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.
North Whitehall supervisors have scheduled a budget meeting for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16.
They also set Trick or Treat Night for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27.
The subdivider of the Parkland Hollow proposal has granted the board an extension of time, until Jan. 10, 2018, to review the plan.
Also during the Oct. 2 board meeting, an emergency services grant was given to Northern Valley Ambulance Corps in the amount of $50,000 to be used for a new ambulance.
NOVA currently have two ambulances and is borrowing two more.
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.