Lowhill petitions to appoint auditors
Lowhill Township currently has no elected auditors.
Township Solicitor Carles Waters advised the board at its Aug. 2 meeting he has petitioned Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas to appoint three auditors.
A hearing will be held within 45 to 90 days to appoint the new members.
In other matters, the acquisition of the Smoldis property is moving along.
Supervisor Richard Hughes asked if there could be any unknown problems with the property, such as illegally dumped or other undesirable items on the property.
He asked if this could be an issue in the future, if something was discovered.
The board agreed to have the township road crew go to the property, check for anything unusual and pick up any trash that may have been dumped on the property.
Two large trash containers were ordered for the township building.
These containers would only be used by the road crew when picking up trash and garbage along the township roads.
One container will be for trash. The other will be for recyclables. They will not be available for township residents.
Engineer Roy Stewart had several items in his report to the board.
Stewart told supervisors the Narris Road project will be bid September or October with a start date after Nov. 1.
The Department of Envionmental Protection permit application for work on the Winchester Road bridge was re-submitted.
If everything is approved, the permit should be issued in about two weeks, he explained.
The township must submit a renewal application for the Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit.
All municipalities in certain designated areas must inventory stormwater outlets and submit this list to the state.
This process is used to track the origins of dirt from erosion, pollutants, chemicals and possibly other items.
Typically, the more urbanized areas are subject to this inventory.
Stewart said construction plans of Leisure Court were redesigned to avoid the reconstruction of and closure of North Lane.
He also told the board PennDOT said the Route 100/Claussville Road project is a little behind schedule because of the weather but the intersection is expected to be completed sometime in December.
In other matters, supervisors tabled the Greenway Plan until a later meeting.
An item tabled at the last meeting, the Weisenberg Township burning ordinance, was discussed.
Several changes were discussed and some were inserted in the ordinance.
Archer Waters, the son of the township's solicitor, attended the meeting as part of his effort to earn his Boy Scout merit badge in communications.
The younger Waters offered his opinion on open bonfires, in relation to the burning ordinance, from a Boy Scout's point of view.
The annual summer convention of the Lehigh County Association of Township Supervisors will take place Aug. 10 at the Schnecksville Fire Company.
Ben Houser asked the board to present his plans for an existing building on Betz Court.
His business, Ben Houser Motorcars LLC, would occupy a portion of a building in which he will have cars displayed and offered for sale.
There will be no repairs or detailing on the property and everything will be inside the building.
Supervisors saw no problem with this use and asked township Administrator Reynold Reinert to take whatever steps necessary to move this project forward.
Stone Haven Supply was a holdover from last month's agenda because of no representation.
They were not present at this month's meeting either. Stone Haven will be placed on next month's agenda.