Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Jeffrey Young is one of three Democratic candidates running for two supervisor seats in the May 21 primary election.
Jeffrey A Young is running as a Democratic candidate for Palmer Township Supervisor in Tuesday's primary election. He is one of three candidates running for two open seats in November's general election. Family: Married to the former Debra A.Callanan for 21 years. Children are Rachel 17, Scott 14 and Katie 13. Rachel and Scott attend Easton Area High School and Katie attends Easton Area Middle School. Parents are Jim & Helen Young and Vince & Rose Callanan who are long time Palmer Township residents. Jeanne Swinsburg and Jim Young III are my sister and brother. Political party affiliation: Democrat Education: I am a 1976 graduate of Easton Area High School, a 1978 graduate of Northampton Community College with an associates degree in …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Palmer supervisors raise questions about costs to get the department up to state and national standards.
When becoming Palmer Township's new chief of police, Larry Palmer said a main goal was to get the department accredited by the state. Palmer presented the Board of Supervisors Monday night an overview of the police department accreditation process. The supervisors were receptive, but expressed concern about the cost. Palmer told the supervisors, "Having been through this, I feel like I'm qualified to speak about it." He was able to get Easton's department accreditation from the state when he was chief of the city's force. "The mayor didn't think we could do it. We proved them wrong." Accreditation standards mean that a police department meets specific criteria set by national and state commissions. The accreditation process establishes …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Palmer supervisors award bids to suppliers of the township's diesel and gasoline.
Palmer supervisors on Monday approved the purchase of about $310,000 of diesel fuel and unleaded gasoline for the township’s use this year. The supervisors chose Petroleum Traders Corp., based in Fort Wayne, Ind., to provide 45,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline at $3.379 a gallon, and Isobunkers LLC in Fleetwood for 44,000 of diesel at $3.589 a gallon. The best price on the street is $3.59 at the Wawa on 25th Street. The Exxon on Wood Avenue has diesel at $4.10. The township benefits from buying fuel in bulk and in advance to get better prices. Four companies submitted bids to be the township’s fuel provider. Petroleum Traders was the sole provider to Palmer in 2011, said Tom Adams, the township’s director of public works. The supervisors …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Palmer Township supervisors agree to post a speed limit sign on Norton Avenue by St. Jane Church.
A resident of Norton Avenue – a short road off Hartley Avenue, near St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church – requested that Palmer Township place a speed limit or a "Watch Children" sign on the street. On Monday night, Palmer Supervisors agreed. "The issue is," said Public Works Director Tom Adams, "that when St. Jane Church is in session, drivers use the side street instead of Hartley Avenue." Supervisor Chairman David Colver asked Palmer Police Chief Bruce Fretz which made better sense, the speed limit sign or "Watch Children." "The road is only two blocks long," Fretz said. Since the signs are meant as a deterrent, "it doesn't make a difference which sign is used." In the end, supervisors agreed to post a 25 MPH sign on both sides of Norton.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Palmer Township gets design options for a road salt shed near the new public works facility.
Palmer Supervisors on Monday agreed to send the concept for a 50-by-72 storage shed to an architect to render a design. Once the township has an acceptable design, it will open the project for bids, said Public Works Director Tom Adams, who hopes the project can be completed this year. The building will be used to hold road salt, and, in the long run, save the township money by allowing it to buy in bulk, said Board Chairman David Colver. Palmer can use up to 15,000 tons of road salt in a normal winter, but now it can only store about 100 to 150 tons at a time. Enough for one or two storms, Colver said. “We’ve been lucky this year,” he said. “Knock on wood, but normally, by February we’re looking for salt.” Buying road salt in the middle …
Friday, January 27, 2012
Palmer Township is taking steps to buy a better, stronger, faster registration system for sports and classes at the Community Center, but registration fees will rise as a result.
The current online registration for sports at the Chrin Community Center is so labor intensive, said the center’s director, Dan McKinney, that a new system would be “light years ahead.” McKinney introduced the new system to Palmer Township supervisors Tuesday night. He said the system – managed by an outside company – would “greatly reduce the hours required to manage registrations.” For example, he said, when people register for baseball or softball, the information has to be entered into a spreadsheet by hand before the Athletic Association can use it. “The new system would give coaches information at their fingertips,” McKinney said. The program would coordinate teams and schedules, manage contact information and even email the players …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
In their reorganization meeting, Forks Township supervisors elect new officers and swear in two new members.
Two new Forks Township supervisors were sworn in Tuesday night, and member Erik Chuss regained the chairman’s seat after losing it last year. In a bit of déjà vu, David Billings had taken the chair from Chuss in 2011 on a 4-1 vote, with Chuss the only dissenter. This time, Chuss took the chair back on a 4-1 vote with Billings the lone dissenter. Both new supervisors – Dan Martyak and John O’Neil – voted for Chuss. Martyak and O’Neil were sworn in just prior to the reorganization meeting. They replace Lily Gioia and C. David Howell, who lost their bids for re-election in the primary. During the meeting, Martyak was appointed vice chairman, also in a 4-1 vote with Billings dissenting. Finally, Robert Egolf was unanimously appointed secretary…
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Palmer Township's 2012 budget passes with no tax increase for the fourth year in a row.
In the final meeting of the year, Palmer Supervisors adopted the $14.1 million 2012 budget with no new taxes, but this did not happen without some significant slashing, including $800,000 in road projects and more than $230,000 from the police department. "It gets tougher every year," said Board Chair David Colver. "We did more with less this year, and we look forward to a better 2012." This is the fourth year in a row that the township kept the tax rate the same, 6.25 mills, or about $313 on a property assessed at $50,000. Supervisors were able to prevent a tax increase, partly, by cutting into the police department staff and benefits: These cuts include eliminating the training expenses to maintain a SWAT team. The idea is that if the …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Palmer Township Supervisors approve plans for the Lehigh Valley's largest Sheetz.
Palmer Township Supervisors approved the final development plans Tuesday for the Lehigh Valley’s largest Sheetz. The three-lot development sits along Route 248 at the corner of Northwood Avenue and Route 248, where the First Star Bank used to be. In addition to the convenience store and gas pumps, the development will include a CVS, said David Lear, project manager for Lehigh Engineering Associates Inc. in Walnutport. The third business hasn’t been determined yet. According to the drawings, Sheetz plans to have parking next to its building that lies beside a road that will connect Northwood Avenue to Kingston Road. Cyndie Carmen, planning director for Palmer, told the supervisors that the township’s ordinance doesn’t permit vehicles to …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Palmer Supervisors delay a vote on the township's new billboard ordinance to remove a "lights out" requirement.
Palmer Township Supervisors were about to approve the new digital billboard ordinance when a billboard industry representative spoke up. Margaret Kyle, a real estate manager and account executive with Lamar Advertising, said her company is concerned with the section of the ordinance that requires the digital signs to be switched off from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Her clients spend millions of dollars to advertise on digital billboards, Kyle said, so losing seven hours of customer viewing, seven days a week, is not cost effective for them. The point of the township’s ordinance is to keep the bright billboard lights from disturbing residential neighborhoods at night. “I don’t want a light from my billboard coming into a person’s bedroom,” Kyle said…