Parkland Press

Saturday, February 23, 2019

North Whitehall donates to NOVA, fire companies

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER Special to The Press in Local News

The annual donations to North Whitehall service organizations were given out by supervisors at their Feb. 4 meeting.

The IRT Oversight Committee received $500, Upper Lehigh Historical Society $2,600 for the Schneck House and NOVA received $28,000.

Schnecksville, Tri-Clover Fire, Neffs and Laurys Station fire companies each received $18,168.

The amount given to NOVA and the fire companies reflects half their donations for the year.

The second half will be distributed later in the year.

Two announcements were made at the meeting.

The first was the closure of township offices for Presidents Day on Feb. 18. The second concerned the acceptance of tires at the recycling center. Tires will not be accepted for recycling before April 1.

In other matters, Neffs Fire Company will be obtaining a new utility truck.

The township will give $60,000 from the emergency services longterm fund toward the purchase.

The fire company is responsible for obtaining the remaining funding for the truck.

Township Manager Jeff Bartlett noted the rezoning hearing concerning an area of Route 309 was postponed until March 7.

The open space committee is scheduled to meet 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and the zoning board will have two hearings in February.

One concerns a setback. The other is about the proposed heliport.

Rick Miller, a member of the recreation committee, tendered his resignation after 30 years of service to the community.

Bartlett discussed the 2020 census and how it would affect the township.

Allentown is the regional hub for the census and Bartlett noted people are needed to help at census time.

Township residents should be aware federal subsidies are dependent on the head count of the municipality.

North Whitehall receives almost $2,100 per person per year.

Douglas Olmstead, representing Mary Ann’s Plaza, appeared before the board to discuss certain items.

He asked how much of the stormwater system would be dedicated to the township.

Township representatives will analyze this request and prepare the deeds of dedication for the township’s part of the project.

Olmstead said he would try to obtain a temporary permit from PennDOT so he can open.

He would then complete the project when weather permits.

A total of $265,160.15 was returned to the developer from the escrow account.

Supervisor Dennis Klusaritz noted his concern about ponds close to roadways.

Apparently, an accident occurred recently on Neffs Laurys Road near Fells Creek Road which resulted in a vehicle running off the road and onto property with a pond.

Fortunately, the vehicle stopped before going into the pond.

Klusaritz asked why guardrails were placed at other sites such as steep banks, sharp corners and other areas but not at ponds.

Pond sites could be just as dangerous as a spot where there is a steep drop-off, he said.