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Lehigh Township officials discuss email, solar and police issues

Thursday, September 27, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

A Lehigh Township supervisor is concerned emails could violate the Sunshine Law.

Cynthia Miller told the board at the Sept. 11 meeting that she does not want to receive board emails because of concerns about the Sunshine Law.

Supervisor Dell Grove said supervisor Chairman Darryl Snover has warned them when they were close to violating the Sunshine Law. He said comments should be brought up in public.

He also asked if board members should have Lehigh Township addresses.

Grove said he is in favor of creating a policy to cover email. If three members of the board reach an agreement via email, it becomes a violation.


Also during the meeting, a motion was made to advertise the solar ordinance.

Laura Harrier, zoning officer, will have to learn about the documentation for rated capacity. A permit would allow 5,000 square feet of solar panels on the ground and 10,000 square feet on a roof.

A 1,000-square-foot array provides approximately 18 kilowatts of electricity.

If Metro Tek resubmits its solar plan at Lehigh Elementary School, the new ordinance will apply because it becomes a pending ordinance as soon as it is advertised.

In other business, police Chief Scott Fogel gave the monthly police report.

He said there were eight car break-ins and in each instance the doors were left unlocked. He recommended people be more diligent in locking vehicles.

Nine vehicles were egged and three houses were sprayed with graffiti. People have not been targeted but it is an inconvenience.

Grove suggested the police get involved with a take-back program for prescription medicines that are either left over or reached their expiration date.

Fogel asked about getting equipment to measure decibels of noisy cycles, trucks and cars.

Snover requested Fogel research the price.

Township Manager Alice Rehrig asked permission to apply for state grants through the Monroe County fund which comes with a $100 filing fee.

She would like to apply for police equipment, road equipment and a document imaging management system to be shared by the township and police.

Grove said sales of advertisements for the newsletter are going well. He spent a half-day driving the salesman around and introducing him to the area.

"He is a sharp guy," said Grove.

A new revised version of the MS4 stormwater permit is now required by the Department of Environmental Protection.

Snover asked when the township would be apprised of the cost of the permit. If the cost is significant Snover would like the township to object to the requirement.

Solicitor David Backenstoe said it is difficult to object. The easiest way is to contact a state representative and ask for help.

Engineer Phil Malitsch said the application will require a great deal of information gathering.