Upper Nazareth Township Supervisor’s Meeting – January 18, 2017
Former Chief of Police, Alan Siegfried, thanked residents for allowing him to serve the township for the past 40 years, expressing gratitude to the road crew and fire department. The supervisors gave a letter of proclamation to Mr. Siegfried recognizing and commending his years of service.
A resident expressed concern about the proposed tax increase next year and asked if there were any other ways to raise the money.
- The supervisors pointed out that growth in the township has radically decreased which has slowed the collection of transfer fees. Fundraisers aren’t allowed under the law and every municipality is competing for the same grants.
- The tax collector, Tracy Adamski, said that Upper Nazareth doesn’t have much trouble with nonpayment of taxes. The rate of back taxes is only 1.5% and has put only $11,609 out for collection.
March 4 – 9:00 – Noon: Recyclable Latex Paint Event in Lower Saucon Township
May 6 – 9:00 – Noon: Recyclable Latex Paint Event in the City of Easton
May 20 – 8:30 – 2:00 pm Household Hazardous Waste Event at NCC Main Campus
August 26 – Community Day
Morning Star has filed an application to develop an additional 3 acre tract. The township will hold a public hearing on this, probably in March.
Resolution 17-06 which address the replacement/repair of mailboxes damaged by township vehicles, passed.
Your Tax Dollars at Work
Supervisor Donna Hirsh requested the township develop a 5-year budget plan to anticipate Police Car and Road Truck replacements.
Tax Collector Tracy Adamski requested the salary for her position be raised from its current level of $12,000/year. The salary has been at that level since 2008. Adamski has held the position since 2010 and plans to run for it again this year. According to Pennsylvania law, the board must approve the raise in salary by Feb. 15th, before anyone files a petition to get on the ballot.
The manager, E.J. Mentry, proposed an amendment to establish a 4 year ladder pay scale for new hires. (1st year – 80% of top rate, 2nd year – 85%, 3rd year – 90%, 4th year – 95% conditional on job satisfaction)
Approval of $1,250 for the township manager to attend the PELRAS conference
Approval of money for the township manager and 2 supervisors to attend the PSATS conference in Hershey. Cost was not announced.
Approval to pay a 5-year lease costing $100/month for a new printer for the police department.
3 supervisors voted against hiring a current part-timer for a full time position, citing concerns with the budget
Becky Bartlett covers these meetings because citizens have a right to be informed about the actions of their government.