Nockamixon Township will purchase Gallows Run site
The Nockamixon Township supervisors have authorized entering into an agreement of sale for the purchase of a conservation easement of approximately 62.8 acres owned by Jennifer L. McCandless at 475 Traugers Crossing Road.
The total purchase price for the parcel is $389,951. At the supervisors’ December meeting, the board approved disbursement of $174, 981 from open space funds, towards the price as well as funds up to $3,000, for its share of settlement costs for the easement. The township will be a joint holder of the easement with Bucks County and the Tinicum Conservancy.
Township Solicitor Jordan Yeager said, "This has been in the works for a year."
Prior to the authorization open space committee member Sanci Tenney elaborated about the easement. "It is consistant with what the township has seen before. Tenney noted that there is a "striking feature of 0.6 of a mile along Gallows Run, with riparian forests,” he said.
"The sensitive portions of property will remain undeveloped. The open space committee makes a recomendation to the board to approve it."
The resolution proclaims: "The property posesses significant natural, scenic and open space, and recreational values of great importance to the township as well as protection of the water quality of Gallows Run Watershed."
Gallows Run is located in Nockamixon, Springfield and Durham townships. The nearly 9-square-mile watershed is one of the most scenic areas in the region.
Earlier in the meeting, the supervisors approved the 2014 budget.
Total annual expenses were listed as $1,012,820, and total annual income of $1070,532, with a net annual income of $57,712. The township's cash balance in the budget is $888,939.
The municipal tax, remaining at 6 mills, translates to an average township tax bill of about $216.
There were no questions or discussions about the budget from the board or citizens in attendance.
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