Lehigh County Commissioners had a second reading of the $133,755,495 Lehigh County Capital Plan for 2018 – 2022, and then passed several motions to amend the bill at their July 12 meeting.
The capital plan, according to explanatory text in the ordinance, “is a policy statement only and is in no way to be construed as a budget or an appropriation.” A vote on the capital plan will be held at the next meeting July 26.
“The capital plan kind of kicks off the budget season,” Commissioner Michael Schware said in an interview.
Utility crews, Salisbury firefighters and township public works crews were kept scrambling after a severe thunderstorm passed though the area late afternoon July 1.
Particularly hard hit were neighborhoods bordering the South Cedar Crest Boulevard corridor, with the Meadowbrook and Lindberg Park area experiencing severe damage from downed trees and limbs that took out power in some areas into July 2.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners is refusing to pay a funding increase request from the Allentown Public Library.
Commissioners agreed the township would continue to provide its annual funding of $81,559 to the library. Payment allows township residents to use library services. The library has been including township parks in its summer outreach program.
Luscious greenery, dazzling daylilies, fragrant flowers and shrubs, peaceful waterfalls, koi ponds, birdbaths and birdhouses, decorative decorations and arbors awaited visitors attending the Parkland Garden Club’s 19th annual garden tour July 15.
“Strolling through a Gardener’s Paradise” featured eight gardens, a creative demonstration, display of Japanese embroidery and silent auction.
Visitors touring the gardens were also treated to snacks and beverages.
The garden at the home of Christopher and Monica Baumer, of Allentown, began in 2009 and was completed in 2015.
After what Salisbury Township School Board President Frank Frankenfield referred to as a “long process,” board members voted unanimously 8-0 to approve Southwest Foodservice Excellence as the food service management for the district at the July 10 meeting.
Arizona-based SFE partners with school districts with a focus on feeding students nutritional meals derived from chef- based recipes. Salisbury will be its inaugural school district in Pennsylvania.
A regional summer aggressive driving traffic enforcement detail was marked locally by a joint Salisbury Township/Allentown traffic law enforcement detail along Fish Hatchery Road, at the border between the township and the City of Allentown, July 6.
Salisbury Township officials indicate they expect to continue the township’s refuse-hauling contract with Republic Services.
A one-year extension of the contract with the township’s trash and recycling hauler was discussed during the July 13 township meeting workshop.
“It [the contract with Republic] will be coming up for renewal at the end of the year,” Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich informed commissioners during the workshop.
She noted the contract can be extended for two one-year terms.