Here is a tidbit about the south whitehall dam situation. The engineer for the township lists the wildlands conservancy as a client.... http://www.pidcockcompany.com/clientsOn Wednesday evening, when I stated that the engineer was stonewalling the opponents, I had no idea about the conflict of interest. In light of this revelation, it appears that the public's interest in preserving the dam might have to seek intervention through the court.
ADDENDUM: In the course of the last several Township Commissioner meetings, there has been some hesitation about engineering studies on the dam which would advise the commissioners. Although some Commissioners had previously directed the Administration to prepare an independent report on the dam's condition, that directive was not implemented. Never once did the township's engineer, Ralph Russek, or Commission President Christina Morgan, disclose that Russek's primary employer, Pidcock Engineering, also represents the Wildlands. Although this explains the hedging on the independent report, it shows a lack of candour toward the public effort to retain the dam. Furthermore, out of the blue, Morgan now favors bringing the issue forward. Morgan is said to support the Wildlands, which last October demolished the dams in Lehigh Parkway, immediately after obtaining Allentown City Council permission.
UPDATE: I have deleted the portion of the anonymous comment alleging to arrangements between Wildlands and Jaindl Land Company. A spokesperson for Jaindl categorically denies that any such arrangements ever existed.