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Commissioners pass resolution for grant request

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Samantha Anderson sanderson@tnonline.com in Local News

Sewer authority can now take next steps toward Summit, Prospect project

At its regular meeting Jan. 8, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners passed a resolution allowing Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) to move forward with a grant request for the sanitary sewer project on Summit and Prospect streets. The deadline for the application is Feb. 26.

Commissioner Philip Ginder expressed his concerns with some of the wording in the resolution. He was concerned the wording left CWSA obligated to move forward with or without the grant.

Lee Rackus, bureau chief of planning, zoning and development, was at the meeting to discuss the resolution and explain its purpose. After some reworking with the rest of the commissioners, the resolution was passed with new, less-ambiguous phrasing.

In other business, Roger Reichard and Lee Christman were reappointed to serve on Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board. Ann Freyman and James Molinaro were reappointed to serve on the planning commission for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021, and John Kostick Jr. was reappointed to the civil service commission for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2023.

Kevin Serensits was reappointed to serve on the tax appeals board for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2020, and Rhonda Bastian was reappointed to Whitehall Township Industrial and Commercial Development Authority for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2022.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. talked about his new position as director of administration for Lehigh County. Pending board approval, he will be leaving his current role at the end of February.

“I look forward to the transition,” Hozza said.

Commissioner Jeffrey Dutt mentioned a town hall meeting was set for Jan. 17 at Teamsters Union Hall Local 773, 3614 Lehigh St., regarding the proposed Thomas Iron Works historic district. He also informed the board there will be a survey sent to the homes in that area asking residents if they believe it should be a historical neighborhood.

Commissioners next meet for workshop Feb. 5. The board’s regular meeting is Feb. 12. Both meetings are 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.