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Cherryville plan gets preliminary approval

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Darren Heckman, representing Cherryville Development Partners, attended the Oct. 14 meeting of the Lehigh Township supervisors.

He sought approval of the plan for a larger Turkey Hill across Blue Mountain Drive from the present one in Cherryville.

Heckman requested a waiver for curbing which was approved.

PennDOT's recommendation was to make the driving lanes wider and have five-foot shoulders rather than curbs.

A resident who lives in the area said the waiver should not be granted because of safety issues for the many pedestrians, especially children, who walk or bike to Turkey Hill and will continue to do so at the new location. He said there were no crosswalks or lines to indicate stopping for the light.

Supervisor Cindy Miller said the Americans with Disabilities Act requires those items.

Heckman said Penn-DOT's requirements focus on traffic, not pedestrians.

He also said the development would encompass three properties: the store/post office, gun shop and a residential property, which are being combined into one 3-1/2-acre property. There will be on-lot septic and public water. A right-of-way will be dedicated to the township for future use in creating a left-turn lane in front of the present location.

There will be 12 gas pumps and a store and in the future there will be a 9,100 square foot retail store added.

Trees will be used as buffers. One access will be from Blue Mountain Drive and one from Lehigh Drive. A large underground stormwater management plan has been approved by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.

A six-foot high fence will be placed on the side where there is a residence with children.

Supervisor Darryl Snover asked if there could be a five-foot bituminous pathway from the west and north to the store. Heckman was agreeable to the change and was asked to initial it at the meeting.

In other business, the maintenance building will follow the general design of the building at Nazareth but will be 80-by-210 feet in size. Roadmaster Frank Zamadics will consult with Hanover Engineering to lay out the site and go over other details.

Solicitor David Backenstoe was asked to put the loading zone draft into an ordinance form.

Also at the meeting, township Manager Alice Rehrig presented the budget for discussion. She has found $5,000 in reductions.

An Expedition will be brought down for general use rather than as a police vehicle. The police department has seven vehicles which satisfy the need at this time, Chief Scott Fogel said. There is a vehicle with more than 160,000 miles on it. After 130,000 miles the vehicles become expensive to maintain.

Supervisor Sandra Hopkins said if money is saved this year one could be purchased without financing it next year.

Miller said the donation to the fire company should be $125,000 instead of $140,000 and have it designated as an annual contribution. There is no reason to think a future board would want to continue that practice, said Backenstoe.

Supervisor Keith Hantz wants the donation to be in the form of a half-mill fire tax.

Fire Chief Rick Hildebrand said when the supervisors provide funds it remains in township accounts whereas a fire tax can only be used for that purpose.

Miller said police overtime is too high, but Fogel said it has decreased. The police want seven radios and body cameras. The latter is for civil liability cases.

The state is talking about putting a roundabout in at Berlinsville at a cost of $1 million, with $300,000 for a preliminary analysis. There will be a public meeting and supervisors urge residents to attend the meeting on Nov. 25.

Heavy patrolling has cut speeds by 7 mph on Cottonwood Drive. A study to lower the speed limit on Cedar Drive will be done.

Fogel said there is a scam going around asking people chiefly in the 619 area code to call back.

Hopkins thanked firemen, police and public works for helping an aged horse in Danielsville.