Something big happened in the Maxatawny Township election. Local residents rejected the township’s giant warehouse project on Route 222 by nearly 100 votes and elected John DePlanque as a supervisor. We are tired of township officials caring more about wealthy landowners and out-of-town real estate developers than local residents.
We are not against development, but we want it planned in a way that does not destroy our roads with horrendous truck traffic, pollution and projects that threaten our safety and ruin our rural way of life.
Even more impressive, DePlanque, running as a Democrat, took a seat away from a Republican officeholder who had been in power off and on for nearly 30 years (Republicans easily outnumber Democrats in much of Berks County).
Township officials had better wake up and realize voters are ultimately in control in a democracy. We don’t want giant warehouses and sweetheart deals — and neither do people in Kutztown or Longswamp Township, who joined local residents in a lawsuit appealing approval of the Route 222 warehouse project.
Source: Berkshire mont