Parkland Press

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

North Whitehall board releases escrow money

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

During the North Whitehall township supervisors’ Nov. 5 meeting, the board agreed to a time extension until March 8, 2019, for Parkland Hollow for its minor resubdivision plan.

The letter of credit for the original subdivision was reduced by $17,787 leaving $73,017 in the account.

Mary Ann Plaza’s account received its second release of money and was refunded $193,342.69 leaving a balance of $542,905.29.

Timberidge was given $1,502.01 from its escrow fund.

Brian Wiedaw requested relief in the escrow amount he would present to the township for engineering fees.

No tax hike in Upper Mac

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

The 2019 preliminary budget was presented to Upper Macungie supervisors at their Nov. 1 meeting.

Anticipated revenue is $34,288,119 with expected expenditures of $32,473,689.

Residents can, therefore, expect no tax increase.

The board noted 36.3 percent of the budget covers contractual services such as engineering fees.

Receipts from permits, fees, charges, etc. cover 34.1 percent of the income.

Supervisors voted to adopt the budget during their December meeting.

Resident Bob Burns of Fogelsville brought a stormwater issue before the board.

Board deals with various topics

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall supervisors discussed the upcoming farm preservation ordinance during their October meeting.

Township Manager Jeff Bartlett told supervisors they must pick a millage number for the ordinance.

The amount received with this tax increase will go toward purchasing development rights on property offered for the Ag Preservation District.

Bartlett suggested a .1 mill increase in taxes but the final figure is up to the board.

In other matters, Township Secretary Brenda Norder noted the budget meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22.

Upper Macungie supervisors

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Township to buy protective gear for firefighters

The Oct. 4 meeting was quiet and the agenda short for Upper Macungie supervisors.

Active shooter gear, similar to that worn by the police, will be purchased for the volunteer firefighters.

The gear will be carried in their vehicles so it is available in case of emergency.

Cost for the outfits is $18,393.12. A total of 15 units were purchased, which include a suit and helmet.

During public comment, some mention was given to the police situation from last month.

Police issues come to a head at board meeting

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Elizabeth Collins-Colón, the wife of township Police Chief Edgardo Colón, took center stage during the public comment period of the Sept. 6 Upper Macungie supervisors meeting.

She alleged the board was not acting in good faith where the police command staff contracts or work agreements — for the chief, deputy chief and lieutenants — were concerned.

Negotiations have been ongoing for a year, and little progress has occurred, she said.

Upper Macungie to recruit new firefighters

Friday, September 7, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Of all the calamities that could occur in one’s lifetime, fire may just be the worst.

Research conducted by the National Fire Protection Association for 2016 showed the following: a fire department responded to a fire every 24 seconds; one civilian death occurred every 2 hours and 35 minutes while fire injuries occurred every 34 minutes.

In 2016, there were 475,500 structure fires with 3,390 civilian deaths and 14,650 civilian injuries. One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds.

Telatovich gives presentation on MS4

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Bernie Telatovich of Benchmark Engineering gave a presentation to North Whitehall supervisors at their Aug. 6 meeting concerning the requirement of municipalities to develop an MS4 stormwater management plan.

Municipalities are under order to decrease the sediment, sulfate and other pollutants which drain into township’s waters.

Over the next five years, the township must reduce pollutants by 150,000 lbs. Funding is in the budget to address this issue.

Telatovich said residents must get involved and be educated in the problems with pollutants.

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.