Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners met 8 p.m. Jan. 2 for its reorganization meeting.
According to Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr., this was the 58th reorganization meeting since Whitehall became a first-class township in 1902.
Commissioners Thomas Slonaker, Joseph J. Marx Jr. and Shawn E. Clary were all sworn in as newly elected members of the board.
Commissioner Dennis Hower was voted president, and Commissioner Philip Ginder was voted vice president. In a unanimous vote, Commissioner Thomas Slonaker was voted secretary.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners met Dec. 11 to discuss the 2018 budget. The plan, which includes a 2.80 millage rate, was approved with no property tax increase.
The garbage fee will remain at $300. However, residents wanting an additional 95-gallon refuse cart can go to the tax office between Jan. 2 and Feb. 2, 2018, and pay the $100 deposit to receive one. The garbage fee for residents with an extra cart will be $330.
The board bid farewell to three of its elected officials.
Briarwood Commons, a 55-and-over community in Whitehall, celebrated their veterans with a ceremonial flag raising Nov. 17. State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, and Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. joined the community to honor veterans.
At its Nov. 17 meeting, Communities That Care (CTC) took the time to introduce and discuss valuable online resources. Denise Continenza, who oversees the group, reviewed the websites for Commonwealth Prevention Alliance, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) with the group. While looking at the PAYS information, Continenza explained the cross-tabbing system that allows the user to see the correlation between different variables. She specifically demonstrated with food insecurity and substance use.
Coplay Public Library is working in conjunction with Operation Gratitude on a letter-writing campaign for servicemen and women.
The library will be collecting letters, drawings and cards until 7 p.m. Nov. 30. All of the letters will be sent to Operation Gratitude to be added to care packages Dec. 1.
Operation Gratitude sends 200,000-plus care packages each year to deployed troops, veterans, new recruits and first responders. Of all the items included in these packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation.
Two candidates are seeking one spot as a Lehigh County commissioner in District 1, which includes Coplay and Slatington boroughs and Whitehall, Lynn, Weisenberg, Heidelberg, Washington, North Whitehall and Lowhill townships.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: As a Lehigh County commissioner, how could you help the senior citizens of the Lehigh Valley?
Their responses follow.
ROBERT ELBICH (D)
At its Oct. 20 meeting, Communities That Care discussed the upcoming CTC night at the Zephyrs’ home football game Oct. 27. CTC members and volunteers will have a table set up with their banner and will have students passing out pamphlets warning parents about the dangers of social hosting. The potential dangers of social hosting and spreading awareness about underage drinking continue to be a focus for the group.