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Solebury now assured of appointing two township residents to library board


The Solebury Board of Supervisors will now be able to ensure that two members to the board of trustees of New Hope-Solebury Free Library are from Solebury and are approved by the township.
There are currently nine trustees, some of whom are from Solebury, but the township has no say in who is named to those positions.
The Supervisor Chair, Mark Baum Baicker, and Doug Brindley, president of the library’s board of trustees, on Tuesday signed an agreement outlining how the next two trustee openings will be filled with Solebury residents and approved by the supervisors.
However, Baum Baicker noted that once they are appointed, they will be representing the library and not Solebury Township.
“Initially this task (of appointing two designated township trustees) seemed simple for both parties,” said Supervisor Robert McEwan, library liaison, “but as we got into a good dialogue, we discovered each other’s nuanced points of view which encouraged further dialogue and strengthened not only the final document we sign today, but also our relationship.”
Under the pact, the two new members must be Solebury residents. The selection process calls for:
~ Qualified candidates to be interviewed by the library board of trustees, which will select a final candidate;
~ For each expected township-appointed vacancy, the library board president will inform the supervisors which candidate the trustees believe is most able to serve the library’s mission.
~The supervisors may interview the final candidate before approving the appointment. In the event that the candidate selected by the trustees is not acceptable to the supervisors, and after dialogue between the boards, new candidates can be called for by either party and the process begun again until a final selection is made.
~ The supervisors will make their trustee appointment at a public meeting of the board.

Noting this was the supervisors first in-person meeting in more than a year (“Tuesday Night Live!” for the board), Baum Backer said, “I hope this is the permanent ending to a difficult period, although I will say that we all learned that there is value in conducting meetings virtually, I don’t think we missed a beat.”
He thanked Assistant Township Manager Michele Blood and Cathy Cataldi, administrative assistant, for making the virtual sessions run smoothly.
In other business, Baum Baicker noted the state’s “Ban on Bans,” which prohibits municipalities from banning the use of plastic bags expired on June 30.
However, Mark Freed, township solicitor, said townships are still prohibited from enacting legislation until this December.
Supervisor John Francis, liaison to the Environmental Advisory Council, added that in the meantime the township will resume its work on producing an ordinance to regulate single-use plastics.
The board also:
~ Extended Township Manager Dennis Carney’s contract for another year, until Dec. 2022;
~ Agreed to request a Multimodal Transportation Fund grant of $713,101 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to extend the Solebury Gateway Trail from Sugan Road to Kitchens Lane along the Route 202 bypass;
~ Adopted an ordinance amendment for signage prohibiting the use of brake retarders on Aquetong Road hills between Sawmill and Carversville roads.
~ Baum Baicker reported Samantha Cook of 6214 Sawmill Road has withdrawn her conditional use application for the property.