During 2019, Lowhill Township employees will receive 3 percent more in pay than they received last year.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Hughes will continue in that role as will Treasurer Robb Werley and Vice Chairman Buddy Wessner .
Jill Seymour will continue as secretary and Joe Kalusky again serves as road foreman.
Jeff Hontz will serve as assistant road foreman and Jeff Hontz, Tim Wessner and Mike Hontz are the road crew members.
Glen Grim is a part-time road crew member.
Lowhill supervisors were relieved hear at their Jan. 7 meeting that repairs are completed and satisfactorily done to Valley Road Bridge.
Solicitor Keith Strohl reported that for 2019 there has been an inflation adjustment for any public bid requirements.
For anything that is at least $11,600, the township can do an abbreviated bid process, but for anything that is $20,600 or greater, a full bid process needs to be done.
This is approximately a $200 increase from last year.
Lowhill supervisors have adopted the 2019 township budget of $3,112,010.
The millage rate will be .66425 mills. Wage tax rate will be 1 percent to 1.5 percent.
Realty transfer tax will be one-half of 1 percent.
Main items on the Lowhill Township supervisors’ Nov. 1 meeting agenda were a correction about an ordinance hearing from the October meeting and a representative was in attendance to speak about the possibility of a community swimming pool.
According to township Secretary Jill Seymour, the meeting began with Supervisor Chairman Richard Hughes announcing there was an error with the time advertised for ordinance 2018-2 for vacating Winchester Road.
The time was originally said to be 6:45 p.m. but the hearing and the adoption were tabled until 7:25 p.m. Nov. 6.
Kutztown University recently had a ribbon-cutting ceremony as the Department of Communication Studies officially opened the Social Media Analytics Strategic Hub in Rickenbach Learning Center.
KU President Kenneth S. Hawkinson, Provost Anne Zayaitz, Dr. Keith Massie, SMS area coordinator and Assistant Professor in Communication Studies and Dr. Robert “Moe” Folk, English professor and SMS program co-architect cut the ribbon.
This room will assist in student learning for the new Social Media Theory and Strategy major, one of the first created of this type in the United States
Lowhill Township supervisors discussed necessary bridge repairs for Valley Road and Bear bridges during their Oct. 4 meeting.
Supervisors started the meeting by notifying everyone a budget workshop meeting took place earlier that evening and they will have another one on Nov. 1.
Solicitor Charles Waters said the board should have an ordinance prepared to vacate Winchester Road in November.
The road needs to be vacated temporarily so the township can push back the barriers and allow access to the Game Commission parking lot.
Lowhill supervisors discussed several ongoing and new issues at their Sept. 6 board meeting.
Topics included repairs to Valley Road bridge, and repairs needed due to severe rain and storms throughout August.
The board reviewed the minor subdivision preliminary plan for Dean and Diane Schaller at 3716 Pine Tree Road.
Chairman Richard Hughes made a motion to accept the preliminary plan for review. Supervisor Robb Werley seconded it.
Hughes mentioned the planning commission said the Schallers must apply for a family, shared driveway waiver.
Lowhill Township Supervisors’ Chairman Richard Hughes began the board’s Aug. 2 meeting asking for a motion to approve the minutes from July.
Treasurer Robb Werley said it should be included in the minutes that he abstained from voting for approval of the land development final plan for a proposed office at 6768 Kernsville Road on behalf of him and his wife, Brenda.
When that correction is made, Vice Chairman Buddy Wessner motioned to approve the minutes. Werley seconded it.
Werley said he will again abstain from voting.
During the Weisenberg Township June meeting Administrator Brian Carl stated as of June 4 Old 22 was no longer a Weisenberg Township road.
PennDOT now owns Old 22 and the township took ownership of Kecks, between Seipstown and Old 22. The township is satisfied with this swap, mainly because of all the detours that occur on Old 22.
Carl also explained a certain number of trees and plants were required by the state Department of Environmental Protection as part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for construction of the park.
Germansville Assistant Fire Chief Randy Metzger reported at the Lowhill supervisors’ June 7 meeting the fire department is looking to replace its 1991 Darley, which has a 1,500 gpm pumper, with a new KME aerial cap single-axle fire truck with a ladder on top and a pump.
Firefighters are looking for a more diverse truck as they cover bigger structures throughout Lowhill, Germansville and New Tripoli.
The new truck will cost around $737,000.
The board asked if they could look at a used truck,