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Former Tinicum manager to run Nockamixon Twp.


The retirement of Nockamixon Township Manager/Treasurer Keith DeLuca, announced at the Nov. 16 board of supervisors meeting without naming his appointed successor, is now in a “soft transition” to his replacement, Teri Lewis, who this month resigned from a similar position in neighboring Tinicum.

Lewis’ appointment, made at the Dec. 21 supervisors meeting, had awaited her notice of resignation in Tinicum.

The target date for completion of the succession is Jan. 18, which is also the date of the next supervisors meeting.

In an executive session before the Dec. 21 meeting, supervisors decided to approve the appointment of Joan Tanner as part-time secretary, reuniting her with Lewis, with whom she had served in Tinicum. The 20-hr/wk secretary position in Nockamixon had been vacant since the resignation of Heather DiSario earlier this year.

Nockamixon supervisors had held a special executive session Nov. 13 to interview candidates to replace DeLuca, which concluded with its selection of Lewis. DeLuca has served as manager/treasurer in Nockamixon since 2008. Lewis served in Tinicum for 27 years, including as manager/treasurer since 2017.

Also at the Dec. 21 meeting, following a hearing, the board adopted the township budget for 2024, as it had been approved for advertising during a public work session Nov. 2. Taxes remain at 7 mills, with 3.5 mills supporting the township; 0.5 mills for Upper Bucks Regional Emergency Management Services (UBREMS); and 3 mills for fire and rescue service.

In addition at the Dec. 21 meeting, to the dismay of a representative from the township’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC), the board again postponed consideration of a resolution that would add Gallows Run to the Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic River. The federally designated area of the Delaware River is protected under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Following the recommendation of the township planning commission, the board approved renewal of the operating permit for a local quarry, with no new conditions, and with the understanding that activity at the quarry might see a “little increase” in the coming year.

Quarry management had responded in recent years to concerns about the effect of its operations on the environment.

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