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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
April 18, 2018

            Despite expressions of concern from two residents and the mayor, East Greenville Borough Council voted Monday to approve a chicken ordinance.  Marita Thomson and Lon Brinckman voted against the ordinance to allow residents to keep three hens under specific limitations.

            Following the vote, Mayor Keith Gerhart announced that he would not sign the ordinance. Prior to the vote, he said approval could "open a can of worms that could lead to additional problems." Gerhart mused about someone, for example, requesting to raise pigeons which he described as dirty animals.

            According to Solicitor Michael E. Peters, the ordinance can become law without Gerhart's signature.  If the mayor vetoes the ordinance "and returns it with objections, council is required to reconsider the ordinance either at the meeting at which the vetoed ordinance was returned or not later than ten days after the meeting at any other scheduled meeting," according to a section of the borough code provided by the solicitor. A majority of all council members plus one is required to ...



Written by Jennifer Butler, Correspondent
April 18, 2018

Eight positions face elimination

 

            A narrow and contentious vote by the Quakertown Community School District Board of Directors last Thursday ended with eight district positions facing elimination after this school year. The vote, ahead of adoption of the district's 2018-2019 budget, will continue efforts presented last spring to close a structural budget deficit of $4.7 million.

            Five elementary school teachers, an elementary school guidance counselor, a librarian and a nurse received furlough notices before the 5-4 vote. Representatives of the teacher's union, the Quakertown Community Education Association (QCEA), along with district parents, filled the room Thursday night, using five-minute public comment allotments to voice their concerns to the board.

            "At some point you have to realize that these cuts will ...



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