicle ordinance.  However, it does not seem to apply to Reed.  Please note the vehicle in the picture below.  

This vehicle does not have a license plate or current registration.  A citation should be issued for this infraction, but don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen.  You see Reed has threatened the Ordinance Enforcement Officer for “picking on” him when she does try to enforce the ordinances.  In fear of losing her job, she does nothing.  Is that right, NO!!  But where is the Boss demanding fair and equal treatment of all residents??  More complacency?  You bet!!

Reed is a skilled actor.  He can play the part of a caring person and then deny that he said things when he is held accountable for his decisions.

He is also power hungry.  On January 3, 2012 the Borough held the required Re-organization meeting.  At that meeting, all committee Chairpersons and committee members are selected.  See all meeting minutes at:


You will note on the last page of the Re-Organization meeting minutes, Reed was appointed Chairman of the Water Committee and nothing else.  However, beginning with the February 13, 2012 Council meeting, mysteriously Reed is now also chairman of the “Special Sewer Committee”.  Seems Reed appointed himself to chair a committee that cannot be identified as to their function, purpose or intent.  Very slick Mr. Reed!!  

David Schnaars, Chairman of the Highway Committee
David Schnaars does not belong in politics.  He arrives at meetings sporting a large wooden cross.  What image is he trying to project?  That he is a "holy man"?  That he is righteous?  He is a bigger betrayer than Judas.  He fought vigorously to deny citizens the right to speak at public meetings and to records municipal meetings.  He also lies regulary (a man of God.....what God??).  For example, when a citizen asked why Wechsler's illegal appointment to council has not been addressed, Schnaars reply was "the matter has been addressed".....oh, how?? By ignoring the truth?  Where is his courage to stand up and do the right thing?  He is too busy playing politics to have morals and ethics.  Is that cross burning yet?

Schnaars wants parks, parties and parades while his council member, Bryon Reed, does not repair his slum properties.  Hey Schnaars, clean up Reed's properties then throw a party.  If that happens, we will all be at the party!!

Since David wants to mix religion and politics, let me quote scripture to make my point:

"Watch out for false prophets.  They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves."  Matthew 7:15

"This is what the LORD Almighty says: Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes.  They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD."  Jeremiah 23:16

                                                                      and most important....

"No servant can be the slave of two masters; he will hate one and love the other; he will be loyal to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money."  Luke 16:13

Schnaars.....which master do you serve?????


Robert Steets, Chairman of the Sewer Committee

When Steets first came on Council, I was in a discussion with someone that knows him well.  This person described Steets as “dumber than a bag of rocks”.  At first, I thought that description was rather harsh.  However, after observing this man for the past year I can confidently say this man specializes in stupid.  

He chairs a very important committee and does not have the mental capabilities to grasp complex issues.  

Currently, a potentially explosive situation exists at the sewer plant.  Steets tried to downplay this issue by saying “its not that serious”.  When the Slatington Borough Authority (these folks hold the license for the sewer plant) retained their own engineer to survey the situation, they challenged Steets’ position.  They stated the repair estimate of $125,000 - $150,000 that Steets presented is completely false.  The actual repair estimate for the explosive situation ONLY is estimated to be $275,000.  With only $46,000 in reserve, the mismanagement by Borough Council allows an explosive condition to exist.

As maintenance issues mount and financial reserves dwindle, Steets has no concept of the inevitable financial cliff he is facing.  There is a way to increase cash flow for this account, but we will review that later.  

When Steets arrives at Borough meetings his attire rese
mbles something from his most recent dumpster diving expedition.  He is argumentative with anyone asking questions.  At one meeting when he was sitting in the audience, he challenged a woman visitor to “step outside, just you and me girl”.  What was he going to do?  Beat up the woman for asking a question?  A resident removed him from the building.  He was shouting so loud outside the building that participants in the meeting could not hear one another.


This man is a disgrace to the Borough.        

Jon Rinker, Chairman of Public Safety

This guy has failed in how many businesses?  Now he is handling safety in the Borough.  How confident do you feel about that?  If he manages the Borough’s affairs in the same manner that he manages his body, we are in serious trouble my friends.  

When a local person heard Rinker was appointed to Council to finish Paul Hoffman’s term, the local responded “If Jon Rinker is the best Slatington has for the job, you guys are in serious trouble!”

When it came to light that stray dogs were being held at the sewer plant for almost 6 months, a resident questioned why that was happening.  Jon’s hostile demeanor was evident when he told the resident “whadda want us to do with da dogs……maybe we should tie them up on your porch.”  Nice customer service skills Jon.  Maybe you and Stevens can take a class together to work on that.  

It was later learned that Rinker applied for a kennel license, which was returned 3 times by the Commonwealth because the application was incomplete.  Then it was learned that a kennel license would cost the Borough over $5,000.  Hey Rinker, don’t you think you should have looked into that from the start??

Rinker comes to meetings dressed like another dumpster diver.  He is unprepared for the meetings, cannot make decisions and every item he is working on is “tabled” for yet another meeting. 


Walter Niedermeyer - Mayor

Here is a man who sexually harassed a Borough employee and it cost the taxpayers over $25,000 for his bad behavior.  

Walter is disconnected from reality.  He only attends municipal functions that offer a free meal.  As mayors of other municipalities actively participate in the budget process, Walter runs in the other direction and ignores budget issues.   Did this loser present a projection of what he wants for the Borough in the coming year?  NO!  

When Hurricane Sandy occurred, Borough Hall was without power over 4 days.  The police department had to relocate to the fire department building.  Did our brilliant Mayor contact the media to alert people of this change in police services? NO!  

Let me ask you this……..in a time of crises, is Walter Niedermeyer the person you would trust to lead the Borough.  Not me, thank you!  The hurricane was a good example of his inept skills.  

I would like to add that all meetings are video taped by Mel Gildner.  He was prompted to do this due to the selective memory of several council members about events at various meetings.  

Now I know that there will be people who after reading this, will say something like “Burek is just bashing the Borough”.  To the contrary.  I want..… no……I insist on nothing but the best for this Borough.  In this performance evaluation of our employees, you can see we are NOT getting the best.  When you accept second best, you will get second best.  Let’s raise the bar and demand excellence.  We have earned it, we deserve it and we should settle for nothing less.

Thomas Jefferson said……

“In a Democracy, the people get the government they deserve.

If the citizenry do not hold their officials to standards, then any government gets out of hand. So the question goes beyond taxation, and becomes how can we ever have a sound government, and the answer is by a principled populace. “

Come back for further updates about happenings in the Borough of Slatington.  Hope to see you soon!     



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