Parkland Press

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Board OKs Timber Ridge

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Lew Rauch, engineer, and developer Lee Goldstein, representing Timber Ridge development, presented his plan to North Whitehall supervisors during their November meeting.

He proposes 55 and older apartments in six buildings with 14 apartments in each, along Levans Road. Each one- or two-bedroom apartment will have its own garage.

Several waivers and deferrals were requested for the development.

Supervisors approved the plan conditional upon meeting requirements from Keystone Consulting Engineers.

U. Macungie honors former solicitor

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

At the opening of the Upper Macungie supervisors October meeting, a proclamation was read commemorating the service of former solicitor William Schantz.

He started with the township as a part-time solicitor in 1965 and became full-time solicitor in 1973.

His widow, Pat Schantz, was present to accept the award.

In other matters, several residents, along with board members and Police Chief Edgardo Colón, praised the actions of those involved with the recent fire at Heather Glen retirement community along Blue Barn Road.

North Whitehall welcomes new manager

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall’s new township manager was introduced to the audience by Solicitor Lisa Young during the Oct. 7 supervisors’ meeting.

Christopher Garges will begin his tenure at the end of this month.

In other matters, the township will hold a special event honoring Parkland School District veterans, only, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the pavilion behind the Schnecksville Fire Company.

Veterans must preregister at the township office by Nov. 1.

Anyone interested should contact the North Whitehall Township office for more details.

U. Macungie police officers honored

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Three of Upper Macungie’s finest recently received recognition for a good deed in which they were involved.

Police Officers David Malischewski, John Sassaman and Philip Shedaker were instrumental in saving the life of a person who was in cardiac arrest.

They attended to this individual until the emergency medical service crews arrived.

Police Chief Edgardo Colón read the proclamation extolling the officers during the township supervisors’ Sept. 5 meeting.

‘Get Prepared Parkland’ Sept. 14 at high school

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

During the August Upper Macungie Township supervisors’ meeting, residents learned Get Prepared Parkland will be offered at Parkland High School from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 14.

Upper Macungie, South Whitehall and North Whitehall townships will host this safety event.

Everyone is invited to participate in demonstrations and presentations to earn giveaways.

Police study update given to Upper Macungie board

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

A study done by Matrix Consulting Group concerning the Upper Macungie Police Department, was released to supervisors during their Aug. 1 meeting.

A comprehensive overview of the police department, the study showed a substantial decrease in the crime rate in the municipality – a 60 percent decrease from 2013 to 2017.

The report noted the police department has received the highest quality training – about 44 hours per year, which is well above the industry average of 25 hours.

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.