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Thursday, August 17, 2017 by Paul Willistein in Local News

Water meters need to be replaced

Salisbury Township residents are being notified their residential water meters are to be replaced.

“They [township homeowners] need to schedule appointments,” Salisbury Township Director of Public Works John Andreas said in his report at the Aug. 10 board of commissioners meeting.

InLine Services, inc., of Flemington, N.J., is to handle appointments and undertake the work for the estimated three-month project.

“They [InLine employees] will have identification,” Andreas said.

Appointments may be made online or by phone.

Letters concerning water meters replacement were to have been mailed to residents the week of Aug. 7. The project is expected to begin Sept. 11.

Andreas also said the water main replacement project in the Meadowbrook area is “moving forward.”

In other business at the Aug. 10 meeting, township commissioners:

•Voted 4-0, with one commissioner absent, to approve a two-year extension to the refuse and recycling contract with Republic Services. Commissioner Vice President Robert Martucci Jr. made the motion, seconded by Commissioner Debra Brinton.

“I think they’ve continued the service as that of the previous hauler,” Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich said.

Salisbury Township signed a refuse-hauling contract with Republic Feb. 20, 2015 and it went into effect March 1, 2015. The contract is for a three-year base bid, March 2015 to February 2018, with options to extend the contract for two additional years, March 2018 to February 2019 and March 2019 to February 2020.

The contract amount for the first three years increased 2 percent each year from $993,762 in the first year to $1,033,910 in the third year. The fourth-year increase is $1,064,927, which is 3 percent. The contract amount would also increase 3 percent for the fifth year.

•Lauded Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles for coordinating the township’s “National Night Out,” held 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 at Salisbury High School, 500 E. Montgomery St.

Martucci lauded Stiles’ efforts. “I also wish to thank the township police for their community involvement,” Brinton said. Township Commissioner Joanne Ackerman and Commissioner President James A. Brown also thanked Stiles.

Those attending “National Night Out” at the high school met township police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel. There was free food and drinks, emergency vehicles on display, children’s games and activities, a rock band, home-safety tips, Neighborhood Watch information, child safety seat checks and installation and a dessert contest. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Added Brinton, “I think our new animal control officer [Michael Sinko] is doing an excellent job.”

•Urged more public awareness for Project Discovery, which provides location identification bracelets for persons on the autism spectrum, persons with Alzheimer’s disease or for other reasons. A 20-year-old man with autism wandered away from his home along South Pike Avenue and was found at the Lehigh County Humane Society Animal Shelter along South Dixon Street in Allentown. The man was not wearing a Discovery location bracelet. The Aug. 5 search for the man took six hours. Ackerman urged additional publicity for the project.

•Learned the next “Coffee with Cops” program is Oct. 4 in the food court of Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest. LVH security police are expected to attend. Stiles noted the event is being held on the date, 10-4, a favorite phase that means “OK” used by Broderick Crawford on the television show, “Highway Patrol” (1955 - 1959).

•Heard a report from Joshua Wells, Western Salisbury Fire Company chief, who said Western Salisbury had 52 calls and 295 for the year to date. He said there were numerous calls during recent thunderstorms. Wells said Western personnel visited the assembling of Engine 31-12 at Marion Body Works Inc., in Marion, Wisc. The engine will carry a 775-gallon water tank feeding a 1,500 gallons per minute Waterous pump on a Spartan chassis. The new fire engine is expected to be delivered to Western in mid-September. Photos of the fire engine can be seen at the Western website

•Approved Brinton and Bonaskiewich as township representatives on the Allentown Public Library board of directors.