Whitehall Township is moving forward in securing state grants for three major recreation projects.
The projects include a site plan for the proposed Clear Channel Park, a pavilion at the Whitehall Parkway and construction of field 5 at Egypt Park.
Recreation Director Greg Mooney is finalizing the grant applications for submission to the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Natural Resources for funding.
Township commissioners at their April 13 meeting are expected to act on a resolution supporting the grant application.
It appears work to demolish and reconstruct the Coplay-Northampton Bridge will not begin until 2016.
Greg Molchany, Lehigh County's director of general services, told The Press, however, that design work for the replacement of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge is continuing.
"The best scenario is [that Lehigh County] go out for bids in August, getting the contract by October," Molchany said.
A notice to proceed with staging and prep work could begin sooner.
Whitehall Township Public Works Department crews are dealing with potholes along with snow and ice this winter.
Potholes have formed on roads throughout the township.
John Rackus, township public works director, said crews have been able to stay on top of the snow and ice, mentioning some of the light snowfalls can pose just as many problems as a larger storm because of putting the plows into action.
The cold weather takes its toll, requiring use of road salt and anti-skid materials.
The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners repealed legislation concerning an ordinance regulating the discharge of firearms within the township to comply with Act 192.
The commissioners unanimously voted to repeal the ordinance.
Act 192 was adopted by the Pennsylvania State Legislature last fall and signed into law by then Gov. Tom Corbett.
Many municipalities, including Northampton, revised their ordinances involving firearms in order to avoid litigation and hefty legal expenses.
The controversial state law has caused a firestorm among local governments.
Borough Police Chief Vince Genovese said last week's snow and ice storm had policed tow one vehicle and another seven ticketed. During the winter, police have ticketed more than 20 vehicles. When snow emergencies are declared vehicles must be moved on such streets so that borough public works personnel manning snow plows can do their job.
St. John's Lutheran Church will have a pork and sauerkraut dinner Saturday, March 21, 4-6 p.m., at the church's social hall on South Third Street. The dinner is open to the public. Family game night follows the dinner.
Whether Daniel "Danny" Pavelko, a longtime Borough of Coplay public works employee was in the cockpit of a propeller airplane in the blue skies over the Lehigh Valley, or behind the wheel of a borough pickup truck, he was always focused and grounded while serving the community.
Pavelko's passing March 3 has left a void in the town of 3,000.
The number of people attending Pavelko's funeral was something the borough has not seen in years.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. has officially announced his candidacy for re-election.
The announcement took place Feb. 26 at Egypt Memorial Park Community Building.
Hozza, who is wrapping up his eighth year as mayor, said the May primary is the most important election of our time.
"There are outside influences trying to take over our township," said Hozza, flanked by his wife, Denise, and children, Elise and Michael, at the gathering of more than 80 people.
Whitehall Township Commissioner Phillips Armstrong at Monday's Board of Commissioners workshop proposed the township's park and recreation board change its focus.
The board traditionally has focused on youth baseball, softball, basketball, soccer and football programs. Armstrong would like to see it do more to meet the needs of seniors and high school students.
"It is not to put down what they are doing," Armstrong said.
One idea is to expand membership to include a senior who could provide thoughts on recreational programs aimed at that age group.
Construction on the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge has hit a snag and the $18 million bridge project may not be completed until December.
Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of capital projects, confirmed Feb. 28 the tentative new bridge construction timetable from contractor HRI Construction, based in central Pennsylvania.
"It's a setback of 185 days," Molchany said.
Consultants, engineers, inspectors and others are studying HRI's request for the 185-day delay.
"We should have an answer in about two weeks," Molchany noted.
Whitehall Township is receiving a $85,000 in a Community Development Block Grant for 2015.
Lee Rackus, township director of planning, development and zoning confirmed the township has been successful in its grant application to Lehigh County. The grant will be applied to the road reconstruction project for a section of 14th Street in Fullerton.
Rackus said the township looks at projects that include handicap curb work. The CDBG program is a United States Housing, Urban & Development (HUD) program that has strict stipulations.