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PUBLIC NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Sections 709 of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act and 1601 of the Second Class Township Code that the Board of Supervisors of Upper Saucon Township will hold a public meeting on Friday, July 30, 2021, commencing at 1:30 PM at the Township Municipal Building located at 5500 Camp Meeting Road, Center Valley, Pennsylvania, for the purpose of considering and possibly enacting proposed Ordinance No. 173. The proposed Ordinance provides for a referendum at the General Election of November 2, 2021, concerning the imposition of an additional Earned Income Tax at the rate of 0.10% to be used for financing the preservation of land in, or the acquisition of land for, open space uses as authorized by law.

The following constitutes the full text version of proposed Ordinance No. 173:

UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP
LEHIGH COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

ORDINANCE NO. 173

AN ORDINANCE OF UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP PROVIDING FOR A QUESTION TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE ELECTORS OF UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP BY REFERENDUM AT THE GENERAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 2, 2021, ASKING WHETHER THE ELECTORS FAVOR THE IMPOSITION OF AN ADDITIONAL EARNED INCOME TAX AT THE RATE OF 0.10% TO BE USED FOR FINANCING THE PRESERVATION OF LAND IN, OR THE ACQUISITION OF LAND FOR, OPEN SPACE USES AS AUTHORIZED BY THE OPEN SPACE LANDS ACQUISITION AND PRESERVATION ACT

WHEREAS, Upper Saucon Township (hereinafter, “Township”) is a Township of the Second Class, located in Lehigh County; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania adopted the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Preservation Act, 32 P.S. Section 5001, et seq., as amended (hereinafter “Act”); and

WHEREAS, it is the purpose of the Act to authorize local government units, including the Township, to preserve land in, or acquire land for, open space uses; and

WHEREAS, the Act provides for the acquisition of certain interests in real property including, without limitation, fee simple interests, easements, leases and restrictive covenants; and

WHEREAS, Section 5007.1 of the Act authorizes the Township to enact an ordinance authorizing a referendum on the question of the imposition of a specific rate of additional tax to, among other things, retire debt or otherwise pay for interests in real property acquired for purposes authorized by the Act; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors of Upper Saucon Township (hereinafter, “Supervisors”) concurs with the legislative intent and findings described in the Act; and

WHEREAS, the Supervisors desire to submit to the electors of Upper Saucon Township a referendum on the question of the imposition of a 0.10% additional tax to generate funds to be used in accordance with the purposes authorized by the Act; which tax shall remain in effect unless repealed in accordance with the Act no earlier than five (5) years from the date of imposition of the tax.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED AND ENACTED by the Board of Supervisors of Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County, as follows:

Article I. Question to be Posed

The following question will be posed:

Do you favor the imposition of an additional Earned Income Tax at the rate of 0.10% by Upper Saucon Township to be used to finance the acquisition of real property or interests in real property to preserve open space?
YES or NO

Article II. Repealer

All ordinances, resolutions, or parts thereof which are inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency.

Article III. Effective Date

This Ordinance shall be effective five (5) days after adoption in accordance with the Second Class Township Code.

DULY ENACTED AND ORDAINED this 30th day of July, 2021, by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Saucon, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in lawful session duly assembled.

UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
BRIAN FARRELL, CHAIRMAN

Public Notice: W. Valley Road Daily Closure July 21 to July 23

A private contractor for Boyle Construction will close W. Valley Road to though traffic for the installation of a sanitary manhole beginning Wednesday, July 21, 2021 through Friday, July 23, 2021. The closure will be daily from 7am to 4pm. 

PUBLIC NOTICE: Administration & Finance Committee of the Upper Saucon Township Board of Supervisors will meet on Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The Administration & Finance Committee of the Upper Saucon Township Board of Supervisors will meet on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 10:30 am in the Township Municipal Building, 5500 Camp Meeting Road, Center Valley, PA. The purpose of the meeting is to hold preliminary discussions on the proposed 2022 Township Budget.

All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Upper Saucon Township
Thomas F. Beil, Township Manager

Reminder: Backyard Burning

Upper Saucon would like to remind residents that burning on Sundays and Holiday is not allowed and that burning of garbage is prohibited at all times. 

If you have excess yard waste you are burning, consider taking it to the Yard Waste and Compost Site instead. For more information on the Yard Waste site follow this link: https://www.uppersaucon.org/township-info/trash-and-recycling/leaf-and-yard-waste-drop-off-center/

Public Notice: Board of Supervisors Meeting Monday, July 6, 2021 is Cancelled

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the regular meeting of the Upper Saucon Township Board of Supervisors originally scheduled for Monday, July 26, 2021 at 6:30 PM has been cancelled.

Upper Saucon Township
Board of Supervisors
Brian Farrell, Chairman

Public Notice: Park and Recreation Commission Meeting July 13 is Cancelled

Notice is hereby given that the regular meeting of the Upper Saucon Township Parks and Recreation Commission originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 13, 2021 has been cancelled.

Upper Saucon Township
Parks and Recreation Commission
Robert Repsher, Chairman

Camp Meeting Road Detour Begins Soon

As part of the Route 309 / Lanark Rd / Camp Meeting Rd Intersection Improvement, a portion of Camp Meeting Road will be closed.

Where: Between Preston Lane and Route 309

When: Thursday, July 15 to Friday, July 30

Closure Times: Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Glen Road Paving Begins Today – 07/06/2021

Township crews will be paving Glen Road from Blue Church Road towards Chestnut Hill Road. Traffic will be single lane with flaggers form about 7:00am to 4:00pm. The project will take about 2 weeks to complete.
All local residences will have access to their driveways during work hours. As always, Emergency Services will be given priority if responding to locations within the construction zone.
Please protect our workers and drive slowly through the active work area.

Fireworks FAQ

House Bill 542 was signed into law on October 30, 2017. Under the new law, the Fireworks Act of 1939 was repealed and replaced in its entirety. However, the questions and answers below highlight the most noteworthy changes.

Q: Which fireworks are Pennsylvania residents now allowed to purchase and use?

Consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer-grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out-of-state residents.

“Display fireworks,” which are classified as including salutes that contain more than two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials, and professional-grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, are still only to be used by professionals with a permit from the municipality where the display will take place. Upper Saucon Township regulates Display Fireworks. See Ordinance 164.

Q: Who can purchase fireworks?
Anyone 18 years of age or older can purchase them.

Q: May Municipalities require residents to get a permit before buying or using Consumer Fireworks?
No. Act 143 of 2017 changed the Pennsylvania Fireworks Law to eliminate permits that authorize residents to purchase consumer fireworks.

Q: Other than enforcing state law, can municipalities take any other steps to restrict the use of consumer fireworks?
Not really. Because state law allows residents to buy and use consumer fireworks, municipalities are limited as to what they can do. It is the opinion of the Township Solicitor that Upper Saucon cannot regulate Consumer Fireworks.

Q: What are the restrictions on where they can be used?
They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not a person is actually present.
They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.

Q: Where can the fireworks be purchased?
Airborne fireworks, including Roman candles and bottle rockets may only be purchased at licensed brick-and-mortar stores.

Chestnut Hill Road Construction

Anrich Inc. has been awarded the Chestnut Hill Road Storm Sewer Project, Phase 2 with Upper Saucon Twp. Some preliminary work has already begun, including receiving construction material, delivery of construction equipment, survey work, street saw cutting and other miscellaneous work. The construction zone is between W Hopewell Road and Limeport Pike. Detour Signage will be erected on Thursday July 1, 2021. The major work including excavation will begin just after July 5th.

While their crews are working, Chestnut Hill Road will be CLOSED to thru traffic between 7:00 am thru 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday. When the daytime work is done, the road will be open again to through traffic. The only exception is when the box culvert is installed near 4210 Chestnut Hill Rd., this work will require a 24-hour road closure for a 5-day period, not including weekends. 

Anrich’s crew will do all that it can to expedite this work to minimize any inconveniences. All local residences will have access to their driveways from one direction or another during work hours. As always, Emergency Services will be given priority if responding to locations within the construction zone.