Commissioners approve 2018 budget
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners met Dec. 11 to discuss the 2018 budget. The plan, which includes a 2.80 millage rate, was approved with no property tax increase.
The garbage fee will remain at $300. However, residents wanting an additional 95-gallon refuse cart can go to the tax office between Jan. 2 and Feb. 2, 2018, and pay the $100 deposit to receive one. The garbage fee for residents with an extra cart will be $330.
The board bid farewell to three of its elected officials.
Diane Hunsicker has worked in the township tax office for 26 years, serving as tax collector and treasurer for the past eight.
Linda Snyder served as a commissioner for more than 28 years. She has held titles of president, vice president and secretary on the board. She chose not to seek re-election.
Phillips Armstrong, commissioners president, served on the board from 2014 to 2017. He was recently elected Lehigh County executive.
Glenn Solt, former Lehigh County director of general services and former Whitehall Township executive, and his wife, Jody, stopped by the meeting to say farewell to those leaving.
In other business, the board addressed German-based grocery store Lidl’s decision not to pursue its plans to build on the vacant Gilboy land due to a corporate decision regarding the company’s future in North America.
Harley-Davidson needed approval from the board to continue its plans to build at Seventh Street and Eberhart Road. The board granted the change. Harley-Davidson will meet with PennDOT regarding necessary work to the roads, which would have been paid by Lidl.
The board next meets 8 p.m. Jan. 2, 2018, for reorganization and 7 p.m. Jan. 8, 2018, for a regular meeting.