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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.