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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lower Towamensing Township will negotiate privately in its quest to provide sewage treatment to its residents.

No action was taken by the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday after no overtures were received for a second straight month for its wastewater treatment plant project.

While a motion to open bids for the wastewater treatment plant was listed on the agenda, township solicitor Jim Nanovic said no action was necessary because no bids were received.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Route 93 at the intersection of Route 209 in Nesquehoning was shut down early this morning as a result of a tractor trailer crash that happened early this morning.
According to Nesquehoning police, officers were dispatched to the bottom of Route 93 at approximately 4:20 a.m., for reports of a tractor trailer over the guardrail in the southbound lane.
The driver, identified as Marrero Norberto of Palm Beach, Fla., was apparently backing up the rig for unknown reasons when he went up and over the guardrail and got the trailer stuck.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

State police at Lehighton are asking the public's assistance in an apparent child abduction incident.

Troopers said on two separate occasions a male approached a 13-year-old female as she walked home from a school bus stop. As she walked the male suspect repeatedly asked the victim if she would like a ride home. The victim said that the suspect exited his vehicle on one occasion.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
bob ford/times news A cyber school wants to open in the former J.E. Morgan Antique Car Museum.

A former antique car museum may see new life as a cyber school in West Penn Township.

During a supervisors' meeting Monday, Ron Madison of Rettew, the township's engineer, said that he'd reviewed a sketch plan for the proposed project. Madison said that the applicant is Commonwealth Connections Academy, which is headquartered in Harrisburg.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Towamensing Township supervisors drew up plans for regulating the use of the recreation fields last week.

"It is municipal property," said Supervisor Tom Newman, "and residents live in the surrounding area."

Field use is to be limited to 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Alcohol is banned. Loud music will not be permitted.

The concession stand will be closed from Nov. 1 to April 1 because of the possibility of freezing water pipes. If a schedule runs late the association can have another week to close up.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS A woman and 17 of her cats were evicted from her apartment at 425 North Railroad St., Tamaqua on Saturday.

A Tamaqua woman and 17 of her cats were evicted from her apartment at 425 North Railroad St. Saturday.

Mayor Chris Morrison said that there are three apartments in the building, and that PPL had shut off the power for one unit due to nonpayment. When a residence does not have power, it is condemned by the borough, he explained. The borough condemned the apartment Nov. 17.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mahoning Township supervisors passed a $2.17 million budget Monday night with a half-mill tax increase for residents.

The rate is 5.25 mills. One-quarter mill will be applied to the General Fund while the other quarter mill will be applied to the Building and Land Fund.

The millage is divided among four municipal funds in the township.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Money matters, specifically the borough's 2014 preliminary budget, dominated the Slatington Borough Council meeting Monday night.

First, however, Vice President Bryon Reed discussed a possible electrical problem with a circuit board that occurred earlier that day at the municipal water filtration plant. He noted that, as a precautionary measure, residents are asked to conserve water until notified otherwise.

While discussing the preliminary budget, President Daniel Stevens noted that the fire budget was not yet balanced and offered two possible solutions to achieve that.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

For the first time in years a tax decrease is anticipated in Summit Hill.

The borough council gave tentative approval to its 2014 budget Monday night which calls for a one-fourth mill reduction in millage.

Presently, the tax rate is 16.1 mills. The new budget has millage set at 15.85 mills.

Final adoption of the budget is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23.

The budget is based on 13.85 mills for general purposes, 1.5 mills for street lighting, and a half-mill for fire allocation.

The fiscal package is balanced at $1,410,305.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  A look at the 12 brand new lighted wreaths that have been placed on the General Morgan Bridge in Slatington for the holiday season. The wreaths were installed by the Slatington Borough Crew.

Thanks to the civic-mindedness of the Northern Lehigh area, a dozen lighted wreaths now adorn the General Morgan Bridge in Slatington.

The brand new wreaths were installed on the bridge last month by the Slatington Borough Crew, and then lit one week later, right in time for the holidays.

Slatington's Christmas lights - which dated back to mid-1960s - were replaced about 12 years ago, according to Northern Lehigh Future Focus member Robert Stettner. At that time, Stettner said enough were purchased so that each of the 60 light poles on Main Street had a decoration.