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Kathleen Gentner is the first woman to chair Durham Township supervisors


Kathleen A. Gentner, the first woman supervisor in Durham Township’s history, is now the municipality’s first woman supervisor chair.

She was elected at the township’s reorganizational meeting the first Monday of the month and presided at her first regular monthly meeting Jan. 14.

Gentner was nominated by former Chairman Bartley E. Millett, who has held that post for 25 years. “It did feel a little strange not to be conducting the meeting, but I know she’ll do a good job,” Millett said after the meeting. The nomination was seconded by Richard Johnson, the third supervisor.

Among Gentner’s first tasks was to ask for a moment of silence in memory of former Supervisor Manfred Marschewski, who died Jan. 3, and former U.S. Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick, who died Jan. 6.

The board approved Resolution 2020-2, which sets the tax rate for the township at 6 mills. It has remained at that rate for a number of years.

The board authorized the advertising of a change to the township’s agricultural security area. Mitchell and Neal Millett, trustees of Millett Holdings LLC and brothers of the supervisor, had applied for permission to enter an 89-plus-acre tract of land into the security area. The township planning commission had already approved and adopted the proposed modification.

In other business, the supervisors accepted the gift of a piece of art from Anthony Mills, a member of the planning commission. Mills purchased and presented to the board a print of “Durham, A Village in Bucks County,” by Linda Jean Czeck, an artist who lives in Durham. The supervisors will have it framed and hung in the township building. Czeck is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her print to Community Fire Company of Riegelsville No. 1 and The Lord’s Pantry in Ottsville.

The supervisors also accepted a bid from Dave’s Services, Quakertown, of $4,500 for the removal of an elm tree that needs to come down in the village of Durham.

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