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.
Several members of the Ironton Rail-Trail project were present at the North Whitehall supervisors’ meeting.
Ray Bieak gave a report on the events that have occurred and some of the future ones anticipated.
He noted the Ironton Rail-Trail Commission has celebrated its 20th year.
The trail was voted Best 2016 Scenic Trail in the Lehigh Valley by Lehigh Valley Style magazine.
With the addition of a 1.5-mile section from Portland to Levans Road, a total of 9.2 miles is available for use.
Several historical walks were held, along with some 5K walks and one 10K.
Residents and audience members at the Upper Macungie supervisors’ meeting got a two-for-one deal Jan. 3: the reorganization and regular meetings were on the same night.
James Brunell will serve as chairman and Sean Gill will be vice chairman for the upcoming year.
Ashley Godshall was named township secretary and Bruce Koller will be treasurer.
Roadmasters will be the board of supervisors
Organization of the North Whitehall Township Board of Supervisors for the new year was decided Jan. 3.
Ronald Heintzelman was appointed chairman and Steve Pany was selected as vice chairman.
The third member of the board is Supervisor Mark Hills.
Brenda Norder was again appointed secretary/treasurer and chief pension administration officer.
Jeff Bartlett was reappointed township manager.
Meetings continue to be 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month except for September when the meeting will be on the second Monday.
Secretary Brenda Norder informed all attending the supervisors’ meeting that North Whitehall Township offices would be closed Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday and Jan. 2, 2017 for the New Year’s Day holiday.
The board’s organizational meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3, 2017. Auditors will reorganize on 6 p.m. Jan. 4, 2017.
Attorney Sarah Jolly, representing KidsPeace, to tell supervisors of the organization’s plans for the upcoming year.
This is a long-standing requirement, so the township is aware of any development on the property.
Upper Macungie’s monthly meeting of supervisors was moving smoothly until the subject of the zoning ordinance amendment was mentioned.
The proposed amendment involves the Grim Orchard tract along Schantz Road.
Bob Webber, a resident of Newtown Road, who would be directly affected, was worried Grim would lobby the board in his own self interest.
John Skrip, Clover Hill Winery, also voiced his opinion against the proposed amendment.
Board Chairman Jim Brunell said there were no rules now and the township needs some control over what is happening on the property.
Supervisor Kathy Rader introduced Ashley Godshall to the audience as the new secretary to the Upper Macungie Township Board of Supervisors.
Rader announced her upcoming retirement and will no longer serve as township secretary.
The Upper Macungie/Jaindl land swap was on the agenda for discussion.
A second appraisal was done and the results were similar to the first proposal.
David Jaindl was in the audience to answer any questions regarding the swap and to also discuss the proposal.
A standing-room-only crowd greeted him.
A short agenda was presented to North Whitehall supervisors.
Secretary Brenda Norder opened the meeting by noting a special budget meeting will be held 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and Trick or Treat Night will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28. There is no rain date.
Parkland Hollow minor subdivision was granted a time extension until Dec. 6.
The Timm and Nancy Stoudt plan was also given an extension of time until Dec. 6.
Chairman Ronald Heintzelman said this could be the last time an extension given for this plan.
There were plenty of empty seats in the audience at the August Upper Macungie supervisors meeting.
Maybe the weather was too hot or residents were on vacation.
The board’s agenda was light corresponding with the light public turnout.
John Skrip Jr. of Newtown Road came before the board to discuss the garbage and dumpsters at a property he is renovating.
The house, which he acquired about a year ago, is uninhabitable and because of the renovations, several dumpsters were brought to remove the refuse.
Upper Macungie supervisors met recently for an information session for those interested in the proposed new access point to I-78 from Adams Road.
Township officials, stake holders in the study and approximately 25 residents attrended the meeting.
Will Anderson, representing Alfred Benesch and Co., made the presentation.
Benesch and Company was designated to perform the study.
Scott Pasterski, of Keystone Consulting Engineers, Wesosville, noted the point of access study was preliminary, to justify feasibility of the construction of this interchange.