|T&M's Greg Duncan|
Duncan had the green light from Bethlehem Township Commissioners to apply for two grants for a green solution, including a $300,000 Watershed and Protection Grant. He was successful, and at their March 17 meeting, Commissioners directed Township Manager Melissa Shafer, serving in her first meeting, to enter into an agreement with Duncan to engineer the project.
Duncan plans to replace the broken-up concrete liner with articulated concrete blocks connected by steel cable. This will promote proper drainage, provide erosion control and even allow for natural vegetative growth. Articulated concrete blocks will also handle heavy velocities.
This project will last into next year, according to President Tom Nolan, who joked it will be done "sometime this century."
In other business, Commissioners authorized a number of purchases that are included in this years budget for the following items: police assault rifles - $3,602.50; police body armor- $3,402.00; three police cruisers (Toyota Scion) - $27,548 each; two small dump truck leases - $85,266.80; mowing equipment - $21,836; software upgrades - $54,000; and police department painting - $5,495.00.
Finally, Commissioners unanimously named President Tom Nolan as their representative on the Northampton County Gaming Board, where he has served for the past four years.