Monday, May 20, 2013
The Salisbury Board of Commissioners bi-monthly meeting, scheduled for Thursday night at 7 p.m., has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 13.
The bi-monthly Salisbury Board of Commissioners meeting, scheduled for Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the township building, has been canceled. Commissioner Debra Brinton told Patch that no pressing issues were on the commission's agenda, prompting the meeting to be scrapped. The board's next scheduled meeting is Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m. at the township building.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The KidsPeace Family Center, at 1850 Broadway, is now housing immigrant refugee children until they can be placed. Township officials see no problem with the program.
Salisbury Township officials see no problems stemming from a KidsPeace Family Center program that houses immigrant refugee children from Central America and South America. At a recent meeting, Police Chief Allen Stiles expressed concerns about not being advised in advance about the program. "I don't see any problems," said Township Manager Randy Soriano in response to questions from a township resident. "ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) will take the appropriate action if something happens," Soriano said. "It's no burden on the police department. It's a worthwhile thing and [the children] are probably very happy to be there." Soriano said KidsPeace is increasing security staff at the location and that the staff and programs there …
Incumbent Salisbury Township Commissioner James Seagreaves is running a write-in campaign for the May 21 primary.
Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners incumbent James Seagreaves says he is running for re-election even though a problem filing for the primary left his name off the ballot. Seagraves, who represents the township's second ward, is running a write-in campaign. Seagreaves serves as president pro-tempore of the board. If no one wins the election, a person from the second ward would need to be appointed, said Commissioner Joanne Ackerman. Republican Board President James Brown is running unopposed in the Fourth Ward and will move on to the general election, where someone could engage him in a write-in campaign.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners will await a report from the township engineer concerning storm water runoff from Church Road. Residents living on Irlyn and Foothill roads say they are being affected.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners has voted to allow its township engineer to investigate a storm water drainage problem that is affecting residents living on Irlyn and Foothill roads. Irlyn and Foothill roads are private roads that are not dedicated to the township; therefore the township is not responsible for their upkeep. However, residents living along both roads are asking the township for assistance in quelling storm water runoff they claim originates from Church Road, where a swale exists. "We're not asking for a complete takeover. We're asking the township to do something about the storm water runoff," said Barbara Baldwin, a Foothill Road resident. "The runoff from Church Road is a major problem. We want to make our …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Board of Commissioners hires Brian Zulic of Bath as the police department's 17th full-time officer.
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Tuesday, March 26
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners has hired Brian Zulic of Bath as the 17th full-time officer of the Salisbury Police Department. Zulic, who has served in part-time police roles with the Lehighton Police Department and the Lansford Police Department, will earn $50,377.60. "He'll do the job that we want, once he goes through our training," said Salisbury Police Chief Allen Stiles. Zulic served in the U.S. Marine Corps beginning in 2008 and is currently serving with the Marine Reserve Artillery Unit in Reading. Zulic graduated from Lackawanna College's Police Academy in 2009. He completed an associate's degree program in criminal justice at Lackawanna in 2011. He will be hired as a full-time police officer after a physical and …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Population changes in wards 2 and 3 in Eastern Salisbury could change the districts' boundaries.
Wednesday, January 30
Residents who live in Eastern Salisbury Township might have to vote at different polls if their wards are redrawn because of population changes. The Board of Commissioners and consulting firm Urban Research and Development Corp. are studying the possibility of redistricting wards 2 and 3 because of a disparity in population based on the 2010 Census. The wards are supposed to contain approximately equal populations. Residents in Ward 2, an area near Laubach Park, currently vote at Eastern Salisbury Fire Department and are represented by Commissioner James Seagreave, a Democrat. Residents in Ward 3, which spans portions of Eastern and Western Salisbury, currently vote at the Salisbury Township Municipal Building and Salisbury Middle School, …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Salisbury Township's $11.9 million budget for 2013 includes an average $30 increase for property owners.
Thursday, January 3
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners passed an $11.9 million budget for 2013 last week that will result in a 10 percent tax increase. The increase was largely due to the addition of a new police officer and two public works employees to understaffed departments amidst declining revenue and increased expenses. The total real estate tax will increase to 1.42103 mills, which would mean a property owner would pay an estimated $330.70 a year on a property assessed at an average $232,400. The average increase comes to $30. Revenues are projected to be $5.9 million and expenses are projected to be $6.1 million. The tax increase and fund balance will make up the $212,000 deficit.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Salisbury Board of Commissioners are trying to find a way to add a new police officer and two public works employees to the 2013 budget.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Salisbury Board of Commissioners are trying to find a way to add a new police officer and two public works employees to the proposed 2013 budget without a large tax increase. With the general fund's operating expenses projected at $6,098,608 and revenue at $5,816,300, the township faces a projected $282,000 deficit next year. Township Manager Randy Soriano told the board at their meeting last week that although he was not proposing a tax increase, if the township increases personnel "it has to be sustainable. You have to raise some revenue." The question remained, he said, "how do you want to make up the $282,000 [deficit]?" The township has used its $5 million fund balance over the years to make up deficits. "At some point you're …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Salisbury Township commissioners began working on the 2013 budget Thursday and are hoping to stave off a tax increase.
Friday, October 26, 2012
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners began working on the 2013 budget Thursday and is hoping to stave off a tax increase. Township Manager Randy Soriano presented early figures at the board's Thursday night workshop meeting, but did not release budget documents to the press. Officials are uncertain whether there will be a tax increase as they examine revenue and expenses, which include requests by the public works and police departments to hire additional personnel. The public works department has lost six workers since 2005, including four retirements since May. Director John Andreas has asked to hire two workers, which Soriano said could be paid out of different budget funds. Police Chief Allen Stiles requested to hire two …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Eastern Salisbury Fire Company will get a new pumper truck.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of a new $362,000 pumper truck for Eastern Salisbury Fire Company. The board's vote was unanimous at its meeting last week, contingent upon township Solicitor John Ashley's review of the contract. Commissioner Joanne Ackerman raised questions about the fire truck manufacturer's "hold harmless" clause in the contract and wanted to know if the manufacturer or township would be liable if someone were injured because a part malfunctioned. "I have a real problem with the wording," Ackerman said. Ashley said if a lawsuit resulted because of a defective part, the manufacturer would fix the truck "but would not be liable for damages."