Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Rap of the Gavel

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by The Press in Local News

DECEMBER

THURSDAY 13

Whitehall Township Environmental Advisory Council meets 7 p.m. at the township municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

TUESDAY 18

Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

WEDNESDAY 19

Whitehall Township Planning Commission holds a workshop meeting 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting 7:30 p.m., in the public meeting room of the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

THURSDAY 20

Commissioners approve 2019 budget

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Township’s real estate tax will remain the same for ninth straight year

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a budget for 2019 that includes no real estate tax increase for the ninth year in a row at its meeting Dec. 10.

The board approved a real estate tax rate of 2.8 mills, which has remained the same since 2011. One mill equals $1 per thousand dollars of value.

The township remains in “good financial shape,” Colleen Gober, township treasurer, told the board.

The township’s $24.2 million general fund includes an $8.4 million balance to begin the year, with $20 million in anticipated revenues.

Fire calls

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by The Press in Local News

DEC. 3

Station 36 handled a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Route 22.

A gas leak at 2714 Lehigh St. brought out Stations 36, 37 and 38.

Stations 35 and 37 were on the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries on South Lehigh Avenue.

A false alarm at 3355 MacArthur Road brought out Stations 36, 38, 39, 3501 and 3502 (deputy chief).

DEC. 4

Stations 35, 38 and 3501 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries at 3119 Seiples Station Road.

Catasauqua continues opioid discussion during open forum

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Opioids have become one of the area’s largest concerns among teens, and Catasauqua is determined to stop it from getting worse.

Preventive tips and rehabilitation options were discussed with treatment professionals, medical personnel, those in recovery, Catasauqua Area School District faculty and others during an open forum on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic, held Sept. 27 at Catasauqua High School.

State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, partnered with the school district to present this town hall meeting.

Rap of the Gavel

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by The Press in Local News

DECEMBER

MONDAY 10

Whitehall-Coplay School Board meets 7 p.m. at the school district administration building, 2940 MacArthur Road.

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

TUESDAY 11

Coplay Borough Council meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.

WEDNESDAY 12

Whitehall Township Legal and Legislative Committee meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

Fire calls

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by The Press in Local News

NOV. 26

Station 35 assisted police or another governmental agency at 4344 Main St.

NOV. 27

General cleanup from a vehicle accident occurred on Mauch Chunk Road.

NOV. 28

Stations 35, 36 and 37 addressed a downed power line on Pershing Boulevard.

A brush and grass fire at 3151 E. Church St. was handled by Stations 37, 38 and 3501.

NOV. 29

Stations 38, 39 and 3501 were on the scene of a fire at 5203 Second St.

A fire at 303 W. Union St. brought out Stations 35, 36, 37, 3501 and 3503 (deputy chief).

Council talks park process

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Costs up, deadline

At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop meeting Dec. 4, township Engineer Daniel Witczak, of Acela Engineering, presented an assessment of the Saylor Park project.

The original idea was to refurbish the existing Saylor Park into a modern playground with top-flight sports fields. The goal was to use grants from various state agencies and philanthropic groups.

Twp. moving quickly on complex

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Commissioners to vote on architect, engineer for emergency services site

The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners is moving ahead quickly on the proposed township emergency services complex.

The board heard two ordinances that would authorize contracts between the township and both an architect and an engineering firm on the nearly $18 million project at its workshop meeting Dec. 3. The board will vote to approve the contracts at its next board meeting Dec. 10.