The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners has set a $330 fee for refuse collection in 2015 for residential owner-occupied dwellings. The fee for landlord-owned households is $370.
The fee scale was approved by commissioners at their Jan. 12 meeting. These fees reflect no change from the 2014 fee rate structure.
Under terms of the legislation, residents will receive once per week collection of garbage and recyclable materials.
There is permitted, in addition, a once-per-month collection of Freon appliances, at a cost of $25 cost per item.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners on Monday were set to vote on the installation of LED lights sought by St. John's United Church of Christ on Grape Street, but held off so PennDOT can weigh in on the matter.
Township Engineer Frank Clark said he presented PennDOT with the township's request, which is now under review by the PennDOT district office in Allentown.
The commissioners expect no opposition from PennDOT. It is likely the board will vote on the issue at the February meeting.
Whitehall Township is concerned with a recent Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection inspection that concluded Coplay Aggregates violated its state issued permit.
The inspection revealed that crushed glass at the quarry site off West Coplay Road included syringes, feminine hygiene products, vials and other items.
Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said the township is awaiting word of the fine the DEP will impose on Coplay Aggregates and whether it will grant the company's request "for the next level of regulated fill" to be permitted at the quarry.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners are poised to raise the mayor's salary beginning in 2016 by 2.5 percent annually.
The raise is a bit more from the 1-percent pay hike the mayor's post received for the current term.
Commissioners President Linda Snyder said at Monday's workshop meeting the board may vote on the mayor's salary next Monday, pending legal clarification. The vote is for the office, not the person, and would be paid to whomever serves as mayor from 2016 through 2019.
Whitehall Township residents are now seeing a change in their refuse collector.
The green logo Waste Management trucks have begun picking up residential refuse from neighborhoods across the township. The township's previous hauler, J.P. Mascaro, had served as collector for five years.
Waste Management, which was awarded a five-year contract last month, began picking up garbage last Friday.
Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said initial reports indicate the changeover was smooth and the transition, for the most part, went off without a hitch.
For the second consecutive year Whitehall Township will not have to secure a short-term loan to pay its bills.
Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. recently reported the township has sufficient funds on hand to meet its immediate financial obligations.
According to Hozza, the township has roughly $1.7 million in its accounts. Hozza noted payroll and other ordinary expenses should be met.
Hozza also said revenue from real estate taxes and garbage bill fees will arrive shortly after property owners are mailed the bills sometime in February.
Coplay may be quieter than it has been some years, but there's still much going on for New Year's Eve.
As in the past, Coplay Saengerbund will host a dance and dinner this year. Polkas and meals have traditionally been on its itinerary. Guests have pork, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, after which they put on their party hats and streamers and dance to the music of Emil Schanta.
The American Club will be hosting private parties and the American Legion will hold an open house.
The Ironton Rail-Trail Oversight Commission is planning to expand parking at its trailhead off Chestnut Street, Stiles.
The proposed expansion is the result of the popularity of the existing parking area.
IRT Oversight Commission Officer Ray Bieak said the parking lot presently has space for 30 vehicles. Plans include enlarging the parking area, west of the pavilion, to accommodate an additional 20 vehicles, resulting in 50 parking spots.
Bieak said grading for the parking lot expansion will take place in 2015 and in 2016 the parking area will be paved.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at a special meeting earlier this month unanimously approved the creation of the Whitehall Area Development Authority.
The new authority's purpose is to spur economic development and reuse older structures in the township.
The new legislation will be signed by Board President Linda Snyder, Secretary Dennis Hower and Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr.
The inaugural members serving on the authority at the present time include the seven township commissioners. They will serve until a permanent board is appointed.
The ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony Nov. 7 at Sato Salon Organics, South Whitehall Township, was a big moment for the Whitehall Community and the Lehigh & Northampton Counties Revolving loan funds.
Both entities joined owner Allison Holub in celebrating the occasion.
The opening of the state-of-the art salon which specializes in organic and environmentally safe hair care lines, was made possible by funding from the Whitehall Community Loan Fund, which provided $25,000, and the Lehigh & Northampton Counties Revolving Loan Fund, which provided another $25,000.