Whitehall Township Commissioners Philip Ginder, Phillips Armstrong and Dennis Hower on March 27 launched their campaign for commissioner on the front porch of Armstrong's home.
Ginder, Hower and Armstrong then took their campaign message to the Schadt Avenue Park & Playground building, where they were greeted by a large crowd, including former commissioners Kyle Kern and Richard Fahringer.
The three candidates hope to reinforce the message that neighbors matter and the township's villages and housing developments are valuable neighborhoods.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. confirmed on Monday the police department has begun an internal investigation into the release of a workers' compensation form filed by a police officer.
The report relates to the officer being exposed to asbestos while responding to a fire alarm at the municipal building March 14.
A woman appeared before the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners Monday evening objecting to the proposed Clear Channel Park off South Church Street.
"I have no problem with its development," said the woman, who resides near the site. "My concern is the maintenance and proximity where it is."
The board this coming Monday, April 13, will vote on a resolution authorizing Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. to proceed with an application for a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources for park funding.
The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners were recently appraised by Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. that the township is in the process of defending itself again three civil suits in which it has been named a party, including one case set for trial in June, involving injury to a child.
"A child was injured playing on a gate used to restrict access to the grounds," Hozza said in a report to the board March 9.
MacArthur Road has long enjoyed a reputation as the "Golden Strip of the Lehigh Valley" for its malls, specialty shops, restaurants and other retail businesses.
Whitehall Township now wants to make sure the roadway itself reflects such a designation.
Major safety upgrades have occurred at MacArthur Road and the Route 22 ramps and Eberhart Road north past Municipal Drive.
Township officials now have recently expressed concern regarding the overall condition of the roads.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. recently presented a fiscal update to the board of commissioners that indicates the township's financial health is strong.
The report also covers preliminary 2014 end-of-year numbers, police pension investment returns and reduced garbage collection costs.
"For the month of January, 539.7 tons of garbage and 157.9 tons of recycling were collected by Waste Management," Hozza said. "The total costs of collection, $151,527, were $52,980 less than January's cost for 2014."
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.