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.
Prior to the May 26 meeting of the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors, an executive session was held to discuss personnel.
Potential employees were interviewed for the position of a full-time police officer. It became the first item on the agenda when Craig Ball was appointed to the position.
During public comment, David Jaindl presented the beginning of a plan for the 460 acres of the Mary Immaculate church property located at the highest point in the township. He sought board feedback for his plan. It would no longer be nonprofit and would be added to tax rolls.
Nicole Snover's career plans include applying to the Army, Navy and Coast Guard academies for admission, though she also has a back-up plan at Union University, Jackson, Tenn., which has a respected Reserve Officers Training Corps program.
The Snover family has deep military roots.
Her primary choice was the Naval Academy at Annapolis, where she was nominated by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent nominated her for the West Point Academy.
Three Republicans are seeking two open positions on the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors. The term is six years.
The candidates, Keith Hantz, Richard Hildebrand Jr. and Kenneth Mack, responded to the following question posed by The Press:
What makes you uniquely qualified for this position?
A police officer in Lehigh Township is retiring July 1.
Resident Robert Hawke asked what the township is going to do. He thought the process should begin with finding a replacement.
Supervisor Darryl Snover said he found out about the retirement at the meeting April 28.
Hawke said crime is moving north.
Supervisor Cindy Miller made a motion to begin the process of hiring a full-time officer. The motion passed.
Township Manager Alice Rehrig said some people remain on a previous list.