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Upper Saucon approves 2018 budget adjustments

Roof, Route 378 work add to budget

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - On Monday, the Upper Saucon Township Board of Supervisors approved the municipality's 2018 preliminary budget with several adjustments and authorized the township manager to advertise it to the public prior to its final adoption Dec. 18.

Following the budget's original unveiling one week ago on Nov. 13, a handful of adjustments came from the finance and administration committee meeting last Wednesday and include the following changes in the budget's general fund: 

A new roof costing $90,000 for public works building #3 was added as a budget expense and will reduce the general fund by the same amount.   

The township's contribution to the Southern Lehigh Library has been increased by an additional $780 over the staff budget, which will raise the annual library operating contribution to $182,000--a $5,200 increase for 2018. The capital reserve contribution of $16,800, which includes a $4,200 increase over 2017, remains unchanged.

The finance committee also recommends that the Southern Lehigh Library work with the Saucon Valley Community Center in going ahead with children's summer in the park program, with the $40 per child registration fees, expected to total approximately $6,000, being forwarded to the library to defray library operating expenses.  

The township will increase its contribution for the Route 378 eastbound additional lane construction project, by $79,000 to $199,000.

According to township manager Tom Beil, the additional lane on Route 378 will result from adjustments made to the shoulders between the north- and southbound lanes of Route 309. Upper Saucon received a reduced state grant of $201,000, from an originally requested $280,000, resulting in the township drawing the additional $79,000 from its roadway construction capital fund.

The total cost for the project is $400,000.

In other business, the supervisors passed a zoning ordinance amendment to eliminate duplication of regulations relating to age-qualified communities and for the creation of new regulations relating to conservation design development within the township.

Upper Saucon Director of Community Development Trisha Lang said the amendments are the merger of both the age-qualified communities and the conservation design regulations, combining the most important and effective parts of each while slightly reducing zoning density specifications for such developments within the community.

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