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Solebury shoots down ordinances limiting traffic


The Solebury supervisors unanimously shot down two proposed ordinances on May 19.

First, they refused to ban through traffic on Old Carversville and Sawmill roads.

Second, they declined to authorize the advertisement of an ordinance that would amend rules regulating open burning.

Currently, Fleecydale Road is closed and Chair Mark Baum Baicker said if and when if opens, the Old Carversville-Sawmill closure would be revisited.

However, Manager Dennis Carney said PennDOT has no plan or money to fix Fleecydale, so the plan is to leave it closed.

After that information, the board could not get a second on the motion to close Old Carversville-Sawmill and the measure failed – leaving Old Carversville -Sawmill roads open to traffic.

On the open burning measure, several residents, including some farmers, spoke against it saying it was too restrictive.

After agreement that more input from the farm committee, Environmental Advisory Council and planning commission is needed, the board voted unanimously against adopting the amendments the burning ordinance.

“We need to listen to the community,” Supervisor Kevin Morrissey said.

The board did unanimously vote to adopt a sign ordinance amendment that Baum Baicker said will help residents, civic organizations and businesses “establish clarity and firm guidance on the use of signs.”

It also clarifies that residents are allowed to place short-term signs on their properties without getting a permit, added township attorney Mark Freed.

A Single-Use Plastic Ban Ordinance was authorized to be advertised.

The ordinance promotes the use of reusable bags, prohibits the use of single-carry-out plastic bags, polystyrene food containers, and single-use plastic straws by commercial establishments, and establishes a charge for providing certain types of bags at the point of sale, Baum Baicker explained.

In other business, Morrissey reported that 34% of township residents responded to the township’s survey on how to use the 13 acres it acquired on Route 202 between Logan Square and Reeder Road.

Supervisor Hanna Howe said the next step will be to form a residents committee, along with the township engineer, to come up with a plan based on the data.

The board also granted a certificate of appropriateness to Eric Lyons of 6163 Carversville Road to repair bridge damage caused by Ida flooding in September. The storm destroyed a railing on the only access bridge to two homes on Carversville Road in the Historic District.

Among appointments approved were:

- David Stacy as an alternate member of the zoning hearing board; Adrian Max as associate member to the planning commission; and Jonathan Grossman as associate member of the farm committee. All the terms end Dec. 31, 2022.

Approvals for the Carversville Inn renovations had been on the supervisors’ agenda, but were removed so that remaining issues could be discussed with the township.

Chair Baum Baicker announced at the beginning of the meeting that he was participating via Zoom “because I had a ‘close contact’ earlier this week with someone who then tested positive for COVID.”