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North Whitehall discusses possible upgrade to Sand Spring Road Sewage Treatment Plant

NORTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - A proposed upgrade to the sewage treatment plant on Sand Spring Road in North Whitehall Township was discussed at the township Board of Supervisors Meeting on May 1.

Jeff Bartlett, the Township Manager, said at the meeting that a landowner he spoke to is interested in developing parcels of land adjacent to the plant.

For the landowner to be able to do this, the township would need to modify the local Act 537 so that the plant is repaired and upgraded, according to Bartlett. The goal would be for the plant to have a 70,000 gallon capacity as opposed to the 35,000 gallons it currently holds.

Bartlett estimated that the cost to modify the Act 537 plan, which the landowner has offered to pay, would cost between $10,000 and $20,000.

Bartlett added that since the area affected by the modification would be small there would be no need to coordinate with other municipalities before deciding on a change. The proposal would need to be submitted to and approved by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The Lehigh County Authority owns the plant and would oversee its enlargement.

In other business, the township awarded its propane fuel contract to Suburban Energy, which submitted a bid of providing the fuel for $1.099 a gallon.

In other news, the Township issued a posthumous proclamation commending William George, a long-serving member of the township’s Planning Commission who recently passed away.

The proclamation noted his 42 years of service to the township in different capacities, saying that the township is “grateful for his distinguished and dedicated service.”

His position on the Commission is currently vacant.

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