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Monday, August 19, 2019

Residents bring issues to the board

Friday, August 16, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall resident Charles Horwith wanted to know more about building coverage on a lot.

He alleged, during the supervisors’ Aug. 5 meeting, that his neighbor exceeded the maximum lot coverage by building an addition to an existing building near the intersection of Old Post and Mauch Chunk roads near the Binney Mart.

Township Solicitor Lisa Young attempted to explain the process for calculation of the maximum lot coverage.

Two swales, some weeds and a tree irritate Upper Macungie residents

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Township resident Richard Seltzer told Upper Macungie supervisors at their July meeting he has been waiting five years for someone to cut down a tree near his property along Farm Bureau Road.

He claims the tree is only about three feet from the roadway.

“The township has done nothing,” Seltzer stated.

During the discussion, Supervisor Kathy Rader noted the tree is on a neighbor’s property.

Supervisor Jim Brunell told Seltzer the township does not have the right to go on private property and cut down the tree.

Article By: KENNETH BLEILER Special to The Press

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Township resident Richard Seltzer told Upper Macungie supervisors at their July meeting he has been waiting five years for someone to cut down a tree near his property along Farm Bureau Road.

He claims the tree is only about three feet from the roadway.

“The township has done nothing,” Seltzer stated.

During the discussion, Supervisor Kathy Rader noted the tree is on a neighbor’s property.

Supervisor Jim Brunell told Seltzer the township does not have the right to go on private property and cut down the tree.

North Whitehall residents complain about neighbor’s unkempt property

Monday, August 5, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Barry Wexler of Buchanan Street and several neighbors attended the July 8 North Whitehall supervisors’ meeting to voice their disgust with one of their neighbors.

The property owner about whom they were complaining allegedly lets his dogs run loose, has open fires, owns some structures that are falling down and basically leaves his property in disarray.

State police reportedly have visited the property frequently.

Township Solicitor Lisa Young noted that the property owner has been cited several times with the recent one being appealed.

Upper Macungie board listens to litany of traffic problems

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Several Upper Macungie residents attended the June 6 supervisors’ meeting to voice discontent at the current conditions along Cetronia Road.

Speeding, trucks and some accidents plague the roadway.

Carol Michaels led the group with a petition and some photos she presented to the board.

Township Police Chief Colón will contact PennDOT on the situation while engineer Darin Martocci will study the signage in the area and ascertain if more is needed.

In other matters, several resolutions were on the meeting’s agenda.

Farmland preservation discussion at meeting

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

During the May 6 North Whitehall supervisors meeting, Township Manager Jeff Bartlett mentioned the upcoming May 21 ballot question concerning a proposed tax to be used toward farmland and open space preservation.

Unofficial results from Lehigh County Voter Registration Office show 1,183 of North Whitehall voters, 64.79 favored paying a 1/10th of one mill tax to be used exclusively for the preservation of farmland and open space.

An unofficial 643 voters, 35.21 percent of the total said no to the tax.

Armstrong encourages county residents to complete census forms

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong attended the Upper Macungie supervisors May meeting to answer questions and address any concerns the board may have.

Armstrong said the county has begun working on the census program for 2020.

He urged everyone to fill out their form and return it.

In the last census, 30 percent of county residents were missed, helping to make Pennsylvania second in the nation with uncounted residents.

The county’s slogan for the census is “We’re counting on you” and they are hoping for a good response, Armstrong said.

Upper Macungie awards bids for roads

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Resolutions and ordinances took up the major portion of the Upper Macungie Township supervisors’ agenda at their April meeting.

The board adopted an ordinance setting the speed limit at 35 mph along the entire length of Packhouse Road to the Weisenberg Township line.

The second ordinance established a truck prohibition on Bastian Lane while the third amended the rules pertaining to the township’s parks by allowing alcohol to be served at special events.

N. Whitehall OKs tax credits for volunteers

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

During their April 1 meeting, North Whitehall supervisors discussed a proposed ordinance to allow a tax credit for volunteers who help at fire company functions and at Northern Valley Ambulance Corps.

The tax credit would be a way of showing appreciation for their efforts.

After some discussion, and support from some fire company and NOVA members, including Schnecksville Fire Chief Ron Stahley, NOVA Director of Administration Kristi Wilk and Neffs Fire Chief Jim Steward, the ordinance was adopted by the board.