The 2013 budget for Lehigh Township contains a .52 mill tax increase for a total of 5.2 mills. The draft of the $3,606.222 budget contains $1,465,744 in real estate taxes and $1,281,500 in local tax enabling act taxes.
Federal grants and FEMA reimbursements add $130,825 and state grants are another $50,345.
The new Lehigh Township proposed budget increases taxes by 10 percent.
However, during discussions the possibility of bringing that down to no increase was mentioned.
There was also a concern that no increase would eventually require a huge increase as happened once previously.
The budget would raise the current millage by .52 to 5.2 mills.
A contingency fund has been established.
Pavilion rental fees are being considered.
The requirement for public water and sewer for 75 acres along Route 145 was discussed at the Oct. 9 Lehigh Township supervisors meeting.
The sewers are required but were not in the most recent Act 537 plan approved by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Larry Turoscy of Lehigh Engineering asked what can be done. The land is zoned general commercial.
Turoscy's office and the Hills of Greenock received permission to extend the sewer. However, the DEP will not allow further permitting because it discovered it was not in the plan.
A Lehigh Township supervisor is concerned emails could violate the Sunshine Law.
Cynthia Miller told the board at the Sept. 11 meeting that she does not want to receive board emails because of concerns about the Sunshine Law.
Supervisor Dell Grove said supervisor Chairman Darryl Snover has warned them when they were close to violating the Sunshine Law. He said comments should be brought up in public.
He also asked if board members should have Lehigh Township addresses.
Rich Leibenguth spoke during the Aug. 28 Lehigh Township supervisors meeting on behalf of all five tow companies in the township.
Representatives of each of the companies also attended the meeting.
Leibenguth said they read in the paper that Police Chief Scott Fogel commented he wanted to send towing work to outside vendors.
"The chief called me today and said he was misquoted. We want to let you know what we think," said Leibenguth.
Presently a rotating list among the five companies in the township has worked well.
Do we want to do it and with which company, the township manager, Alice Rehrig, asked supervisors at the Lehigh Township Aug. 14 meeting.
The "it" was to create a master concept plan.
Rehrig said there is money in the building fund to begin the planning.
Engineer Phil Malitsch said soft costs such as the planning are part of a building budget. He said Hanover Engineering can create a timeline for phasing the work as money becomes available.
The intersection of North Cottonwood Road and Red Maple Drive is dangerous, Lehigh Township supervisors were told at their Aug. 14 meeting.
Township manager Alice Rehrig received the complaint and passed it on.
Red Maple is the secondary road and should have a stop sign. A temporary one was installed but a permanent one is needed, said engineer Phil Malitsch.