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Lehigh Twp. maintenance building moves a step forward

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by Elsa Kerschner in Local News

The Lehigh Township maintenance building has been estimated to cost $1.2 million, according to Engineer Phil Malitsch’s information. At the Jan. 26 meeting, Supervisor Keith Hantz said the project should move forward because it will take a year to get necessary permits.

Township Manager Alice Rehrig said a formal bid package is needed to get realistic prices for the structure, planned as an 80-foot-by-200-foot building. Earlier estimated prices have ranged from $1.3 to $3.5 million.

The Cherryville intersection concerns the board because it will have a huge impact on the community, said Solicitor David Backenstoe. The township is trying to get grant money to improve the fourth leg of the intersection when the other three are done by Cherryville Partners, the Turkey Hill developer of the intersection property.

Backenstoe and Malitsch met with the developers because nothing had been discussed on the issue for eight months. Backenstoe was concerned if the developers were on the right track. However, a revised plan is in the works and negotiating with neighbors is ongoing. There are eight negotiations necessary, and agreements have been reached with six, about land needed before the highway occupancy permits can be received.

The board was asked to sponsor fire company awards as has been done in previous years. They are presented at the annual banquet. Supervisors approved an amount up to $400.

A list of fire company activities and events scheduled for 2016 was approved, except for the firefighters’ fitness program.

Rehrig led a discussion of road improvements and costs as listed by Roadmaster Frank Zamadics. He wants to do road oil and chipping early because better prices are available. It is on the agenda for the February meeting. Equipment for roadwork was also discussed, and supervisors wanted more time to consider what is necessary.

Rehrig received a letter from a seller of 15 acres of property adjacent to the township property. Since it has a difficult access and there is little need for the extra land, it was voted down.

Michael Rehrig was named as second deputy emergency management coordinator for the township.

Hantz commended public works crews for doing a fantastic job of snow removal.