Township Manager, E.J. Mentry, Resigns

 

October 17, 2018 – Upper Nazareth Supervisors Meeting

Absent – Donna Hirst

The Oct. 3rd meeting was cancelled due to the lack of a quorum

Community Concerns

A Gun Club Road resident complained about 1.34 acres of wetlands being illegally filled in at the site of the proposed Warehouse. He claimed the fill had pushed the water into the woods. He reported that DEP has been informed and will investigate.

The Nazareth Memorial Library thanked the township for the use of Tuske’s Park for their Touch-a-Truck event. They sold over 1,000 tickets and raised $9,100.

A resident complained about the streetlight at Route 191 and Friedensahl Avenue being out for the last six months. Calls to Met Ed have not resulted in action. She was told to call the township office in the morning.

Announcements

Township Manager, E.J. Mentry, announced his resignation as of Wednesday, Oct. 24th. E.J. has worked for the township for the past 3 ½ years. He’s leaving to take a job in Chester County.

Leaf collection begins Monday, October 23rd. Check the township website for the schedule.

https://uppernazarethtownship.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017-LEAF-PICKUP-SCHEDULE.pdf

October 31st – Trick-or-Treat will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM; the party at the township building will be held from 4:30 – 8:00 PM

The Employee Appreciation Lunch will be held on Dec. 14th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

Road Work

The 2018 Road Surface Project is complete.

In response to requests from township residents to have PennDOT explain their traffic studies in regards to the proposed warehouse project, PennDOT has said they don’t do public meetings but they are willing to meet with public officials and the township solicitor.

The Engineer recommended the township start inspecting private businesses to make sure they are in compliance with their MS-4 (storm water management) permits. The engineer pointed out that this year was bad with heavy rain and that future years will probably be worse. He suggested the Supervisors bring up the issue at the next Council of Government (COG) meeting.

Resolution 18-13 passed. This is a deed of dedication turning roads in Eagle’s Landing over to the township.

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Approval to increase the secretary’s salary to $24.50/hour.

Approval for a change order ($16,023) and a final payment ($8,099) for the road surface project. Final cost for the project was $207,041.51.

Approval to advertise for Ordinance # 179 which is concerned with Monocacy Creek ACT 167 Stormwater Management.  The ordinance is ten years old and the township is obligated to adopt an update.

Approval to advertise for a CPA firm to do an audit.

Approval of $1,850 to pay for a Real Estate Tax Audit.

Approval of a $250 donation to the Bushkill Conservancy.

Approval to pay Signal Service $1,046 for an annual inspection of intersection lights.

Approval to pay $85/hour not to exceed $6,000 for a search for a new township manager.

Resolution 18-12 commits matching funds for a Northampton County LSA Grant (~$25,000)

Approval of $32,941 for a new public works truck, a 2019 Chevy Silverado. Payment will come out of the vehicle and equipment fund.

Approval for a new police vehicle and equipment for $38,054. The cost will be offset by gaming funds so the final cost to the township will be around $6,000.

 

Becky Bartlett covers these meetings because citizens have a right to know what their government is doing.

 

 

 

 


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