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.”
Although the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors hoped to acquire land needed to improve the intersection at Cherryville without turning to eminent domain, a second property must be taken that way, supervisors learned at the May 10 meeting.
In both instances, supervisors said the landowners were not averse to selling the land needed.
The Elsie Miller subdivision is a 4.8-acre property at Cottonwood Road and Cedar Drive and will be divided into 3.8 acres and one acre. The large portion is for a single-family home, and the one acre goes with a dwelling in place.
Wayne Mery was reaching high as he helped dust the Lehigh Township Historical Society’s displays and shelving as members and volunteers prepared for a May 8 opening. Mery said it was the second time in the year members of Hope Lutheran Church helped.
“We want to show people we are involved in the community,” he said.
One hundred people helped out at places such as the food bank, cleaning the cemetery, making blankets, helping Forgotten Felines and Fidos, making get well cards and through many other ways.
At the April 26 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting, there was a lower bid for the Delps Park development. FX Brown developed the plan for Delps Park with three options. On April 12, option 2 had been chosen with Livengood Excavators.
At the baseball field, some bidders thought they could take dirt off the baseball field to use elsewhere. However, the bid said the baseball field had to remain at its present height. S&G had the lowest bid, but it was based on a misinterpretation of the specifics.
The Auxiliary to the R. W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215, Walnutport, honored the winners of the Patriot’s Pen essay contest March 26. The theme for this year’s entries was What Freedom Means to Me.
Karen Bandzi, auxiliary president, introduced special guests for the event. They were Tom Brown, state junior vice commander; John Getz, state adjutant and quartermaster; Donna Mills, state senior vice president; Ron Byrd, District 20 commander; and Guyette Calles, District 20 president.
Sixty-five years ago, Lehigh Township Lions Club was formed and, ever since, has been actively fundraising for the benefit of the community, said Wayne Benninger, community action committee chairman.
The club is part of District 14-K, which covers Lehigh and Northampton counties. It has 35 members.
The major focus of Lions clubs are on sight and hearing. Helen Keller challenged the Lions at their eighth convention in Sandusky, Ohio, to take it as a project.