Bucks County Herald

Haycock supervisors adopt gerrymandering resolution

CLIFF LEBOWITZ

While township government is acting on their request to support a major statewide political reform movement, Haycock residents are continuing to develop programming and support for the new Haycock Township Community Center (HTCC) on Old Bethlehem Road.

Following a presentation by Pat DeWald and the group Fair Districts PA at the Sept. 5 public board meeting, Haycock supervisors, joining a growing number of local municipalities, unanimously adopted a resolution supporting state House Bill 722 and Senate Bill 22 regarding gerrymandering and congressional redistricting.

The resolution notes support for “legislative efforts to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to assign the decennial task of both legislative and congressional redistricting to and independent citizens redistricting commission.” It also calls for elected officials representing Haycock “to publicly announce their support of and commitment to work towards passage of such legislative efforts, and that a copy of this resolution be delivered to each of them.”

Also at the Sept. 5 meeting, representatives of the HTCC steering committee reported excellent attendance at the Aug. 27 dessert/meet your neighbor event, and that basket donations were still needed for the next flea market on Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. They also announced a special presentation for Sept. 20, regarding increased bear sightings, by Shawna Burkett, Southeast region wildlife conservation officer for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Burkett recently did a presentation for Tinicum Township regarding increased coyote sightings there.

In addition, the committee noted that the “path paver” fundraiser for the HTCC was going very well. Commemorative bricks can be purchased for $50 to 60, for installation as part of a walkway into the building. Suggested engravings for the 4-by eight-inch bricks, 20 characters per line, two or three lines, include family, business, and organization names; honoring students, teachers, and former residents; or in memory of a loved one. Order forms are available from the township office.

At the Haycock Historical Society’s Stokes House at 1299 Apple Road on Sept. 17, Steve Applegates’s Settlers’ Day presentation will include cooking a stew over an open fire.

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