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Northern Lehigh Community Center requests letter of support

Published July 10. 2012 05:01PM

Michelle Raber, on behalf of the board of directors of the Northern Lehigh Community Center, thanked Washington Township supervisors for their previous support. At the July 3 meeting she then turned to Paul Gass, director of the center, to talk about future plans.

He said they received a grant and have to move ahead with the building. New Tripoli Bank agreed to provide money if they could present letters of support from all three municipalities: Washington, Slatington and Walnutport.

For its contribution Slatington will provide sewer, water, garbage pickup and snow removal.

Walnutport will discuss it in October and put it on the 2013 budget.

Gass said one-third of the participants in the programs held at schools and parks are from Washington Township.

He also requested permission to hold a coin toss on Route 873 on Oct. 13 but was told it was a state road and they would have to check with PennDOT.

An address list will be provided so letters requesting donations can be mailed.

Supervisor Josh Friebolin said the township can probably give something but didn't know how much. Gass said they did not need an amount - just a promise of support.

Raber said 500 people have participated in the programs this year. She said if they want any special program to be run the center should be notified.

A letter of support will be provided.

With the approval of sewage enforcement officer Chris Knoll, supervisors approved the planning module for Antioch Church on High Hill Road.

Robert Marsh received preliminary approval for a one-acre lot on the west side of Walnut Street in the rural district. The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission said it was in agreement with the comprehensive plan.

The Grant Street Townes received final approval for 18 townhouses. Required landscaping and widening of East Grant Street are included on the plan. Letters were received from the Lehigh County Authority and LVPC approving it. Still needed is a Lehigh County Conservation District approval.

Solicitor John Ashley will check the language used on the plan. Darren Heckman of Lehigh Engineering said East Grant will be widened and curbed but no work is planned for Spring Lane.

Secretary JoAnn Ahner asked if the sewer connections would be paid at one time. Heckman said they will be paid nine at a time for two payments for the 18 homes. Recreation fees of $1,500 per house will be paid when the building permits are requested.

A thank you note was received from the Slatington Library for a contribution of $2,500.

The zoning ordinance will increase the size of accessory buildings to a maximum of 3,200 square feet from 1,200 in the rural district. No single structure can be more than 2,400 and the lot has to be at least two acres.

Friebolin said people with large acreages had to be restricted because of the former limitation. The new ordinance will be advertised for the September meeting because it has to go to the township and LV planning commissions first.

Michele Roth asked about overgrown foliage along Route 873. Ahner said the state is going to have a meeting and the township is trying to get a list of people who have complained about the situation.

Resident Ed Zeigler said people were swimming in a quarry on Scout House Road. He called the police.

The inspection on one of the vehicles is invalid. He also said all signs on Scout House have been defaced.

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