Grant Street Townes gains approval
Darren Heckman of Lehigh Engineering returned to the June 5 meeting of the Washington Township supervisors with the plan for the Grant Street Townes. It was tabled at the May meeting because there were comments from Engineer Roy Stewart that had to be addressed.
A landscape plan was required with street trees. Because they are supposed to go along new roads and there is no new road 10 trees will be planted along East Grant Street with the remainder on East Avenue and Main Street. East Avenue will be widened to 20 feet with a swale along the side and the shoulder will be updated along Main Street.
There will be curbing but no sidewalk in front of the townhouses. A 15-inch cross-pipe under Main Street will have to be replaced with an 18-inch concrete pipe.
Stewart said the runoff will have to be verified by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. Runoff after construction must be at the same or a lesser amount than there is presently.
In other business: The Slatington Library requested its budgeted $2,500 donation. It was approved.
Four bids were received for 67,670 square yards of double bituminous sealcoat. The lowest price came from Dosch King of New Jersey. It will be awarded after the numbers are reviewed.
A resolution was passed setting the cost for real estate duplicate tax bills at $3 and for tax certification at $15. Secretary JoAnn Ahner said it is frequently the big mortgage companies that require duplicates.
PennDOT asked for permission to post Bicycle Pa. Route L signs in the township. The bike route will connect with local trails such as the D&L and those at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.
Resident Carl Hamm said there is a swimming pool next door to him at 4111 Main St., Slatedale, filled with brown water. It was not covered over the winter and the owner lost the home via a sheriff's sale and left in December. Also, the grass was cut once in April and not since.
He would like to see action on the pool before mosquitoes start using it as a breeding pond.
Zoning officer Justin Yaich said it is usually simple if the owner can be found. After a 20-day appeal period the township can send someone in. The cost would be paid by the owner of record.
Resident Marvin Clause pulled out some rotted railroad ties he has been using to control runoff. They left a 1-1/2 inch-deep ditch alongside the road in the township right of way. He would like the township to fix the shoulders. Clause would like to see "Children playing" signs on Christmas Lane. He said the residents now have grandchildren playing.
The roadmaster will be asked to look at the shoulders.
Cleanup day is June 16, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Resident Mildred Kistler gets copies of the list of permits issued each month. Before the meeting she asked Ahner why a permit for the same person with the same charges and paid by the same check number was on the list for both February and March. Ahner said she would find out what happened