Bucks County Herald

Tinicum promotes group preservation of small properties


In the aftermath of finalizing their latest conservation easement purchase for a large property, Tinicum Township officials took the opportunity to remind residents that preservation opportunities are available for smaller parcels as well.

Following the April 18 board of supervisors’ final approval for the township’s share of the purchase of the 22-acre Quinby property on Boulder Road in Upper Black Eddy, Land Preservation Committee Chairperson Norm MacArthur noted that groups of residents owning smaller, contiguous properties were welcome to seek preservation as a group at the same time.
“While we understand that each owner has to be ready to take the step at the same time, the committee will be happy to come to a meeting to discuss the possibility,” he said. Supervisors agreed that while over 20 acres was a generally accepted standard minimum, that number could be reached through combinations.

Meanwhile, Public Works Director Doug Skelton announced that residents interested in another kind of conservation – recycling oil – could now do so through the township as a budget control measure. With the completed installation of an oil-fired heating system for the public works garage, replacing a propane-fired system, recycled oil can now be used as fuel there, instead of paying out-of-pocket for propane.

Earlier in the meeting, officials called attention to the two new public works dump trucks on display in the parking lot. They praised Skelton for the innovative vehicle replacement efforts they represented, saving the township about $100,000 by avoiding purchase of a new vehicle in one case, and significantly extending service life for the other.

Skelton in turn praised his long-serving crew, Roger Margot, Rob Kallenbach and Calvin Trovinger, for their help with finding low-mileage used vehicles, effective replacement parts, and stripping out and rebuilding, allowing for an estimated 10 to 15 years of further service for each.

Also at the April 18 meeting, supervisors held their third public discussion with local emergency service officials regarding response time management for medical and other emergencies. They agreed to make any dispatch system changes at the next board meeting on May. 2.

The effort, led by Supervisor John Blanchard, arose out of concern about the risk of increased response times caused by the closure of the Headquarters Road bridge at Sheephole Road, now entering its seventh year.



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