Lehigh Township supervisors voted to release $46,354 in escrow money for the Cottonwood Crest IV development on Ridgeview Lane.
The township is retaining 15 percent for the maintenance bond. Engineer Phil Malitsch approved the reduction.
Phase III of Hills of Greenock has been completed, Malitsch reported. Paving work, planting of trees and a rebuilt intersection are included in the work finished recently.
When Lehigh Township Police asked staff of Lehigh Elementary School to suggest four children to Shop with a Cop, the school suggested Paige and Raya Kraus and Mark and Travis Pagano, two sets of twins. On the Dec. 21, 2013 outing, Mark and Travis' brother Dale was also invited.
The joyful morning began with the children picked up in police vehicles. Each family was given a $75 gift card for Pathmark to buy food and other items needed for a happy holiday. The children, their volunteer police officers and two of the officers' wives also enjoyed breakfast at Blue Mountain Restaurant.
The Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, was green with wreaths during Christmas craft day Dec. 7.
Greens, brought by several different people, were piled outside to make the wreaths.
In addition, to the wreaths, attendees could make pinecone bird feeders and tree ornaments.
Bill Mineo and his wife, Lorraine, have been coordinating the wreath project for several years.
The bases are made by wrapping grapevines in a circle being careful to leave a point on one side, which will be the top for hanging the wreath.
Bob Rysher of na studios has been in the process of creating a new website for Lehigh Township.
At the supervisors' Dec. 10 meeting, citizens were given a preview of what the website will look like.
Inspection forms, ordinances and resolutions will be available. Residents also will able to make online payments. The site will include links to emergency services and a calendar of events.
Rysher said staff training will be free but he recommended one person be in charge of updating the site, though a few individuals will be trained.
Lehigh Township residents will see no tax increase in 2014.
The $3,971,794 budget for next year keeps the millage rate at 5.2 mills.
Real estate taxes will produce $1,465,413 in revenue and earned income taxes will bring in $1,150,000. The local services tax provides $53,000, federal grants account for $45,950, state grants generate $78,500 and the state liquid fuel budget is $336,573.
The Lehigh Township supervisors began their Nov. 11 meeting by thanking veterans in the audience for serving their country.
Engineer Phil Malitsch said Hanover Engineering estimated repairs to Washington Street where slabs of concrete became uneven by as much as four inches. The estimated cost for repairs was $16,275. A.J. Trunzo submitted a low bid for $19,972.
Malitsch said some alternatives were available, such as asphalt or using pressurized grouting to lift the slabs. Since the price is high, he recommended discussing the issue with Frank Zamadics, roadmaster.
Lehigh Township supervisors received a letter from the township insurance carrier about a BMX trail built without authorization by local youth.
Police discovered the trail while investigating another incident.
At the Oct. 8 meeting, supervisors said they would work with the youth because, as supervisor Cindy Miller said, it provides an outlet for recreation.
The letter was read in public and the boys were promised they would receive copies.
The township could lease the property if an organization was formed that could then provide insurance.
In less than three minutes, a fire is born.
During a program Oct. 13, Lehigh Township Fire Chief Rick Hildebrand showed his audience a video titled "Birth of a Fire." In the video, a fire begins on a sofa. In 1:22 seconds, two smoke detectors in a nearby hall are activated. In 2:46 seconds, the room is a blazing inferno.
Hildebrand warned the audience to never enter a home during a fire and not to wait to escape a fire.
Although youth have kept the Pennsville Park clean, Lehigh Township Supervisor Ron Shaw said at the Oct. 8 meeting the children believe they will be blamed for recent damage done to the park.
Supervisor Keith Hantz said during his 10 years of coaching at the Pennsville field, he has not encountered any issues. Hantz added the township should develop a cooperative relationship with the children.
Township Manager Alice Rehrig will consult with the insurance carrier. Organized sports have their own insurance coverage.
Lehigh Township supervisors announced at the Sept. 24 meeting a hazardous waste drop-off event for Northampton County residents is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.
The drop off will be at Northampton Community College and participants should use the Green Pond Road entrance.
There is no charge. A photo ID or utility bill will be required.
No latex paint, electronics or nonhazardous waste will be accepted.
For information, call 610-559-3200, ext. 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.