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Board awaits DCNR comment on Ironton Rail Trail project

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall Secretary Brenda Norder noted at the opening of the regular supervisors' meeting the township office would be closed April 3 for Good Friday.

She also reminded everyone tires will not be accepted for recycling before April 1.

In other matters, the Timm and Nancy Stoudt subdivision was before the board again for a time extension.

Supervisors agreed to give a 180-day extension to complete the subdivision.

The board voted to return the 2014 township property taxes to a resident under the Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption.

Hassan retires from police force

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

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.

North Whitehall board seeks compliance with Act 192

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

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.

Upper Mac supervisorsdeal with new resolutions

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

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.

Fire companies plan celebrations

Thursday, February 12, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

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.

Sportsmen bag trophies for their best mounts

Thursday, February 12, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

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.

North Whitehall readies for 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

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 adopts 2015 budget

Thursday, January 1, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

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.

Upper Mac board remembers Ashmar

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

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.

N. Whitehall board prepares for 2015

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

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.