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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pedestrian bridge placed across Jordan

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Greenway trail will begin in Allentown and end at Lehigh Valley Zoo

A picturesque bridge now takes its place as a major piece in the continuing construction of the Jordan Greenway Trail along Jordan Creek in Whitehall Township.

The pedestrian bridge was put in place Nov. 1. It is located off Mickley Road, near a grassy area where a large number of geese gather.

The bridge will link the greenway trail from the east side of Jordan Creek to the west side, near the Mickley Road apartment complex.

The pedestrian bridge will not be open to the public until the project is finished.

Eberhardt honored at Scouting dinner

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Eric Eberhardt was given a standing ovation on his selection as the recipient for the Minsi Trails Council 2017 Good Scout Award at the Whitehall, Coplay, Parkland Friends of Scouting dinner, held Oct. 26 at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.

The Friends of Scouting dinner program began with the Color Guard from Boy Scout Troop 59, which meets at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Egypt, and Troop 79, which meets at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Stiles.

Commissioners plan for capital projects

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Emergency services building, LED streetlights on the list

At its Nov. 13 meeting, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners authorized and directed the township to enter into the issuance of a $3,037,000 general obligation note to fund capital projects, such as a proposed emergency services building, which would house a new police station and replace the present site on Lehigh Street.

In addition, the proceeds of the sale of the general obligation note will be applied to the current refunding of the 2011 general obligation bonds. Deputy Mayor Jack Meyers said that figure is $1.75 million.

Historic district plans are paused

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Board: Information needed for residents of Hokendauqua neighborhood

At its workshop meeting Monday, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners halted its efforts in seeking grants for the proposed historic preservation district that covers several blocks of Hokendauqua — labeled as the Thomas Iron Works neighborhood.

The board indicated more precise information is needed, as well as assurance that residents — whose properties would be affected — are on board with such a decision.

The Thomas Iron Works area is replete with homes and mansions from an era when iron-making by David Thomas was the model of the American Industrial Revolution.

Bench is dedicated in honor of Halal

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Family, friends gather for ceremony along IRT

A brook was babbling and birds were chirping on nearby trees during a sunlit morning Oct. 21. Family and friends had gathered for the dedication of a handsome bench on the Ironton Rail Trail (IRT) in Egypt as a tribute to Robert “Bobby” C. Halal’s life.

The June 5 death of Halal, a magisterial district judge since 2007 and a longtime constable, stunned the community.

More than 100 people were in attendance for the informal program on the IRT — organized to not only dedicate the bench but also to celebrate Halal’s 53rd birthday the previous day, Oct. 20.

Mayor details proposed budget

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Township plan, called ‘ambitious,’ includes repairs to aging infrastructure

Whitehall Township’s Oct. 13 release of its proposed 2018 budget — totaling $22.7 million — had nothing to do with Friday the 13th superstitions, but more with the Home Rule Charter mandate that the plan be made public by Oct. 15, which, this year, fell on a Sunday.

The budget, which now goes to the board of commissioners for hearings, spells good news for residents — in particular, in terms of property tax, garbage assessment and earned income tax.

Jeanne McNeill accepts 133rd nomination

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

With an overwhelming endorsement by Lehigh County Democratic Executive Committee and the state’s Democratic leadership Oct. 4, Jeanne McNeill accepted the party’s nomination to fill the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which has been vacant since the Sept. 8 death of her husband, Daniel.

The 133rd District includes portions of Hanover (Lehigh County), Whitehall and Salisbury townships, Bethlehem (Lehigh County) and Catasauqua, Coplay and Fountain Hill boroughs.

Board discusses open burning ordinance

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, at its Oct. 9 meeting, grappled with revising its open burning ordinance. Commissioners dealt with a myriad of inquiries, such as what constitutes an open pit, before ultimately tabling the matter until some questions are answered.

The board initially agreed to review proposed changes to its open burning ordinance, but Commissioner Philip Ginder recommended having its legal and legislative committee review the matter. Commissioners accepted his suggestion.

Board reviews proposed housing complex

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, at Monday’s workshop meeting, got its first look at a proposed 48-unit apartment complex that would straddle Whitehall Township and the Borough of Coplay. The major part of the complex would be in Coplay, with a sliver in Whitehall.

Prior to the conclusion of the meeting, Lee Rackus, bureau chief of zoning, planning and development for the township, laid out the site plan and detailed the project, submitted by DVS Company, Whitehall.