A motion to put a referendum on term limits before citizens failed in a 5–2 vote March 13 during the Lehigh County Commissioner’s regular meeting.
The sole sponsor, Commissioner Amy Zanelli, couldn’t muster enough support to pass the measure. Even fellow Democrat Dan Hartzell could not be persuaded to support his colleague with his vote; he sided with Republicans to vote against the measure.
“We need to use reason instead of emotion,” Hartzell said. “This implies that long service is a problem. I can’t convince myself this a problem in search of a solution.”
Alburtis Area 55+ seniors meet noon at Church of the Good Shepherd, 135 Quarry Road and Penn Avenue, Alburtis. Meeting includes a potluck luncheon and bingo. Many bus trips are planned. For more information, call 610-966-4996.
Lucky Bucks Bingo 2-5 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 501 Chestnut St., Emmaus. Doors and snack bar open 1 p.m. Participants will receive cash prizes for bingo. There will also be a basket raffle and a 50/50 drawing. For more information, call Ashley Lorah at 610-739-1273.
The operations committee of the Salisbury Township School District met March 4 for an update to the preliminary 2019-2020 budget.
Chief Financial Officer/Board Secretary Michael Taylor updated the board on the preliminary budget with the deadline for the Pennsylvania Department of Education to rule on school district requests for exceptions March 27.
The board will review an analysis of the five year forecast, proposed reductions, department/building budgets and staffing at the April 1 operations meeting which is open to the public.
With the recent announcement Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim has retired, Lehigh County First Deputy Coroner and Operations Manager Eric D. Minnich has announced his candidacy for coroner.
Minnich, 41, a Democrat, began his employment with the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office as a part-time deputy coroner in 2006.
By 2007, he began as a full-time deputy coroner and, in 2012, began his leadership role as the first deputy coroner and operations manager, having been promoted by Grim.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners unanimously accepted the Emergency Services Comprehensive Review.
“It is strictly to accept the report. It doesn’t obligate the township to take any action,” Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich said prior to the 5-0 vote for approval of the review.
Commissioner Rodney Conn made the motion, seconded by Commissioner Joanne Ackerman, to bring acceptance of the review to a vote at the March 14 township commissioners’ meeting.
Church of the Good Shepherd of Alburtis, 135 Quarry Road, Alburtis, will hold its annual craft bazaar 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event includes crafts, attic treasures, a gift basket auction, baked goods and refreshments.
All-you-can-eat breakfast buffet 7 to 11 a.m. at Old Zionsville United Church of Christ, 5981 Fountain Road, Old Zionsville. There is a cost; children under age six can enjoy breakfast at no charge. For more information, call 610-966-3601.
April is Volunteer Month in Salisbury Township and Salisbury Township officials are seeking nominees for the Volunteer Recogniton Award.
Township commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 at the Feb. 28 meeting to approve a proclamation designating April as Volunteer Month.
The nomination deadline is March 25.
Residents chosen will be presented with awards at a catered dinner 6 p.m. April 16 in the meeting room of the township municipal building.
“Thank you for saving my life,” were the first words cancer survivor Jennifer Newland, 47, of Roseto, spoke to her colorectal surgeon John S. Park, M.D., as she rushed to embrace him at a colon cancer community information forum held March 7 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.
Newland was at the forum as a testament that colon cancer, caught early enough, can be overcome.