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.
Jordan Joseph Janow-ski and Brian Joseph Mittura, members of Boy Scout Troop 32, Faith Lutheran Church, Whitehall, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout Oct. 4.
The Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony was held at the church hall.
Janowski and Mittura, Whitehall High School graduates and students at Lehigh County Community College, achieved numerous merit badges during their Scouting careers, which began with Tenderfoot Scout to the six levels, culminating as Eagle Scout. They performed specific projects to earn the coveted Eagle pin.
One of the most costly road improvement projects undertaken by Whitehall Township in years is about to begin – the $325,000 reconstruction of Columbia Street from South Church Street to Ringer Road.
Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. informed the Board of Commissioners at their meeting Oct. 13 that work on the extrensive project can get underway as early as today, Thursday, Oct. 16, weather permitting.
A Whitehall official urges residents to attend the 2015 budget hearings.
At the Oct. 13 commissioners meeting, board President Linda Snyder made a plea for township residents to attend the upcoming series of budget hearings.
"I'd appreciate it very much," Snyder said, after asking for people to attend. These are held after the unveiling of the proposed 2015 budget – which was to have taken place at noon Oct. 15, which is after The Press deadline.