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.
Steve Guinter of Mackin Engineering attended the July 22 meeting of the Lehigh Township supervisors to explain the plan for safety improvements at a township intersection.
The intersection is at Walnut Drive and Route 248. It presently has a yellow flasher light on Route 248 and a red flasher on Walnut Drive.
The environmental study has been completed as well as an evaluation of a stone building and a tavern. Guinter said there would be no impact on either.
A large black bear has been going to the Blue Mountain Drive-In, Lehigh Township.
However, instead of going inside the restaurant for his dinner, he stays outside and eats from the Dumpster, scattering his food as he makes his way to a red barn. From there, he continues his hike to a tree where he enjoys napping.
Samantha Heimer, Lisa Csencsits and Robert Csencsits, Blue Mountain owners, say the bear, nicknamed Bill, has been coming off and on for six years. They finally decided it was time to discourage him from returning.
Work has been done over the past several months to rezone the section around the Cherryville intersection from village residential to general commercial.
Resident Bill Strohl said he bought property in 2007 and the front of the property is now in the proposed commercial zone and the back remains residential.
He said he talked to township Manager Alice Rehrig about the matter. She told him she sent an email that he may not have read.
The Lehigh Township Supervisors last year discussed hiring one road crew member and another police officer mid-year.
Frank Zamadics, roadmaster, and Police Chief Scott Fogel and Sgt. John Henry were all in attendance at a recent Lehigh Township supervisors meeting to discuss the hirings.
Supervisor Keith Hantz said he consulted with public works to reach a consensus.
According to Zamadics, the depatment could manage with the current crew.
Lehigh Township Supervisor Keith Hantz recently inquired on the status of the maintenance building. At the May 27 meeting he said Roadmaster Frank Zamadics should know the status of the building.
Township Administrator Alice Rehrig said she is in the process of working with a local contractor on a 100-foot by 200-foot or 80-foot by 120-foot steel pole building. The 100-foot width pole would only need doors on the ends.
Hopkins asked if they can afford the pole, which costs $1 million.
Lehigh Township Engineer Phil Malitsch told township supervisors at the May 13 meeting that he met with township administrator Alice Rehrig and PennDOT at Walnut and Steeple roads.
A plan submitted to PennDOT to resolve a drainage problem would cost $50,000. Malitsch will work out a proposal to determine if the township or state pays and what amount.
One possibility is to have PennDOT supply the materials and the township do the work.
"The water is coming from a development approved 34 years ago and PennDOT doesn't want to take the responsibility," Malitsch said.
Nature in Photographs, the first annual photography show at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, held an opening reception March 23.
There was a good turnout of guests who enjoyed the variety of photographs. Both the subjects and the photographers were from a wide area as well as locally.
From the approximately 150 entries, 50 were chosen to be entered in the show in three categories: wildlife, scenic and macro.
Three companies dispatched representatives to the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors April 22 meeting to give presentations on various insurance programs.
This year is the first year the township has been able to shop for insurance due to previous claims.
Present were B.J. Giangilio of H.A. Thompson, Tim Schantz of Weiss-Schantz and Paul Pugelli of Brown and Brown.
Thompson represented the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Risk Management Association and has been the township's insurer since 1974.