In a step intended to improve zoning services in the township, Lower Mount Bethel supervisors Monday night appointed an Allentown-area company to take over enforcement of zoning ordinances.

By unanimous vote, the supervisors appointed CodeMaster Inspection Services, Inc., of 1209 Hausman Road, South Whitehall Township, at $50 an hour. The supervisors chose CodeMaster over Keystone Code Consulting and Enforcement.

In a related matter, supervisors’ chairman Stu Gallaher briefly discussed the township’s zoning ordinance and the importance of having it updated.

Gallaher said the township must “make this a priority” and suggested the update should be undertaken no later the beginning of next year.

The supervisors also discussed the need for an emergency management coordinator but took no action.