New storage shed planned for road crew rock salt
BY PAUL WILLISTEIN
Salisbury Township plans to build a new shed to store rock salt.
The shed is to be built on the former McAuliffe Asphalt Paving, Inc., the approximate 35-acre property purchased by the township at 2937 S. Pike Ave., across the street from the township municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.
The majority of the approximate $500,000 cost of the salt shed will be paid for by a grant, Salisbury Township consulting engineer Stan Wojciechowski, Department Head, Municipal Engineering Services, Barry Isett & Associates, Inc., said.
Rock salt (Sodium Chloride) is used for de-icing roads and highways by road crews.
The township salt shed now in use is in the vicinity of the public works department garage on the municipal building property complex.
Salisbury Township Director of Public Works James Levernier said that the site of the existing salt shed could be used for parking spaces.
In other business at the Aug. 24 township meeting, commissioners voted 3-0, with two commissioners absent, to approve:
- A resolution approving destruction of township records, including those of the public works, police and administration departments. Commissioner Alok Patnaik made the motion, seconded by Commissioner Heather Lipkin.
- A motion appointing Nicholas Birosik as Third Ward representative to the township zoning hearing board. Board of commissioners President Deb Brinton made the nomination, seconded by Patnaik.
- A motion approving Payment No. 1, $30,982.50, to Billitier Electric, Inc., Allentown, for the Cardinal Drive Pump Station Generator Replacement Project. Patnaik made the motion, seconded by Lipkin.
- A motion approving Payment No. 5 (final), $2,000, to CMR Construction, Inc., Macungie, for the Laubach Park Stormwater Improvements Project. Lipkin made the motion, seconded by Patnaik.
- A motion approving a block party request for the 900 block of Belford Road. The block party was held Aug. 19. Lipkin made the motion, seconded by Patnaik.
- Lipkin approved four motions, seconded by Patnaik, which were approved with one 3-0 vote, for:
- A motion accepting a time extension to Nov. 28 for the Land Development Plan at 1525 E. Susquehanna St.
- A motion accepting a time extension to Nov. 30 for the Preliminary-Final Land Development Plan at 206 E. Lynwood St.
- A motion accepting a time extension to Dec. 8 for the Preliminary-Final Land Development Plan at 2844 S. Pike Ave.
- A motion accepting a time extension to Jan. 7, 2024, for the Land Development Plan at 1350 E. Susquehanna St.
A conditional use hearing was held before the commissioners’ meeting.
Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve a conditional use appeal submitted by Holcomb Associates, Inc. to utilize 1249 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Suite 103, which is vacant, as an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center.
Representing Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems was Marissa Turner, Regional Director and Atty. Ronald E. Corkery, Corkery & Almonti Attorneys At Law, Whitehall.
“They meet the requirements except for conditional use,” Salisbury Township Zoning Officer Kerry Rabold said.
The facility has been in business at 1245 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. There are 36 employees and three administrators. There is sufficient parking, it was stated. There are no plans to increase staff.
“In addition, we want to add drug and alcohol treatment,” Turner said, noting, “We will cross-train our staff.”
The property, configured and used as two multi-tenant is in the C1, Office-Laboratory zoning district.
The Salisbury Township Planning Commission voted 4-0 at its July 24 meeting to approve the conditional use for the center.
The September Salisbury Township meeting schedule in the municipal building includes: 7 p.m. Sept. 13, zoning hearing board; 7 p.m. Sept. 14, board of commissioners; 7 p.m. Sept. 27, planning commission and 7 p.m. Sept. 28, board of commissioners.