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New public works director soon on the job in Lower Makefield

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The Lower Makefield Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the hiring of a new public works director at its Aug. 3 meeting, naming Derek Fuller to the post.

He succeeds the highly-regarded Greg Hucklebridge, who resigned in late June after five years as PW director in Lower Makefield to take the same job in nearby Northampton Township.

It’s the first public sector job for Fuller, who for the past 11 years has been a senior project manager at K.C. Construction in Ivyland. He begins work in Lower Makefield on Aug. 22 at a starting annual salary of $120,000.

“You have quite a task ahead of you, but I think you’re up to it,” Supervisor Daniel Grenier told Fuller, who was accompanied at the Aug. 3 meeting by his wife Amanda.

In other actions from the meeting, the supervisors approved the hiring of new full-time police officer Christopher Reardon. A Neshaminy High School graduate, he has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Lock Haven University and had been a full-time officer with the Morrisville Borough Police Department since 2014.

Lower Makefield Police Chief-Interim Township Manager Ken Coluzzi said the department has “fallen way behind in staffing” and is struggling to keep up with its recommended allotment of 40 total officers because of disability leaves, military deployments and other factors. Hiring Reardon will help, the chief added.

The supervisors approved awarding a contract to General Asphalt to repair two sections of the township’s bicycle path system for $106,590. The company will repair sections on the eastern side of Mirror Lake Road from Yardley-Newtown to Langhorne-Yardley roads, and the eastern side of Dolington Road from Woodside to Pownal roads.

The amount is below the estimate for the work of $118,000, township Engineer Andy Pockl said. He added that General Asphalt has done good work for Lower Makefield on various projects in the past.

Board members approved the acceptance of a PennDOT Green Light Go grant of $325,000 that will be used for a traffic signal upgrade and other improvements at the intersection of Big Oak and Pine Grove roads. Also approved was a 5G ordinance and the awarding of a $56,026 design contract to Michael Baker International for pedestrian safety improvements near the Regency at Yardley development at Big Oak and Oxford Valley roads.

Supervisors Chairman James McCartney announced that Artists of Yardley, a tenant at the township-owned Patterson Farm, has canceled its 2022 holiday photo fundraising event that had been scheduled for November at the farm. McCartney said AOY officials did not give a reason for the cancellation.

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