Police getting new cars
South Whitehall Police Chief Glen Dorney has received permission from commissioners to proceed with purchase of four new vehicles.
The total cost of $235,531 includes complete fitting of car camera systems and license plate readers.
As only $185,000 was budgeted for the vehicles, $50,531 will have to be transferred from the unappropriated reserve.
Purchase will be made from Kovatch Ford, Nesquehoning.
Dorney said the new vehicles will increase services to the community and will provide cost savings for the future by reducing fleet maintenance.
Commissioners also approved purchase of five new mobile data terminals for the police department at a cost of $28,966.
Dorney said the items are needed to keep up with advances in technology and to maintain the current level of service.
In another matter, commissioners voted 4-1 to grant permission to a Trexler Road resident to have the street dug up for installation of a gas line.
When the roadway was paved in June 2014, the township imposed a five-year moratorium before disruption.
The resident reported the gas line is desired for a new heater to replace an oil burner which is no longer functioning.
Board member David Bond cast the dissenting vote.
He said before any street can be repaired, there has to be a utility check among all property owners.
“We spend a lot of money on paving. Every time you cut the street, it will never be the same,” Bond said.
The board turned down a street moratorium waiver request from a Hampton Road resident who wanted to widen his driveway.
Board members noted the difference between this request which was termed a convenience issue and the previous one from the person who had no heat.
In making the request, the property owner noted the existing driveway is on an exaggerated curve which he said poses a hazard for parking and removal of a vehicle, especially during winter conditions.
The driveway of the corner property is actually on Winchester Road where the street opening moratorium continues to June 2021.