Ken Bennington returns to Hilltown supervisors
Ryan J. Torres
The Hilltown Board of Supervisors has started reorganizing priorities, as well as lineup.
The board met a little later than scheduled Monday night to put into motion the new, and re-elected Hilltown officials. Also in attendance was the newly elected Republican Chairman Kenneth Bennington, who defeated incumbent Barbara Salvadore during the 2013 elections by a count of 448 to 391.
Bennington previously served on the board from 1989 to 2005, but resigned to become the township manager until 2007. He now joins Supervisor Jim Groff and Vice Chairman Jack McIlhinney, who is currently serving as the temporary chairman.
“Let’s take a moment to welcome the new kid on the block,” McIlhinney said to a room of only a few attendees. It was a small number compared to the last meeting that the board had back on Dec. 9, when the public was more interested in hearing a verdict that determined a zoning change at Chairman Salvadore’s final board meeting.
McIlhinney’s verbal embrace of the new chairman was interrupted by Bennington’s first priority – getting through the agenda items before the weather outside became any more frightful.
After moving though seven personnel appointments, five professional service appointments, nine board appointments, and adoptions of funds and dates, they moved on to new business.
The only point of new business that was on the board’s agenda was the open space tax levy. The levy, which had been untouched and has accumulated $5 million, may, according to McIlhinney, be up to $6 million by next year.
The board agreed to hold off on any discussion regarding the open space levy until the next meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 27.
Before public comment and adjournment Bennington stated the importance of Hilltown’s police force and how he would like to spend time addressing other factors in the community such as parks and recreation, and water and sewer.
“I’m not going to look back on SWS,” Bennington said in regards to the uproar over the trash transfer facility from last month’s board meeting. “Those deals have already been done.”
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