Board OKs water projects
South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval to two major water line replacements totaling more than $500,000.
Hickory Circle, projected to cost $275,000, received the go ahead with a bid of $198,000 awarded to Bellview Pump.
That lower-than-expected bid was in contrast to the higher-than-anticipated amount for Sieger Drive.
Although the work was forecast at $200,000, the lowest bid of three submitted was offered by Jaoa Bradley Construction at $309,757.
Assistant Public Works Manager Jerry Charvala commented on the Sieger Drive cost.
“Finance and public works met, and feel we have saved money in some other areas in system improvements and we will be able to cover the difference between the projected price and the actual bid price,” Charvalla said. “A large portion of the overrun on this bid is the full street paving overlay as opposed to a simple trench restoration.
“These are our highest priority water projects. We will put in some additional fire hydrants that will help [residents] with their home insurance.
“We’ll get this done this summer.”
In another water-related topic, commissioners approved an agreement for an emergency interconnection with Lehigh County Authority.
Charvalla said the agreement enables the township and LCA to supply water to one another in an emergency situation.
The document also outlines responsibilities for each entity in maintenance of the interconnection.
The meter pit for the interconnection will be situated at the KRE Spring Ridge development under construction on the former Bortz property along Cetronia Road.
In the public comment portion of the meeting, an audience member asked whether South Whitehall has any plans to restrict warehouses through zoning adjustments.
Commissioner Matt Mulqueen suggested the township continue following the 2009 comprehensive plan and its zoning classifications, then review it next year on its 10th anniversary.
The other commissioners were in agreement.