South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval to two major water line replacements totaling more than $500,000.
Hickory Circle, projected to cost $275,000, received the go ahead with a bid of $198,000 awarded to Bellview Pump.
That lower-than-expected bid was in contrast to the higher-than-anticipated amount for Sieger Drive.
Although the work was forecast at $200,000, the lowest bid of three submitted was offered by Jaoa Bradley Construction at $309,757.
Assistant Public Works Manager Jerry Charvala commented on the Sieger Drive cost.
South Whitehall Director of Operations Randy Cope reports the disc golf course at Covered Bridge Park is the most frequently used year-round feature in the township park system.
At a recent meeting, he reported numerous improvements were made to the disc golf course over the past four years.
Now, however, the old baskets are worn hard and are difficult to see at times.
Commissioners granted Cope permission to proceed with purchase of new disc golf baskets at a cost of $7,329.
Pennsylvania has created the Yellow Dot program as a way for individuals to receive appropriate emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their own needs.
Placing a Yellow Dot sticker in the vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check the glove compartment for vital medical information.
The Yellow Dot sticker and pamphlet with instructions and pages for emergency information are available from the office of state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th.
Heintzelman Funeral Home co-owner and Supervisor Robert Heintzelman spoke with The Press about Harold Reitz’s decades of service.
“His work ethic was second to none,” Heintzelman said. “He started at 7:10 a.m. for 8 a.m. and never left when he was supposed to. He said he would stop when his work was done.”
Heintzelman said Reitz, who recently retired, loved what he did.
“He was an integral part of everything we had going here,” Heintzelman said. “We gave him the fancy title ‘director of property management.’
The new elementary school under construction in Upper Macungie Township has received the name Veterans Memorial, suggested by the Jaindl family who donated the land for the facility.
In gratitude for that gift of 18 acres, the board invited David and Jackie Jaindl and their children to name the school.
Board President David Kennedy provided background.
Harold Reitz has retired after 61 years of service to the Heintzelman Funeral Home.
During that time, he was involved in nearly every aspect of the business and was recognized by many as he stopped traffic in the middle of Route 309 for visitors to cross from the parking lot to the Schnecksville funeral home.
In addition to his career with Heintzelman’s, Reitz has participated in many public events as PITSTOP the clown and other costumed characters. He plans to continue that hobby.
South Whitehall commissioners have approved construction of two basketball courts in Covered Bridge Park at a cost of $50,000.
The new items will replace volleyball courts at the athletic field entrance to the park along River Road.
Director of township operations Randy Cope commented on the plan.
“Volleyball courts were grossly underutilized, so we will turn this area into a facility that can be programmed with leagues, clinics, and small tournaments,” Cope said. “The township has electricity in place should lights ever be added to the courts.”
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, 4750 West Tilghman St., will be undergoing a renovation to the building as well as improvements to the parking lot.
Located on an 8.5-acre site, the property consists of a single floor, 69,528-square-foot commercial building with 200 existing parking spaces.
The building is located on the south side of Tilghman Street, west of the Tilghman Square shopping center.
The owners propose to install new exterior finishes and new retail spaces under an existing canopy area.
The plan includes a new entrance vestibule for a future store tenant.
Parkland School Board has granted preliminary approval to the $179,394,218 budget for 2018-19.
The real estate tax rate will be 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 dollars.
Taxes for a property at the district average residential assessed value of $226,989 will go up $65.83.
To balance the budget, the district will appropriate $6.5 million of the Parkland Fund Balance to the general fund and $500,000 to the capital reserve fund.
South Whitehall commissioners have granted conditional use approval to the Black Creek Group of Rutherford, N.J., for three warehouses totaling 898,800 square feet along Crackersport and Eck roads.
The complex is situated on 90 acres all together
The applicant proposes consolidating eight lots and removing dwellings and other structures on a 56.7-acre section for the largest warehouse at 640,000 square feet.
There will be 343 parking spaces, 140 dock spaces, 48 oversized parking spaces, 160 trailer parking spaces and stormwater management facilities.