The Lehigh Township Board of Commissioners voted Jan. 5 to retain Darryl Snover as chairman and Sandy Hopkins as vice chairman of the board.
Secretary-Treasurer Alice Rehrig was authorized to open bank accounts as needed. Rehrig also serves as manager.
Supervisor Cindy Miller objected to her retention, arguing her dual role provides her with too much responsibility, with no division.
Miller also re-emphasized a tax increase was not needed in 2015 since insurance premiums changed.
Leon Liggitt requested an extension on a minor subdivision at the Dec. 23 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting.
He told the board he has been experiencing various issues with the engineers and their completing the necessary work.
The board granted his request for an extension until June 30.
In other business, the ordinance reducing the membership on the recreation board passed. Five members are needed to fill the board because there were difficulties finding seven people.
The public comment session of the Dec. 9 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting related to questions concerning the 2015 budget.
During the meeting, questions were raised regarding how many adult teams play on the township fields. According to the township, only two teams participate.
Tournaments contributed revenue in the amount of $22,000, most of which goes to the Lehigh Township Athletic Association.
Roughly $205,000 is generated from a Northampton County recreation grant. Several people commented that residents pay for the grant money.
Police officers from the Lehigh Township Police Department picked up five children with their police vehicles and took them to breakfast at Blue Mountain Drive-In and then on to Kmart for a day of Christmas shopping Saturday.
The office administration at Lehigh Elementary School chooses the children who will go shopping based on criteria they set.
As they order breakfast Detective Matt Enstrom asked if any children wanted a game.
"What about games," he asked. He received no response, however.
Chocolate milk was the drink of choice for breakfast.
The Lehigh Township Historical Society held its end-of-the-season open house at the museum Dec. 7.
When Dave Miller was asked what is new, he looked around and said "this wagon."
The wagon he and Ken Marsh are so proud of came indirectly from a 102-year-old woman and directly from Harold Kromer.
It was hand pulled by two people with the handle having two grips. With one pin the body can be removed and it can be lengthened to haul something such as logs.
A new case is beginning to be filled with old cameras.
Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Darryl Snover opened the recent Lehigh Township supervisors meeting by indicating he received an email the morning of Nov. 25, noting a roundabout at the Berlinsville intersection was no longer under consideration.
Steven Guinter, chief highway engineer from Mackin Engineering Company, said the roundabout had to be considered because there will be federal funding. The roundabout, however, has been taken off the board agenda because of the large amount of land that would be required and possible damage to abutting properties.
The Nov. 11 meeting of the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors opened with Chairman Darryl Snover thanking all veterans for their service and acknowledging those who were in the room.
Regarding the proposed 2015 budget, Township Manager Alice Rehrig said a deficit remains despite several attempts to reduce it.
Supervisor Keith Hantz began with the first cut on the list. He asked if the township is comfortable with the proposed cuts for office personnel services.
Snover said he doesn't want to eliminate training.
The Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors recently thanked Police Chief Scott Fogel for a job well done on the revised budget request.
The supervisors discussed the budget at the Oct. 28 meeting.
Vice Chair Supervisor Sandy Hopkins asked her fellow supervisors if the draft budget prepared by township Manager Alice Rehrig included a tax increase.
The draft was $126,449 short in terms of revenue. Rehrig said a number of items would have to be reduced to meet the requirements for a no tax increase.
Darren Heckman, representing Cherryville Development Partners, attended the Oct. 14 meeting of the Lehigh Township supervisors.
He sought approval of the plan for a larger Turkey Hill across Blue Mountain Drive from the present one in Cherryville.
Heckman requested a waiver for curbing which was approved.
PennDOT's recommendation was to make the driving lanes wider and have five-foot shoulders rather than curbs.
Solicitor David Backenstoe sees no problems with the FX Browne proposal to design the work at Delps Park from a legal standpoint.
He gave each member of the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors a copy to also look through. The subject came up at the Sept. 23 supervisors meeting.
The Capital Improvements Plan has been changed to spread out payments for equipment purchases over the next 10 years, township Manager Alice Rehrig said. She wants to show that expenses are level.