Pennsylvania Theft, I mean Game Commission Steals Land
- My wife & I are the landowners of this tiny piece of land – this is confirmed by our certified survey and by the letter of certification and verification issued by Diehm & Sons, Incorporated, surveyors, on February 10th. The strip of land, which the Game Commission is spending thousands and thousands of dollars to claim, is only about 15 feet wide by 253 feet long.
- We are vastly upset by the failure of the PA Game Commission to notify us of the boundary dispute and by their failure to be neighborly and to seek a common middle ground prior to sending surveyors onto our land. The employees of the PA Game Commission have been consistently arrogant about their right to this piece of land. The resident land manager, Jim Binder, told me that the land was his and if I wanted to dispute that, I should hire an attorney. Later, while on the contested land, he encouraged me to take my best shot at having him fired. Because of these actions and others, a petition will be circulating in Clay Township which will urge our state and local legislators to hold a public meeting in order to subject Mr. Binder’s activities to close public scrutiny. In short, if he is found wanting as a public employee, we would like to see him replaced by a community-minded individual.
- PA Game Commission press secretary, Jerry Feaser, in an effort to discredit my legitimate claim to this land insinuated on Bob Durgin’s talk radio show last week that I was mistaken in thinking I owned the land due either to faulty survey work or to a fraudulent land sale. Tim Diehm continues to stand by his workmanship as a surveyor, noting in fact that our survey was based upon the fixed points of the earth as determined by the earlier Game Commission survey. The PA Game Commission survey from the 1920s was probably carried out with measuring chains over rough ground; Mr. Diehm’s survey used computers and satellite data from the GIS. Geological Information Survey. At what point will the Game Commission recognize, as all other rational observers have recognized, that our survey is legitimate? As for a fraudulent land sale, I know the names of the most recent two former land owners of the 1560 Kleinfeltersville Road property going back to the 1930’s: John Hershey & Gary Kolp. I would like the PA Game Commission to name a name – which of these two citizens is the criminal who fraudulently sold me this bit of land? If our survey is not faulty and these men are not criminals, then there is one other legitimate explanation for the dispute. Quite simply, the stream bed moved to the east by several feet over the past 77 years, a minor twitch in geologic terms. The question, then, becomes this: which holds sway, boundaries based on the archaic standard of a mobile streambed or boundaries based upon the modern notion of fixed points and measured courses as determined by the latest and most accurate surveying technology?
- The PA Game Commission asserted in Larry Alexander’s Intelligencer Journal article on February 14th that it is spending resources – time and money – in order to protect the investment of the state’s sportsmen. It must be noted that my wife and I don’t merely let the public onto the land in question, we encourage them to use it and specifically wish the angler’s good luck! Further, the budget-challenged PA Game Commission is largely funded by license sales to their primary constituency, the hunters, and those hunters can not use this thin swath of land because every square inch of it lies within the no-hunting safety zone due to the dwellings along the eastern bank of the Middle Creek.
I have been accused by the PA Game Commission of stirring up a hornet’s nest. I disagree. A few of the PA Game Commission’s employees stirred up this hornet’s nest when they followed their arrogant trespasses with more arrogant words. I ask that every concerned landowner & taxpayer, every sportsman and sportswoman, please call your state legislators and ask them to tame the PA Game Commission, by reducing their allotment of tax dollars if necessary, then call Jerry Feaser, the PA Game Commission Press Secretary, and let him know your views on this indefensible land grab. His office number is (717) 705-6541