During their April 1 meeting, North Whitehall supervisors discussed a proposed ordinance to allow a tax credit for volunteers who help at fire company functions and at Northern Valley Ambulance Corps.
The tax credit would be a way of showing appreciation for their efforts.
After some discussion, and support from some fire company and NOVA members, including Schnecksville Fire Chief Ron Stahley, NOVA Director of Administration Kristi Wilk and Neffs Fire Chief Jim Steward, the ordinance was adopted by the board.
At the opening of the North Whitehall supervisors meeting, a commendation was read thanking Rick Miller for his 30 years of service to the community by serving on the township recreation board.
The commendation stated Miller’s service to the community was greatly appreciated.
In other matters, members of the Girl Scout Troop 6088 were present to give supervisors an idea of what they propose to do in Kolapechka Park.
Kaitlyn Mericle and Keaira Lutz have plans for the addition of a handicapped ramp, along with the addition of pebble flex safety surfacing.
During the recent Hope Community Church Sportsmen’s Banquet members of the congregation showed a great deal of respect toward each other, and courtesy, civility and helpfulness to each other and to the dinner guests.
This yearly event brings the community together and is a good distraction from the winter cold, snow and ice.
The Sportsmen’s Banquet is a time to greet old friends and make some new ones.
After the introduction by Bill Vanartsdalen and the invocation by Pastor Ken Kalisz, dinner was served.
If all goes well, ArtsQuest SangriaFest will be coming to Upper Macungie Township’s Grange Park in addition to the yearly event at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
ArtsQuest Chief Operating Officer Curt Mosel attended the Upper Macungie supervisors’ Feb. 7 meeting to give them an overview of the project.
Board members then had a lengthy discussion on his request.
The vote was 2-1 in favor of allowing ArtsQuest to set up at the park. Supervisor Jim Brunell was the lone “no” vote.
Northern Valley Ambulance Corps recently welcomed the winter convention of the Lehigh County Association of Township Officials to its Ormrod headquarters.
Elected and appointed officials from Townships of the Second Class attended the special event.
LCATO President Brian Carl introduced speakers for the night.
The annual donations to North Whitehall service organizations were given out by supervisors at their Feb. 4 meeting.
The IRT Oversight Committee received $500, Upper Lehigh Historical Society $2,600 for the Schneck House and NOVA received $28,000.
Schnecksville, Tri-Clover Fire, Neffs and Laurys Station fire companies each received $18,168.
The amount given to NOVA and the fire companies reflects half their donations for the year.
The second half will be distributed later in the year.
Two announcements were made at the meeting.
Several resolutions were adopted by the board during the Upper Macungie Township supervisors’ December 2018 meeting.
Disposal of township records, authorization for submission of an application for a traffic signal at the intersections of Mill Creek Road and Grange Road, and Mill Creek Road and Uline Way.
Also included in the resolution list was approval of the development of Jenstar Properties, Inc. and the subdivision of Robert and Shawn Keller.
The Jenstar property is located on Grammes Lane. The Keller lot is on Folk Road.
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.
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.
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.