During the first phase of the campus master plan renovation and construction project, South Whitehall staff will relocate to the fourth floor of the Roma building at the southeast quadrant of Cedar Crest Boulevard and Walbert Avenue.
Township Manager Renee Bickel provided some information on the move during commissioners Jan. 6 meeting.
“We’ll start the transition the last week of January,” Bickel said.
She noted residents will be able to pay bills and do normal township business at the Roma site, which has elevators for public use.
The Parkland School Board reviewed a proposal, during the Dec. 17, 2019, workshop, for restoration of the bus garage which burned in a fire nearly two years ago.
District officials report although funding money has been available from Liberty Mutual Insurance, the replacement structure has to be brought up to code.
Director of School Services Dave Keppel reported the new facility will have restrooms, a sprinkler system, heat and will be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.
Members of Union Lutheran Church Schnecksville, will host a chicken potpie dinner 4:30-7 p.m. Jan. 11. Snow date is Jan. 18.
The buffet-style meal includes biscuits with honey butter, pickled cabbage, macaroni and cheese, applesauce, assorted beverages and cake.
Proceeds will be directed to the Journeymen’s Outreach Ministry.
For information, call 610-767-6884.
The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, will be baking apple dumplings for the first fundraiser in the new year.
The Panera Bread restaurant at Village West shopping center, 3100 W. Tilghman St., will relocate to the vacant Outback Steakhouse site in the northwest section of the property.
South Whitehall commissioners reviewed the proposal at a recent meeting and granted permission to the applicant, Cedar Crest Associates, to proceed without undergoing the land development process.
Panera, which is presently in the main portion of the shopping center, intends to demolish portions of the existing Outback building to make room for an outdoor patio.
Jim Keiffer, senior project manager at KCBA Architects, presented an overview of the Schnecksville Elementary School improvement project to the board during the Dec. 17, 2019, meeting.
“This scheme provides all the spaces the district needs for its program, “ Keiffer explained.
The new addition will have a STEM center (science, technology, engineering and math), a literacy center (library), and a bathroom adjacent to every kindergarten and first-grade room, the architect said.
Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, is offering the “Healthy Steps for Older Adults” fall prevention program free to the public.
Sponsored by the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services, Part I will be presented 1-3 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28, 2020.
Call the church at 610-767-6884 by Jan. 7, 2020, to register for the series.
The program is designed to raise awareness while providing guidance to help reduce risk of falling and improve overall health.
In their first encounter since the contentious Nov. 20, 2019, meeting, South Whitehall residents and commissioners came together Dec. 4, 2019, to express their thoughts on the appointment of Joe Setton to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Mark Pinsley.
Board President Christina “Tori” Morgan commented before public comments.
“We can’t have another meeting like the last one,” Morgan said. “Our vote was transparent and in full compliance with the laws.”
Residents, however, had a different approach to the matter.
Standing on a high point overlooking the community, the classic 1926 portion of Schnecksville Elementary School has been the focal point where generations of children received their education.
Now, Parkland School District officials have determined the building is inadequate for the needs of students and teachers today and would cost too much to renovate and bring up to code.
Instead of restoring the 93-year-old structure, the district plans to demolish it and construct a new addition on the southwest section of the property.
Confronted by a room overflowing with disgruntled residents, South Whitehall commissioners supplied reasons for their choice of Joe Setton to assume the position vacated by Commissioner Mark Pinsley.
Board President Christina “Tori” Morgan explained her reason.
“I wanted to bring someone in who didn’t have a predisposed opinion — someone who has an open mind,” Morgan said.
She added Setton brings balance to the board and is not a one-issue candidate.
Parkland School Board President Lisa Roth and Vice President David Hein were unanimously approved by fellow school directors to continue a second year in their positions.
Roth, a project coordinator at Air Products, joined the board 10 years ago when she was selected to fill the unexpired term of an member who resigned.
Since then, she was successful in 2011, 2015 and 2019 elections.
Roth commented on the vote during the board’s reorganization meeting on Dec. 3.
“I’m very honored to be serving as president for another year,” Roth said.