It was standing room only at the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting May 14 when firefighters filled the public meeting room to show their support for Whitehall Township Fire Chief David Nelson.
At April’s board meeting, several firefighters, who had left the department, blamed Nelson’s management style, which they said was causing low morale.
At the meeting Monday, four township assistant fire chiefs spoke during public comment in support of Nelson, saying morale is, in fact, high and policies he has enacted have improved the fire department.
Coplay Borough is assessing a bid from Land-Tech Enterprises Inc. for work on Saylor Park. The bid — $827,000-plus — is in line with expectations.
Borough Engineer Daniel Witczak will review the application and ensure it meets specifications.
The competing bid was more than $1,000,000.
Mr. Frank Fassl Jr. was reared in Nazareth, graduating from Nazareth High School in 1974. Two weeks after graduation, at the age of 18, he was hired by plant manager Stanley Becker to work at Nazareth Cement. Frank’s grandfather, Joseph; his father, Frank Sr.; and three uncles worked for the company, logging in over 100 years of service.
He started as a laborer at $3.80 an hour and later moved to the quarry as a loader and was trained as a diesel mechanic.
A gas leak at 330 Jefferson St. brought out Stations 36, 37, 38 and 3501.
Stations 38 and 3501 responded to a power line down at 3256 S. Quarry St.
An outside rubbish fire at Whitehall Mall brought out Stations 37, 3501 and 3502 (deputy chief).
Station 36 assisted police or other governmental agency at 715 Grape St.
A special type of incident on Blue Mountain Drive was handled by Station 39.
Stations 36, 37, 3501 and 3502 responded to a smoke scare at 715 Grape St.
Whitehall Township Environmental Advisory Council meets 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
STATE SENATE, 18TH DISTRICT
Incumbent state Sen. Lisa Boscola is unopposed in the primary race for the 18th District.
There is neither a fellow Democrat nor a Republican on the ballot.
STATE HOUSE, 133RD DISTRICT
Incumbent state Rep. Jeanne McNeill is unopposed in the primary race for the 133rd District.
She is a Democrat.
The 133rd District includes, in Lehigh County, boroughs of Catasauqua, Coplay and Fountain Hill; City of Bethlehem; and townships of Hanover, Salisbury (Wards 1, 2 and 3 and Division 2) and Whitehall (Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 12).
other PRIMARY races
Republicans Scott R. Wagner, of York County; Paul Mango, of Allegheny County; and Laura Ellsworth, of Allegheny County, are on the ballot for Pennsylvania governor in the May 15 primary election.
The winner will face incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf in the November general election.
Republicans Kathy Coder, of Allegheny County; Diana Irey Vaughan, of Washington County; Jeff Bartos, of Montgomery County; and Peg Luksik, of Cambria County, are seeking the position of lieutenant governor in the primary election.