Whitehall Township board reorganizes
The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners held its first meeting of the new year Jan. 6.
Larissa Bruder, executive secretary to the township mayor, led the oath of office for the newly elected board members. Randy Atiyeh, Philip J. Ginder, Charles G. Fisher and Jeffrey J. Warren were sworn in, while board veterans Joseph J. Marx Jr. and Thomas Slonaker observed.
Mayor Michael P. Harakal Jr. was also sworn in during the meeting.
Ginder was elected president of the board. Marx was elected vice president. Slonaker was re-elected secretary.
The board meeting shifted to other business, running through six different appointments discussed at prior meetings. All votes were unanimous.
The firm of Gross McGinley LLP was approved for appointment with a rate of $140 per hour and $125 per hour for associates.
Keystone Consulting Engineers Inc. was approved as the township engineering firm, at a rate per its 2020 professional fee schedule.
Scott Lipson was reappointed to serve as counsel to the tax appeals board, at a rate of $90 per hour.
William Fries was reappointed to serve as counsel to the zoning hearing board at a rate of $135 per hour.
Lehigh Engineering Associates was approved to be the township conflict engineering firm, at a rate per its 2020 professional fee schedule.
The final motion for the evening approved Kevin Fogerty as the township conflict attorney, at a rate of $125 per hour.
Following the six motions, the meeting adjourned and the commissioners gathered for coffee and pastries to celebrate the newly elected officials and recognized board.
The board next meets 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at the township municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road, to discuss matters surrounding the new year.