Bucks County Herald

McIlhinney reappointed chair in Hilltown Township


Jack McIlhinney, starting his third term as Hilltown Township supervisor, will continue as chair of the board of supervisors.

Longtime Hilltown Supervisor Jack McIlhinney will continue as chairman of the township’s board of supervisors in 2018 – one of many appointments for the year the board made at its annual reorganization meeting last week.

McIlhinney, a Republican who fended off a feisty challenge from Democrat G. James Hoffman to win re-election in November, is entering his third six-year term as a supervisor.

Supervisor Ken Bennington will again serve as vice chairman of the three-person board, which oversees the township, doing everything from approving or denying land development plans and open space purchases, to establishing the annual municipal budget and setting Hilltown’s local property tax rate.

McIlhinney has said that keeping taxes down and preserving open space while smartly managing strategic development that is good for Hilltown without ruining what remains of its rural character are among the township’s top priorities for 2018.

In an interview after the reorganization meeting, Township Manager Lorraine Leslie said that Hilltown also has a number of improvement projects it is keen to complete this year.

These include building baseball and soccer fields at Forest Road Park, adding a salt shed at the township building, and constructing a walking path from the Hilltown Walk Development on Green Street that would eventually work its way to Route 152.

Among the key municipal appointments in Hilltown that supervisors made for 2018: Leslie continues as township manager, while Christopher Engelhart remains chief of police. Thomas Hess will be director of public works, effective close of business Jan. 19. Law firm Harris & Harris, headed by Stephen Harris, will continue as township solicitor.

C. Robert Wynn Associates remains the township’s engineering firm. Ray Fegley was reappointed as emergency management coordinator. Marianne Egan is finance director.

A full list of appointments can be reviewed at hilltown.org.



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