July 5, 2018 – Upper Nazareth Supervisors Meeting
August 3rd – Deadline for newsletter submissions
August 4th – Latex Paint Recycling Event at 6101 Kesslerville Road, Nazareth
August 24th-25th – Community Days at Tuskes Park
A resident requested that the traffic light at Friedenstahl Avenue be adjusted to have a delayed green during school mornings. The township engineer said that suggestion was brought to PennDOT and they denied it.
The same resident also requested that the board reconsider moving to a single trash hauler to limit traffic. That request was also denied.
Security Concerns at the Municipal Building
Donna Hirst, who was absent at the June 20th meeting, revisited the proposal to pay $1,237 for an intercom system. There have been at least two incidents with people, under the influence of drugs, rushing into the foyer and causing trouble for the front officer workers. The problem may be linked to the fact that the municipal office and police office share space. Bulletproof glass has been installed in the police office. Hirst pointed out that the door needs to be locked for safety reasons to protect employees. The supervisors voted 3 to 2 to pay $1,237 for an intercom system. (Robert Disbrow and Scott Sylvanius voted against. The door to the municipal building will be locked now and visitors screened before they enter.
Our neighboring communities want to put together a cooperative agreement to share public works resources for road work and other projects. (This agreement will not apply to police or administrative services). Lower Nazareth and Bushkill have already agreed to participate. The supervisors approved to move to adopt an ordinance on the issue.
Studies have shown that speed on the road has been reduced. A safety expert has recommended using 5th Street, where there’s a four-way stop, as the primary pedestrian school crossing. A crossing guard will cost the township an estimated $7,000/year. The Supervisors voted to take the plan to the School District for approval.
CodeRED is an emergency alert system which contacts subscribers via cell phone, landline, text message and/or email. An All-Call test was held last week and had a 64% success rate. Residents can sign up for the service here: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BFF6C37BB0AF
Basketball Hoop Policy
An update to the policy has been drafted and will be sent to Gary Asteak, township solicitor, for approval. People with temporary hoops will be asked to move them, people with permanent hoops which pose a traffic hazard will be cited and be instructed to move them.
Your Tax Dollars at Work
Approval for $2,890.34 to make the final payment to Ram’s Siding for the new roof on the Municipal Building.
Approval to wait until budget negotiations to decide what to do with the $31,440 from the Gaming Revenue Grant.
Approval for an ad concerning a public comment hearing on Aug. 15th to discuss the Pollution Reduction Plan.
Supervisors voted 4 to 1 (Sylvanius against) joining with the County to pursue HOME funding grants for low income housing.
Approval to post an ad for a full-time laborer.
Approval to advertise an Ordinance to raise parking fines.
Becky Bartlett is a resident of Upper Nazareth and covers these meetings because citizens have the right to know what their government is doing.