Chris Grim is looking for people in Whitehall and Coplay who want to help their neighbors.
Grim, who has been Whitehall Township's volunteer emergency management coordinator for about six months, spoke to the Whitehall Township Crime Watch Feb. 25 about his vision.
One more street widening project may be added to Whitehall Township's list of major capital road and bridge construction work.
The project involves the widening of Grape Street at the intersection with Third Street in Fullerton.
Trees are being removed on a vacant property the township took possession of several years ago. The structure served for decades as a two-story family home but, over the years, its use changed, with the last occupant having been an insurance agency.
The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners on Monday will revisit the City of Allentown's proposal to privatize its water and wastewater systems.
The proposal could impact township residents because the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority contracts with the city for sewage treatment.
Commissioner Paul Geissinger brought to Monday's workshop a proposed resolution stating, "The Board of Commissioners of the Township of Whitehall opposes the privatization of Allentown's water and sewer systems."
A speed limit sign stands among orange and white construction markers called "bigfoots" that line the section of MacArthur Road near the Whitehall Township municipal building. Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. discussed the status of road construction projects in the township, including safety concerns regarding speeding and visibility, especially for traffic merging onto Route 22. See story, "Battling bigfoot" and related story, "Light gets hit again."
Ever since a tractor trailer took out the traffic light in Coplay, borough officials have been searching for a solution.
The truck, registered to a firm in New Brunswick, Canada, attempted to turn right onto Chestnut Street Jan. 17. The driver cut the corner too close and knocked down the traffic light and pole.
Plant Manager David Harleman detailed a problem with a sewer line along Tapler and Ruch streets during the Feb. 21 Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority meeting.
"The existing problem is a backup in lateral lines serving 3124 Ruch St. and 3130 Ruch St. and that requires that we are over there jetting the lines to keep them clear," said Harleman.
He showed his plan diagrams and said the manner in which the two laterals serving 3124 and 3130 Ruch were constructed is not in keeping with the standard protocol.
Whitehall-Coplay School Board meets at 7 p.m. at the school district administration building, 2940 MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township Commissioners meet at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Coplay Borough Council meets at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
The Whitehall Township Legal and Legislative Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
School district Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett presented the Communities That Care Program during last Monday's Education/Student Activities Committee meeting of the Whitehall-Coplay School Board.
The program focuses on risk and protective factors in a community. The program allows school, community, local government, law enforcement, youth and family-serving agencies, parents, youth and other stakeholders to address issues that impact the wellness and future of youth in the community.
Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority board member Joseph Marx highlighted two events surrounding the proposed lease of the Allentown wastewater treatment plant at the Feb. 21 meeting.
While CWSA is responsible for the in-ground plant and maintenance of sewer lines in Coplay and Whitehall, all sewage flows to Allentown for treatment. Over the past few months, CWSA has expressed concern about how the proposed lease of the treatment plant will affect customers in its service area.
The Lehigh County League of Women Voters hosted a public forum Feb. 19 regarding the potential lease of the city's water and sewer resources.
A panel of seven individuals discussed topics ranging from the effects of privatizing Allentown's water and sewer resources to who should manage them and the experiences of other communities that have sold or leased their water supply or sewer systems.
Currently Allentown is considering using a concession lease to address the city's $200 million unfunded pension liability.