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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.

Fort Deshler dig

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

Project turns up some artifacts

The Fort Deshler dig — a project of the MacArthur Road 75th anniversary committee — brought mixed results in August.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) agreed to lead the geographical survey and archaeological dig because the fort was mainly on its right of way. Cooperation was also given by the adjoining land owner, Mike Hobel.

The stone fort, in the area of MacArthur Road and Chestnut Street, had a role in the French and Indian War.

Police unit tracking truck compliance

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Twp. chief says eight citations were issued in August

Whitehall Township Police Department’s commercial vehicle enforcement unit continues its spot checks this month to ensure trucks — mostly tri-axles — are in compliance with state and federal regulations.

In a monthly report from township police Chief Michael Marks at the Sept. 11 meeting, commissioners and Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. were told the commercial vehicle enforcement unit will be on duty four days this month.

Commissioners OK bid for firetruck for Egypt station

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Portion of cost to come from Firemen’s Relief Association

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, at its Monday meeting, approved a bid for another piece of firefighting equipment, keeping with its program to ensure departments have the equipment needed to protect township residents and their property by retiring older vehicles and replacing them with updated ones.

Commissioners accepted a $594,615 bid for a new Pierce Enforcer pumper truck that will be used by Egypt Fire Station.

Commissioners get estimate for new DEP program

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

State-mandated plan to reduce pollutants in waterways to cost millions

During a meeting Aug. 14, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners got a surprising answer to the question of cost for a state-mandated program of reducing pollutants in its waterways.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) initiative could top the $5 million mark during the five-year cycle.

The DEP’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System program — also known as MS4 — is expected to reduce the discharge of pollutants that get into streams and minimize the negative impact of stormwater runoff.

Township officer pounds the pavement

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Police chief tests neighborhood foot patrols this summer

Whitehall’s police department has reinstated a throwback beat on the force, designed to encourage conversation and instill a sense of confidence, safety and security in township neighborhoods.

Police Chief Michael Marks, who has initiated several state-of-the-art advancements in his tenure, said an “experimental” foot patrol was incorporated for the summer. The results of that patrol could determine its future in the department.