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Solicitor suggests township reapply for DCED funding

Thursday, June 9, 2016 by Elsa Kerschner in Local News

Lehigh Township has submitted a grant application to the Department of Community and Economic Development for work on the leg of the intersection at Cherryville, which the township is responsible for widening.

At the May 24 supervisors’ meeting, Supervisor Cindy Miller said the awards were to have been made in October 2015, then were pushed back to January, then to March and May. New applications are available for 2016, and Miller asked if she should file one or wait and see if the township gets the 2015 multi-modal grant.

Supervisor Darryl Snover asked Solicitor David Backenstoe if the township could sue the state for not meeting its deadlines. Backenstoe said the township would have to file directly with commonwealth court, adding he did not recommend trying to sue but thought reapplying should be done.

Construction at Cherryville will begin soon, and the township hoped to work on the area for which it was responsible while another contractor worked on Cherryville Partners’ responsibilities, the other three legs. Since equipment will already be on hand, it should cost less, supervisors agreed.

In other business, the nuisance ordinance is being amended due to a property at 4656 Park Lane, which is filled with trash. It also contains a swimming pool with filthy water that provides a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Snover said farmers have a lot of equipment sitting on their property, but that is not what this amendment deals with. Rather, it is for things that interfere with neighbors’ enjoyment of their own property. Backenstoe said the township has to show actual danger in order to enforce the ordinance.

Snover was concerned that it could become a bludgeon in arguments between neighbors. Backenstoe said the language can be changed a little to say that the problem has to be substantive for action to be taken.

With the permission of a neighboring property owner, the code enforcement officer may go on that property when the things being complained about cannot be seen from the road. There must be a written complaint before the enforcement officer can take action. With photographs in hand, a search warrant can provide permission to go directly on the property; if no action is taken by the property owner, the township can clean it.

The ordinance amendment will be advertised.

The Delps Park expansion improvements contract was given to Livengood Excavation for $297,175. Oil and chipping will be done by Asphalt Maintenance Solutions, at a cost of $170,614. The paving project will be rebid because it came in too much over estimate.

Lower speed limits are to be set on some roads. Township Manager Alice Rehrig and Backenstoe will work to create an ordinance setting the lower limits, after which they will be posted.

The Lehigh Township Historical Society wants to put up signs for each of the township villages, detailing historical buildings. There will be 10 to 12 signs in all. Snover asked the society members to clarify where they want the signs.

The topic of signs also brought complaints about the Woodstone Country Club signs, which now share space with the “Welcome to Lehigh Township” signs that were placed as an Eagle Scout project. Woodstone’s are large and overshadow the “Welcome” signs. Woodstone’s signage contract expires in a year.