South Whitehall’s police K-9 program is in the process of acquiring a new dog to take the place of Cirrus who retired last year.
Police Capt. Jason Negron spoke to The Press at the July 18 commissioners’ meeting.
“It looks promising to be soon,” Negron said.
He said the dog will probably be a Dutch Shepherd with a brindle coat, a breed typically longer and leaner than a German shepherd dog.
The dog will come from Holland where it will receive training in tracking, bite work and commands.
Negron said bite work may be necessary to capture bad guys.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will have the 10:30 a.m. worship service outdoors in the grove on Aug. 12.
The service will be followed by a picnic with fun, fellowship and food.
During the worship service, Holy Ground from Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge will present inspiring faith stories and music.
Pa. Adult and Teen Challenge is a drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation treatment center which offers an inpatient clinical arrangement and a long-term residential faith-centered program.
The Parkland School Board has approved Patricia Denicola for a newly created position as an additional assistant director of business administration.
She joins an office which includes Director of Business Administration John Vignone and Assistant Director of Business Administration Frank Pearn.
District Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on the new position during the July 24 meeting.
“We have a growing amount of staff,” Sniscak said. “When we lost our benefits coordinator, we restructured.
Looking ahead to the new school term, the Parkland School Board has approved salaries for central administrators and the Act 93 group is comprised of 60 non-union staff in supervisory positions.
District Superintendent Richard Sniscak’s salary will be $181,870 and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman will receive $162,088 for the 2018-19, term.
Business Manager John Vignone will receive $161,187.
The Act 93 salaries include a 2.5-percent increase over the previous year.
A quarter-mile section of Mauch Chunk Road in South Whitehall, from the north side of the Route 22 overpass to 18th Street will be paved this year.
A bid of $271,752 for the project was awarded to Livengood Excavators at a recent South Whitehall commissioners meeting.
Public Works Manager Jeff Clapper said the roadway, which once belonged to PennDOT, needs to be improved.
He cautioned once the work begins, costs might increase 5 percent to 6 percent over the contracted price but will still be within the budgeted amount.
The Parkland school board has approved purchase of Chromebooks for high school students in 2018-19 at a cost of $988,000.
This past term, the district provided Chromebook laptop computers to middle school students.
In 2019-20, the district will supply them to children in elementary grades.
At a recent meeting, Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on the district’s Personalized Learning Initiative which aims to give access to technology to everyone, particularly those who do not have it at home.
The South Whitehall planning commission meeting scheduled for July 19 in the Parkland High School auditorium to discuss conditional use review of the portion of Ridge Farm, east of Cedar Crest Boulevard has been postponed.
Gregg Adams, planner from the township Department of Community Development, reports the applicant, Kay Builders, requested to have the meeting postponed.
The section of the development under consideration is comprised of 661 dwelling units in the Traditional Neighborhood Design Residential Cluster Overlay district on approximately 129 acres.
Parkland School Board has granted unanimous final approval to the $179,349,218 budget for 2018-19 at its June 26 meeting.
The real estate tax rate is 15.42 mills, 0.29 mill higher than the previous term, an increase of 1.92 percent.
For every $100,000 of assessed value, the property owner will pay an additional $29.
Taxes for a property at the district average residential assessed value of $226,989 increase $65.83, for a total obligation of $3,500.17.
Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, has elected the Rev. Gordon A. Camp as its new full-time pastor.
Camp graduated from Temple University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and film.
He earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1995, and served his internship year at St. Paul’s, Catasauqua, with the Rev. Herb Gifford, who is now a member of Union Lutheran.
Camp’s wife, Cindy, is also a Lutheran pastor serving as the director of disaster response for Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries.
The Parkland School Board has selected St. Luke’s University Health Network as the district’s medical partner for a three-year term which began July 1.
Through an agreement approved at the June 26 school board meeting, St. Luke’s will provide preventive; emergency and rehabilitation care; physicals; and other related services to students and staff.
A team of five athletic trainers and physician specialists will be available for the Parkland athletic program and the district in general.