Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, May 21, 2018

Board gives conditional approval for new CVS

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS Special to The Press in Local News

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners voted April 9 to give conditional approval for a new CVS Pharmacy that will be built at 1223-1225 Third St.

Frank Clark, township engineer, said all the concerns about trucks pulling in and out of the location have been addressed and developers agreed to widen the entrance and flare the curb, so the trucks can safely make the turn.

The board also voted to award a $159,300 contract to West Side Hammer Electric, Bethlehem, to convert streetlights from high-pressure sodium to LED. The project is part of a state-of-the-art LED street lighting upgrade program started in early 2017. The entire upgrade is estimated to cost approximately $1 million.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of a new 2018 John Deere 310 SL Backhoe 4x4 to replace an older model that needed repair.

Lee Rackus, township bureau chief of planning, zoning and development, has been named to serve on a steering committee for Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. She said there are plans on the commission’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that will affect Whitehall Township.

One of the TIP projects is the replacement of the Cementon Bridge over the Lehigh River in Whitehall Township and Northampton Borough.

Board member Jeffrey Warren said the project is moving along, and the new bridge will have a 50-year life span. He said the new design would have wider sidewalks, making it safer for pedestrians.

Warren said the preliminary design was recently on display at Northampton Banquet & Center, and public input on the project is sought.

In appointments, Lloyd L. Schafer was named to serve on the township authority through 2020, and Stephanie Colbry was named to serve on the industrial and commercial development authority through 2022.