The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners has approved a 2013 budget that calls for a 10 percent tax increase and includes the hiring of a police officer and two public works employees.
By a unanimous 5-0 vote, commissioners voted to adopt the budget.
In a separate vote, commissioners also voted 5-0 for a tax hike that will cost $30 annually for each township property owner, based on the township average $232,400 property assessment.
The Salisbury Township Municipal Building is getting a security upgrade.
The township board of commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the work.
While no specific incident has spurred the move, Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles said he has urged commissioners for years, including those no longer serving on the board, to increase security at the municipal building.
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Medical personnel and firefighters from Eastern Salisbury Fire Department attend to the male driver of a Jeep sport vehicle involved in a rollover accident just before 6 p.m. Friday evening, Dec. 21, 2012.
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"Superbowl 10-K" has been approved by a unanimous 5-0 vote by the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners. Chris Garges, a board member of the Lehigh Valley Road Runners, race sponsor, made the presentation at the Dec. 13, 2012 township meeting. The 12th annual, 2 1/2-mile race Feb. 3 will traverse portions of Greenwood, Yorkshire, Bishop, Barnsdale and Nottingham roads, Lehigh Parkway North and Robin Hood Drive for about one hour. There are 550 runners from the Mid-Atlantic region expected. Volunteers are to direct vehicles and runners at intersections.
Shortly after the Eastern Salisbury Ambulance Corps was discontinued in 2009 because of financial support difficulties, the Salisbury Police Department was asked for ideas on how township patrol officers might fill the gap.
The result was the department's Quick Response Service vehicle which is on the township's street 12-hours-a-day as a patrol vehicle.
The vehicle is equipped with advanced first aid supplies, special lighting equipment, fire turnout gear for officers, fire extinguishers and other specialized equipment needed for tactical response situations.
Items from the closed King George Inn, Cedar Crest and Hamilton boulevards, South Whitehall Township, were auctioned off Dec. 17, 2012.
Restaurant items such as ovens, tables, chairs, flatware and china went out for bid 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
After 3 p.m., antiques and collectables, which adorned the restaurant throughout its history were auctioned.
The one dining room was filled to capacity with bidders with overflow reaching into the adjoining dining room.
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Western Salisbury, Eastern Salisbury volunteer firefighters and a crew from Cetronia Fire Department respond shortly after 5 p.m. Dec. 21, 2012, to an automatic alarm at the 1230 Medical Offices building, on the Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest Campus, indicating smoke in the structure.
Wendell Mukics presents a $500 check for the township police department K-9 patrol to Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles. Mukics thanked township police in recounting a Seidersville Road accident in which a vehicle driven by his grandson hit a deer, which died. The driver and two student passengers were uninjured. "Wendell has always been a supporter of our K-9 patrol. I do appreciate it," Stiles said at the Dec. 13, 2012 board of commissioners meeting attended by Mukics.
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The burned body of a white or light-skinned Hispanic female was found in a wooded area of Chestnut Hill Road, Salisbury Township, Dec. 27, 2012.
According to District Attorney Jim Martin, the woman was discovered around 9:40 a.m. along the side of the road, just south of the entrance to the Unami Fish and Game Protective Association Inc. He said a fire was reported to police and the body was found between the guardrail and a tree.
According to Martin, the death is being investigated as "suspicious."