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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Lehigh supervisors, residents discuss Northwoods extension

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

During the April 24 meeting of Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors, Northwoods developers requested a plan extension until July 31. The vote waited until public comments from people in the audience living in the area of Butternut Drive were heard.

Ruth Heffelfinger said they were getting letters from Lehigh Valley Planning Commission that did not address concerns about runoff.

The plan is 14 years old.

Lehigh supervisors discuss maintenance building plans

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

During the March 3 meeting of the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors, Chip Hazard, building committee chair, discussed the township maintenance building with Watkins Architects, and a preliminary contract was written for the new building.

Solicitor David Backenstoe found some wording that had to be corrected.

Hazard and others will meet with the architect and get an estimate for the building the township wants. Watkins will give ideas, and the township will give input on what is needed.

Local circus model builder contributes to Army museum

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Sheldon and Mary Ann Endy went to Norfolk and Williamsburg, Va., for a vacation in 2016. They were only 15 miles north of Fort Eustis and decided to extend their trip.

They visited the U.S. Army Transportation Museum to learn about the association between the Army and circuses. The relationship began in Europe around 1900. Various European armies studied the circus methods used to load and unload their trains rapidly and feed a group of people quickly, which was done with mobile kitchens and small ranges that could be taken apart and set up quickly.

Dollar General plan withdrawn in Lehigh

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

At the Feb. 13 meeting of the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors, an announcement was made that the plan for a Dollar General store, in association with the Turkey Hill at the Cherryville intersection, has been withdrawn.

Solicitor David Backenstoe said any money in the escrow account will be returned to the developer.

Chip Hazard, of the township building committee, reported on the status of the maintenance building.

Lehigh Township board discusses payment for tax bill prep

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

At the Jan. 9 meeting of Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors, members continued a discussion on compensation for stuffing and mailing tax bills.

Secretary Alice Rehrig said the tax bills had to have been mailed by Feb. 1. Tax Collector Mary Louise Trexler has requested $1 per bill for stuffing the per capita tax bill. Berkheimer prints the bills, the tax collector stuffs the envelopes and the mailing is on school district equipment. In 1999, a resolution was passed that it is the tax collector’s job to collect the per capita and occupational taxes.

New supervisors join Lehigh board

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER 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.

Simple clear toy candy recipe makes for great memories

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Tom Hourt and his family reawakened memories of clear toy candy as they demonstrated its creation at a recent Palmerton Area Historical Society meeting.

His wife, Jodie, and son, Mitchell, are integral parts of the candy-making business, which begins each year with the call of, “It’s candy weather.” The air must be cold and dry.

Lehigh Township supervisors pass 2018 budget

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER 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.

Building committee report given at Lehigh supervisors meeting

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Chip Hazard, a member of a building committee to move the maintenance building plans ahead, gave a report on the group’s progress at the Nov. 28 meeting of Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors.

He volunteered during the Oct. 10 meeting.

According to Hazard, he and Frank Zamadics, township roadmaster, went to see an 80-foot-by-100-foot maintenance site. The building did not have radiant heat in the floor, which would have been included if it was upgraded.

“We’re on the right track. We definitely want radiant heat,” Hazard said.

Work on maintenance building discussed

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors was asked what was happening with the maintenance building project at a previous meeting. Supervisor Darryl Snover said the process goes slowly because they are caring for the budgetary impact. There is no final cost, but there is $725,000 in a building fund. Snover said they would like to complete the project fully funded.