Members of the Upper Lehigh Lions Club had an enjoyable evening with dinner at Villa Lentini and installation of officers for 2019-20 by Past District Governor Fred Folland.
Ronald Smith is the new president, succeeding Ruthann Krause in the leadership position.
Richard Wisser and Marsha Johnston are first- and second vice presidents.
William Rabe was named secretary. Kevin Schmidt will serve as treasurer and Ronald Gabel was named assistant secretary/treasurer.
South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval to Dollar General for construction of a 7,489-square-foot retail store with 38 parking spaces at 2032/2070 Walbert Avenue.
Last year, the zoning hearing board granted variances for front yard setback, and front yard, rear yard and side yard parking setbacks, and buffer strip requirements for the 1.32-acre parcel.
Township engineer Ralph Russek said the developer will need to do several improvements as the site is congested.
Attorney Sarah Murray spoke on behalf of Dollar General.
Motorists driving through South Whitehall Township will soon be seeing new welcome signs with a covered bridge image.
At a recent commissioners’ meeting, Director of Operations Randy Cope stated the new signs will replace the existing ones and will continue the branding efforts of the township.
Commissioners approved the purchase of 25 signs at a cost of $4,200. Public works staff will install the signs.
In another matter, commissioners approved David F. Wilson to fill a vacancy on the Civil Service Commission.
South Whitehall officials have begun the process of updating the 2009 Comprehensive Plan and have scheduled three public meetings to start the undertaking this summer.
The township team of planner Gregg Adams, Director of Community Development George Kinney and Director of Geographic Information Systems Dave Manhardt has begun preparing for the meetings and the project.
Adams explained to The Press a comprehensive plan includes goals and aspirations in terms of community development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.