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Solebury schedules second 202 community meeting

Solebury’s second community meeting on planning for development of the Route 202 corridor will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, probably at the New Hoe-Solebury High School, though the site has not been finalized.

“There will be no presentations at this meeting,” said Mark Baum Baicker, supervisor chair, at Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting. “Its purpose is to allow those who could not make it to our Aug. 20 meeting or because of the overflow crowd did not get a chance to speak.”

At the Aug. 20 meeting an overflow crowd of 200-plus people showed up to protest an elaborate June concept plan for developing the corridor, an idea that has since been abandoned.

The community meeting is designed “for residents to express their views about what they want to see – and not see – in the Route 202 corridor,” Baum Baicker said.

In other matters, Dudley Rice, director of Parks and Recreation, and Police Chief Dominick Bellizzie, presented their requests for the 2020 budget.

Rice said his 2020 requests were “status quo, “almost identical to this year.”

Bellizzie also did not expect any major increase, but did say he wanted to buy a hybrid police vehicle in 2020, and expected future car replacements also to be hybrids.

The board also pushed for attendance at the Second Annual Free Library of New Hope and Solebuy Spelling Bee at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at the high school.

Last year’s poor showing by the three-man team of Solebury supervisors prompted Supervisor Robert McEwan to say he would contribute $10 to the library for every time the team – Mark Baum Baicker, Noel Barrett and John Francis – spelled a word correctly.

There was also talk of the police department coming up with a team this year. The entry fee is $150 per team. Ticket price is $10 and $5 for students. The teams are also asking for sponsors. Details are at

Also, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, the township will rededicate the walking bridge over the Delaware Canal Park in Solebury in honor of conservationist Malcolm Crooks, who died May 25 at the age of 96. A new plaque will be installed at the entrance of the bridge.