Lehigh Township supervisors began their Feb. 14 meeting early so they could choose a replacement for Rick Hildebrand, who resigned in January. The person chosen was Blaine Holden.
Also new is police officer Elias Batihk, who was sworn in during the meeting by District Justice Robert Hawke. Police Chief Scott Fogel said this was his favorite part of the job.
Batihk was accompanied by his extended family. An Allentown resident, he received an associate degree in applied science before entering the police academy.
At the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors regular meeting Jan. 10, Supervisor Cindy Miller opened the discussion with a question concerning payment of $75,000 for engineering at the Cherryville intersection.
Chairman Darryl Snover said it was at least partially due to changes demanded by the state.
About 50 people met at Hope Lutheran Church, Cherryville, Nov. 6 to celebrate the 15th anniversary since Lehigh Township Historical Society was formed to collect historical artifacts from the township and maintain cultural information.
On Feb. 13, 2001, the township board of supervisors formally recognized it as the official historical society of the township.
Lehigh Township Planning Commission met Dec. 12 to discuss updates on the Walmart project, planned for Route 145.
The supercenter store will abut the Hills of Greenock, and most of the people attending the meeting were residents of that development.
Sean Delaney, council for Walmart, reported there was little to update the planning commission about since there have already been multiple iterations.
During the public comment period at the end of the Nov. 22 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Ed Ziegler reminded supervisors he had asked about speed limit signs with a lower speed between Berlinsville and Walnutport. Supervisors said it was not in this year’s budget and would have to wait until money was available.
At that point, Ziegler asked if the township would install them if he bought the signs.
Supervisors said the township would install them.
The signs cost $174 and will meet state standards. Ziegler said he understands the standards.
Officer Peterson Myrthil was sworn in by Magisterial District Judge Robert Hawke preceding the Oct. 25 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting.
Chief Scott Fogel gave some background about the new officer before the ceremony.
Myrthil was born in Haiti and came to the United States at age 15 with his mother.
He learned English in Haiti.
Myrthil earned an associate degree in biology and later told his mother he was not interested in becoming a doctor. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
A scruffy Police Chief Scott Fogel attended the Nov. 8 meeting of Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors. He said members of the force chose to not shave as a fundraiser for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Each participating member paid $50 for the privilege. At the end of the month, there will be prizes for the longest, shortest and grayest beard. Fogel said personally he does not like a beard, but it is for a good cause.
Peterson Myrtril, the newest member on the force, has qualified with firearms and is getting field training and fitting in well, Fogel said.
Lehigh Township supervisors heard at the Oct. 11 meeting the Highway Occupancy Permit (HOP) should be received by the Cherryville developer in early November. Work on the new Turkey Hill could then commence in early 2017.
This HOP was considered phase one, and the township HOP is considered phase 2 for the improvements to the intersection.
A resident reported during that meeting he was in Turkey Hill and was told by an employee the project will not go forward.
Supervisors responded they thought that was unlikely but possible.
At the Sept. 12 meeting of the Lehigh Township Planning Commission, Dollar General presented a sketch plan for a store at Blue Mountain and West Mountain View drives. It was submitted by Capital Growth Development and is in resort commercial and neighborhood commercial zones. The plan was presented by Brian Pardoe.
Dollar General is permitted in the resort commercial zone, but a variance is needed for parking. The building would be divided between 30 percent in the neighborhood commercial zone and 70 percent in the resort commercial zone.
The July 26 meeting of the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors began with an executive session for personnel reasons.
A contractor is being considered to replace the zoning officer and code enforcement officer, a job held by Laura Harrier. It was noted at the reorganization meeting in January she was only reappointed for six months.
Supervisor Darryl Snover said if the change does not work out, the position of zoning officer could be re-created.