Doylestown Township reorganizes for 2014
Dana M. Eckman
The Doylestown Township Board of Supervisors’ first meeting of 2014 was punctuated by the swearing in of new Independent supervisor Ken Snyder and the re-seating of Republican supervisor Rick Colello, both of whom won in last November's election.
Both men were administered the oaths of office by Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. at the Jan. 6 reorganization meeting.
Barbara N. Lyons retains her chairmanship and Colello was named vice chairman.
"Thank you for the vote of confidence," Lyons said. "I'm happy to serve. It's my honor."
Sarah Tomlinson was sworn in as tax collector. Patricia Medd and Stanley Dourey were sworn in as auditors.
In a unanimous vote, the board approved the 2014 public meeting schedule, continuing its past policy of meeting the first and third Tuesday of each month in the township building at 425 Wells Road, Doylestown Township. Meetings will begin at 7 p.m. Exceptions to the schedule include once a month meetings in the summer months - July, August and September. And once a month meetings will be held in May and November due to the primary and general elections.
The board changed the administrative office's hours to 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays. They had been extended from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. previously.
Board members also were assigned liaison roles to the township's various volunteer committees:
► Colello - Municipal Authority, Planning Commission, and Public Water and Sewer Advisory Committee.
► Lyons - Open Space and Farmland Preservation, Personnel and Administration, Director of Public Safety, and Dog Park Advisory Committee.
► Ryan Manion - Roads and Bridges, Traffic Advisory, and Ways and Means Committee.
► Snyder - Environmental Advisory Council, Telecommunications and Central Bucks Senior Task Force.
► Shawn Touhill - Agricultural Security Area Advisory, Bike and Hike, and Parks and Recreation.
In other business, members approved a two-year contract for manager Stephanie J. Mason. As part of the contract, Mason will receive a base salary of $104,525. The contract became effective on Jan. 6. Her contract will continue through the end of 2015.
Mason informed the board that the DEP approved the township's 3M planning module that they've been working on for the Pebble Ridge/Woodridge and vicinity development.
The board's next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at 425 Wells Road, Doylestown.
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