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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.

Township explores streetlight financing

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

LED upgrade will bring savings but has a million-dollar price tag

Whitehall Township’s proposed conversion of its streetlights to LED — which will provide a savings to the township and brighter lighting for residents — is projected to cost above the million-dollar mark, according to Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr., who updated the board of commissioners at its Sept. 11 meeting.

Hozza said several meetings have been held to determine appropriate light fixtures and costs.

“The next step will be exploring finance options for what will be a $1.3 to $1.8 million project,” Hozza said.

Hokey Legion repairs expected to start

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The long wait for major construction to begin at the Hokendauqua-based Jones Quigg American Legion Post 739 — damaged by fire when a bolt of lightning struck the building June 25, 2016 — is nearing an end.

Trusses for a new roof, along with a crane, were expected to be on the scene by the middle of September, after which workers will remove the heavily damaged roof and replace it.

Bridge blast: Two arches set for dynamite demolition

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The two outer arches of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge will fall to two dynamite blasts the morning of Oct. 11.

The announcement was made Monday at a briefing for borough representatives from Coplay and Northampton. Attending the briefing were police, public works and elected officials from both boroughs.

The third center arch will fall sometime in early November.