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James McCartney selected Lower Makefield supervisor chair


Lower Makefield Township Supervisor James McCartney is looking forward to helping with the challenges of 2022 after being elected board chairman at the Jan. 3 reorganization meeting.
Among other tasks, the five supervisors – all Democrats – will decide how to spend or invest more than $20 million from the pending $53 million sale of the township’s sewer system to Aqua Pennsylvania. The remaining proceeds have been earmarked to pay off sewer system debt and debt at the township-owned Makefield Highlands Golf Club.
The sale requires approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission, which is expected to vote soon.
“We have some big financial decisions to make,” McCartney said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve as chair and to work with the township manager and everyone else on making the best possible decisions.”
Fredric Weiss will serve as vice chairman this year and Suzanne Blundi, who chaired the board in 2021, will be treasurer.

Also at the reorganization meeting, Supervisor John Lewis, accompanied by his wife, Joanne, was sworn in to a second six-year term after being reelected in November. His seat was the only one on the board of supervisors up for election in 2021.
District Judge Corryn Kronnagel also administered oaths of office to Auditor James Driscoll, Tax Collector Rebecca Cecchine and Constable Mitchell Goldberg.
Hill Wallack LLP was narrowly reappointed for another year as township solicitor, with McCartney, Blundi and Weiss voting in favor, and Lewis and Daniel Grenier voting against. David Truelove of that firm does most of the township’s legal work.
Remington & Vernick Engineers was unanimously reappointed for another year as township engineer. Andy Pockl of that firm does most of Lower Makefield’s engineering work.