Whitehall Township is expected to take the lead in Lehigh County Feb. 13 in calling for the Pennsylvania State Legislature to begin the process of state reform and put an end to gerrymandering politicians in office.
The board of commissioners will have on its agenda for its regular meeting Monday a proposed resolution asking the state to assign the task of both legislative and congressional redistricting to an independent citizens redistricting commission.
The legacy of Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home Inc., a well-known and respected business in the Borough of Coplay for more than 60 years, came to an end Feb. 2 when funeral director Robert A. Hauke Jr. retired.
Two temporary outdoor signs note Brubaker Funeral Home Inc. as the new owners.
Hauke Jr., who opened the funeral home at 327 Chestnut St., and his son, Robert III, say they will continue to live in and serve the borough. They have been active in Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association for many years.
Beginning Feb. 6, persons interested in running for seats on the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners in the May 16 primary election can pick up paperwork and petitions at the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office in Allentown.
Three commissioners seats will appear on the ballot. The terms of Commissioners Linda Snyder, Thomas Slonaker and Joseph J. Marx Jr. will expire at the end of 2017.
Also expiring Dec. 31 is the position of Treasurer/Tax Collector Diane Hunsicker.
Whitehall Township Active Senior Lifestyle Center will have a grand opening in April at the West Catasauqua Park & Playground building, 2301 Pine St. There will be sign-ups for different activities from 10 a.m. to noon.
Township Commissioner Jeffrey Dutt, who led the project to fruition, said the first official activity for seniors will be May 2.
Volunteers are being recruited to assist with programs.
Dutt said the project has been in the making for the past year and a half and was on his platform when running for commissioner.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. and Commissioner Jeffrey Dutt contend there is an “epidemic” sweeping across the township — not the effects of a disease or health concern, but rather the impact on the environment from the dumping of household items along the sides of roads.
Dutt brought up the vexing problem in his report during the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting Jan. 9. He said the discarding of items is widespread in the township, and the issue of scofflaws who heave the materials onto private and public sites needs to be addressed.
Two proposed major commercial projects — McDonald’s, a fast-food restaurant chain, and Lidl, a huge German grocery store chain — were topics at Monday’s meeting of Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, where they received a warm reception. Construction for both entities, planned for the north end of MacArthur Road, can begin as soon as some details are ironed out.
With matters of safety along the busy MacArthur Road/Route 145 corridor and adjoining roads, such as Mechanicsville and Eberhart, sidewalk installation was addressed by the board.
Whitehall Township will hold a 75th anniversary celebration this year for MacArthur Road, known as the “Golden Strip” for its retail store prominence in the Lehigh Valley.
A committee has been busy for months preparing for the anniversary of the six-lane roadway, named after World War II General Douglas MacArthur, whose feats in the South Pacific Theater are legendary.
MacArthur never stepped foot in Whitehall.
A Mickley Road home severely damaged when a huge sinkhole nearly swallowed the structure is not going to be razed as was expected.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. confirmed the township was notified remediation work is underway in an effort to bring back the house to its original condition.
Located a stone’s throw north of Whitehall Mall, close to the Salvation Army store, the long-empty home over the last several years continues to bear the scars of the devastating incident.
A metal fence now surrounds the property to keep the public away from the site.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at the Dec. 12 meeting put an exclamation point on the final chapter of 2016 with remembrances and new beginnings. The board stood in silence with bowed heads in tribute to several retired township employees who died this year and then welcomed aboard three new police officers and noted the promotion of a fourth.
A Whitehall Township Fire Police officer was injured Monday night while directing traffic at the scene of an accident, at the intersection of MacArthur Road and Center Street.
According to Whitehall Fire Department’s Facebook post Tuesday night, fire police officer Ryan Kramer was being moved from the intensive care unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where he was taken after the accident. Kramer has significant injuries and “has a long recovery ahead of him,” the department noted.