Whitehall Township nonunion employees will be granted 2-percent pay increases in 2015.
Police officers, whose salaries are governed by contract, will receive a 2.66-percent increase, pending approval by the township commissioners.
Most patrol officers' pay increases from $74,381 to $76,357 annually. Longevity pay and overtime are added on top of these figures. Four officers without longevity pay will receive raises ranging from 9.42 percent to 11.47 percent, bringing their annual paychecks to $61,048 to $76,357.
Milander's Market, a fixture in Coplay that built its reputation on fresh meats, seafood and a bond with its patrons, has new owners.
John and April Milander have turned over the keys to Philip Odenwelder and Judy Novak of Moore Township.
Odenwelder decided to retain the name Milander's Market and keep April Milander, whose baked cakes, pies and cupcakes have created a large following in the township.
"Why change anything if it's not broken?" he said.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. at the board of commissioners workshop on Monday minced no words in stating J.P. Mascaro & Sons, the township's current hauler for curbside refuse and recyclable materials, should not be awarded a new five-year contract when the commissioners vote.
Both Mascaro and Waste Management Inc. have submitted bids. The commissioners discussed the issue at their workshop Monday. At their Dec. 8 meeting, the commissioners are expected to vote to award a contract for the collection and transportation of solid waste and recyclables.
With a large crowd on hand last Wednesday evening, Whitehall Township officially ushered in the Christmas season at the township plaza.
The Cedar Crest College Chorale and Pennsylvania Performing Arts Academy provided music.
Santa arrived on a township fire truck. He then went indoors where he greeted children and gave out presents.
This evening, Thursday, Dec. 4, the Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association hosts the borough's official Christmas celebration.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. informed the board of commissioners at the Oct. 28 budget hearing talks that triaxle trucks are dumping fill at a former cement quarry in the Stiles-North Coplay area.
Hozza reported Oct. 29 as many as 20 fill-laden triaxle trucks have been observed on MacArthur Road. The trucks, he said, turned onto Chestnut Street and then made a left turn onto the Coplay Aggregates property.
The sale of the Lehigh Valley Dairy property likely will materialize in the near future.
At a recent Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. informed the board a New Jersey developer could close the deal for the property very soon.
The 30-acre site likely will be developed for various new uses, including a large retail center.
"The sale would only be for 10 acres, not the other buildings in the back," Hozza told The Press.
Whitehall Township's 2014 street reconstruction projects have been completed.
"Center, Ruch, Columbia and Wilson streets and Glenside Avenue turned out great," Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. told the commissioners at the Nov. 10 meeting.
He credited the township public works management team, employees and subcontractrors Livengood, Herman Paving and RECON "for all their hard work."
The projects totaled more than $550,000.
Whitehall Township Commissioner Gerard Palagonia firmly believes the township should replace an Egypt Fire Department truck before next year.
Palagonia discussed the truck replacement at the Nov. 11 commissioners meeting. He said the Egypt truck should be replaced before a truck for the West Catasauqua Fire Department, scheduled for replacement in 2015.
He said research he did on the Egypt truck, a 1979 American LaFrance, shows numerous problems, ranging from gauge calibration and vacuum tests to pressure gauges.
Whitehall Township Commissioner Phillips Armstrong is in the process of formulating plans for a second "Stroll on the IRT Trail" in 2015, following the first one in September.
"I am satisfied," Armstrong said Oct. 30 when reflecting on the September event which the commissioner said drew a nice response from the public.
Free bus rides were offered to transport people to sites along the trail.
Armstrong said a tour with period costumed volunteers at the Steckel-Troxell Homestead in Egypt and health screenings made the event a standout.
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.