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Chief Stewart updates board

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Neffs Fire Company Chief Jim Stewart, also president of the North Whitehall Emergency Services Organization, gave North Whitehall supervisors an update of the organization's services.

The group has purchased a Utility Task Vehicle, known as a UTV, for firefighting and rescue operations in remote areas in the township.

The vehicle, on a trailer, is housed at the Schnecksville Fire Company.

Total cost for this piece of equipment was $48,000.

Stewart told the board reflective address sign sales are making progress. They are sold to the public at slightly over cost.

Work, water level at Leaser Lake are progressing

Thursday, June 4, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

The countdown has begun.

Only two more feet to add until the water flows over the spillway of Leaser Lake in Lynn Township.

Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation Chairman George White, reported at the group's May 28 meeting, held in the parking lot on the west side of the lake, when the handicapped fishing pier and the kayak launch are completed, the remaining logs will be placed to complete filling of the lake.

The water level was held at this point so the piers could be constructed.

The thought is that both of these projects can be completed within two weeks.

Officer Rohrbach honored

Thursday, May 28, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Upper Macungie Township supervisors recently honored one of its police officers for a heroic deed he performed while he was addressing students at Fogelsville Elementary School.

Officer William J. Rohrbach, while giving a lecture on the duties and challenges of a police officer, saw one of the students was apparently choking.

Rohrbach immediately went into action and helped the child overcome the problem and possibly saved the child's life.

K-9 Pako officially retires from police department

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Upper Macungie Township Police Department's K-9, Pako, was officially retired at the supervisors' April meeting.

Supervisor Chairman Jim Brunell read a proclamation lauding the service Pako had given the township.

The K-9 was responsible for finding people, discovering hidden drugs and apprehending criminals.

Pako who is almost 9 and a half years old and had suffered an accident while in training, resulting in him having a stroke from which he is still recovering.

He will be living the rest of his years with his handler and partner, Officer Ryan Rhoads.

North Whitehall Twp supervisors approve various ordinances

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall supervisors adopted four ordinances at their recent meeting.

The first concerned changes to the parks and recreation statute.

Wording was changed to allow the carrying of unconcealed weapons across township property.

Open carrying of weapons will be allowed but no hunting or trapping will be allowed on township property.

The next three ordinances concerned cable franchise agreements with Blue Ridge Cable, Service Electric and RCN. The new agreements will be for a period of 10 years.

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.