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North Whitehall voters to decide candidate to run in November

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by KENNETH BLEILER Special to The Press in Local News

North Whitehall Township voters will be choosing a candidate in the May 16 Municipal Primary Election for a six-year term as supervisor to run in the November election.

Democratic Stephen Ewald, who is running against fellow Democrat Dennis E. Klusaritz, could not be reached for comment.

The winner on that side of the ticket will face either Republican Steve Pany or Eric A. Neubauer in the November election.

Klusaritz, a lifelong resident of the township, is a 1977 graduate of Parkland High School.

He has been operating and managing the family hay and grain farming operation along Rising Sun Road since 1978.

“Over the years, I dedicated myself to this community by having been appointed to the historical, recreation and planning commissions, the board of supervisors (1990-96), and I was chairman of the zoning hearing board,” Klusaritz said. “I also served on the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and received certificates from Penn State College and the Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs on Township Government.

“I was also president of the Lehigh County Association of Township Supervisors. I don’t need any training for this job. I could go there tomorrow and start working.”

Pany, who is seeking a second term in office, is being challenged by fellow Republican Neubauer.

Pany said when he ran for his first term in office, he saw that the township was spending a lot of money and incurring a lot of debt.

He wanted to turn this around and reduce spending and debt.

His platform is the same as it was six years ago.

Pany says he does not want the township to acquire more property but instead maintain existing property, keep the roads in good shape and maintain the infrastructure in the township.

He is in favor of growth and would vote for rezoning for increased industrial development but only if sewer service were available.

Pany also favors expanding the Sandspring sewer plant to serve adjacent areas.

Neubauer, a retired engineer with several degrees in engineering, says he has a broad background due to his occupation and knows the importance of good record keeping.

He has served as an alternate on the zoning hearing board for three years.

Neubauer says he is well qualified to handle the increasingly complicated administrative aspects of the township and wants the ordinances to be clear and available to the public.

He says he will support the property maintenance ordinance currently being developed.

Neubauer states, that in his opinion, the township should be neither for nor against development and he is against any special considerations for developers.

“I support acting promptly on issues before the board; clarifying vagueness in our ordinances that causes unnecessary hearings; taking the long-term view without being blinded by short-term benefits; continuing the transition to nonemployee supervisors with a professional township manager,” Neubauer said during his campaign.