The construction of a new ambulance garage in Summit Hill got the approval last night of borough council.

The council voted 5-0 to approve a reverse subdivision and land development plan for a proposal by the Lehighton Ambulance Association to construct a garage on a vacant lot along East Ludlow Street.

Plans for the project were presented to council by the ambulance association's engineer, Greg Hass.

Hass said the plans call for combining three lots into one. A 3,800-square-foot building will be centered on the site.

The station will tie into the borough's central water and sewage systems. Hass said although there is a moratorium imposed by the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection on new sewage connections, the association got approval from the DEP "as a facility of need."

The association had received conditional approval from the Summit Hill Planning Commission and the borough's zoning hearing board.

One of the concerns discussed is a bus stop presently located where the construction project will occur.

The ambulance association, the borough, and the police department will work with Panther Valley School District to relocate the bus stop.

Council President Joseph Weber abstained from voting on the matter because he is employed by the borough's engineering firm. Another council member, John O'Gurek, was absent.

Presently the ambulance association has a garage along Route 902 next to the Switchback Mini Mart.

The association presently rents space at that location.