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South Whitehall Twp. commissioners asked to save Wehr's Dam

By Stephen Althouse, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 18 2014 11:25:51 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 18 2014 11:58:48 PM CDT
SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. -

There's at least one man who thinks removing Wehr's Dam in South Whitehall would be a darn shame.

Township resident Michael Molovinsky offered a presentation to the board of commissioners at their Wednesday night meeting and didn't pull punches when it came to the proposal presented two weeks ago by Wildlands Conservancy to relegate the 110-year-old dam on the Jordan Creek in Covered Bridge Park.to the dustbin of history.

"I will tell you that the dam will last far longer than any of us," Molovinsky told commissioners about the structure's mortality and theirs.

Arguing the dam was a part of the township's legacy to future generations, he suggested the township preserve the dam under the same premise of how the legislative body fervently worked to save the King George Inn earlier this year from the wrecking ball and protect it as a historical property.

"If that applies to private property then it certainly applies to public property, which this is," Molovinsky reasoned.

At commissioners' June 4th meeting, the legislative body approved allowing Wildlands to look into the specifics of how the dam would be removed.

Molovinsky said he recognized that the environmentalist group was Goliath to his David when it comes to the battle to preserve the Works Progress Administration-era dam.

"They are putting on the full-court press," Molovinsky said to describe the group's agenda to sink the dam. "...I know how powerful the Wildlands Conservancy can be."

In other business Wednesday night, the board authorized Howard Kutzler, the township's director of administration, to have a "seat at the table" with the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission to evaluate the township's traffic signals at various intersections.

The evaluation is for timing durations of red and green lights.

The effort is motivated in part, according to Kutlzer, to marginalize traffic congestion where it is most needed.