Jaindl offered his own compromise, asking commissioners to approve the plan Thursday night but then still having the public works staff review it for any "glaring" problems.

"If there are, you know where I live," he told commissioners. "If you come back to me with something that makes sense, I'll certainly listen to it. I will consider it. But let's move it forward."

Brown would not be swayed. He said the public works department "knows the most about these basins, because they maintain them. I want them to look at it and know what they're getting into."

"If you table it tonight, I will not agree to any more contribution," warned Jaindl. "I'll agree to the improvements, but not a penny more dollar contribution. So you're not going to get anywhere by tabling it."

But Jaindl repeated he will consider any suggestions for the detention pond that might come from the public works staff after that approval.

In 2006, said Erdman, the township approved Jaindl using the detention pond to handle stormwater from a section of the subdivision that is within the borough of Alburtis.

"There is not a lot of increased maintenance for the additional water," said Jaindl.

Erdman suggested the modified pond design may require even less maintenance.

Outside the meeting, Jaindl said 670 of the 700 homes planned in Hills at Lock Ridge have been built. "Some of them have been occupied for 10 years already."

Erdman said the last phase of the subdivision to be developed is completely built out. "The only major outstanding item to complete is the topping of the roadways. The expectation is that will be completed this year."

Brown also was concerned abut the design of the proposed parking lot near the detention pond. Lancsek said that parking lot plan was approved by township supervisors years ago.

The debate ended with a 3-1 vote to approve the plan revisions. Only Brown voted no.

Other business

Commissioners received a letter from Liza Gantert, president of the township's park and recreation board, informing them her board believes Lower Macungie should be compensated if developers of the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center put a rain garden in Wescosville Park along Hamilton Boulevard.

Her board's position is that the township should receive adequate compensation for the lost use of recreational property or that the developers should enhance recreation in the township in some other way.

Commissioners did not discuss Gantert's letter during their meeting.

Pandl has said the proposed rain garden, which would capture stormwater run-off, will take up less than a quarter acre of the 6.7-acre park and not impact its two baseball fields.

Wescosville Park is next to the 63-acre site of the long-delayed shopping center.

The commissioners appointed James Dontonville to the township public safety commission. He will serve until the end of next year.

They also appointed Scott Alderfer chairman of the township's environmental advisory council.

It was announced during the meeting that in spring the Little Lehigh chapter of Trout Unlimited will plant 76 shade trees along Little Lehigh Creek in the township, to enhance the stream for trout habitat.

Most of the trees will go on township open space bordering the creek. Others will be planted on private properties whose owners allow access to the creek for fishing.

Ryan Conrad, president of the five commissioners, was absent. The meeting was run by Higgins, who is vice president.