After a spirited public hearing Tuesday night the North Whitehall Township Planning Commission recommended a conditional use of a wastewater treatment plant to be built near the KidsPeace campus to the Board of Supervisors.
Members of the Lehigh County Authority testified about the 200,000 gallon-a-day sewage treatment plant at great length, answering a myriad of questions. The plant is targeted to serve KidsPeace, Lehigh Carbon Community College and a future Walmart, according to testimony Tuesday night.
One of the members testifying on behalf of LCA was John Spitko, vice president of Spotts, Stevens and McCoy.
“The plant we are proposing is standard across not only Pennsylvania, but the United States,” he noted.
Nevertheless Planner Jeff Johnson was not impressed.
“I’m not questioning the plant is needed,” he said. “But the location is totally wrong.”
“It’s ridiculous,” added Planner Leonard Nuss. “The plant should be put in a different location. I completely think it’s in the wrong place.”
And some members of the audience agreed, firing a plethora of questions at members of the LCA questioning the legitimacy of their claims, their integrity and their intentions.
But when all discourse came to a conclusion Planning Commission Chairman Richard Clemer said the reality is the township badly needs to have their sewage needs addressed.
“We can’t just argue and say we’re not going to do anything,” Clemer noted.
The Board of Supervisors will hear the recommendation at their next meeting, set for June 4th.