State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st
State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, announced Nov. 17 he is suspending his run for congress in Pennsylvania’s 15th District and will, instead, focus on the State House and state issues in the coming year.
“It has become clear that running for, and possibly serving in, congress are not conducive to the commitment I must keep to my family, especially my young daughter,” Simmons said in a press release to The Press Nov. 17.
Simmons and his wife, Erica, are the parents of a 22-month old daughter.
The Salisbury Township School District operations committee met Nov. 6 where William Brackett, director of maintenance and grounds provided a report on potential summer projects.
“There is nothing that is in critical failure mode,” Brackett said. “We could take a break this year.”
If the district wanted to work on some projects this summer, Brackett provided a list of capital projects, by priority, the board could consider to pursue.
The first was the varsity softball field including dugouts with storage room and steps leading to the tennis court at a cost of $60,000.
Some two dozen fire, police and EMS units from across Lehigh and Northampton counties staged a silent parade Nov. 12, with red lights flashing, but no sirens, past the St. Luke’s University Hospital, Fountain Hill, in a show of support for Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Seth Kelly who is recovering in that hospital after being seriously wounded in a shootout with a motorist stopped for a traffic violation in Plainfield Township Nov. 7.
In a short meeting Nov. 8, the Lehigh County Commissioners approved some appointments, one bill and listened to citizen’s complaints and suggestions. They also welcomed the two newest Commissioners-elect who won their elections the night before.
Amy Zanelli, the new representative for District 3, which includes West Bethlehem, attended with her wife and children. Zanelli will replace David Jones who will step down from the commissioner’s office.
Emmaus Historical Society meeting 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church Parish Hall, Fifth and Chestnut streets. The program will include information about the Schwar Geneology Library which is housed in the museum. Society member Lynette Fink will talk about the history of the Schwar Genealogy Library.
The Salisbury Police Department, specifically Cpl. Christopher Casey and Sgt. Ronald Patten, were recognized at the Nov. 9 Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners meeting by The Advocacy Alliance of Allentown.
“The ‘I’m the Evidence Award’ is given to acknowledge individuals who live with mental health issues and are in recovery as well as community agencies, etc. that support these individuals,” Connie J. Hammann, external advocate project manager, Community Support Services, The Advocacy Alliance, said.
Some information about the Salisbury Township proposed 2018 budget was incorrect in a Nov. 1 article in the Salisbury Press.
A water rate increase is proposed for Salisbury Township residents in the 2018 township budget. The rise is the result of an increase by the Lehigh County Authority.
There is no proposed increase in the sewer rate for township residents.
The proposed 2018 Salisbury Township budget includes seven personal replacement ballistic vests for $8,400.
The proposed budget also includes $55,000 for the purchase of a public works vehicle.
The Salisbury Township School District curriculum and technology committee meeting was held Oct. 30 at Lehigh Carbon Community College. Members of the committee visit the college once a year for a dinner and tour of the facility.
Rachel Reinecke, chair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts in Salisbury, spoke with the committee regarding high school music elective offerings which are “current, interesting to the students, would allow the students to make music and would be aligned with best practices from the National Association for Music Education.”