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PennDOT says bridge not safe

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by JENNIFER QUINN Special to The Press in Local News

Township Administrator Brian Carl told supervisors at their Oct. 3 meeting Lowhill received notice from PennDOT saying the Bittner's Corner Bridge will have to be closed.

PennDOT is lowering weight restrictions on a number of bridges, he said.

If a weight limit goes below 3 tons, then the bridge has to be closed, which is the case with Bittner's Corner.

On the other hand, Carl said, if the bridge were to be taken over by the county, it could be kept open, because the county has the funds to repair the bridge.

Board considers pay increases, park projects

Thursday, October 3, 2013 by JENNIFER QUINN Special to The Press in Local News

Lynn Township supervisors reviewed a draft budget for 2014 presented by Secretary-Treasurer Tammy White at their Sept. 25 meeting.

White prepared the budget based on revenue and expenditures for the 12-month period ending Aug. 31. Adjustments for 2014 were itemized on a separate page.

As part of the budget review, the board discussed planning for Ontelaunee Park.

Chairman Justin Smith asked about expenses for the park's upkeep.

"The park is basically holding its own," White said.

Complaint against Steve Feinour referred to district attorney

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by JENNIFER QUINN Special to The Press in Local News

A complaint by David Najarian and Scott Feinour against Steve Feinour alleging campaign violations will be referred to District Attorney Jim Martin's office, according to a decision by the Lehigh County Election Board Sept. 20.

Najarian, a Republican, was defeated in the primary by Steve Feinour in his campaign for Lynn Township supervisor, leaving Feinour opposed by his brother Scott, a Democrat.

Neither Najarian nor Steve Feinour attended the meeting.

Najarian stated in a letter to the election board, dated Sept. 20, he would be out of town.

Board discusses parkstatus

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by JENNIFER QUINN Special to The Press in Local News

Administrative Secretary Janet Henritzy reported on the status of several items in Ontelaunee Park during the September meeting of Lynn Township supervisors.

A question had been raised by Road Superintendent Bruce Raber about repairs to the parking lot and how they affected the handicapped parking spots.

Henritzy had requested the handicapped spots be paved. She asked for more money to be allocated in the township budget for the park.

Historical society asks to move original train to Ontelaunee Park

Thursday, September 19, 2013 by JENNIFER QUINN Special to The Press in Local News

At least a dozen members of the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society attended the September meeting of Lynn Township supervisors.

Historical society board member Bill Mantz presented a request to modify the society's lease at Ontelaunee Park.

The society plans to erect a pole building to house the original park train it wants to return to the park.

The late Carl Snyder, former president of the historical society, brought the train back home to New Tripoli, after winning it in an auction near Parryville, Carbon County, many years ago.

Lowhill renews insurance early

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by JENNIFER QUINN Special to The Press in Local News

Lowhill Township's insurance agent has recommended an early renewal option for the township's health insurance, said Secretary Jill Seymour at the September board meeting.

This would guarantee an increase of only 9.5 percent. The current year's premium was 33 percent higher than last year's, according to information presented in May.

Chairman Richard Hughes commented on the recommendation.

"They're threatening a 40-percent increase if we wait until May," he said.

Seymour said the early renewal would require a response by Sept. 15.

Wildlands, Pa. Game Commission join to preserve Alpine Property

Thursday, September 5, 2013 by JENNIFER QUINN Special to The Press in Local News

On July 13, Wildlands Conservancy unveiled its newest property acquisition, a parcel on the Blue Mountain in Eldred Township, Monroe County, known as the Alpine Property.

Called by Wildlands "a tract of irreplaceable wildlife and wetland habitat," the 354-acre parcel was recently transferred to the Pennsylvania Game Commission as an addition to State Game Lands 168.

Dave Mitchell, land management supervisor for the Game Commission, led a hike through the property after presentations by Wildlands, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

Board OKs Knox Box

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by JENNIFER QUINN Special to The Press in Local News

Heidelberg Township's board voted Aug. 8 to move forward with implementation of a Knox Box rapid entry system.

The system allows firefighters to enter secured structures quickly in case of fire.

Germansville Fire Chief Jay Scheffler provided the board with a brief update on the plan, which was first discussed in April 2009.

Participating property owners will purchase a Knox Box, which containing keys or codes for emergency access, for $525. This will be secured to the outside of the structure.

Kuhns, Naugle named zoning board alternates

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by JENNIFER QUINN Special to The Press in Local News

Lowhill Township supervisors' Aug. 1 meeting was quiet after the large turnout of residents in July.

Only two community members were in attendance.

There was no mention of the now-closed motorsports park that drew protests at last month's meeting.

Resident Jim Kuhns asked about the status of his request to serve as an alternate on the zoning hearing board.

He made this request at the July meeting, stating he had been a township resident for 25 years, and the same two families had given dedicated service on the board throughout that time.

Board puts brakes on track

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by JENNIFER QUINN Special to The Press in Local News

Lowhill Township's board meeting was crowded with residents July 11, some even standing in the back of the room.

The reason was discussion of the Lehigh Valley Family Motorsports Park, recently opened for one weekend on Betz Court, and then closed.

Chairman Richard Hughes opened the comment period.

"If you sent a letter, we received it," Hughes said. "We read them all. Basically, it's a dead issue.

"The landowner has to go before the zoning hearing board. Even if we wanted it, we couldn't approve it."