For too many years I sat back and observed how small town governments made decisions. I chose to be on the sidelines because it was simpler—but no more can I idly stand by. I know now that, truly, ignorance is bliss, but there is no bliss in your life when you attend a supervisors’ meeting in the once peaceful township of Shohola.
Since George Fluhr became a supervisor and Greg Hoeper was selected to replace Steve Dellert, there has been dissatisfaction among residents. Formerly the supervisors’ meetings were sparsely attended. Now, and for the past year, the supervisors meet before a packed house. Why? Because we are being supervised by a government broken by unfairness, false rumors, unanswered questions and the denial of requests.
The sudden firings of loyal residents who gave countless volunteer hours to our township shocked all who were present. Residents who requested informational meetings on gas drilling and on township ordinances were denied or blocked. Despite an outcry by concerned citizens and fire department volunteers, Mr. Hoeper and Mr. Fluhr have given nothing more than lip service and criticism to a financially ailing fire department.
Mr. Fluhr and Mr. Hoeper continually obstruct and disregard Mrs. Wall, the third elected supervisor, causing a severe and lasting split in our community. Urging by citizens to repair and heal the split has fallen on the deaf ears of Mr. Hoeper and Mr. Fluhr. In fact, they continually add fuel to the fire and have done nothing to help repair and heal the split.
To be sure, Shohola is in trouble if things don’t change. We, the residents of Shohola, will be given a voice in the upcoming election. Please be certain that you know what’s going on and be at the polls on May 17.