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Township’s K-9 leads mission for Secret Service

Thursday, October 27, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township Police Department’s K-9, Max, was summoned recently by United States Secret Service for a mission — not a covert or top-secret operation, but one at Lehigh Valley International Airport that involved ensuring the safety of some special passengers aboard an airplane.

The township board of commissioners was informed at the Oct. 10 meeting by Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. that Max and his handler, Officer Jeff Apgar, were requested by Secret Service to do a routine inspection of an airplane in which one of the national election candidates was a passenger.

Board to vote Oct. 24 on adaptive re-use

Thursday, October 20, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Township modifies ordinance, faces discrimination, racial bias allegations

Whitehall Township will hold a special meeting 7 p.m. Oct. 24 to vote on an adaptive re-use ordinance that would permit PathStone, a nonprofit housing firm, to move forward with a proposed 49-unit affordable workforce housing complex in Fullerton.

The workforce housing apartments are slated for the former Fuller Sportswear property, 215 Quarry St. The adaptive re-use zoning ordinance amendment for adaptive re-use of former nonconforming structures does not just pertain to the Quarry Street property, but to all qualified structures in every residential zoning district.

Mayor releases ‘ambitious’ budget

Thursday, October 20, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Plan includes emergency services building, LED street light conversion

On Oct. 10, Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. made public a proposed 2017 budget that, for the sixth consecutive year, does not raise real estate taxes, lowers garbage collection bills and sets in place plans for a new emergency services building.

The proposed $22.1 million budget is now before the township’s board of commissioners. Public hearings will be held in November, and the 2017 budget will be enacted in December.

The township home rule charter mandates the mayor present to the board of commissioners the budget for the following year by Oct. 15.

Commissioner, residents call for quarry closing

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Board views Fox Hollow photos; DEP, independent lab taking dust samples

Residents of Fox Hollow, North Coplay, again appeared before Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners to vent their anger with the sticky dust found on their vehicles, patio furniture and houses, debris believed to be coming from dumping clean fill into the former Coplay Cement quarry.

The quarry, located east of North Coplay Road and west of the former Conrail/Norfolk Southern Rail Line along the Lehigh River, is owned by MCK/ Michael Hobel.

Residents at the meeting Oct. 10 demanded the township shut down the operation.

Two weekends of festive fall fun in the township

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township plans two back-to-back weekends filled with fun and enjoyment for the public — its annual Halloween parade Oct. 9 followed by the fall festival Oct. 15.

With parade entries being booked as the deadline approached, the township’s recreation director, Greg Mooney, said Whitehall High School Marching Zephyr Band will lead the parade. Freedom High School’s Bethlehem Fife and Drum Corps and Allentown Hobo “Almost” Marching Band are among the musical organizations also in the line of march.

Zoners OK housing plan in Egypt

Thursday, September 29, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Developer proposes construction of nearly 40 residences on 7.5-acre tract

Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board at its Sept. 20 meeting made a recommendation for an Allentown developer to move forward with plans for a residential complex at Eagle Point, off Routes 145 and 329, Egypt.

This is the first in a series of steps Elysium Acquisitions LLC needs to take before any construction can occur.

Board OKs clean fill dumping in Reliance St. quarry

Thursday, September 22, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its Sept. 12 meeting unanimously approved a conditional use plan of DVS Enterprises Inc., Whitehall, to dump clean fill in a long-idled quarry where decades ago a cement mill had operated.

After testimony was heard and a recommendation was made by the planning commission for the plant to be approved, based on meeting specific conditions, the board voted in favor of company owner David V. Scheuermann’s proposal.

There were no residents present opposing DVS Enterprises Inc.’s project at 4239 Reliance St.

Township names new fire chief

Thursday, September 15, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Nelson had served with station in Egypt

David Nelson, who has more than 28 years of experience in firefighting and ambulance service, was confirmed Monday night as Whitehall Township’s fire chief.

The board of commissioners approved the hire during its regular meeting. Nelson will be administered the oath of office Sept. 19, his first official day in taking the command of the township’s five stations and volunteer personnel.

“The decision was a difficult one in that many of the candidates had exemplary resumes and work history,” Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said.