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.
A court stenographer was present at the North Whitehall Township supervisors meeting to transcribe minutes of the public hearing for the proposed amendment to the burning ordinance.
The purpose of the amendments is to clarify certain language in the ordinance so as to make it more enforceable.
Types of fires, size of fires, location and unattended fires were addressed.
Upper Macungie supervisors have accepted the planning module for the new Parkland elementary school, Hidden Meadows Phase 1C, Parkland Fields street-lights and the township manager’s salary via resolutions.
In other business, Duane Dellecker was appointed flood plain administrator and Hartco Environmental LLC was awarded the contract to install a flow monitoring system at a cost of $16,503.84.
The change in the name of Abigail Lane to Krocks Road will move forward with approximately a dozen properties affected.
Upper Macungie supervisors opened their recent monthly meeting by honoring Kenneth Pavkovic, vice chairman of the township planning commission, for his many years of service to the township.
Christopher Walls will be replacing Pavkovic on the commission. Pavkovic has served the township for approximately 20 years.
In other matters, representatives of the Parkland School District addressed the board about a tree problem.
The name of Abigail Lane in Parkland Fields subdivision is expected be changed in Upper Macungie Township.
Deliveries of mail and packages have been confusing as there is another Abigail Lane nearby.
Supervisors will take the matter under advisement.
The budget for 2018 was adopted with no increase in taxes during the board’s Dec. 7 meeting.
Supervisors approved the Blue Barn Meadows preliminary/final plan along with the Park 100 warehouse final plan.
Jim DiPetris, Mike Jeitner, Mary Ann Wagner and Attorney Tim Charlesworth, representing Mary Ann’s Plaza, Routes 309 and 873, Scknecksville, were at the North Whitehall supervisors meeting asking the board for waivers to start construction.
Township Manager Jeff Bartlett advised supervisors to not grant any relief on this plan.
He said due to the issues with the plan, the developer should return to the planning commission.
Bartlett noted the applicants were in a hurry all of a sudden but this plan had been in the works for many years.
North Whitehall Township Manager Jeff Bartlett recently gave supervisors and the audience a summary of the proposed budget for 2018.
The budget workshop was attended by only two residents who offered comments.
Bartlett noted that for seven years in a row, no tax increase has been warranted.
There is a possibility of having an $86,000 surplus next year.
Operating expenses are similar to those in 2017, but he noted, insurance costs are rising.
Insurance rates for the township will increase but not as much as in the private sector.
Although the audience was small, about 50 people at Jaindl Elementary School, discussion on the proposed community center in Upper Macungie, which started at 7 p.m., lasted until approximately 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Township representatives visited other communities that had recreation centers to see how they were operating.
The community center will be at the intersection of Grange Road and Lenape Trail. Site construction would start in 2018 and proceed into 2019 with building construction completed in 2021.
Finance Director Bruce Koller presented Upper Macungie Township supervisors the proposed budget for 2018 during their Nov. 2 meeting.
Koller said projected revenue would be $29,494,952 with expenditures of $29,524,081.
A deficit of $29,129 was noted, with Koller stating this would not be a problem.
Supervisors, after listening to Koller’s presentation, voted to adopt the budget.
The proposal will be advertised for 20 days with final approval expected at the board’s December meeting.
No tax increase is anticipated.
Upper Macungie Township supervisors had a vigorous discussion at their Oct. 5 meeting on the fate of the proposed community center.
The recreation board discussed the proposal at their recent meeting and gave its blessing to one of the options on the table.
The recommendation included both indoor and outdoor pools, separate entrance, wet and dry locker spaces, fitness center, multipurpose rooms, concession stand and a few rentable rooms that could be used for parties.