Short and Sweet

The short part of the May 5 Lower Saucon Township council meeting was the meeting itself. It may have set a record for brevity. In less than an hour, the Council passed 8 resolutions (most of them recognizing award winners from the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce), approved a resident’s exemption request, approved the minutes and heard only a couple of reports. Resident George Gress asked if any planning had been done yet to return meetings to in-person. The answer was “not yet” since it would require re-opening the Township building and that will take more extensive planning. Governor Wolf had only just announced the revised occupancy limits on Monday.

Probably the most time was spent on a request from resident Donna Louder for the township to request that the Health Bureau conduct a new air quality test because of some odor complaints from the landfill. Apparently the last air quality test was completed in 2016 and since then there has been a change in what the landfill is permitted to accept. After some discussion about the necessity for the request, the proper process for handling the request, and how the prior test was conducted, the Council finally agreed to send a letter to the Health Bureau requesting a new test. This was deemed appropriate because it takes some time for a test to be scheduled and conducted and the letter would get the request in the queue.

The sweet part of the meeting was the acknowledgement of the retirement of K-9 Atos from the Lower Saucon Police force. Unfortunately because of the technological limitations of Zoom, those of us watching were only able to catch glimpses of Atos when his handler, Officer Steve Kunigus, was speaking, but he’s a fine-looking fellow who has apparently served the department and the township well. Both Officer Kunigus and Chief Barndt spoke highly of his performance. I’ll admit that as a long-time German Shepherd Dog owner I’m a sucker for any of these working dog breeds so it was wonderful to see Atos appropriately honored. He will be living with Officer Kunigus and his family. I’m sure we all wish him a long and happy retirement. His successor, K-9 Titus, is already on the job and we’ll have a chance to meet him as things open up more.

And that was it. Mr. Carocci was absent so all the votes were 4-0.

Next Township Council Meeting – Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 6:30 PM

***One important note: The primary election is Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM. There isn’t much choice involved in the Township Council races. There are 3 Republicans running for nominations for the 3 open seats and 3 Democrats running for nominations for the same 3 open seats.

However, there are a large number of judicial nomination races that are competitive across the state and within the county. There are also 4 ballot questions for consideration. Remember that independent voters can vote on ballot questions, so don’t stay home because you’re an independent. Your voice counts and the two questions on how PA handles state-wide emergencies are very important. Please do your research. I urge you to vote NO on questions 1 and 2. If you’ve watched our completely dysfunctional state legislature over the past umpteen years, you know you don’t want them trying to make a decision in an emergency like Covid.

Finally, because of the bizarre situation in PA that allows candidates to cross-file for school board openings as both Rs and Ds, it’s often difficult to tell who stands where on school board issues and policies. Sadly, the Saucon Valley school board has taken some disturbingly right wing turns in the last couple of years. If you’re concerned about that, do your homework and find out which candidates’ positions really align with your beliefs. It matters.

And if you happen to vote in Lower Saucon 7, be sure to say hello. I’m the Judge of Election there.

Next Township Elections – Primary: Tuesday, May 18, 2021. General: Tuesday, November 2, 2021

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