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DCNR funding will repair Paunacussing culvert damage

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Solebury Township is about to receive $50,000 for culvert dredging in Carversville necessitated by the April damage caused by Hurricane Ida.

Chairman Mark Baum Baicker announced the grant at Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting, noting the grant was arranged by state Sen. Steve Santarsiero (D-10th) through the Department of Conservation and Economic Development.

The grant comes in two parts and covers removal of sediment and gravel filling up under the 120-foot Wisner Road culvert over Paunnacussing Creek, explained township Manager Chris Garges.

Baum Baicker said Santarsiero “will try to get us more help,” but while “we’re encouraged, there’s still a long” recovery ahead for the township.

The actual money should be forthcoming in the next few weeks, Garges said.

In other matters, the board appointed five members to its new Human Relations Commission. That commission is charged with ensuring that all residents “are afforded equal opportunities for employment, housing public accommodations, and equal access to educational institutions.”

Those appointed, without compensation, are Thomas F. Lyon, Susan Hollander Whitman, Cynthia Baum Baicker, Donald R. Bentivoglio and Paul Barnes.

The board also created the Route 202 Property Advisory Committee that will use a recent survey of resident suggestions for uses of the 13-acre tract that the township purchased near Logan Square and Giant Food Market along Route 202.

The new committee will use the survey as a guide for proposals on uses of the tract and forward it to the supervisors for final approval.

Supervisors Kevin Morrissey and Hanna Howe will be liaisons to the committee, which has yet to be named.

At the end of each year the supervisors will have the option either to renew the committee term for another year or allow it to expire, Morrissey said.

Supervisor Robert McEwan suggested the board increase its $125,000 contribution to the New Hope-Solebury Library to $130,000 next year. However, the board’s consensus was to wait six months and see how the township’s finances shape up and consider it for the following budget.

The board also unanimously agreed to advertise its 2023 budget of $7,579,575, which calls for no tax hike. The vote on adopting the budget will take place at its Dec. 13 meeting.

In other business, the supervisors voted to create five associate memberships with no voting rights on its Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC). The EAC has seven full voting members.


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