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  • Summer in Solebury

    View our Township Directory for staff, their positions and contact information.
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  • Preserving the Land

    Protecting and preserving the beauty, unique character and natural resources of Solebury Township includes appreciating its heritage.
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  • Trails and Parks

    View Solebury's Recreational Opportunities.
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  • Natural Abundance

    By planting native plant gardens, you can help to preserve the native plants that are disappearing from our area as well as create small oases for the wildlife in our neighborhoods.
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  • Protecting Our Resources

    Solebury's citizens have always had a strong commitment to preserving open space.
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  • Preserving Our Past

    Villages and hamlets are found in Solebury at historically important crossroads at points along the Delaware River...
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONAL

Solebury Township is seeking proposals for an environmental assessment and recommendation for the restoration of the Aquetong stream, former lake and the surrounding areas.

You may download and view this RFP here.

Parks & Recreation

 

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Blasting Alert

New Hope Crushed Stone has informed Solebury Township that blasting at the quarry site on Phillips Mill Road will occur Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

All questions related to these activities should be directed to New Hope Crushed Stone at 215-862-5288.

Weather-Damaged Trees Pose a Summer Hazard

Late-summer thunderstorms, with their strong wind gusts and lightning, can shake a tree from its roots and shatter limbs and branches. The most immediate post-storm threat is from downed trees and power lines, but there are other, less noticeable hazards.

Cracked limbs can hang in the tops of trees for days after a storm, and damaged tree trunks may stand for hours before toppling over. Solebury's open spaces and parks are rich with thick woods and old trees, and residents should keep an eye out for any damage overhead.

Falling limbs can become tangled in wires – always assume that any wire is a "live" electrical line and steer clear of it. Give a wide berth to dangling limbs and leaning trees. A little extra caution will add immeasurably to your safety.

State Agency Approves Solebury’s Aquetong Restoration

Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission gave its final approval on Aug. 3 to Solebury Township’s removal of the dam at Aquetong Lake, and its early efforts to restore the Aquetong Creek to its original condition.

In 2009, Solebury acquired the prized 45 acres along Rt. 202, including the lake formed by an obsolete 1870s-era dam,AquetongOutlet1505The breaching of the dam after a lengthy approval process involving county, state and federal agencies, the Pennsylvania legislature and US Congress. As a condition of the sale, the township agreed to find a long-term solution to the challenges of maintaining the dam.

Solebury formed a committee and brought in experts to review all options, settling on a plan to remove the dam and allow the spring to flow naturally into Aquetong Creek. The spring supplies three million gallons to the Aquetong Creek daily.

After winning approval from the Solebury Board of Supervisors and the state Fish and Boat Commission, the dam was breached and the lake was completely drained in 2015, allowing the creek to begin to reestablish its historic course that ultimately flows to the Delaware River.

On Aug. 3, after inspecting the project, the Fish and Boat Commission signed off on the work, finalizing the transfer of the land to Solebury Township.

Planning Commission Meeting is Canceled

The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for August 8th has been canceled.  The next regularly scheduled meeting is Monday, September 12th at 7:00 pm.

Solebury Budget Meetings

A note from Township Supervisors Chair Helen Tai:

Please consider attending the Township’s budget meetings to ensure your opinion is heard by the Township. It is critical that the Township Annual Budget reflects the views of the community.

Every fall the Solebury Township Board of Supervisors creates a budget for the following year, and we must approve a budget by December 31. Our main sources of revenue are Property Tax, which is fixed (unless property taxes are raised or lowered) and Earned Income Tax, which varies depending on the economy.

Year to year, the majority of the spending remains unchanged or adjusted slightly for inflation (e.g., salaries, utilities, road and bridge maintenance). Other items may vary significantly (e.g., capital projects, healthcare benefits, snow removal costs or storm damage repairs in good vs. bad years).

At the fall budget meetings, each department presents their proposed budget, including any new or one-time spending requests. At times, other organizations such as the fire companies, EMS or the library also make requests. The board then evaluates the projected spending vs. the projected revenues. And the board asks questions such as: What items are must-do vs. nice-to-have vs. not needed at all? What must be done next year and what can be deferred further into the future? Should we consider financing options (e.g., borrowing money for a capital project)?