The first half of the Upper Macungie supervisors June 1 meeting was dominated by a discussion on the proposed development of the Jaindl property along Oldt Road.
A standing-room-only crowd packed the meeting room to offer their opinions or just to listen to the comments.
The Jaindl proposal is to develop warehouses on the tract which would generate 250 to 300 truck trips per day.
Elizabeth Collins read a prepared statement outlining the residents’ concerns and issues. The group came up with their options for the property.
Neffs Fire Chief Jim Steward presented North Whitehall supervisors with a request to clarify some sections of the burning ordinance.
He opined some of the definitions should be clarified as sometimes the firefighters are brought into neighbor squabbles because of different interpretations of the ordinance by the parties involved.
He asserted their duty is fire safety, not enforcement. Supervisors will look into the matter.
Steward also told the board the Neffs Fire Company will be celebrating 75 years with a special program Aug. 20 at the fire station.
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.
Scott Pasterski, Keystone Consulting Engineers, showed Upper Macungie supervisors and the audience proposed traffic improvements along Tilghman Street during the board’s April meeting.
The street will be updated from Windsor Drive to Ruppsville Road and will be widened to five lanes to accommodate the increased traffic.
Two options were discussed with one being more expensive than the other. The board opted to go with the least expensive of the two with a projected cost of $1.1 million.
PennDOT must review the proposal and give approval before the work can be started.
Members of North Whitehall’s recreation committee have given recommendations to supervisors for donations to the various groups operating within the township.
The North Parkland Athletic Association and Orefield Athletic Association each will receive $3,000. Ormrod Playground and Laury’s Athletic Association will be given $5,000 each.
Schnecksville Playground will receive $4,500 and Neffs Playground will be given $1,500.
In other matters, supervisors granted a 3-year lease to James Heintzelman to farm a 3.5-acre tract near Johnson Pond.
Time flies. It’s hard to believe 10 years have passed since the first Sportsmen’s Banquet at Hope Community Church, Weisenberg Township.
Steve Schoeniger, former event coordinator, said records before 2010 were unavailable to fully check the progress of the event.
However, he stated that in 2010 the banquet drew 110 people, while this year’s event brought 160 people to the feast.
The food was once again top notch with an assorted menu of wild game.
Several members of the Ironton Rail-Trail project were present at the North Whitehall supervisors’ meeting.
Ray Bieak gave a report on the events that have occurred and some of the future ones anticipated.
He noted the Ironton Rail-Trail Commission has celebrated its 20th year.
The trail was voted Best 2016 Scenic Trail in the Lehigh Valley by Lehigh Valley Style magazine.
With the addition of a 1.5-mile section from Portland to Levans Road, a total of 9.2 miles is available for use.
Several historical walks were held, along with some 5K walks and one 10K.
Residents and audience members at the Upper Macungie supervisors’ meeting got a two-for-one deal Jan. 3: the reorganization and regular meetings were on the same night.
James Brunell will serve as chairman and Sean Gill will be vice chairman for the upcoming year.
Ashley Godshall was named township secretary and Bruce Koller will be treasurer.
Roadmasters will be the board of supervisors
Organization of the North Whitehall Township Board of Supervisors for the new year was decided Jan. 3.
Ronald Heintzelman was appointed chairman and Steve Pany was selected as vice chairman.
The third member of the board is Supervisor Mark Hills.
Brenda Norder was again appointed secretary/treasurer and chief pension administration officer.
Jeff Bartlett was reappointed township manager.
Meetings continue to be 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month except for September when the meeting will be on the second Monday.
Secretary Brenda Norder informed all attending the supervisors’ meeting that North Whitehall Township offices would be closed Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday and Jan. 2, 2017 for the New Year’s Day holiday.
The board’s organizational meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3, 2017. Auditors will reorganize on 6 p.m. Jan. 4, 2017.
Attorney Sarah Jolly, representing KidsPeace, to tell supervisors of the organization’s plans for the upcoming year.
This is a long-standing requirement, so the township is aware of any development on the property.