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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lehigh Township supervisors pass 2018 budget

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by Elsa Kerschner ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

Millage rate set at same 5.7-mill rate; Grove, Holden attend last meeting

A $4,896,115 budget was passed at the Dec. 12 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting. The millage rate remains as it has for several years — at 5.7 mills.

Supervisor Chairman Darryl Snover thanked Dell Grove and Blaine Holden for their service as supervisors. This was their last meeting. Holden thanked everyone who came to the meetings during the 10 months he served on the board.

“I sat where you sit, and it is a very businesslike event. I wanted to see how things were done. There is a great sense of community. I read every township covered in the papers,” he said.

Jeff Romig requested and received a waiver from the stormwater management requirements. Lehigh Valley Planning Commission deferred to the township on a decision. Supervisor Keith Hantz said, as the plan is laid out, there will be no more water on the township road than there is now.

Engineer Phil Mallitsch said it is a large flag lot with a unique configuration.

Chip Hazard said Petrucci is excited about bidding on the maintenance building. Mallitsch said it is easier to talk about an agreement once there are specifics prepared.

“We don’t have to get tied down to a design-built building. What is being considered will be a 20,000-square-foot building with an attached ancillary section,” Hazard said.

He will talk to the architect who did the work in Maxatawny.

The building committee met again to talk about utilizing the Hanover plan. Roadmaster Frank Zamadics has been talking with the group since it may be what will fit his needs.

Being considered are security, data, fire protection and an emergency generator. The township could save about $14,000 by doing the site work itself. The building committee would like input from residents.

No decision will be made on an assistant for roadmaster Frank Zamadics until the two new supervisors are seated in January.

Police Chief Scott Fogel said there were nine crashes in November, one of them fatal. Police covered 9,411 miles and logged 745 calls. There were 12 nonreportable accidents and 12 reportable accidents. There were 108 traffic violations and 27 equipment repair orders issued.

When car seat checks were performed by police as parents drove to the elementary school, Fogel said officers found that some children were without seat belts. Fogel said it is dangerous and especially important that the issue be taken seriously.

Fogel said he received $1,000 for the Shop with a Cop program.

Officer John Bowlby has moved to a full-time position at 75 percent of his normal salary. He is on a 12-month probationary period.

The township donated $400 to the annual fire company banquet.

Under public comment, Ed Ziegler said the supervisors should acknowledge the presence of Boy Scout Eston Jones, in attendance with his father, Trevor Jones. Eston was present at the meeting to work toward a Citizenship and Community badge. Although the family lives in Cherryville, he is a member of Troop 41, Palmerton.