What Would You Improve in Bensalem in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Bensalem, what would it be?


More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Bensalem to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your Bensalem wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

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Marni Dougherty December 26, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Great idea!!
Kevin Brutschea December 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Unlock the hockey rink so that someone can actually play on it.
Nachbar December 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Couldn't agree more !!!!!!!!!!!!
Nachbar December 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM
That is an excellent idea there does seem to be a lot of dog lovers/owners in Bensalem. I' sure it would be used by many.
f December 27, 2012 at 12:43 AM
YES PLEASE!! also makes it much safer for teens walking around town. I would walk more if I wasn't afraid of getting hit by a car.
Ron December 27, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Bring back our FULL rebate check!!! Casinos are making more money and we are getting 2/3 less!
Scott M December 27, 2012 at 04:44 AM
I agree 100%! Core Creek Park has one, but that is a bit of a trek. Falls Twp has one, but it has no trees- no shade. I always thought Neshaminy State Park would be a great place for a dog park; as would any of our local township owned parks. Let's do this this year.
Scott M December 27, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Agreed! I'm not knocking the $100 we got. But Parx is raking in billions... BILLIONS! I have to drive past that traffic nightmare twice a day (don't even tell me to try a different route), I think they can spare a few extra greenbacks.
Nachbar December 27, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Ron, We are only getting 1/9th of what we were originally promised. Everyone seems to have forgotten we were promised $900 if the casino was approved.
Marni Dougherty December 27, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Another great idea!
Marni Dougherty December 27, 2012 at 02:54 PM
A message to the Public Works Department... An idea for improvement would be to have one of your trucks pick up a refrigerator and microwave oven that was dumped on the blacktop road leading to the Growdon Mansion. Such a nice area, why would someone dump appliances there? Our refuse companies charge only a nominal fee to haul these items for us. This would cost almost nothing and would take only s short amount of time.
James Key December 27, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I did not know that. Thank you for bringing that up.
James Key December 27, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I like the DOG PARK idea. In fact, make it the piece of land that PARX owns on the SouthEast entrance over by Mechanicsville and Byberry roads. Better yet, PARX should build it for us. All that's needed is a stone parking area, about a 1/4 mile of fence, and some trees.
Kevin Brutschea December 28, 2012 at 07:31 PM
and how does Bristol qualify for a grant from Parx? How are they impacted as much as we are? On top of that, they used for it a new roof on their municipal building. I'm sure they could've found a road to fix instead.
cass December 29, 2012 at 02:09 AM
People need to remember all of this when election time rolls around again. We need to unite and let the politicians we are MAD and not going to TAKE it anymore!
Concerned About Bensalem January 01, 2013 at 02:18 PM
I like the idea of addressing the problem of traffic entering Route 1 North coming off the turnpike and Street Rd onto Route 1 North. I would appreciate it if the Bensalem Police would enforce the wipers on/headlights on law. Additionally, too many early morning and late afternoon drivers drive with NO HEADLIGHTS ON. I know you can see but the idea here is that YOU CAN BE SEEN, and not just by other drivers but by children and others. Here's a buck; buy a clue.
James Nelson January 01, 2013 at 03:06 PM
How about we get rid of the blight areas that make this town look like North Philly? I mean the motels on Rt1 that operate hourly rooms for drug dealers, prostitutes, and Philly trash to use for their tawdry affairs. The police are there everyday, several times a day for calls instead of in the neighborhoods of the people who pay taxes. Warrant units from Philadelphia Police and the US Marshals Service have located murderers from all over hiding in those seedy motels. Oh wait, they won't do anything because those "small business owners" pay a lot to the mayor and County GOP election funds.
Leona Barnes January 01, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Need another way out of library parking lot besides onto Humerville rd. Most times it is s wait for a kind person to let you out to go north. Thank you, Leona Barnes
Dave Fiedler January 01, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Completely agree. Seems worse in the cold weather when the Litter Patrol is not working. I walk nearly everyday, and I constantly see primarily young people and work crews that just throw or drop their fast food and Wawa refuse everywhere and anywhere as they finish with it. Those growing up in the fifties were taught to carry trash to a receptacle or bring it home and throw it out there. Subsequent generations have been raised to believe they're entitled to do whatever is most convenient to THEM. Their attitude toward litter reflects this, and we are left with the results of it as a blight on our community. As I walk I pick up trash, place it in a bag and bring it home to throw out. By the way, another related pet peeve--recycle cans without lids. WM and McCullough need to reconsider their responsibility for keeping client areas clean. On windy days the cans blow over and the contents are all over the neighborhoods.
Dave Fiedler January 01, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I agree with this too! It's ridiculous that PENDOT has designated this a "no turn on red" intersection. It's 3-way and the visibility is satisfactory enough that red turns could be permitted.
Dave Fiedler January 01, 2013 at 06:20 PM
This is not strictly a Bensalem issue, but when casino gambling was signed into law at what was at the time Philadelphia Park Race Track, Commonwealth residents were promised "substantial" property tax relief. In the interim our esteemed legislators have done nothing to deliver on this commitment. In fact, their inaction has made things worse as the economy fell apart, unions refused to recognize that and the "pension bomb" began to explode. Further, in order to balance the state's budget, Corbett drastically cut school funding, which has only had the affect of pushing that obligation down to local property taxpayers. In 2013 this problem needs finally to be faced up to by those we've elected locally along with their colleagues in Harrisburg. We also need responsible stewards as school board members that are willing to make the difficult decisions to prevent annual property tax increases. Over the past decade Bensalem has never missed a year without a substantial property tax increase. Other districts have. That says something about ineffectiveness from a fiscal management standpoint of the Bensalem group. Someone else already commented on certain other related issues, so I'll leave it there.
miami2836@aol.com January 01, 2013 at 07:24 PM
How long is someone supposed to pay for all of the apartment complex kids to go to school? Why don't you think about increasing the sales tax as in Philly.......where 1% goes directly to the city? This way anyone who has kids in school will be doing their fair share! Let them pay (along with us of course) a little extra in sales tax..... Give them empty nesters (who have been paying all their lives) a little break!!
Terri D. January 01, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Let's get that PARK AND BARK going - would be great for us two legged and our four legged friends!!!!!
P Cally January 02, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Please fix traffic lights,plus there's way to many of them especially St.(light)Rd. this town is way to congested,please put a right turn lane @ hulmeville&byberry in front of the pizza shop that does no buisness, except take up valuable space.
Darlene January 02, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Yes I agree right turn on red at the end of Byberry rd!! No reason for not having it you sit and wait so long with no traffic coming.
Dolores January 02, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Police are one of the biggest offenders of this law on headlights during the rain as well as many, many drivers.
Dolores January 02, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Please, please do a PERMANENT fix on the potholes on Byberry Rd between Mechanicsville and Hulmeville Rd since it breaks open every few weeks after a patch job. Also the DEEP hole when turning right from Mechanicsville onto Byberry. Does wonders for tires and rims. Behind the Lincoln Motel and Old Street Rd desperately need a repaving for some years now. Part of it was done but why did they stop before doing the road over the bridge?
Dolores January 02, 2013 at 01:09 PM
When is something going to be done about the traffic light situation at the east entrance of the casino? Traffic backs up and it takes 2 or 3 lights before one can make a left turn onto Mechanicsville Rd and then only 1 - 3 cars can proceed and many go through the red light.
Scott M January 02, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Why Dolores, Haven't you figured it out yet? PARX owns this town. They want the traffic lights to lead you to the casino; not leave it. None of the Street Rd lights are timed properly because anytime an eastbound vehicle trips a left turn lane traffic loop, IMMEDIATLEY ALL TRAFFIC STOPS TO LET THAT CAR IN! Getting out is a different story. And if you just want to drive by it; say if your going to work, or taking the kids to the doctor or just going anywhere that takes you past PARX on Street Rd.; you better add 10-15 minutes to get through the 7 traffic lights in just 1.2 miles of Street Rd between the Turnpike easy-pass off ramp and Mechanicsville Rd. Nothing will be done to fix the traffic lights around PARX because to them, there is nothing wrong.
Beatriz Salamanca January 02, 2013 at 06:16 PM
yes a dog park, bike lanes, a healthier community...I am a wellness coach & it breaks my heart to see so many unhealthy individuals in our community...is the reason I decided to start a WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE on Sunday January 6th @ 2:00pm...spread the word, lets support each other & lets get healthy together!


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