Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Refuse company wants contract

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

IESI Landfill, Bethlehem, appeared before the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners earlier this month, contending they should be granted a five-year refuse disposal contract.

The company was the lowest bidder, despite its failure to submit some paperwork that may have ruled the company out when awarding the contract.

The missing certificate of authority was not part of the bid package IESI submitted to the township for the contract, which begins in January and the contract with J.P. Macaro & Sons expires.

Fox Hollow will have to wait for park

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

A park for Fox Hollow Saylor Park community families in North Coplay has hit a snag.

Whitehall Township Commissioner Gerard Palagonia said at the September commissioners meeting he is concerned plans for the park are not moving forward.

According to Palagonia, several months ago he was approached by residents at Fox Hollow who indicated they were interested in a park.

Funding was available previously for recreation in Cementon, he said.

Property value corrected

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

An error by the Lehigh County Tax Assessment Office involving a major Lehigh Valley Mall retail store has been corrected.

A Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas finding, which Whitehall Township is not disputing, held the retailer's property was assessed incorrectly, resulting in an overpaying of real estate taxes.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr., in a report to the board of commissioners at its Sept. 8 meeting, said the issue involved Boscov's Department Store, one of the anchor stores at the mall.

Residents want safety measures

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Residents at Mickley Gardens petitioned the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners on Monday to do whatever is necessary to make it safer for children to cross heavily traveled Mechanicsville Road near the Whitehall-Coplay School District campus and township library.

John Vincler presented the commissioners with a petition signed by 65 Mickley Garden residents to assist children crossing Mechanicsville Road from their homes to activities on the school grounds or library.

Vincler said there are 85 homes on the east side of Mechanicsville road and 50 children living there.

PennDOT to set up street sweeping schedule with twp.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Whitehall Township recently learned Penn-DOT is not responsible for sweeping MacArthur Road and Route 145. The roadway is state maintained.

Whitehall Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said he voiced his displeasure during a meeting with PennDOT personnel because the roadway has not been swept by the department.

"The Lehigh County PennDOT maintenance director indicated that he has only one sweeper and that, 'We [PennDOT] are not responsible for sweeping streets with curbs,'" Hozza said.

Twp. continues to explore uses for Prydun farm

Thursday, September 4, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

One of Whitehall Township's prized historical sites, the Prydun Farm, is viewed as a hidden treasure linked to the founding of the township.

Funding sources used for restoration and preservation of the farmhouse will determine when it opens to the public.

Located on 12 acres in Hokendauqua, the Coplay Creek meanders on its northern boundary, with the farm building close to the Ironton Rail-Trail and the Hokendauqua Park and Playground.

At present, the township is making repairs as needed and mowing the grass, so the structure does not fall into a state of disrepair.

Township begins preparating budget

Thursday, September 4, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Whitehall Township is beginning preparation of the proposed 2015 budget.

The annual process culminates in December when the board of commissioners votes on it, setting the millage rate for property owners.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said it's "too early" to say whether the township can avoid a tax hike this year.

The township did not raise property taxes for 2014. The millage rate is 2.80 mills.

Right to know requests keep twp. busy

Thursday, September 4, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Whitehall Township personnel remain busy collecting information governed by Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law.

The requests are mainly from developers, attorneys and contractors relating to properties. Few requests revolve around the government.

"We average eight to 10 requests monthly for information under the Right to Know Law," Deputy Mayor Jack Meyers said.

The information requests range from permit requests to properties sold and real estate records the township has on file.