Whitehall-Coplay Press

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NIXLE sends alerts, updates to residents

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

NIXLE, a term that may seem foreign to many people, is beginning to catch on with more residents in Whitehall Township. This emergency alert and communications system provides vital information on a range of issues to residents.

NIXLE is not only available to those having computers with email, but also to people having telephone land lines and cellphones.

Regular notification and emergency alerts are components of the NIXLE system.

Trash talk in township

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Board discusses options for unpaid garbage bills

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at Monday’s workshop meeting discussed the enormous number of unpaid garbage bills, agreeing although it is a troubling situation that occurs yearly, perhaps this time, the issue could be hit head-on.

“My opinion is we’ve got to do something — whatever the hell we do to run loose on these people,” Commissioner Philip Ginder said.

This has been a vexing problem for Ginder, who has been addressing it for several years — in particular, toward the end of the year when the budget is being considered.

Coplay Creek has water flowing again

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Coplay Creek, its bed dry for months due to two sinkholes at a Hokendauqua field, now has water cascading over rocks as it meanders east, near Darktown, and spilling into the Lehigh River.

Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said the water at the site of the two sinkholes had overflowed; most likely, the recent heavy rainfalls had something to do with the rise in the water table.

“For how long?” Hozza asked though.

With the rush of water making a pleasant sound, he said there is no answer regarding the duration of the water in the creek.

Officials to review quarry findings

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Fox Hollow residents share DEP inspection results with township

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners will have its solicitor and engineer review a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) air-quality inspection report regarding the contents of fill being dumped at the former Coplay Cement Company quarry in North Coplay.

Residents of Fox Hollow, a community near the quarry, are outraged at the dust and sticky debris in their neighborhood, which they say stems from the dumping of clean fill by UGI.

Coplay woman celebrates 100th birthday

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Life is filled with remembrances of births, marriage and anniversaries — and birthdays, especially if you’ve had 100 of them.

Anna Wechsler, of Coplay, celebrated such a feat Nov. 19. Her family and the community joined together in heralding Wechsler, who was surprised by all the attention shown her on this occasion.

Coplay Borough Mayor Dean Molitoris proclaimed Nov. 19 as Mrs. Anna Wechsler Day in Coplay.

Wechsler and her family started the day at a Mass at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, a couple of blocks from her North Third Street residence.

Eagle Point work is completed

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Routes 145, 329 project includes new lanes

Major road upgrades at Eagle Point — Routes 145 and 329 in Whitehall Township — have been completed on schedule.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. has called this stretch one of the busiest in both the township and the Lehigh Valley. The construction project has now made it safer and smoother for motorists.

An average of 19,882 vehicles travel on Route 145 daily; 8,662 vehicles, including a large number of trucks, utilize Route 329.

Road-Con Inc., of West Chester, Chester County, was the contractor for the $1.6 million project.

Work completed on one Saylor Kiln

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Lehigh County continues to seek funding for repair of remaining eight

Restoration of one of the historical Saylor Kilns in Coplay has now been completed, taking more than six months of intricate workmanship and $430,000. The next chapter for the remaining cement kilns will depend on sources of funding that could be made available and what public support the project can generate.

Township’s quarry appeal won’t be heard until mid 2017

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. recently learned the appeal to the state over a permit granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to Coplay Aggregates to dump regulated fill into a dry quarry — located between North Coplay and Stiles — won’t be heard until mid 2017.

According to Hozza, township Engineer Frank Clark said the appeal is not expected to be slated for a hearing until June or July. The mayor said he has no further information regarding the delay.

New garbage carts set to arrive in 2017

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Property owners will get one free toter, reduction in annual refuse bill

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, acting on a proposal from Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. at an Oct. 24 special meeting, voted unanimously to spend $418,880 for 8,500 refuse carts for property owners.

Good news for property owners: The rolling carts, also known as toters, won’t cost residents any money.

More good news: Garbage bills in 2017 will be lowered. The $330 refuse bill property owners are now paying will drop to $300 in 2017.

Police chief takes oath of office

Thursday, November 17, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

‘My dedication to the community is absolute,’ Marks tells township board

Michael J. Marks, who rose through the ranks of the Whitehall Township Police Department during his 18 years of service, was administered the oath of office as police chief during Monday’s meeting of the township’s board of commissioners.

Marks succeeds Linda Kulp, who retired as police chief in March. He has served as acting police chief in the interim.