Bucks County Herald

Haycock opposes Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Bill


Joining other townships in supporting a campaign by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS), Haycock Township has acted to oppose state House Bill 1620, the Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Bill.

Officials noted the measure would prevent “local governments from controlling the placement of antennas that are placed in the public rights of way.”

The action was taken in the form of a resolution adopted at the Jan. 2 board of supervisors meeting. The bill would allow various types of wireless-related structures, such as towers and poles, sometimes resembling streetlights, to be located at the whim of the wireless service providers in municipal rights-of-way, including right in front of private homes.

Municipalities traditionally have regulated the placement of anything in their rights-of-way. Opponents of the bill have regarded it as a further attempt by broadband communications companies to weaken local regulation, comparing it to also trying to eliminate cable franchising.

Also at the Jan. 2 meeting, supervisors awarded the contract to replace the roof at the new Haycock Township Community Center (HTCC), formerly Haycock Elementary School, to Juring Roofing of Pennsburg, at a cost of $84,998. Six sealed bids were opened at the Dec. 4 meeting, with action tabled until the Jan. 2 meeting, pending clarification of options covered. Last February, supervisors approved taking out a low-interest loan to support that project.

In her monthly report on activities at the HTCC, Dawn Kline said the Saturday morning kickboxing class and the Thursday evening Zumba fitness class had been renewed through several more sessions. Further information on either is available from Karen at 215-772-7133, puresyls@yahoo.com.

An informational presentation on coyotes, by a representative from the state game commission, has been scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. The blood drive has been rescheduled for 2 to 7 p.m. Jan. 29.

The HTCC is located at 1014 Old Bethlehem Road, near East Saw Mill Road. All events are listed on the township calendar at haycocktwp.com, in red, with the opportunity to click on them for details. Information is also available from the township office at 215-536-3641 or asilvestri@haycocktwp.com.



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