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Delps Park will be advertised for re-bid

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by Elsa Kerschner ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

At the April 26 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting, there was a lower bid for the Delps Park development. FX Brown developed the plan for Delps Park with three options. On April 12, option 2 had been chosen with Livengood Excavators.

At the baseball field, some bidders thought they could take dirt off the baseball field to use elsewhere. However, the bid said the baseball field had to remain at its present height. S&G had the lowest bid, but it was based on a misinterpretation of the specifics.

Since the bids were not all based on the same interpretation, the bids were all rejected and will be re-advertised.

In other business, everyone is eagerly awaiting the final plans for the Cherryville Partners development, Solicitor David Backenstoe said. After thinking all the land needed to improve the intersection was under agreement, the mortgage company for the Cordero property put a stop to it.

Although the township did not want to use eminent domain, it has now been forced. Backenstoe said it would have to adopt a resolution for a declaration of taking.

“It’s a shame it had to come to this,” Chairman Darryl Snover said.

The Robert Gogel Gun Range, 3910 Mountain View Drive, will be checked by the police before it is approved. No shooting will be in the direction of homes. If the distance toward residential properties is less than that in hunting regulations, written permission will have to come from the neighbor.

Supervisor Del Grove said two properties on Park Lane that have been cited many times need cleaning up. There are weeds, bushes, grass and broken windows, but at this time, with the Zika virus, the biggest concern is a swimming pool that provides a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Two homes away, there is a pregnant woman, and children play in the area.

The owner did do some cleanup in previous years but stopped short of draining the pool.

Backenstoe said the owner has not accepted service by mail; he lives in New Jersey. A fine can be as much as $500 a day. Backenstoe asked if he should start legal proceedings, so he can sue in court and an injunction can be issued. Backenstoe was given authorization to take legal steps as necessary.

Police can accompany the zoning officer with a search warrant.

Backenstoe said he entered an appearance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the matter of the PennEast Pipeline, so the township should get all information that is entered.

The proposed pipeline was three-quarter mile above the homes along Blue Mountain. A resident said it has been moved down to the property lines because of objections from the game commission or parks department because they did not want four-by-fours driving over the intervening property. He said 40 wells could possibly be affected.

The resident asked the township to get information on this issue.