Earlier this month, I reported a mandamus action filed against Bethlehem Township by Traditions of America. According to the lawsuit, filed October 11, Township engineer Pidcock Company has been actively engaged in what can only be described as a shakedown of the Green Pond active senior community developer. Traditions, which has an approved plan and all the necessary permits, wants the Township to engage the previously appointed back-up engineer while the dispute with Pidcock is resolved. Township Commissioners and Pidcock, decline to comment on the pending litigation. But Solicitor Jim Broughal has an interesting observation. The Township has yet to be served.
This is no fault of Traditions. On the day the action was filed, an Order of Service went to Sheriff Rich Johnston. But ten days later, he has failed to serve the complaint.
This is inexcusable.
Service of process is a core function of the Sheriff's Department.
It's not as though the Township is hiding.