Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its meeting Feb. 13 officially declared it is time to put an end to gerrymandering — voting districts drawn up by the state legislature that strongly favor those in elective state legislative and congressional offices.
The commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution to ask the state to assign the task of both legislative and congressional redistricting to an independent citizens redistricting commission.
Lidl, a major German-based grocery store chain with 10,000 markets in Europe, is expected to break ground for its store at 2845 MacArthur Road by late summer. Opening is set for later this year or in the early months of 2018.
Whitehall Township commissioners, at their Feb. 13 meeting, unanimously adopted a resolution giving Lidl conditional approval for the project, a 37,000-square-foot store.
They expressed excitement with the development project and its timing with this year’s 75th anniversary of MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township set a standard Monday for candidates running for the offices of mayor, commissioner and treasurer, ensuring transparency by putting on the books a Pay to Play legislation that establishes limits on political contributions a person or political committee can make to a candidate in township municipal elections.
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.