December 19, 2018 – Upper Nazareth Supervisors Meeting
Absent: Mike Rinker
Reorganization Meeting & Regular Meeting – January 7th at 7:00 PM
The Planning Commission meets on Thursday, January 10th at 7:00 PM.
Township Moves Towards Preserving Open Space
Scott Sylvanius asked for instructions on how to establish a tax to preserve open space. (Translation: prevent our rural township from being overrun by warehouses and trucks) Bushkill and Moore townships already have this and have been moving aggressively to preserve land. Lower Nazareth township is working on this now. Gary Asteak recommended the establishment of a committee to establish an education plan to get the public behind the tax, then an ordinance would be needed to put a ¼ tax onto the ballot. The supervisors voted to send the issue to the Planning Committee which will meet on Jan. 10th.
After a 30 minute discussion, Supervisors voted to do all the suggested repairs on the Penn Dixie Bridge which has significant issues with scouring, a hairline crack and other problems.
Gary Asteak will write a letter to the developer of Eagle’s Landing Phase 3C explaining the township will not release the funds until the developer fixes the issues.
Zoning Officer Sloe claimed that the pipe layers will arrive soon to construct the Penn East Pipeline. Gary Asteak reviewed the paperwork and, in his interpretation, the permits are still in process.
In relation to the complaint about a pot hole on Penn Allen Road, Shawn Shupe said the road crew had done work there this year and repainted the lines, but that a narrowing of the road had caused the hole. Due to the weather, they will install a temporary cold patch. Gary Asteak recommended the Supervisors forward the complaint about vehicle damage to the insurance company.
Your Tax Dollars at Work
The township received a dividend check in the amount of $807.09 for not using unemployment compensation.
Approval of Ordinance No. 180 which gives a tax deferment for employee contributions made to the Police Pension Plan.
Approval of Resolution 18-15—the 2019 Real Estate Tax Rate will now be 7.09 mils
Approval of Resolution 18-16 which concerns the Earned Income Tax. The rate is unchanged from last year.
Approval of Resolution 18-17—The General Fund Budget.
Approval of the 2019 Liquid Fuels Budget.
Approval to close the books for 2018.
Becky Bartlett covers these meetings because citizens have a right to know what their government is doing.