Across-the-board tax hikes are in the offing in 2018 for Salisbury Township residents: 7 percent annual millage increase, $2 per quarter garbage-hauling increase and a pass-along Lehigh County Authority water and sewer rate increase.
The proposed hikes received the consensus backing of four of five commissioners during the workshop of the Oct. 26 township meeting as part of the first public airing of the 2018 budget.
There is no contest for the following races in Salisbury Township:
•Magisterial District 31-1-08 - Michael J. Pochron, Democratic and Republican ticket
•Township commissioner in the 2nd ward: Democrat James Seagreaves
•Township commissioner in the 4th ward: Republican Rodney C. Conn
•Tax collector: Democrat Linda J. Minger
•Salisbury Township District School Director: Mary L. Ziegler, Audrey H. Frick, George J. Gatanis and Joseph D. Gnall, all running on the Democratic and Republican ticket; four seats are open
During the Oct. 11 Salisbury Township School District board meeting, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Dr. Lynn Fuini-Hetten said, at the start of the school year the faculty and staff throughout the district were asked to “use their superpowers to help to realize Salisbury’s mission.”
Superpowers can range from talents in problem solving, to creative endeavors, from collaboration with others to abounding energy and many other distinctions in between. All Salisbury staff members are eligible for the award.
Lehigh County Commissioners voted Oct. 11 to appeal U.S. District Judge Edward Smith’s ruling in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in their suit against Lehigh County’s continued use of a Christian cross in the county seal.
The 6-3 vote came after an executive session when commissioners discussed the case.
In the public session, three commissioners voted against appealing the decision: David Jones, Geoff Brace and Dan Hartzell.
Civilians and first responders recognized for burn heroism at 12th annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards celebration
The Harrisburg Bureau of Fire was recognized with the first ever President’s Award for its resolve in overcoming multiple tragedies during the 12th annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards Celebration held at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem, recently.
The event recognized a dozen first responders, their departments and everyday citizens for acts of heroism or commitment to burn education.
Woman’s Club of Emmaus card party at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 501 Chestnut St., Emmaus. A light lunch will be served 11:30 a.m. There is a cost. Reservations for bridge should be directed to Sandy at 610-395-6434; reservations for pinochle should be directed to Ruth at 484-634-2468.
The Upper Milford Historical Society hosts historians Margaret and Carl Harner in a program titled “Ghost Stories of Haunted Boyertown” 7 p.m. in the Upper Milford Township Municipal Building, Old Zionsville. For information, call 610-966-4376.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners is expected to consider a vote on a medical marijuana dispensary zoning ordinance amendment at the 7 p.m. Oct. 26 township meeting in the municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.
The agenda for the Oct. 26 township meeting, includes, under New Business, the topic, Ordinances: Zoning Ordinance Amendment to include Medical Marijuana Facilities. Commissioners would need to approve and second a motion to vote on the ordinance. Public comment can be taken prior to the vote.
Salisbury police participated Oct. 18 in the 21st annual Operation Safe Stop program conducted in communities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as part of National School Bus Safety Week.
Operation Safe Stop is a public awareness and enforcement effort to educate the motoring public that passing a stopped school bus, when children are loading or unloading, is both dangerous and illegal.