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Master concept plan moves forward

Thursday, August 30, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

Do we want to do it and with which company, the township manager, Alice Rehrig, asked supervisors at the Lehigh Township Aug. 14 meeting.

The "it" was to create a master concept plan.

Rehrig said there is money in the building fund to begin the planning.

Engineer Phil Malitsch said soft costs such as the planning are part of a building budget. He said Hanover Engineering can create a timeline for phasing the work as money becomes available.

Rehrig will check with municipalities where the companies have worked and find out if those people like the work of the one of the three companies being considered that worked at their municipality.

Supervisor Cynthia Miller said supervisors could visit nearby locations where work was done.

The questions Rehrig wants answered are "were you happy with the work?" and "were cost estimates accurate?"

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The solar ordinance still requires several changes. Supervisor Sandra Hopkins said residential and commercial solar fields should be changed to residential and nonresidential. The planning commission also had several comments.

Miller wants to work with Rehrig in improving the budget process with each department submitting its own budget for incorporation into the township budget. In a few years she would expect to be able to create a contingency fund.

A police report was given by Chief Scott Fogel, who had been on the job only seven days. One issue was a domestic dispute, but he said he has been "cruising the desk."

He is studying the policy manual which was last done in 1990. It has no standards for impoundment costs and a contract is needed. Command and control standards are important by indicating what sergeants can do on their own.

Supervisor Darryl Snover asked Fogel's impression of the new car. He is satisfied with it. It is fully equipped and everything works.