Fair Districts PA was on the agenda for Upper Macungie Township supervisors.
Carla Colangelo and Mary Erdman, representatives of the group, asked the board to pass a resolution against the gerrymandering that occurs in Pennsylvania after each decennial census.
The state’s politicians get to decide where the boundaries of their electoral districts will be located.
This practice favors one political party.
Two bills are in the state legislature now that address this issue — Senate Bill 22 and House Bill 722.
Approximately 50 people attended the recent Good Neighbor Coalition luncheon at the Jaindl Elementary School.
Hosted by Upper Macungie Township Police Chief Edgardo Colon, with the assistance of Sgt. Cory Reader, the meeting was held to discuss the impact the amount of truck traffic has had on the community.
Truck traffic has steadily increased in the past several years with numerous crashes reported. However, since the inception of the Good Neighbor Coalition, reportable crashes involving commercial motor vehicles have declined.
Residents attending the August meeting of Upper Macungie Township supervisors learned the township’s offer for the Jaindl property at Oldt Road was refused. With an assessed valuation of more than $4 million, the offer was insufficient.
Even though the township has a limit on the amount of money that can be spent, negotiations are still ongoing.
North Whitehall supervisors, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Neffs Fire Company, read a proclamation commemorating the event.
Fire Chief Jim Steward and President Eric Minnich, representing the fire company, received the proclamation from Chairman Ron Heintzelman.
There will be an open house 2-6 p.m. Aug. 20 at the fire company, 755 Park Ave., Neffs.
Refreshments, door prizes and fire prevention activities will be available. Sparky the Fire Dog is also expected to attend.
The first half of the Upper Macungie supervisors June 1 meeting was dominated by a discussion on the proposed development of the Jaindl property along Oldt Road.
A standing-room-only crowd packed the meeting room to offer their opinions or just to listen to the comments.
The Jaindl proposal is to develop warehouses on the tract which would generate 250 to 300 truck trips per day.
Elizabeth Collins read a prepared statement outlining the residents’ concerns and issues. The group came up with their options for the property.
Neffs Fire Chief Jim Steward presented North Whitehall supervisors with a request to clarify some sections of the burning ordinance.
He opined some of the definitions should be clarified as sometimes the firefighters are brought into neighbor squabbles because of different interpretations of the ordinance by the parties involved.
He asserted their duty is fire safety, not enforcement. Supervisors will look into the matter.
Steward also told the board the Neffs Fire Company will be celebrating 75 years with a special program Aug. 20 at the fire station.
North Whitehall Township voters will be choosing a candidate in the May 16 Municipal Primary Election for a six-year term as supervisor to run in the November election.
Democratic Stephen Ewald, who is running against fellow Democrat Dennis E. Klusaritz, could not be reached for comment.
The winner on that side of the ticket will face either Republican Steve Pany or Eric A. Neubauer in the November election.
Klusaritz, a lifelong resident of the township, is a 1977 graduate of Parkland High School.
Scott Pasterski, Keystone Consulting Engineers, showed Upper Macungie supervisors and the audience proposed traffic improvements along Tilghman Street during the board’s April meeting.
The street will be updated from Windsor Drive to Ruppsville Road and will be widened to five lanes to accommodate the increased traffic.
Two options were discussed with one being more expensive than the other. The board opted to go with the least expensive of the two with a projected cost of $1.1 million.
PennDOT must review the proposal and give approval before the work can be started.
Members of North Whitehall’s recreation committee have given recommendations to supervisors for donations to the various groups operating within the township.
The North Parkland Athletic Association and Orefield Athletic Association each will receive $3,000. Ormrod Playground and Laury’s Athletic Association will be given $5,000 each.
Schnecksville Playground will receive $4,500 and Neffs Playground will be given $1,500.
In other matters, supervisors granted a 3-year lease to James Heintzelman to farm a 3.5-acre tract near Johnson Pond.
Time flies. It’s hard to believe 10 years have passed since the first Sportsmen’s Banquet at Hope Community Church, Weisenberg Township.
Steve Schoeniger, former event coordinator, said records before 2010 were unavailable to fully check the progress of the event.
However, he stated that in 2010 the banquet drew 110 people, while this year’s event brought 160 people to the feast.
The food was once again top notch with an assorted menu of wild game.