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Capital improvement plan part of budget talks

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

Lehigh Township Supervisor Cindy Miller believes when considering the capital improvement plan, the township has to take into account loans for the salt shed, police station improvements and road sweeper.

The fire department wants a $650,000 rescue truck which will have to be carried over into future budgets.

Supervisor Keith Hantz described the plan as second guessing department heads.

Roadmaster Frank Zamadics said the boom mower at public works is unreliable.

Miller asked if the equipment bought would be used throughout the year. Miller asked if it is for the public works department or work that can be contracted. She also asked if the equipment should be owned or if it can it be rented.

Zamadics said owning the equipment means it will be available when needed.

The goal is to provide the money at the time when purchases are needed, Supervisor Darryl Snover said.

The Capital Improvement Plan will be rejected or approved at the time the budget is.

In other business, Snover was satisfied with the comments made by FX Browne at the Aug. 26 supervisors' meeting regarding the Delps park design.

Hantz asked what steps must be taken if the final price rises above that of another bidding competitor.

Solicitor David Backenstoe said a contract could list a maximum amount. If the work is not done in a timely manner, payment could be held back with total payment made by thirds.

Snover said the price listed is the price except in extenuating circumstances.

It covers grading of a soccer field and the layout of paths at a cost of $24,311.

The FX Browne proposal was accepted pending review of the contract.

Plans received from Nazareth and North Whitehall for a maintenance building were also reviewed with the Nazareth plan being closer to what Zamadics expects.

Township Manager Alice Rehig said it would have to meet building code specifications and the plans would have to be updated to receive a building permit.

Snover said it would be prudent to consult the original designer when seeking an update.

According to Zamadics, Nazareth has a drive-through on one side with a lift on the other for working on police cars and small trucks. It is partially heated with a four-bay workshop, office and storage area.

Also, the planning commission requested an amendment added to the zoning ordinance covering off-street loading zones for purposes of greater safety.

Police Chief Scott Fogel said the officers have been spending time on Timberline Road and average speeds have decreased by 9 mph. The police have received complaints concerning speeding on certain roads.

A drug takeback program is scheduled for Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lehigh Township Fire Company. Success in the spring with a takeback program prompted a second event.

A grant from Susquehanna Bank will pay for a Safety ID check of car seats for children Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fogel said the bank has been a great supporter of the police department.

Extensions of time were given for Cherryville Development Partners until Dec. 31, 2014, and for Leon and Sharon Liggitt until Oct. 31.

Hantz asked about marking pedestrian crossings at St. Paul's Indianland Church where people cross the street from the lower parking lot.

One suggestion was to place pedestrian-crossing signs during special events.

Snover said engineering costs should be paid by places requesting the markings.

Engineer Phil Malitsch said it would depend on accessibility requirements. He said he will provide further information at a later date.