Residents living near a long-vacant clothing mill in Egypt packed the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting room July 21 as the township's zoning hearing board, in a 3-2 vote, granted Allentown developer Nate Hyman permission to convert the factory into an apartment complex.
The vote ended a six-year hard-fought legal battle to bring the project to fruition.
The City of Allentown submitted a grant application to the federal government to develop land in Whitehall Township along the Lehigh River.
With abandoned industrial buildings dotting the landscape, the land has been largely ignored for decades.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. announced at the June 6 township board of commissioners meeting the federal transportation TIGER grant application was submitted the week before the meeting for $33 million.
The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners made strides in implementing the township's recycling program by awarding a contract to a Statesville, N.C., company at its meeting Monday night.
The commissioners awarded a $390,633 contract with Toter Inc., who will provide 65-gallon two-wheeled carts to the 8,100 households in the township.
The motion passed in a 6-1 vote, with Commissioner Gerard Palagonia dissenting.
The proposals for the project were received through the request for proposals process.
As design work for the construction of the new Coplay-Northampton Bridge draws closer to completion, the extensive work in preparing bid specifications for the project is expected to begin shortly.
Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, reported bid packages will go out to construction companies in November or December.
"We (Lehigh County) expect to award the construction contract no later than December 17," Molchany said.
The Prydun-Mickley homestead, dating back to the 1700s, requires a feasibility study to be undertaken before the public can visit the farmhouse and grounds at the serene setting off the Coplay Creek in Hokendauqua.
The township obtained the 11.5-acre tract, including the main house and two smaller structures, in 2013 from private owners via grants the board of commissioners and administration sought from the Commonwealth.
A decision to go ahead with seeking a grant from the state by the recreation commission could take place in weeks.
The passing of Stanley Reinhard Jr. leaves a void in the borough.
This Coplay resident served the community in various appointments and volunteer work.
In his early years, he was borough fire chief. He was also involved in church and community service projects and the planning commission.
It was Reinhard's commitment to his position of commander of the Coplay American Legion, Post 426, that propelled him as the Pennsylvania American Legion Adjutant, CEO of one of the country's largest Legion posts.
The West Catasauqua Fire Company will extend one the bays at the fire station in order to house the new fire truck, thanks to a loan from the fireman's relief account, a subsidy given annually by the state for specific uses.
Whitehall Township Commissioner Phillip Ginder said at the July 6 commissioners workshop the he would not like to imply that the fire company's finances were doubtful, but he asked who would pay the loans that the company will owe for the next 10 years if the fire company defaults on its payments.
Whitehall Township is moving forward with a new recycling program, which the board of commissioners hopes will save money compared to the old residential garbage hauling contract.
Commissioners decided at Monday night's workshop meeting they will vote July 13 on purchasing 65-gallon containers for recycling. If passed, the township's 8,100 households will begin using larger, wheeled containers in October.
The Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board will meet July 21 on density and variance issues involving Nat Hyman's plans to convert a long-idled apparel mill in Egypt into studio apartments.
The issue of whether apartments can be part of that zoned area has dragged on in the courts but has now been decided. A ruling handed down by the Commonwealth Court has decided in favor of Hyman Properties.
An overnight break-in June 24 at Coplay's Parkway Pool rocked borough officials, who said it was the first major occurrence in memory since the pool's opening in the 1970s.
Patrol Officer William Globosits discovered the heavy steel doors at the pool's entrance ajar at 3:45 a.m. and immediately informed Councilman Steve Burker, recreation committee chairman, and Council President Lou Bodish.