Solutions to sewage issue sought
The requirement for public water and sewer for 75 acres along Route 145 was discussed at the Oct. 9 Lehigh Township supervisors meeting.
The sewers are required but were not in the most recent Act 537 plan approved by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Larry Turoscy of Lehigh Engineering asked what can be done. The land is zoned general commercial.
Turoscy's office and the Hills of Greenock received permission to extend the sewer. However, the DEP will not allow further permitting because it discovered it was not in the plan.
Turoscy said an amendment to the 537 plan should be kept as small as possible because DEP may expand the area. A needs study and alternatives to provide sewers to the area are needed.
"We are looking only at the general commercial area. The capacity at the Walnutport treatment plan is sufficient. You have an agreement with Walnutport to serve the western third of the township," said Turoscy. "The economy is picking up. People want to come on the property. Commercial development brings large tax benefits."
Dave Walbert of DEP said he would send Turoscy some papers but the township is required to initiate a request. It was said someone from the township engineer's office and Turoscy should sit down with DEP and discuss the request.
Supervisor Darryl Snover made a motion to approve a meeting among the three. It passed.
In other business:
· Pam Herschman was appointed as secretary to the recreation board.
· Mike McDermott resigned from the planning commission.
Letters of interest for the position will be accepted.
· Police Chief Scott Fogel said the department will be sponsoring a drug takeback program. The police want to obtain a box that would allow take-backs 365 days throughout the year.
Fogel said he has a commitment from Bechtel's Pharmacy for $500; the box costs $1,000. If obtained, it will be the first box in the area.
It was also reported sound level readers would cost $564, in addition to the required calibration training.
· It was reported baseball played on fields near a soccer game is considered dangerous because people watching soccer are not aware of baseballs traveling from the baseball field.
An amendment will be added to the resolution to cover such a situation.
· Advertising for the first issue of a newsletter was so successful that it will pay the postage as well as printing costs, reported Supervisor Dell Grove.