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.
The Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors accepted a bid from Bracalante Construction for a paving project during the June 28 meeting.
Bracalante Construction’s bid was $38,960. Other bids received were Barker and Barker, $57,320, and Leo Livengood, $48,863.
Bellview Pumps offered a quote for resolving the water problems at the ballfields: Danielsville, $1,400 and Berlinsville, $1,000.
At the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting June 14, Engineer Phil Malitsch said utility lines can run anywhere in an easement and might be close to an edge. The question discussed in previous meetings was whether construction should be 50 feet from the easement or from the utility structure.
A zoning amendment was up for discussion on this issue. Chairman Darryl Snover said it deprives the property owner of the use of land depending where it is measured from. The zoning amendment was turned down, and the ruling will remain as it has been.
Lehigh Township has submitted a grant application to the Department of Community and Economic Development for work on the leg of the intersection at Cherryville, which the township is responsible for widening.
At the May 24 supervisors’ meeting, Supervisor Cindy Miller said the awards were to have been made in October 2015, then were pushed back to January, then to March and May. New applications are available for 2016, and Miller asked if she should file one or wait and see if the township gets the 2015 multi-modal grant.
At the beginning of the May 24 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting, police commendations were given, honoring officers for two events.
At the last meeting, Chief Scott Fogel had asked residents to thank all the police for their efforts, especially since it was National Police Week.
The commendations followed through when Detective Matthew Enstrom, Sgt. John Henry III and Officers Philip Mirabile, Christopher D’Alessandro, Douglas Geisner, Robert Gogel and Craig Ball were honored.
Fogel said the commendations were a way to show “we appreciate what they do.”