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.
A new traffic service area has been created to cover the impact fees for the Mary Immaculate land.
Before the issue of a planned resort/residential community zoning district was considered, Lehigh Township supervisors discussed the impact fee agreement at the March 8 meeting.
The subject of Mary Immaculate Center produced a standing-room-only crowd at the Lehigh Township supervisors meeting Feb. 23.
David Jaindl wants to develop 280 acres of the Cherryville Road property. The remainder will be open space, considered unusable due to such things as steep slopes and wetlands, according to the developer.
The Lehigh Township maintenance building has been estimated to cost $1.2 million, according to Engineer Phil Malitsch’s information. At the Jan. 26 meeting, Supervisor Keith Hantz said the project should move forward because it will take a year to get necessary permits.
Township Manager Alice Rehrig said a formal bid package is needed to get realistic prices for the structure, planned as an 80-foot-by-200-foot building. Earlier estimated prices have ranged from $1.3 to $3.5 million.
Marc Grammes held a campaign kick-off rally at Vigilant Fire Company, Slatington, Jan. 9 for his bid to win the seat in the 183rd Legislative District.
State Rep. Julie Harhart, who is representing the district in her 11th term of office, has announced she is not seeking re-election this year.
In Lehigh County, the district covers parts of Whitehall, Washington and South Whitehall townships and Slatington Borough.
In Northampton County, it includes North Catasauqua, Walnutport and Northampton boroughs, Lehigh and Allen townships and parts of Moore Township.
State Sen. Mario Scavello, R-40th, visited the Lehigh Township supervisors’ meeting Nov. 10 to answer constituents’ questions.
He said he expected the state budget to be finished in three weeks.
“This is where it happens on the local level,” Scavello said, referring to township government.
Supervisor Darryl Snover asked him not to vote for an increased sales tax.
He did not say if he would vote yes or no, but he said an elimination of the property tax was being worked on.
“If pensions aren’t worked on, there will be little help for the schools,” he said.