Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners will decide at its Dec. 8 meeting whether to add another police officer to the department.
Although the 2015 proposed budget doesn't include funding for a new police officer, during the budget hearings, commissioners opted to increase the police roster to 46. Whether the decision on hiring a new officer will be unanimous is uncertain.
What began at the Nov. 10 Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting as a proposal to expand the taping of board, workshop, planning commission and zoning meetings turned into a webcasting proposal.
The board unanimously decided to further look into the costs and procedures to implement the idea.
Commissioner Gerard Palagonia asked his colleagues to expand on covering commissioners meetings.
"Personally, I think that is the way to go," Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said. "Several municipalities have it."
In 2015 Whitehall Township officials will take a good look at the attendance records for its three pools.
The review very well could determine what direction, if any, the township takes in 2016 regarding the operation of the municipal pools, which include the Jefferson Pool in Fullerton, Parkview Pool in Hokendauqua and Cementon Pool at Cementon Park.
Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. at the Oct. 29 budget hearing said monitoring attendance at the pools will help determine whether public support is declining.
Whitehall Township commissioners Oct. 13 awarded a five-year contract to J.P. Mascaro, Audubon, for processing and marketing recycled materials.
The move in effect rejected the low bidder, Cougle's Recycling Inc. of Hamburg, for failing to meet the bid specifications.
The commissioners awarded the bid after a 30-minute executive session at the end of the meeting.
"I made the mistake. I apologize for that," Daniel Macaulay of Cougle's Recycling said before the executive session. He asked the board to reconsider his company's bid.
Whitehall Township commissioners will have to choose a hauler in December.
Waste Management Inc. has been awarded the contract for the landfill where the refuse will be taken by the hauler. The second contract, recycling, was awarded to J.P. Mascaro & Sons. The third to be awarded, which has caused a stir, involves refuse pickups and whether to use the controversial toter/cart system proposed by Waste Management Inc., one of two haulers vying for the contract.
Whitehall Township wants to take a bite out of blight in some areas of the township.
Howard Lieberman, executive director of the Whitehall Township Industrial Commercial Development Authority, recommended at the Oct. 30 board of commissioners budget hearing the township begin by setting up a special fund and allocating $10,000 to deal with abandoned structures.
"We could seize the property by eminent domain," Lieberman suggested.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. pushed for the board of commissioners to award a contract to a private hauler that utilizes the toter/cart system for the curbside pickup of refuse and recycling.
This would represent a dramatic change for how garbage has been picked up from residences across the township.
Commissioners President Linda Snyder said before the start of the commissioners workshop on Monday, "We will discuss it Monday when we go over budget changes."
Motorists familiar with traveling the northern route in the village across the Cold Springs Bridge will continue to travel alternate routes and detours until sometime in 2017.
The detours are needed for the demolition of the present bridge and construction of a new span.
Whitehall Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. reported no unusual traffic issues have resulted, just the expected inconvenience because Second Street at Main Street has been closed to northbound traffic.
The Saylor Cement Kilns in Coplay will be scaled Nov. 4 and 5.
The project will be completed by an engineer utilizing a high-rise lift to conduct a thorough inspection that most likely will determine what is needed for the restoration of the historic 1892 brick kilns.
Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of public services, said the county has commissioned an analysis of the Saylor kilns.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. rolled out the administration's 2015 proposed budget Oct. 15.
The budget anticipates $21.3 million in expenses, up slightly from $20.6 million this year. The real estate tax of 2.8 mills remains unchanged.
The board of commissioners will hold public hearings on the proposed budget Oct. 28-30. Although the board may alter the budget slightly, no major cuts or additions are expected to be made to the proposed budget prepared by Deputy Mayor Jack Meyers and Hozza.