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Sheetz looking to get liquor license for MacArthur Road store

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS Special to The Press in Local News

You soon may be able to grab some beer with your gas and snacks at Sheetz, the gas station and convenience store at 5001 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners heard a resolution at its workshop meeting April 1 that would transfer a liquor license to be used at the local Sheetz.

The board asked Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. to find out how often the police department responds to calls at the gas station and report on the finding at the April 8 meeting, when commissioners are scheduled to vote on the transfer.

The license was previously owned by Homeslate Sports Bar & Grille, Slatington.

The board also discussed a bill to hire Triad Strategies, Harrisburg, to pursue government funding for the emergency services building and other township projects at a cost of $5,000 a month.

Harakal said the firm “has been successful in getting money for projects” and would also help the township with grant writing.

The board is also considering a noise ordinance that would restrict unnecessary noise between 10:30 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Board Secretary Thomas Slonaker noted there is “always a certain ambiguity” when dealing with noise issues.

Board member Jeffrey Warren agreed, saying, “I see this as a problem when it is a nuisance or something that is recurring.”

Vice President Philip Ginder said the township police had recommended the ordinance as something that had “teeth” and would let them do something if a noise problem persisted.

In other business, the board discussed a resolution that would have the township enter into a sidewalk maintenance agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the Cementon-Northampton Bridge.

Harakal said the sidewalks will be jointly maintained by Northampton Borough and Whitehall Township. He said the township had little choice but to enter into the maintenance agreement.

“PennDOT said it would not put in sidewalks if we don’t agree to maintain them,” he noted. “It is a bitter pill.”

Warren said the sidewalks will be 10-feet-wide multimodal sidewalks that would allow for pedestrians and bicycles.

The board also will consider purchases of a 2020 Mack dump truck cab and chassis for the public works department for $116,000 and a 2019 Caterpillar Model 930M wheel loader for $170,000. Deputy Mayor John Meyers told the board a state recycling grant would pay for half the cost of the Caterpillar.

The next board meeting is 7 p.m. April 8 at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.