Parkland Community Library invites the public to meetings 7-9 p.m. March 7; or 8:30-11 a.m. March 8 at the Troxell building, Cedar Crest Boulevard, South Whitehall.
The morning meeting starts at 9 a.m. but come earlier for coffee and treats.
When arriving at the Troxell building, look for signs leading to the designated meeting room.
Pat Wagner, hired by the library board to do strategic planning, will be the facilitator of the meetings.
South Whitehall commissioners have given approval for staff to adopt the Young Lungs at Play program in township playgrounds.
Recreation Manager Page Durflinger reported during the Feb. 6 commissioners’ meeting, the endeavor is designed to help eliminate children’s exposure to secondhand smoke.
Run through a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the American Lung Association, the two groups will provide signs delineating tobacco-free zones at the sites.
Parkland Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rodney Troutman leads a group of educators from every school district in Lehigh County in an effort to improve school attendance.
Troutman spoke to The Press about the endeavor.
“Our goal is to get the best attendance for all of our kids,” Troutman said. “Children with good attendance are more likely to be successful in school.
“High attendance rates are linked to high student achievement.
Troutman noted high student achievement with school attendance is true for every grade — elementary, middle, and high school.
South Whitehall will be undertaking a major project to replace water and sewer lines along Pennsylvania Street between Cedar Crest Boulevard and 28th Street.
Assistant Public Works Manager Jerry Charvala provided an overview of the work during the commissioners Feb. 6 meeting.
“This will involve replacing water main and service lines to the curb stop, sewer main and laterals to the curb line, as well as total street reconstruction,” Charvala said.
A tentative detour plan is proposed to bypass Pennsylvania Street to Fairmount, with enclosure of two blocks at a time.
The Parkland School Board and the Parkland Education Association have reached agreement on a three-year contract from Sept. 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2022.
The PEA represents 640 employees including teachers, nurses, guidance counselors and other professional staff.
PEA members ratified the agreement in a daytime vote on Jan. 22.
That evening, at the public meeting, the board approved the contract, with members Lisa Roth, Bob Bold, Carol Facchiano, David Kennedy, Marie Maritch, and Linda Perlman-McKenna voting in favor.
Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, is collecting aluminum can tabs from beverages to support the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia.
Funds from recycling these tabs help offset expenses and give families with children in a hospital an affordable place to stay.
Tabs must be aluminum. Although soup and cat food cans also have tabs, those are not aluminum and cannot be used in this project.
To participate, drop off beverage tabs at the church office where they will be greatly appreciated.
South Whitehall commissioners have granted conditional approval to Griffin Industrial Realty Inc. for construction of a 156,000-square-foot warehouse at 4741 Chapmans Road.
The unanimous vote was taken around 11 p.m. after a lengthy discussion during the Jan. 16 meeting.
The 13.8-acre property, owned by the estate of Fred J. Jaindl, is situated west and north of 84 Lumber and east of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
The plan proposes a 120-car parking lot with a reserve area for an additional 46 cars.
Although Parkland School District residents will probably experience a property tax increase for the 2019-20 school year, the rate will go up no more than 0.35 mills.
The current rate, 15.42 mills, would go no higher than 15.77 mills.
At the Jan. 22 meeting, the board voted not to exceed the Act 1 Index of 2.3 percent calculated for Parkland by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the next school term.
With the maximum allowable millage increase of 2.3 percent, a property owner would pay $35 more than in the previous term, for each $100,000 of assessed value.
Lynn-Anne Kocon, CPA, has been approved by South Whitehall commissioners as interim tax collector to fill the position of Alvin C. Thompson who resigned.
Her appointment will continue until the first Monday in the January following the first municipal election, which is more than 60 days after the vacancy.
Commissioner Matt Mulqueen commented on Kocon’s selection.
“We went through an advertising and interview process,” Mulqueen said. “Lynn-Anne is very enthusiastic. We’re happy to have her a part of the township.”
Parkland School Board directors announced on Jan. 15 the appointment of Val Strock as assistant director of school services for transportation.
Strock, currently the district’s transportation coordinator, will replace George Husack, who resigned last month.
Andrew Hargrove, garage foreman at Parkland, will become the transportation coordinator.
Both jobs took effect Jan. 28. The garage foreman position remains unfilled.