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Signage considered for Cottonwood

Thursday, August 23, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The intersection of North Cottonwood Road and Red Maple Drive is dangerous, Lehigh Township supervisors were told at their Aug. 14 meeting.

Township manager Alice Rehrig received the complaint and passed it on.

Red Maple is the secondary road and should have a stop sign. A temporary one was installed but a permanent one is needed, said engineer Phil Malitsch.

Because Cottonwood is not posted for speed, the limit is 55 m.p.h. An ordinance is required to place stop signs and lower the limit but studies are needed first. Under consideration is a 35 m.p.h. limit and stop signs on all three roads coming into the intersection.

Police can do speed studies but not for the stop signs, said Solicitor David Backenstoe. Hanover Engineering was approved to do both studies.


In other business, the township needs to file for new Department of Environmental Protection stormwater permits. There are no places in the township that would require special study before the permits are issued.

Supervisor Darryl Snover asked if the township could challenge the mandate.

"If we as a township do not take action against this mandate, it will just continue to grow. We shouldn't have to jump through hoops. There was no legislation [requiring it], he said.

Backenstoe said DEP has the legislated authority to make regulations.

The planning commission is tasked with the stormwater management ordinance.

Keith Ashner from Woodstone Golf Club returned to the supervisors to request permission to place a sign below the Welcome signs in the township. He had offered to pay $10,000 over a five-year period and do the landscaping.

Since he was given permission for three of the four signs, the club will donate $7,500. The fourth sign is on a road controlled by PennDOT and a new sign permit would be required every year. The township retains a right of rejection for the sign design.