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Szoke gives update on building memorial

Thursday, August 13, 2015 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Tom Szoke, who earlier appeared before the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors, returned on July 28 to be sure the board was aware he is still working on the project of building a veterans monument.

He said he has talked to Oplinger-Howard American Legion Post 899 in Lehigh Township and members there were interested in helping.

Szoke said he will return in a month or two and should have something substantial to talk about, including a possible location.

The Lehigh Township Recreation Board is buying locks for the buildings on the recreation fields. The first part of the project is to replace the locks, at a cost of $1,000. There will be 12 master keys, and 62 individual keys will be needed. The keys will be purchased in January. They will not be able to be copied except by Warren Ruch, the company that provides them. When someone no longer works with the recreation board, the key is expected to be returned.

Two amendments to the recreation resolution were proposed. As of now, nonregistered teams do not have the same wording that registered ones do. They should be the same, the board agreed, and outside teams must have insurance.

The second covers tournament teams that have been asking about doing camps. It was suggested they could just add the word camps wherever it said tournaments. Cost for all-day use is $125; cost for a single game is $50.

Supervisor Keith Hantz said there should be separate pricing for camps because they are fundraisers.

The first amendment was approved, and the second will be discussed at a rec meeting.

Police Chief Scott Fogel is requesting donations toward building new dog kennels. The two in use now are in poor condition without providing adequate shelter during bad weather, whether it is winter's cold and snow or summer's heat.

Fogel has set up a web site, He hopes to raise $10,000 for three indoor-outdoor kennels by September so they can be built before bad weather sets in. The entire area will be fenced so people cannot reach in to pet the animals.

New scales for weighing trucks are badly needed. A set costs $7,000 to $8,000. When state police sell used ones, they are often available for $500 and are in good condition.

He was asked about suing companies for road damage where overweight trucks run frequently. The only place he knows that a case could be made for the damage having been caused by trucks is Cottonwood Road and Route 946.

Fogel said truckers pay fines immediately and in full. It is just part of doing business.

He is getting a lot of response to the police department's Facebook page.

Shop with a Cop is off to a good start with a donation of $600, which can pay for the program for one year.

Township manager Alice Rehrig said Northampton County will have a paint recycling day in Hanover Township. Cans of paint that are not dried out will be put to use.

Permission was requested to hold a craft show in Indian Trail Park in 2016. A park rental fee will be paid. However, supervisors want a parking plan before approving it and there must be insurance.

The permit for grant-funded work at Delps Park by FX Brown is in the process of getting the permits renewed. They should have been kept up to date. Once received, it should take only two months to complete the project of a new playing field and trail.