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.
Lehigh Township supervisors discussed the ordinance changes requested by David Jaindl for the Hilltop Center and the progress being made by Cherryville Development Partners at the Oct. 27 meeting.
Solicitor David Backenstoe listed things he saw in Jaindl’s request and thought they should be listed in the subdivision and land development ordinance rather than in zoning and the opposite way. He saw the requests leading to a planned residential community.
Tom Szoke, who earlier appeared before the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors, returned on July 28 to be sure the board was aware he is still working on the project of building a veterans monument.
He said he has talked to Oplinger-Howard American Legion Post 899 in Lehigh Township and members there were interested in helping.
Szoke said he will return in a month or two and should have something substantial to talk about, including a possible location.
Joseph Zehner, attorney for David Jaindl, presented a proposed ordinance July 14 that would change Lehigh Township's zoning for the seminary acreage.
He and Jaindl attended the township's planning commission meeting and sought to make changes to their earlier presentations.
Nonresidential businesses would be scattered around the whole tract, not only in the seminary building, they said.
Supervisor Darryl Snover suggested they talk to Engineer Phil Malitsch to see if the slope zoning can be worked into the new plan.
The Indian Trail Park sign was built by Zack Calzola as an Eagle Scout project when he was a member of Boy Scout Troop 242. Thomas Hughes followed it up by building a wall to hold dirt for a flower bed. The Eagles are about 30 years old now.
The flowers hadn't been planted for years until the Lions Club's Darryl Amey began the project anew by asking if they would plant something as an Indianland Garden Club project by putting flowers in the large container by the sign.
Cherryville Developers is adding a note to its plan for the Cherryville intersection, seeking a new, enlarged Turkey Hill and eventually a retail section. The note will require the 60-percent impervious (waterproof) cover.
Impervious cover must be at least 60 percent, said Lehigh Township supervisors at the June 9 meeting. It was originally at 57 percent, but PennDOT enlarged its requirement for the right of way where an additional driving lane will be constructed.
In the absence of President Darryl Snover and Supervisor Keith Hantz, Vice President Sandra Hopkins was in charge of the June 9 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors' meeting.
David Jaindl's plans for the 460 acres of the Mary Immaculate seminary lands were further explained following the May 26 outline.
Jaindl said 278 acres of the property are in Lehigh Township between Cherryville and Indian Trail roads.