Equipment to be bought for public works
South Whitehall commissioners, during their May 1 meeting, gave permission for Assistant Public Works Manager Jerry Charvala to purchase various pieces of equipment for the department.
The most costly item is a $21,871 Doosan air compressor to replace a 40-year-old Ingersoll-Rand unit that is past its life expectancy.
“This will be used on the streets with the jackhammer,” Charvala said.
A CUDA stainless steel parts washer will be obtained at a cost of $17,185 to replace a heavily used, galvanized 18-year-old unit which is rusted out.
The high-pressure, high-temperature steam cleaner will be used to remove grease, rust and debris from truck and police car parts, mower blades and other equipment.
Another item approved for purchase is a RockHound skid steer attachment.
Charvala said the device will eliminate hand raking by removing rocks from 3/4 inch to 8 inches to level ground before seeding.
Cost is $6,261.
Charvala and commissioners expressed particular interest in purchase of a Silent Messenger message board which will be something new for the township.
The high-tech, solar-powered product costs $16,046 and is made in Upper Macungie.
The message board will be used in the streets for traffic control, for events in the parks, and will provide information to improve safety wherever needed.
The Silent Messenger includes a 126-inch wide by 76-inch high panel on a steel trailer, with a GPS receiver and a cellular transceiver.
The message board can be used with Command Center software for remote communications.
Charvala noted the Silent Messenger will be an improvement over the 30-year-old arrow board presently in use.
In the public works department, General Service group leader Herbert Bender joined South Whitehall staff in January.
Bender oversees parks, streets and building maintenance.
His previous position was chief maintenance supervisor for Allentown where his responsibilities included paving, removing snow and collecting leaves.