Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Board gets sneak peek at complex

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Architect presents renderings of township’s new emergency services site

The construction of the new 29,000-square-foot police station and renovation of the township municipal building is within budget and on schedule, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners learned at its meeting Sept. 9.

Moving the project forward, the board approved both an ordinance to accept a proposal for the removal of hazardous materials including asbestos and a resolution conditionally approving the land development plan at the township municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

Commissioners to see remediation bids

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Municipal building in need of asbestos removal; vote is expected Sept. 9

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners will vote Sept. 9 on an ordinance to accept a proposal for the removal of hazardous materials, including asbestos, in the township municipal building.

At the board’s workshop meeting Sept. 3, commissioners discussed the plan to decontaminate the basement of the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road, which has asbestos around the pipes and in other areas. This will help the construction of the new 29,000-square-foot police station and renovation of the township building to continue moving forward.

Board OKs Sheetz liquor license

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Agreement addresses township concerns of loitering, safety, trash, noise

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, at its Aug. 13 meeting, approved a conditional liquor license agreement with Sheetz that will allow the sale of beer and wine at its Whitehall location.

Sheetz Inc. of Clayburg, the owners of the gas station and convenience store at 5001 MacArthur Road, agreed to the conditional agreement that addresses the township’s and residents’ concerns about loitering, safety, garbage and noise.

‘Everything ready to go’

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Developers for Dave & Buster’s eager to begin construction at MacArthur Rd. site

Dave & Buster’s, the popular family-friendly chain that features a sports bar and arcade games, could be opening its first Lehigh Valley location in Whitehall Township by the holidays, township officials said last week.

The 4.5-acre site next to the Lehigh Valley Mall, along MacArthur Road, just past the exit of Route 22, has already been razed.

Developers are eager to start construction on the 30,000-plus-square-foot entertainment/dining complex, said Lee Rackus, bureau chief of the township’s planning, zoning and development.

Sheetz to seek conditional liquor license

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Sheetz will be back before Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners Aug. 12 in its quest for a liquor license at its Whitehall location.

However, this time, the gas station and convenience store at 5001 MacArthur Road is seeking a conditional license agreement that addresses township concerns.

Sheetz had asked for approval of a liquor license transfer from Homeslate Sports Bar & Grille in Slatington at the township’s April board meeting. The request was turned down when commissioners voted 5-1 to deny the resolution.

Board OKs liquor license for Exxon

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

MacArthur Road business will have seating for 30 patrons, beer to go

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a liquor license transfer for an Exxon station at its meeting July 8.

The gas station and convenience store at 2724 MacArthur Road will sell only beer, said Matthew Anderson, attorney for Dunne Manning Stores, which owns the property. It is the third liquor license request that has come before the board since the beginning of the year.

One resident opposed the transfer.

“We don’t need any more places to get liquor in the township,” said LoriAnn Fehnel during the public hearing.

Board talks first steps for new complex

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Commissioners to vote on asbestos removal plan for municipal building

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners discussed an ordinance July 1 to accept a proposal for asbestos abatement consulting, which is one of the preliminary steps for the construction of the new 29,000-square-foot police station and renovation of the township building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

At the board’s workshop meeting, Deputy Mayor John D. Meyers said the basement of the municipal building has asbestos around the pipes and in other areas and needs remediation.

“It’s the first thing we need to do this fall,” he said.

‘Mer hoffe mer sehn eich datt’: Kutztown Folk Festival celebrates its 70th year

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

“Mer hoffe mer sehn eich datt.” (“We hope to see you there.”)

The oldest continuously-operating folk-life festival in the United States celebrates its 70th year when the Kutztown Folk Festival opens June 29 and continues through July 7 at the Kutztown Fairgrounds with all the great traditional foods and displays visitors have come to expect, plus some exciting new features.

Police lieutenant details use of Project Lifesaver

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Commissioners move forward on sidewalk agreement with PennDOT

Before the start of the June 10 regular meeting, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners watched a demonstration of a new electronic device that is available to help families who have a family member who wanders because of a medical condition.

Township police Lt. Greg Bealer demonstrated Project Lifesaver’s personal locator system, a radio frequency-based tracking system, at the meeting. He said the system was designed to help locate people who might wander and get lost because of conditions such as Alzheimer’s and autism.

Board gets update on complex

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Emergency services building project could go out for bid by end of year

Whitehall Township’s proposed emergency services complex could go out for bid by the end of the year, the board of commissioners learned at its June 10 meeting.

The construction timeline was one of the updates commissioners heard from Kelly, Clough, Bucher and Associates Inc., Hatfield, which is providing architect services, and D’Huy Engineering, Bethlehem, which is providing construction management services on the new 29,000-square-foot police station and renovation of the township building on the current township municipal site, 3219 MacArthur Road.