Friday, March 22, 2013
Lower Saucon Township Council candidate Donna Louder says she is not opposing a legal challenge to the petition she filed to appear on the May primary ballot. Instead, she is launching a write-in campaign.
A Lower Saucon Township Council candidate and political newcomer whose petition to appear on the May 21 primary election ballot has been challenged by a current councilman on a technicality says she won't oppose that challenge, but does plan a write-in campaign for the seat. Republican Donna Louder's election petition was challenged at the county level this week by township council vice president Tom Maxfield, who argued that she failed to file a statement of financial interest with the township, according to an article published by the Express-Times. In a statement issued Thursday, Louder admitted that she failed to file the necessary statement of financial interest by the required deadline. "When I learned of this issue, I attempted to …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Two incumbents and one political newcomer have filed petitions to appear on the May primary ballot in Lower Saucon Township. All three are running as Republicans.
Three Republicans have filed petitions to appear on the May primary ballot as candidates for two open Lower Saucon Township Council seats. The deadline to file a petition to appear on the primary ballot was March 12. Incumbent council members Glenn Kern and Ronald Horiszny are seeking reelection to four-year terms. Kern is the current council president. Donna Louder, a resident and landfill committee member, will challenge Kern and Horiszny in the primary. Since last year, Louder—whose husband is a township police officer—has been vocal about IESI Bethlehem Landfill's proposed expansion plan at meetings. May's primary is closed, so the two highest vote-getters among Republicans will likely be the winners of the council seats in the fall …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Lower Saucon Township Council president Glenn Kern recently asked township manager Jack Cahalan to find out if the mold can be removed from the signs.
A "green mold" that he has observed on some metal roadside signs in Lower Saucon Township has rendered them "unreadable," township council president Glenn Kern commented at council's April 4 meeting. Kern told township manager Jack Cahalan that he has observed the growth in his travels around the township. "However we get those signs cleaned, I'd like to get them cleaned," he said. Kern acknowledged that maintenance of some of the signs is likely the responsibility of the Pennsylvania Department of Transporation (PennDOT). Council vice president Tom Maxfield said he has observed the same problem in Upper Saucon Township, and, while council was on the subject of roadside signs, said he has seen many "temporary signs" appearing along …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Lower Saucon Township Council announced its approval of a conservation easement on the Whitmore Prime Development property on Jan. 18.
Dozens of acres of open space in eastern Lower Saucon Township have been permanently preserved through a conservation easement, township council president Glenn Kern announced at the start of council's Jan. 18 meeting. Council had just voted unanimously in executive session to approve the easement on the Whitmore Prime Development property, it was explained. The purpose of a conservation easement is to restrict development, although land that has been preserved typically remains in private hands. The Whitmore property is located near Easton and Lower Saucon roads, south of Woodland Hills golf course, council vice president Tom Maxfield said. Kern called it a "beautiful property" and noted that it includes forested areas, as well as both …
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Glenn Kern was re-elected council president and Tom Maxfield was re-elected vice president at Lower Saucon Township Council's Jan. 3 reorganization meeting. A new council member, David Willard, was also sworn into office at the meeting.
Lower Saucon Township Council members stayed the proverbial course at their Jan. 3 reorganization meeting. Council members unanimously re-elected Glenn Kern president and Tom Maxfield vice president at the meeting, which was the first meeting of 2012. "I will do my best to uphold the position. Thank you," Kern said after his election. Maxfield, councilwoman Priscilla deLeon and new councilman David Willard were also sworn into four-year terms on council. All three were elected in November. Lower Saucon Township Council meetings are generally held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7pm in Lower Saucon Town Hall. Agendas, meeting minutes and other information can be found on the Lower Saucon Township website.
Friday, November 4, 2011
On Nov. 8, Lower Saucon Township voters will decide whether to extend an earned income tax (EIT) that funds open space preservation in the township for another five years.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Editor's Note: The following op ed is written by Glenn Kern, president of Lower Saucon Township Council. Even I was lulled into complacency with this economy. Why bother continuing with the EIT (Earned Income Tax) Open Space Fund since no houses are being built? My salary has taken a belly-shot. I have one kid in college and one about to go. The economy is like cement. (And, ironically, no cement has been poured for any new foundations in a year.) Development has come to a screeching halt. “So with no new housing developments and a sour economy, why should I bother to continue paying into the EIT Open Space Fund?” I thought to myself. Then I calmed down and reviewed the numbers. How easily I forgot. The EIT Open Space Fund is one of the …
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Priscilla deLeon and Hellertown gaming authority representative Stephanie Kovacs maintain that deLeon's earlier statements were accurate.
At recent Lower Saucon Township Council meetings there has been considerable discussion regarding grant applications submitted by the township to the Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority. The June 15 council meeting wasn’t much different. The council’s gaming authority representative, councilwoman Priscilla deLeon, defended her previous statements to council regarding the grant applications. At the June 1 township council meeting, council vice president Tom Maxfield read a letter into the record in which he stated that deLeon had given inaccurate information to council regarding gaming authority grant applications--information that led council to draft a letter asking for the abolition of the gaming …