Township takes steps to address rat infestation at a private residence

Upper Nazareth Supervisor’s meeting – November 2, 2022

Absent – Robert Disbrow


Weekly curbside leaf pickup will run as long as it is needed

November 7th – Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 6:00PM

November 16th – MS4 Workshop at 6:00PM

December 2nd – Tree lighting ceremony at the Township Building at 7:00PM

December 22nd – Employee Appreciation Lunch

January 3, 2023 – Reorganization meeting

January 4, 2023 – Auditor’s Meeting


Residents from the neighborhood in the area of West Elmo Street asked for an update on the house with a rat infestation problem. Scott Sylvanius reported that a Guardian has been appointed for the owner. The Guardian will get a key to the home soon and get everything in order. If a key cannot be found, the township will pay for a locksmith. Trash and other material contributing to the rat problem will be removed; personal items will remain in the house. The Township will cover costs to address the removal of vermin and a lien will be applied to recoup funds. Solicitor Gary Asteak has prepared a lawsuit in the event the Guardian does not allow the Township to eradicate the rats. Mike Rinker and other representatives from the Township will attend the initial walkthrough of the property.

A resident asked why UNT did not get an Electronic recycling collection event like surrounding municipalities. The Township Manager said they weren’t able to schedule a good date for this year, but hope to stage one at Tuskes Park or the Yard Waste Facility in the Spring of 2023.


Brian Sayago expressed concern over the collection of the EIT tax. Keystone, a company chosen by the County, can’t show that they are collecting the right amount of money. Supervisors approved Manager Lisa Klem to send a letter to Keystone for more information about their process for calculating the tax.


Approval to advertise the Amended Police Pension Ordinance No. 71

Approval to advertise a Resolution to Appoint a CPA firm to conduct the 2022 audit

Gary Asteak will attend the EAC meeting on November 7th to review policies and procedures


Approval of to advertise the 2023 General Fund and Liquid Fuels Budget

  • No tax increase;  $480 from General Reserves will be used to balance the 2023 budget. Some of those funds may be covered by future grant awards

Approval to revise the website for a cost of $9,400

A proposal to approve the 2023 Holiday Schedule was tabled after a discussion about Juneteenth being added to the list of paid holidays

The 2022 2nd Quarter Girard Police Pension Report is available for review at the township office


The Nazareth High School S.A.D.D. Club requested holding a bonfire at Tuskes Park. None of the Supervisors present would make a motion so the request did not receive a vote.

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

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