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Budget questioned during meeting

Thursday, December 25, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The public comment session of the Dec. 9 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting related to questions concerning the 2015 budget.

During the meeting, questions were raised regarding how many adult teams play on the township fields. According to the township, only two teams participate.

Tournaments contributed revenue in the amount of $22,000, most of which goes to the Lehigh Township Athletic Association.

Roughly $205,000 is generated from a Northampton County recreation grant. Several people commented that residents pay for the grant money.

Darryl Snover said the township was informed of a 40-percent jump in insurance. The township found another plan with a smaller increase.

He said Supervisor Cindy Miller requested the Capital Improvement Plan which was useful during budget discussions.

Snover emphasized many things are out of the control of the township.

Personnel is the largest item in the budget but many residents want key services to continue.

The Environmental Protection Agency implements rules the township has to follow at its own expense. The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission helps decide how the funding is disbursed.

Supervisors were asked the specifics of electronic recycling. Snover said the matter recently came up in his family when his father asked him to dispose of old computers. Best Buy will accept computers for recycling.

Engineer Phil Malitsch said work will begin soon on the sketch plan for the new maintenance building. Buchart-Horn drew up a comprehensive plan for land use at the municipal building. The cost is $20,000.

Snover said the Buchart-Horn design meets township's expectations.

"We found something we like and have to adjust the master plan or adjust it to our own likes," said Snover. "They had a grand vision but this township can't afford it. We studied how we can leverage someone else's work to save money."

The ordinance for loading zones was approved by the LVPC and adopted by the supervisors.

The annual Shop with a Cop was held Dec. 13 with Blue Mountain Drive-In. The event provided breakfast and a shopping spree for the children at Kmart. The five children who participated were recommended by the elementary school.

Police Chief Scott Fogel said the department has acquired a North Central High Safety trailer to use in speed studies. He said he is looking at scheduling templates and found one with 10-hour shifts.

Miller said she will be attending a quarterly meeting of the LVPC to discuss state roads in the townships.

The reorganization meeting is scheduled for Jan. 5.