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Commissioners plan for capital projects

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Emergency services building, LED streetlights on the list

At its Nov. 13 meeting, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners authorized and directed the township to enter into the issuance of a $3,037,000 general obligation note to fund capital projects, such as a proposed emergency services building, which would house a new police station and replace the present site on Lehigh Street.

In addition, the proceeds of the sale of the general obligation note will be applied to the current refunding of the 2011 general obligation bonds. Deputy Mayor Jack Meyers said that figure is $1.75 million.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said the township’s debt is very small in comparison to other municipalities. In fact, he added, the township’s 2.80 real estate tax millage rate has stayed at that level since 2011.

The mayor spoke of the township taking ownership of the streetlights across the entire township in 2018 by converting the streetlight lamps to LED lights, a project to be carried out in phases.

In other business, the board authorized Hozza to submit to PennDOT an application for approval of upgrading the traffic signals at MacArthur and Mechanicsville roads, the site where McDonald’s will be erecting a new restaurant.

The meeting began with a presentation featuring photos of family members of elected and township employees who served in the military. Lee Rackus, Whitehall’s zoning and development chief, heads such a presentation annually in recognition of Veterans Day and in honor of those who served.

The commissioners also passed a resolution, without comment, revising the sewage facilities plan for the proposed Fullerton Mills adaptive re-use development at 215 Quarry St.