Parkland Press

Monday, June 17, 2019

Developer offers to pay water, sewer hook-up

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners granted approval recently to a 50-foot-high, 156,000-square-foot warehouse for 4741 Chapmans Road.

The plan includes 122 standard parking spaces, two large parking slots, 27 trailer parking positions and nine over-sized spaces.

As conditional use was granted to Griffin Industrial Realty for the warehouse in January.

The May meeting focused primarily on water and sewer connections for property owners nearby.

Grant sought for creek repair

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Director of Operations Randy Cope is looking ahead to a future project to remove the gabion baskets along the Jordan Creek at Covered Bridge Park.

He is seeking a grant of $50,000 from the state flood mitigation program to begin the process.

Cope said the gabion devices are wire baskets filled with rocks to support the stream bank and to prevent erosion.

He said the 4-foot to 6-foot high baskets were installed by the township along the stream many years ago.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Union UCC offers Sunday School adventures

Friday, May 31, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, invites all children, preschool through grade five, to join some super stupendous summer vacation adventures on three Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

The first destination will be Africa, scheduled for June 9. The second will be Italy on July 21, and then to Greece on Aug. 18.

Children will travel with Director of Christian Education Kathy Bonsell and her tour guides to the different countries and learn about their culture, food, faith and music.

Tax increase lowered

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District officials announced a drop in the proposed tax increase for the 2019-20 term from the 2.27 percent at the budget seminar in April to 1.88 percent at the May 21 school board meeting.

Business Manager John Vignone commented on the action.

“This was a well thought out decision,” Vignone said. “It is based on financial stability and positive revenue trends.”

The millage rate now stands at 15.71, a 0.29-mill increase over the previous year.

Equipment to be bought for public works

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners, during their May 1 meeting, gave permission for Assistant Public Works Manager Jerry Charvala to purchase various pieces of equipment for the department.

The most costly item is a $21,871 Doosan air compressor to replace a 40-year-old Ingersoll-Rand unit that is past its life expectancy.

“This will be used on the streets with the jackhammer,” Charvala said.

A CUDA stainless steel parts washer will be obtained at a cost of $17,185 to replace a heavily used, galvanized 18-year-old unit which is rusted out.

School district implements ‘Mindfulness’ program

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in School

During a recent Parkland School Board workshop, Director of School Services Brenda DeRenzo and Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development Kelly Rosario reported on social-emotional learning programs in the district.

“At Parkland, we’re ahead of the game,” DeRenzo said. “We implemented mindfulness starting with full-day kindergarten.

“This keeps moving with them K-12,” said DeRenzo.

She explained mindfulness encourages children to pay attention to the present moment, to be non-judgemental and to become aware of one’s feelings and emotions.

Fire hydrants to be purchased

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Township has 725 fire hydrants, of those, six need replacement as they are not working and are beyond repair.

Assistant Public Works Manager Jerry Charvalla explained how long a fire hydrant lasts.

“Some are 40- to 50 years old,” Charvalla said. “Others last only five years if they get hit by cars.”

Total cost of the new hydrants is $18,750.

In other matters, commissioners approved the purchase of a new oil furnace from Meisner Services for Woodlawn Fire Company at a cost of $12,300.

South Whitehall, Jaindl in accord over projects

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

As construction of new houses proceeds along Walbert Avenue in development of the Rutz farm by the Jaindl Land Company, attention is turning to the section at the former Shoemaker home.

In a proposal approved by commissioners at the May 1 meeting, South Whitehall will pay the cost of relocating two PPL poles in order to have roadway improvements along the frontage of the Shoemaker property.

School district plans tax hike

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School Board and administration, during the April 26 seminar, reviewed the proposed $186.5 million budget for 2019-20 and reported the tax rate needed to provide for it.

The plan calls for a 15.77 mill tax rate, a 2.27-percent increase over 2018-19.

For each $100,000 of assessed property value, a property owner would have a $35 increase in taxes.

The impact on the average residential assessed value of $227,870 would be an increase of $79.75 over the previous term.

Playground to receive updates

Friday, May 3, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The Grove Street park playground in South Whitehall will be receiving new equipment and other improvements this summer.

The park is located south of Walbert Avenue near Columbia Street and Whitehall Avenue, north of Route 22.

At a recent South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, Director of Township Operations Randy Cope commented on the project.

“We are rebuilding pocket parks,” Cope said. “We sent a survey to surrounding residents in January.

“We met with a few different sales representatives.”