To provide additional space and updated facilities for employees and the public, South Whitehall has adopted a campus master plan which includes two additions to the existing township building at 4444 Walbert Ave.
The oval roadway and landscaped area and the exterior of the structure will remain unchanged.
However, an addition will be erected behind the existing building for administrative personnel on the main floor.
The lower level will provide increased space and improved personal quarters for the police department.
Parkland School Board recently approved the 2019-20 district calendar.
Although staff will report for professional development the last week in August, the first day for students will be on Sept. 3.
Superintendent Richard Sniscak said the calendar follows the same pattern as previous years.
He noted the district tries to create a common calendar with Lehigh Career and Technical Institute so both schools generally follow the same schedule.
The calendar designates 183 days for students and 190 for teachers.
South Whitehall Director of Finance Steve Carr estimates the campus master plan project will cost $7.5 million to $8.8 million.
The actual amount will depend upon design features.
Carr stated the annual payments on the loan would range from $404,140 to $478,085.
He expressed good news for the township regarding financing.
“We can fund a lot of this with what is already in the pipeline,” Carr said.
He noted new construction projects in South Whitehall could yield $315,000 in new tax revenue this year.
When the South Whitehall Administration Building opened in 1973, the population of the township and the number of employees were far less than they are now.
During the April 4 commissioners’ meeting, representatives of various departments described the shortage of space everywhere and the inadequate facilities for public and staff.
They brought along many photos to illustrate the need for expansion and improvement, even with some additions and renovations done to the structure in 1986 and 1993.
The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, 2375 Levans Road, Ormrod, will have an indoor yard sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27 in the social hall.
Food will be available for purchase.
Schnecksville Fire Company will sponsor an all-you-can-eat breakfast in the main hall from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 28.
Parkland Community Library is having a new kind of fundraiser through Dan Schantz’s Greenhouse, 2031 29th St. S.W., Allentown.
The Upper Lehigh Lions Club presented donations to Northern Valley EMS (NOVA) and the four fire companies in North Whitehall Township at a recent meeting at the Schnecksville Diner.
President Ruthann Krause reports $1,000 was given to each of the volunteer emergency response organizations.
Representatives of each entity provided information on their unit.
Schnecksville Fire Company was established in 1924.
South Whitehall is planning a passive, low-impact park on a hillside along Brickyard Road near the reservoir.
During the March 20 commissioners’ meeting, Director of Township Operations Randy Cope commented on the site.
“It will be on a steep, wooded hillside with beautiful views, abundant wildlife, and a natural meadow,” Cope said.
He reported the park will be named Kohler Ridge at the request of the Kohler family from whom 16 acres were purchased last October.
The Kohler property adjoins 10 acres obtained as open space from the Hills at Winchester development.
The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, will have its annual bazaar with theme baskets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 6.
The event features lunch, baked goods, attic treasures and theme baskets. Drawing for the baskets will be at 2 p.m.
NOVA volunteers are preparing for the Easter bread, paska, fundraiser which will offer 1- or 2-pound loaves, with or without raisins.
Call Julie at 610-262-7749 by April 10 to reserve Easter bread for pickup on April 19.
As he contemplated personnel coverage for the 2019-20 school year, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rodney Troutman reported to The Press on difficulties finding staff for all the subjects offered.
“People aren’t going into teaching,” Troutman said.
Finding individuals to teach physics, chemistry, foreign languages and consumer science has become a challenge.
He noted Mansfield University dropped its consumer science program, which for many years trained teachers in what was once called home economics.
South Whitehall commissioners, during their Feb. 20 meeting, granted preliminary approval to IPT Allentown DC LLC for construction of three warehouses on 86 acres along Crackersport and Eck roads.
Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks bisect the area. South of the railroad, on a 57-acre site, the plan shows a 640,305-square-foot warehouse with 136 loading docks, 404 passenger vehicle parking spaces and 176 trailer oversize slots.
Driveway connections are located at Eck and Crackersport roads.