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Lehigh Twp. supervisor questions meetings

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Township Supervisor Keith Hantz recently questioned a meeting held by Supervisors Darryl Snover and Cindy Miller with Solicitor David Backenstoe.

Hantz's inquiry came under public comment at the April 14 supervisors meeting.

Two individuals can meet but not three or more, said Snover. If three or more individuals gather, then the meeting must be advertised.

To date, every board member has called him for business, said Backenstoe. Billable time is the same whether he meets with members or takes calls.

Lehigh supervisors get more details about maintenance building

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Township Engineer Phil Malitsch commented at the March 10 supervisors meeting there are three main points that have to be studied in planning the maintenance building.

The areas include the slope of the property, truck access and a stormwater facility. Eight feet of pavement will require one foot of basin bottom.

"We think we have what works," he said. "There is not a lot of room."

The building will be 80 feet by 210 feet.

Wall appointed to planners

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jack Wall attended the March 10 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting to introduce himself as a possible member to fill a vacancy on the planning commission.

At the March 24 meeting, he was appointed.

An ordinance to update an existing pension ordinance is being advertised.

Another ordinance will create lower speed limits on Cedar Drive, South Dogwood Road and Cypress Drive. The police have conducted speed studies on those roads and made the recommendations.

VFW honors essay winners

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by ELSA KERSCHNER in School

The Ladies Auxiliary to R. W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 and the VFW post recently held a dinner to honor the winners in the Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests.

The theme for Patriots Pen was "why I appreciate America's veterans." The theme for the Voice of Democracy contest was "why veterans are important to our nation's history and future."

The eight Patriot's Pen winners were all from Northampton Area Middle School, and the Voice of Democracy winner was from Northern Lehigh.

Drexel University lists benefits of PennEast pipeline

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

On Feb. 9 Drexel University issued a report about the PennEast pipeline, extolling the benefits.

"We will give you the costs," said Linda Christman, who organized a program at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center to present the costs to people and to the environment.

Dan Kunkle, director of the center, said he has no quarrel with the benefits but said Drexel only looked at the economic activity, not the costs or where the benefits occur.

Surplus allocations made in Lehigh Twp.

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Township supervisors discussed how a $162,000 surplus from the 2014 budget should be allocated.

At the Feb. 24 meeting all supervisors agreed that $100,000 should go into the building fund.

It was generally thought the remainder should go into a contingency fund, but Supervisor Keith Hantz wanted to see some of it go into a police salary fund. One officer is out and it is unknown if he will be able to return to duty. The situation may require a new hire.

Hock not reappointed

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Dennis Hock at the Jan. 28 meeting asked why he had not been reappointed to the recreation commission.

At the Feb. 10 meeting both supervisors Cindy Miller and Sandy Hopkins were in favor of reappointing him, but Supervisor Darryl Snover said there was a possibility of a conflict since Hock's wife is involved with litigation with the Lehigh Township Athletic Association. He said that weighed heavily on his decision not to reappoint though he appreciated what Hock had done as a committee member.

Board member asks why

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Hock only person not reappointed

Dennis Hock, who was on the recreation board for 18 years, wanted to know why he had not been reappointed at the Jan. 5 Lehigh Township reorganization meeting.

He said he returned from Florida to read in The Press that he was the only recreation board member not reappointed.

"Give me one reason," he asked.

He also saw that the board had been reduced to five members due to the difficulty of finding people to fill spots on the board. Many meetings had to be canceled because there was no quorum.

Lehigh Township grants three-month extension to Speed Tec Automotive

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Speed Tec has submitted its land development plan to Lehigh Township, the supervisors were told at their Jan. 27 meeting.

During the Jan. 13 meeting, the supervisors had questions about a business operating there without proper permits.

Laura Harrier, zoning officer, said no cease and desist order had been issued because the business is working to correct problems. She said the company would eventually get its permits.

Speed Tec began business without permits

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Speed Tec Automotive Group asked for a one month extension on its plan at the Jan. 13 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors' meeting.

The company has to provide a land development plan. Engineer Phil Malitsch said it was operational without a zoning permit.

The planning commission previously said it has to be brought into compliance. Variance requests were brought to planning.

Supervisor Keith Hantz asked if the prior use would cover the permits.