South Abington Township supervisors approve preliminary 2018 budget

By Elizabeth Baumeister -

S. ABINGTON TWP. — The township supervisors approved the preliminary budget for 2018, totalling $7,564,159, at their regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 13. No tax or sewer fee increases are proposed.

The final budget is to be voted on at the December meeting.

Included in the budget are plans to hire an additional full time DPW employee.

In other business:

• A group of several township residents addressed the supervisors, encouraging the board to pass an anti-corruption resolution in support of gerrymandering reform. Ann Stopper spoke for the group, which represents Fair Districts NEPA, the local chapter of Fair Districts PA, a non-partisan volunteer effort to end statewide gerrymandering, the current process by which voting district lines are drawn.

The board agreed to have the township solicitor William Jones review the proposed resolution, which will then be brought back to a future meeting for consideration.

• The supervisors briefly reviewed a planning module for a subdivision of property owned by Clarks Summit University (formerly Baptist Bible College). A portion of land near the university’s soccer field is to be sold for residential development.

• Subdivision plans were also reviewed for a small portion of property on Griffin Pond Road to be transferred from Passionist Nuns to R.D. Noto & Son.

• The board voted in favor of the 2018 police contracts for Newton and Ransom, which will be forwarded to the two townships for their approval.

The next regular township meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 at the municipal building on Shady Lane Road.

By Elizabeth Baumeister

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.