Lehigh Township to participate in National Take Back Day
At their April 9 meeting, Lehigh Township supervisors announced the township will participate in National Take Back Day April 27.
From 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. that day, police will collect old or otherwise unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs at the Lehigh Township fire hall in Cherryville.
Supervisors also announced a household hazardous waste drop-off event will take place 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem Township.
Participants must show proof of residency. Accepted will be adhesives, aerosol cans, antifreeze, automotive fluids and cleaners, batteries, compressed gas, fluorescent lights, flammable-combustible fluids, fire extinguishers, herbicides and pesticides, household cleaners, products containing mercury, motor oil and filters, oil-based paint and stain, pool chemicals and thermostats. Latex paint is not considered hazardous
For more information, contact tdittmar@ northamptoncounty.org or 610-559-3200 ext 4.
In other business, officials learned the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors presented a list of resolutions that convention delegates will have to vote for or against.
The only resolution supervisors were unhappy with is one on small games of chance because it places a burden on organizations. The township wants to oppose the association's opposition.
Also at the meeting:
· Township Manager Alice Rehrig met with FEMA and completed the forms for reimbursement of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy, which amounted to $10,000.
She received approval from PennDOT to use extra grant money received for upgrading the traffic lights. The excess will pay for controllers for the lights.
· The township received several resumes in response to advertisements for summer help in two newspapers.
· Bids will be awarded at the May 2 meeting for a single bituminous seal project. Since one of the bidders previously caused problems, Solicitor David Backenstoe said the township is not required to accept the company even if it is the lowest bidder.
· Residents were asked to note zoning complaints will have to be in writing. Materials may not be taken from the office and copies will be 25 cents or actual cost which may be several dollars for copying something like a map.
· Fire Chief Rick Hildebrand asked if "no parking" signs would be posted at the Treichlers ball field. During games, the road is packed solid with parked cars, preventing residents from entering or exiting. He said there has been "no parking" on one side for several years, which helps.
· Supervisor Keith Hantz said comments regarding the new sweeper have been favorable. The public works building should be kept moving. Zamadics previously said what he wanted was an extra room and more length compared to one at Maxatawny Township.
· Supervisor Sandra Hopkins said she is pursuing a county parks and recreation grant for Delps Park. Much of the available money has already been requested so she will submit the Lehigh County application.
She may be able to secure matching amounts from High Mark which is interested in grants for fitness or playgrounds.
· Engineer Phil Malitsch said everything is stabilized on the Willow Road gabion restoration.
He talked to Rehrig and said the MS4 permit has been received but it includes 36 pages to fill out, plus information on steps the township should take. He said he will work with roadmaster Frank Zamadics on the issue.
Malitsch also met with the township geologist to discuss re-siting the well. It will be 400-feet deep with pumps at 320 feet. Zamadics said he needs up to 300 gallons of water at a time. An 8-inch pipe seems most suitable for township requirements. A well permit is required and preliminary comments from the Department of Environmental Protection will be helpful. It will require two to three months before the work can begin.