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New supervisors join Lehigh board

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Elsa Kerschner ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

On Jan. 2, Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors, including two new members of the board, reorganized for 2018. The new members are Mike Jones and Phil Gogel.

Darryl Snover continues as chairman, with Cindy Miller as vice chairwoman.

Alice Rehrig was named manager and secretary/treasurer. When asked if Lori Lambert helps with office duties, Rehrig said not only Lambert, but also Pam Herschman.

Elizabeth Gehman was named zoning officer.

David Backenstoe is the township solicitor, and Michael Corriere is solicitor to the planning commission.

Hanover Engineering serves as the township’s engineers.

Janice Buskirk and her assistant Chris Whitley were appointed sewage enforcement officers for a six-month period while other appointees are considered.

Jim Hazard was added to the municipal authority, Marena Rasmus to the recreation board and Jack Wall to the planning commission.

Carl Sharpe is an alternate on the zoning hearing board but cannot be used unless two regular members are absent. Kristine Soldridge was appointed to the board on a three-month appointment.

Rehrig is appointed to the First Regional Compost Authority for three months, and the position will be advertised.

Lori Lambert is the delegate to the tax collection committee, with Mary Louise Trexler as alternate.

The board of supervisors meets 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays; zoning hearing board meets 6 p.m. the second Thursday; and the recreation board meets 7 p.m. the third Monday November through March and 7:30 p.m. from April to October.

Fire Chief Rick Hildebrand and Fire Marshall Roger Spadt were recognized as officers of the fire company.

KeyCodes is the alternate building codes official.

Wages ranged from 2 percent to 3 percent for all nonunion personnel with $5 per week contributed to the medical insurance.

At the meeting, a resolution was passed opposing House Bill 1620, the Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Bill, which would prohibit the township from regulating cell towers within the right of way. When the towers come into the right of way, supervisors said, they rip up roads and then the township is responsible for maintenance.