Hanover Engineer Phil Malitsch was first on the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisor agenda at the Sept. 10 meeting.
Hanson Aggregates was awarded the bid for paving Phase III at the Hills of Greenock. The township expects to be able to take over the roads before winter weather so it can plow. The paving cost is $109,568.
Roads above that area where there is no construction will be blocked off as soon as the paving is finished. Hanover's estimate for the paving was $150,000. The cost will be paid from the bond provided by the original developer.
The issue of naming an assistant leader for the road crew was the chief subject of discussion at the Aug. 27 Lehigh Township supervisors' meeting.
Supervisor Keith Hantz said the township would be placing itself at a disadvantage if it names an administrator as assistant because the individual could not be on the call-out list for emergency duty. Hantz also said Frank Zamadics and the new person, if he is an administrator, would mean two people managing a crew of seven.
Hills of Greenock residents want Lehigh Township to take over the roads.
The troubled development was left unfinished by the developer several years ago, leaving the township responsible for public improvements.
Township Engineer Phil Malitsch said during the Aug. 13 supervisors meeting discussions have taken place regarding paving from Coatsbridge Road to Nicholas Drive.
Once trees are planted, that section of the road will be ready for dedication, he said. The township would then be able to salt and plow the road.
Frank Zamadics, road foreman, and Alice Rehrig, township manager, have been discussing whether the position of an assistant road foreman should be a part-time or full-time job.
A committee was formed at the July 23 Lehigh Township supervisors' meeting to hold a joint meeting with Rehrig, Zamadics and two supervisors.
Keith Hantz volunteered as one of the supervisors. He said he has ideas on both part-time or full-time work and the advantages and disadvantages of both. The committee will meet Monday from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
The Lehigh Township supervisors discussed a proposed public works building at their June 25 meeting.
A workshop had been held on the matter. Township Manager Alice Rehrig received three designs and said she finds the third design to be the least desirable because the office would be located next to the truck entrance.
Frank Zamadics, roadmaster, likes the first one that is similar to the one in Maxatawny Township. It will be 28,000 square feet and large enough to store equipment inside. The office would be 2,980 to 3,075 square feet.
Attorney Jens Damgaard addressed the Lehigh Township supervisors about using a bond issue to pay for the public works building.
A bond issue includes an underwriting firm and financial advisor who look at state borrowing laws, local government issues and federal tax law, said Damgaard, who was invited to the June 11 meeting by Solicitor David Backenstoe.
Federal securities laws require disclosure of certain information and an official statement prepared by professionals and the administration.
Police Chief Scott Fogel told Lehigh Township supervisors at its May 28 meeting that it would be an opportune time to begin an eligibility list for potential hires for the police department.
A grant is available to pay for 75 percent of a new officer's wages for three years.
Fogel said a larger force will be needed in the next few years to police and handle the Walmart and related retail theft and traffic.
The supervisors approved preparing the list.
Also at the meeting:
The gabion project at Willow Road, on the agenda since the old gabion baskets, rusted through by years of being in the creek and washed out by a storm, has finally been completed.
The final payment has been requested from FEMA, reported Engineer Phil Malitsch at the May 14 meeting of the Lehigh Township supervisors.
Specifications are ready for the new well to be constructed on the municipal grounds. The Department of Environmental Protection wants the other two wells abandoned when the new one is complete. The township will advertise for bids.
Residents of Lehigh Township recently gathered at the township municipal building to hear plans for a Walmart on 34 acres at Riverview (Route 145) and Birch drives.
Many of the residents came from the Hills of Greenock development, which abuts the property in question.
Attorney Tina Makoulian said the retail store is a permitted use in the commercially zoned area. There is no problem meeting the setbacks and requirements for the parking area, which will accommodate 641 cars.
An executive session for litigation was the first item of the April 23 Lehigh Township supervisors meeting. The results of that closed session took up most of the public meeting.
Laura Harrier, zoning officer, denied an agreement between Metro Tek and the Northampton Area School District to place a solar facility at two elementary schools.
Energy Alliance was to operate the facility. Harrier said it would be a second principal use and not an accessory use as previously believed.