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Plans for substation surprise official

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

A Whitehall Township commissioner said she was surprised Monday to learn of plans for a police substation at the new Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce offices.

Commissioners President Linda Snyder said Monday night she learned of the plans for a substation by reading newspapers.

The Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of its new digs on the Lehigh Valley Mall campus July 31. At that time, plans for a police substation to be located there were also announced. Police Chief Linda Kulp and township community officer Paul Davis attended and Kulp spoke.

Snyder voiced no opposition to the police substation, but said the information came as a surprise and she knows few details about it.

"I'd rather see a substation in the neighborhoods than in a mall parking lot," said Philip Ginder, commissioners vice president.

Commissioner Gerard Palagonia, a retired township police officer, said a substation could be useful for the department, giving officers a place to write reports and do other tasks.

Commissioner Clair Hunsberger, who attended the chamber's opening ceremony, said he believes the community officer would use it. He questioned why the police station is becoming an issue.

Snyder denied it's an issue but the board controls the funds.

"We are entitled to know," she said.

Nothing was said about any fees the police would have to pay for use of the substation at the chamber offices.

"We have to wait for [Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr.] on Monday night," said Ginder. Hozza did not attend the workshop but is expected to attend the next meeting when he will be asked for details regarding the substation.