Hellertown Borough council unanimously approved the 2014 preliminary budget at its recent meeting.
According to borough Manager Cathy Hartranft, the proposed budget maintains the current real estate tax rate at 18.75 mills and the current fire tax rate. Hartranft said the real estate tax is the borough's largest revenue source.
"We feel that revenue this year is exceeding expectations," Hartranft said. "The economy is picking up."
A mini-grant from the Saucon Valley Foundation for Educational Innovations organization that will help pay for part of a World Cultures class was questioned during the Nov. 7 Saucon Valley School Board meeting.
Board member Bryan Eichfeld asked fellow board member Sandra Miller to explain a two-day class titled "Understanding Religion Through Inspection." A mini-grant will help pay for the class.
Miller said high school students will visit a synagogue, Hindu temple and Muslim community to better understanding other world religions as part of the class.
Incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett announced his 2014 statewide re-election campaign Nov. 8 at B. Braun Medical Inc., 901 Macron Blvd., Hanover Township, Lehigh County. Joining Corbett were Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley and First Lady Susan Corbett.
Corbett told the packed room of supporters and B. Braun staff his service as governor is about laying a solid foundation for the future of the state
"What we are doing is trying to set the course of Pennsylvania.," he said. "It's really generational. With your help, we can win."
Saucon Valley School District Superintendent Sandra Fellin believes there is enough money allocated to the high school Homework Club.
"This will get us through the major part of the year," Fellin told board members Oct. 8. "It's [club] until it runs out."
The board unanimously approved funding the Homework Club for the remainder of the school year.
Board President Michael Karabin asked Fellin what the purpose of the club is. Fellin said the club offers academic remediation to students who need or desire assistance.
Hellertown Borough Council unanimously approved a library consolidation plan presented by representatives of the Hellertown Area and Lower Saucon Township libraries Oct. 7.
According to Hellertown Area Library Director Robin Rotherham, changes will occur in the event Lower Saucon Township council decides to terminate its contract with the Bethlehem Area Public Library (BAPL), such as the discontinuation of the BAPL Bookmobile service.
Members of the Hellertown Borough council were presented with a space needs study Sept. 16.
Bob Korp, engineer with Barry Isett and Associates, presented the results of the study that explores how existing borough buildings can be restructured to provide more room for the police and public works department and borough staff.
Korp told council the plan was feasible. He said the next step for council is to commission an architect to design a plan.
Saucon Valley HS teachers are voicing their opinions regarding the district's recent elimination of a number of electives.
During the board's Sept. 24 meeting, high school teacher Sandra Eckert told members of the board electives are an integral part of a student's academic experience and should not be eliminated.
"Curiosity should be encouraged at their young age," Eckert said. "We're not here to point fingers. Like you, we care about our students, our citizens and our taxpayers."
Sandwich board signs located at Main and Water streets outside the Hellertown Borough municipal building can stay for now.
Borough council unanimously agreed during its Aug. 5 meeting to keep the signs until council reviews the current policy and changes it. Churches and other community groups have used the signs to inform the public of upcoming events in the borough.
The Saucon Valley School Board voted to appoint Lower Saucon resident Eric Adams, 5-2, to finish former board member Lanita Lum's term during the board's Aug. 20 meeting. Board members Edward Inghrim and Susan Baxter voted against appointing Adams.
Lum resigned from the board in July.
Board member Sandra Miller argued other board members discussed who they intended to select for the open seat outside the parameters of a formal meeting.
"I believe Sunshine rules [Pennsylvania Sunshine Act] apply here," she said.
Saucon Valley School District School Board member Lanita Lum has resigned from the school board effective July 25.
Lum announced her resignation near the conclusion of the July 23 board meeting. The board has 30 days to appointment a replacement to fill the vacant seat.
"I will be pursuing other interests at this time," Lum read from a statement.
Lum previously decided she would not seek re-election in the next election.