Township Manager Janice Meyers presented the first draft of the 2019 budget to Heidelberg Township supervisors at the Sept. 20 meeting. It is much like the 2018 budget, she said.
There is a $90,000 surplus some of which will pay off the Tiger mower and go toward the backhoe.
Real estate taxes will be $274,961 with earned income bringing in another $440,000. The state will provide $24,000 in Firemen’s Relief funds. Total revenue is $1,277,436.
Albany Township Historical Society, Kempton, purchased Trexler Grain and Feed Warehouse in 2001.
Since then, there have been many renovations, as time and money permitted.
On Sept. 29, there was an open house to introduce the beautiful rooms to friends and members of the society.
This time, the renovation was a major undertaking with everything all fresh and new.
During the open house, Terri Keefe opened bottles of Stony Run wine and two beers from Saucony Creek to give guests.
A lager and an IPA (India pale ale), were being poured by Kevin Keefe.
Albert Paul has asked Washington Township supervisors, during their Oct. 2 meeting to permit the farm from his mother’s estate to be subdivided.
Ten acres and a house at 6011 Creek Road, zoned rural village, were to be sold as his mother had indicated she did not want it rented. Payment is to be divided with his brother.
The property has been surveyed and the township planning commission gave a recommendation for the subdivision to supervisors.
The sewage planning module was also approved.
Quarts of soup, homemade bread and pies for dessert were available at Heidelberg Union Church, Heidelberg Township, on a take-home basis Sept. 28.
Jim and Brenda Graver headed a group who made the soup, bread, sticky buns and pies. Julia Hill, Katherine Blose and Mildred Rex, all members of the church’s Women of Faith, made chow-chow.
Eric Andreus, resource manager for Nestle Pure Water, attended the Sept. 26 meeting of the Northwestern Recreation Commission bearing gifts.
He presented another $2,500 to the commission to be used on the walking trail.
This brings the Nestle donations to $25,000.
“We’re glad to help,” Andreus said.
Andreus said if the walking trail is dropped due to expense being much more than expected the money can be put to another use.
Troy Knauss was operational chair of the first 5K run/walk fundraiser at Heidelberg Church on Sept. 22.
Many participants waited until the day of the event to sign up, with Kelly Mahoney, Colleen Andrews and Amy Peters helping out at the registration table.
Knauss said he was very excited to be part of the first 5K to help support the local community.
Brian Lenhart, 5K chairman, said the 5K was all about health and living in the Lehigh Valley.
Leo Pedron responded during public comment at the Sept. 19 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting.
His concern was overcrowding, especially on bus 19.
He lives along Silver Creek Court, Kutztown, and brought with him a wooden mock-up of a bus seat.
Pedron said the seats are 39 inches wide and no one is supposed to place parts of their body or supplies they are carrying in the aisle.
He asked two students to come sit on his bus seat, and then added a third.
Elementary students are to sit three to a seat. Middle and high schoolers sit two to a seat.
There were brief rain showers during the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society Fall Festival on Sept. 8 but not enough to stop the fun.
The parking lot was crowded and, at one point, word went around food was running out but that seemed to just be a rumor as fest-goers kept going through the line.
Lester Backenstoes, who brings farm equipment to the festival, brought along a homemade tractor this year.
Washington Township supervisors have signed a resolution agreeing to submit an application to the Department of Community and Economic Development for a grant to renew the Northern Region of Lehigh County Comprehensive Plan.
The group includes Slatington borough, and Heidelberg, Weisenberg, Lynn, Lowhill and Washington townships.
Each municipality agrees to jointly contribute to the $61,860 matching grant and agrees to contribute needed resources to update the plan.
In other matters, four per capita tax exonerations were approved at the board’s Sept. 4 meeting.
Proceeds from the Summerfest at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Krumsville, will benefit Wyatt Newhard, a Northwestern Lehigh student.
He has been fighting neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system, since he was 3 years old.
A row of game stands went up one side of the festival field along with a flea market, but the first thing people saw was the bouncy house which gives kids some joyful exercise.
One family had stopped by a dog rescue before coming to Summerfest. The dog they chose was a Yorkie, which they said will probably be named, Avery.