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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Upper Macungie police bid farewell to Deputy Chief Wilson

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Officer Gardner promoted to sergeant, Officer Devery welcomed to the force

The July meeting of Upper Macungie supervisors opened with an award ceremony and recognition of members of the township police department.

A Distinquished Service Award was given to Deputy Chief of Police Joseph Wilson, one of the founding members of the police department.

Wilson is leaving to work for a firm which provides training and equipment for school safety.

Matthew Gardner received a promotion to sergeant. He also has been with the force since its formation.

Upper Macungie board meets newest police officer

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Upper Macungie Township supervisors met the newest officer with the police department, John Sassaman III, of Allentown, at their June 7 meeting.

Sassaman, a graduate of Kutztown University, previously worked with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department.

In addition, Upper Macungie Detective Adam Miller was honored for his work in the apprehension of the drug supplier who caused the death of Nicole Wertz in February 2015.

Due to his tenacity, and information given by Wertz’s father, the criminal was caught and charged in 2018 with the death of Wertz.

N. Whitehall board reviews various plans

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall supervisors had two plans to review at their June 4 meeting.

The first was the Dollar General land development plan for Oakwood Lane.

Applicants were seeking preliminary/final approval and were requesting waivers on certain items in the ordinance.

Peter Spisszak, Christopher Sheaffer and Ted Donald discussed the plan with the board at length.

Oakwood Lane will be widened to two, 12-foot lanes with a 6-foot shoulder on one side.

A traffic study showed a left turn lane was not warranted.

North Whitehall supervisors review plans

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall supervisors had two plans to review at their June 4 meeting.

The first was the Dollar General land development plan for Oakwood Lane.

Applicants were seeking preliminary/final approval and were requesting waivers on certain items in the ordinance.

Peter Spisszak, Christopher Sheaffer and Ted Donald discussed the plan with the board at length.

Oakwood Lane will be widened to two, 12-foot lanes with a 6-foot shoulder on one side.

A traffic study showed a left turn lane was not warranted.

Upper Macungie board remembers Dan Olpere

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Upper Macungie Township supervisors’ Chairman Jim Brunell requested a moment of silence to start the May monthly meeting. Former township Manager Dan Olpere passed away recently. He was the first township manager for Upper Macungie serving from Sept. 15, 2014 until Sept. 30, 2017.

Township Manager Bob Ibach announced the stormwater permit application is ready to be sent to the Department of Environmental Protection.

North Whitehall Twp welcomes new public works director

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

During the North Whitehall Township supervisors’ May meeting, Richard Deemer was introduced to the audience as the new public works director.

In other matters, Jarett Zuber’s one lot subdivision was one of two development items on the North Whitehall agenda.

The Zuber plan was reviewed and the request for waivers was discussed.

The planning commission has given the plan an unfavorable review as there were issues outstanding.

Upper Macungie board deals with a variety of issues

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Upper Macungie supervisors have authorized signing an agreement with PennDOT for a stormwater easement on the right of way for the culvert on Werley Road.

The board also gave the go ahead to Keystone Consulting engineers to complete a tapping fee study and to bid for the 2018 sanitary sewer manhole rehabilitation and pipe lining.

Along with this, preparation and advertisement of the sewer ordinance changes were authorized.

Update given on Ridings at Parkland

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Township Secretary Brenda Norder notified North Whitehall supervisors April 2 that a conditional use hearing would be held 7:30 p.m. April 26.

The hearing will concern a proposal to construct a stand alone Dollar General store.

In other matters, as the 180-day waiting period for the inclusion of the Hoffman tract, 88.597 acres along Scheidys Road, into the Ag Security District has expired, the board voted to add the property to the plan.

Joe Piperato and Phil Malitsch addressed the board on the Ridings at Parkland subdivision.

Rep. Day hosts gun law presentation by sheriff

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, teamed up with Berks County Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht to give a presentation on Pennsylvania’s gun laws and how they affect gun owners.

Some 100 area resided attended the March 22 meeting at the Kutztown Grange.

Some common misconceptions concerning guns were discussed.

One does not need to own a handgun to apply for and be given a license to carry concealed firearms.

Another misconception is that someone with a concelaed carry license can only “carry” their own hand gun.

Board deals with various issues at meeting

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall Township supervisors recently adopted a resolution supporting the effort underway against gerrymandering of election districts.

In other matters at their March meeting, Township Manager Jeff Bartlett complimented the public works department on its handling of the early March snow-storm.

A resident has requested the township take over a streetlight that was installed and paid for privately.

The owner is now deceased and the street light affects eight properties.