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.
Lehigh Township Supervisor Cindy Miller believes when considering the capital improvement plan, the township has to take into account loans for the salt shed, police station improvements and road sweeper.
The fire department wants a $650,000 rescue truck which will have to be carried over into future budgets.
Supervisor Keith Hantz described the plan as second guessing department heads.
Roadmaster Frank Zamadics said the boom mower at public works is unreliable.
The old school bell at St. Paul's Indianland one-room school rang out telling students it was time for class to start, but the only students were the parents and grandparents of the young people who were enjoying ice cream at St. Paul's United Church of Christ.
The Lehigh Township Historical Society held the ice cream social on Sept. 7 and the restored school was open with teacher Lowell Hawk waiting for his students.
He explained that some slates had a piece of stone tied to them with rawhide. The stones were used as pencils.
Paul McNemar, of FX Browne, attended the Aug. 26 meeting of the Lehigh Township supervisors to discuss the engineering design for Delps Park.
He said township Manager Alice Rehrig asked about day to day inspections during the construction phase.
The bid includes seven along with a punch list inspection and final inspection.
Supervisor Cindy Miller asked how much involvement would be required of Hanover, the township engineers.
Lehigh Township Supervisor Cindy Miller reported at the Aug. 12 meeting the township should have received a letter regarding a capital improvements plan.
She asked the administration if a server and laptops can be pushed ahead. She also asked if the departments could all share a printer.
Township Manager Alice Rehrig said the disadvantage to sharing computer items is that the printer takes only 8-1/2 by 11-inch paper.
Supervisor Darryl Snover said he believes a new printer should cost less than the $750 that was allotted.
Lehigh Township supervisors gave approval for township Manager Alice Rehrig to apply for a grant for Greenways, Trails and Recreation.
The $451,795 Delps grant, $100,000 Monroe County gaming grant, $100,000 Open Space grant and $138,684 Greenways grant will require a $700,000 match in kind. Both use of township equipment and hourly rate will go to the in-kind match.
Supervisor Keith Hantz said Rehrig does a good job getting grants.
A DUI grant is the same as the one the police department applies for. Rehrig will apply.
Lehigh Township Supervisor Darryl Snover has been studying bog turtles and how culverts affect them.
At the July 8 meeting, Snover said a search that was conducted revealed no bog turtles exist in township culvert areas.
Information gathered must now be presented to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency and the Department of Environmental Protection so a permit can be issued for the culverts.