by The Sheriff of Nottingham
in Prince William County
Business Leaders Shill for Developers in Desperate Bid to Save Tri-County Parkway
What do Rob Clapper, PW Chamber of Commerce President; Chairman Corey Stewart; and Supervisor Marty Nohe have in common?
They are all in bed together with the Loudoun County developers who desperately want to have taxpayers fund the Tri-County Parkway so they can cash in on the land they have bought on the cheap for huge new housing developments while they laid their plans for the new highway.
Chairman Stewart punched his ticket to this elite group of big-bucks developers on his way to raising money for his now defunct campaign to be Lt. Governor. Supervisor Nohe got admission to the club in his role as Chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) — and his massive ego drove him to become the lackey of the developers (they whisper in his ear every day how he will be the next BOCS Chairman). And Rob Clapper just brushed his perfectly coiffed hair, polished his $800 cuff links, and gladly jumped into the fray to boost his creds with the big-bucks developers.
As they say down south, this is “high cotton.”
So tonight is the opening act for the new business group that Clapper threw together on the fly to be the shills for the big-bucks developers whose latest ventures are tied to the Tri-County Parkway being built.
The Sheriff sees considerable irony in the selection of the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts as the venue for this charade by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) and VDOT. The Hylton is the poster child of PWC taxpayer’s ripoff schemes.
What better place to plot the new massive rip-off of PWC taxpayers than the Hylton?
This was supposed to be a cakewalk. The CTB greased the skids for the road that encroaches on the National Manassas Battlefield Park by guaranteeing the Park Director they would close Rt. 234 and Rt. 29 to commuter traffic — and they gave the Park a cool $3 million on top of that. It is something the Park officials have wanted for a very long time, and they jumped at the sweet deal offered by the CTB.
The Virginia Secretary of Transportation, Sean Connaughton, serving as the mastermind of the Tri-County Parkway scheme, authorized all sorts of unusual and unprecedented deals to get the deal done. Chairman Stewart started preaching the critical need for the cargo road; Supervisor Nohe started beating the drum about how it is about improving commutes; and Rob the Clapper worked in cahoots with Jeff Kaczmarek, PWC Economic Development Director, to create a completely false story about the road being the salvation for economic growth in Prince William County.
The cakewalk has turned into a complete and utter disaster.
The proverbial “fly in the ointment” are three women who have masterminded a brilliant grass-roots effort opposing the Tri-County Parkway that is mushrooming in size every day. While the proponents of the Tri-County Parkway have to concoct their stories, this rag-tag group of three advocates have the truth on their side.
And the commoners are responding.
Mary Ann Ghadban, Page Snyder, and Philomena Hefter all live on Pageland Lane, and all three will have their properties negatively impacted by the planned road. But the encroachment on the Civil War battlefield that their land sits on is only a small part of the story.
The bigger story is what the Tri-County Parkway will do to all of Prince William County. And these ladies have proved to be more than able warriors in taking the fight to the big-bucks developers, and all of those on their list of supporters. The Coalition is growing daily, and it is far more that what Rob Clapper tried to claim it is — Clapper called it a “small group” of opponents.
That is not even close.
The opponents now number in the thousands, and the more people are learning about it, the more their numbers increase.
Oh, and then there are those “COWARDS” — Delegate Tim Hugo & Delegate Bob Marshall — they are leading the charge to convince the government leaders they have made a mistake.
Senator Colgan has joined the group of “COWARDS” in questioning the wisdom of the closure of Rt. 234 and Rt. 29.
And, of course, Congressman Frank Wolf is already on record saying NO! to the whole mess.
This group of politicians can be called many things, but “COWARDS” describes none of them. Sorry Chairman Stewart.
So come join the party at the Hylton tonight (the business meetings starts at 7 pm) from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Enjoy the fancy digs at the Hylton — you’re paying for it.
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