Chairman Jim Brunell opened the Upper Macungie supervisors' meeting by reading a proclamation extolling the career of the township's K-9 police dog Hassan.
He was officially retired from the police force and will spend his retirement with the family of Officer Matt Gardner, Hassan's handler while on the force.
The township has allotted up to $1,500 per year toward the support and care of Hassan and fellow K-9 Pako.
Pako, who was injured during training and subsequently had a stroke, retired in February.
He will be living with the family of Officer Ryan Rhoads.
At the opening of the North Whitehall Township supervisors meeting, Secretary Brenda Norder reported tires for recycling would not be accepted until April 1.
After acceptance of the minutes and an order to pay the bills, the February meeting moved into a public hearing concerning an ordinance related to the collection of delinquent real estate taxes.
The ordinance would give the board authorization to appoint Portnoff Associates as collector.
Resolutions dominated the agenda for Upper Macungie supervisors at their latest meeting.
Township Engineer J. Scott Stenroos explained each request to the board and answered questions on any of the items.
The first resolution concerned a conditional preliminary land development plan.
The project consists of a 124-room, extended stay hotel with 389 self-storage units, along Oakview Drive. Five waivers were also requested.
Supervisors approved the plan.
Upper Macungie supervisors recently met with representatives of the three township fire departments to discuss mutual concerns.
Fire Commissioner Grant Grim and Township Manager Dan Olpere also attended.
Fogelsville Fire Company expects to have its new truck in service by mid-February. This truck will replace a 4-wheel drive rescue truck and a fire truck.
Fund drives and how to raise awareness of the public on the necessity of the fund drives were discussed by the board.
Although the weather was cold and blustery, about 135 people turned out for the eighth annual Sportsmen's Banquet at Hope Community Church, Weisenberg Township.
Hope Church, founded in 1994, moved its current location at 7974 Claussville Road in 2005.
This annual event brings many sportsmen and women together to swap stories and partake of the bountiful supply of food.
Several mounts were on display vying for a chance to receive a prize as best mount.
Categories were divided between deer and other mounts, including fish, birds and other animals.
Pennsylvania's Second Class Township Code requires all townships of this category to meet on the first Monday of January to organize.
Chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer are appointed for the year and all other necessary appointments are made.
North Whitehall supervisors met Jan. 5 and the gavel was given to Solicitor Lisa Young until a chairman was selected.
Ronald Heintzelman was selected for that position and Steve Pany was given vice chairman honors.
North Whitehall supervisors announced at their budget meeting there would be no increase in township real estate taxes next year.
Projected revenue for 2015 is $4,294,884, while proposed expenses are $4,245,998.
The only increase will be in the street light assessment, with the current residential assessment of $37 increased to $40.70 and the institutional fee increased from $1,500 to $1,655.50.
Township Manager Jeff Bartlett said there has been no increase in these assessments for several years, even though electric costs have risen.
A somber mood dominated the Upper Macungie supervisors meeting last Thursday. The loss of Supervisor Samir Ashmar was felt by everyone.
After a moment of silence was observed, Chairman Jim Brunell gave a short eulogy on Ashmar.
"We had good government," Brunell said. "We didn't always agree but we worked together."
Secretary Kathy Rader echoed Brunell's sentiments.
"Things were coming together as a board," she said. "His presence will be missed."
Solicitor Andrew Schantz then outlined the procedure for appointment of a replacement to fill Ashmar's term.
North Whitehall supervisors breezed through their agenda Monday night.
After Secretary Brenda Norder's announcements, it didn't take the board long to take care of business.
Norder reported the final budget meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 with the reorganization meeting 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5, 2015.
Township auditors will organize 6 p.m. Jan. 6, 2015. Township offices will be closed Dec. 25 and 26 for the Christmas holiday and on Jan. 1, 2015, for New Year's Day.
Crestwood Heights subdivision was on the agenda for discussion.
Upper Macungie supervisors will allow the transfer of a liquor license to the Hometown Diner at 8732 Hamilton Blvd., Breinigsville.
Prior to the regular September meeting, a public hearing was held allowing Attorney Ted Zeller to outline the plan for his client, Zita Inc. to permit the family-style restaurant to serve alcoholic beverages.
The owners, who also own Diner 248 in Palmer Township, have had no citations from the state Liquor Control Board since it has been in operation.