Whitehall-Coplay Press

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Board backs increased vehicle fee

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Commissioners say additional charge should fund road improvements

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its Monday workshop meeting agreed, with a bit of hesitancy, to back a $5 motor registration fee proposal that is before Lehigh County Board of Commissioners — but not before stating its support must come with a “guarantee” the funds would go for road improvements.

Commissioners further stated the increase in the vehicle registration fee, which will yield the township $1.2 million, must be carried out on a per-capita basis.

Township to continue upgrade to LED streetlights

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

From Egypt to Fullerton and Cementon to West Catasauqua — and areas in between, like Darktown — Whitehall Township’s streets and neighborhoods will soon appear much brighter at night.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. has reported an upgrade in street lighting — state-of-the art LED lights along streets in the township.

The program began in 2016, with the Village Green, Rolling Hills and Pine Tree communities hooked up with the LED lights. Hozza’s 2017 proposed budget looks to spend approximately $1 million to convert the remaining township-owned streetlights to LED technology.

Bridge work not expected to affect IRT

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

As the closing of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge nears, there is some good news for the joggers, walkers and bicyclists on the Ironton Rail Trail: Their travels will not be impeded when the demolition of the existing span and construction of a new one take place over the next three years.

IRT Oversight Commission Secretary Ray Bieak reported to the commission at a recent meeting at Coplay Borough Hall that he received assurance from Lehigh County that the trail underneath the bridge will not be affected by the project.

Board kicks off MacArthur celebration

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Mayor reads from 1942 minutes when officials approved name change

The official yearlong celebration of the 75th anniversary in renaming Seventh Street Pike after General Douglas MacArthur began Monday night at the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. read from the Feb. 9, 1942, minutes of the commissioners meeting dedicating the 7-mile-long road to MacArthur, who was then heading the United States’ war effort in the Pacific Theatre.

Board’s quarry concerns continue

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Township officials waiting for clarification from Boscola on jurisdiction

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its Monday night workshop expressed ongoing frustration regarding the continued dumping of fill daily into a huge quarry owned by Coplay Aggregates, prompting Commissioners President Phillips Armstrong to comment, “Our hands are tied behind our backs.” The company has a permit, issued by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, to dump regulated fill at the site.

New fire truck arrives in township

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township’s new fire truck, a $543,180 state-of-the-art vehicle, has officially arrived. It is currently being outfitted with equipment, after which it will be inspected and delivered to the West Catasauqua station.

Fire Chief David Nelson said the truck was manufactured by Wisconson-based Pierce.

A ceremony — known as a “washdown” — will be held at the West Catasauqua building, during which time the volunteer firefighters will push the new fire truck into the station’s bay.

West Catasauqua Fire Station built a new addition to house the fire truck.

MacArthur Road 75th celebration is about to begin

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Banners will be placed soon

Over the next several days, MacArthur Road will be lined with more than 150 banners celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Once a two-lane road connecting Egypt to Allentown, MacArthur Road has been transformed over the years to six lanes and is recognized as the prime commercial hub in the region with shopping malls, stores of every persuasion and a wide selection of restaurants.

The township will officially kick off the celebration at the April 10 meeting of the board of commissioners.

MacArthur Towne Center has new owner

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The $14.3 million sale of MacArthur Towne Center, on the west side of heavily traveled MacArthur Road, ranks as one of the highest property sale transfers recently in Whitehall Township, helping to fill the coffers of the township and Whitehall-Coplay School District.

Both the township and school district impose the 1-percent realty transfer tax, which means each entity will receive one-half of the proceeds from the levy. Their share totals $71,500 each.

The 2017 township budget anticipates $350,000 in revenue from the real estate transfer tax.

Township decides on building site

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Police department will be stationed at location near municipal complex

Whitehall Township has narrowed its search for land on which to build an emergency services building, primarily to house the police department.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. confirmed over the weekend the site is a 14-acre parcel at the east end of Arlington Cemetery, close to the township’s municipal complex.

“Negotiations for the sale of the land are underway,” Hozza told The Press.

Boscola, DEP meeting is sought

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

Commissioners looking for answer on township’s jurisdiction of quarry

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at Monday’s meeting said it is calling on state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to come before the board jointly to say, on the record, whether or not the township has jurisdiction to inspect the materials being dumped into a former quarry owned by Coplay Aggregates.