Bucks County Herald

Haycock passes preliminary budget with no tax increase

CLIFF LEBOWITZ



The Haycock Township road crew, which freed a fawn trapped in a fence last summer, was again called for special duty on Oct. 23, when workers were summoned to the Shoup family farm on Sawmill Road to assist a veterinarian on a controlled delivery for new arrival, Autumn.

Haycock Township supervisors unanimously passed a preliminary budget for 2018 with no tax increase at their Nov. 6 board meeting.

Total spending is projected at $1.35 million, a 2 percent increase from 2017. Major expenses include general construction and heating contracts, and repairs and maintenance services for the new Haycock Township Community Center (HTCC). In addition, paving is planned for Haycock Run Road, and a new utility truck is to be purchased, both with assistance from state funds. A long-running philosophy of planning for extra cash on hand will be continued, as an alternative to any needs for taking out special loans.

The HTCC was noted as off to an excellent start, especially with very solid results from various fundraisers, which officials had counted on, along with volunteer labor, when they decided to take back the former Haycock Elementary School building from the Quakertown Community School District. In addition, the expected development of a variety of activities, on an ongoing basis, has apparently already been realized. With an HTCC website not yet available, all events are being shown on the calendar on the township website, marked in red.

Among upcoming events are the Haycock Historical Society’s Kringle Christmas Shoppe, Dec. 1 to 3, an arts and handmade crafts boutique featuring dozens of juried local vendors. All participants live in Haycock Township or contiguous towns or townships.

A special day of holiday games, crafts and treats for children of all ages is scheduled for Dec. 10. The first of what is hoped to be every second-Friday-of-the-month folk and blue grass jam will be Nov. 10.

A blood drive is slated for Jan. 8. Continuing with state game commission assistance that started in September with a presentation on bear sightings, officials hope to see events during the winter regarding coyotes and lantern flies.

The Haycock Township road crew, which freed a fawn trapped in a fence last summer, was again called for special duty on Oct. 23, when they were summoned to the Shoup family farm on Sawmill Road to assist a veterinarian on a controlled delivery for new arrival Autumn.

 


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