Howard Kutzler, who joined South Whitehall staff as director of administration in fall 2013, was unanimously approval by commissioners as township manager during the Jan. 21 meeting.
He has been serving as acting township manager since the departure of Jon Hammer in August 2014.
Board President Christina "Tori" Morgan expressed enthusiasm for Kutzler's appointment.
"We're very excited. Howard brings innovative and creative ideas and a background in community development, zoning, and economic development. We're thrilled," Morgan said.
South Whitehall commissioners have unanimously approved a property maintenance code designed to regulate and govern the condition and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures in the township.
The ordinance, designed to ensure structures are safe, sanitary and fit for human occupancy, prescribes condemnation and demolition of buildings not fit to be occupied or used by humans.
Administration and enforcement of the code by township staff through fines and prosecution are provided in the ordinance, along with creation of a board of appeals.
With real estate revenues and earned income tax continuing to increase, Parkland administrators recommended the district remain within the Act 1 Index for the 2015-16 school budget.
At the Jan. 20 meeting, the board approved a resolution not to increase taxes more than the 1.9 percent index calculated by the state Department of Education.
The action, which allows a maximum millage increase of 0.26, would raise the district's tax rate to 14.35 mills.
Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will have a brief worship service 7 p.m. Feb. 17, on Shrove Tuesday.
Afterward, attendees can enjoy homemade fastnachts, the real Pa. German treats, fried while you wait and served warm. There will be some to take home, too.
On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, Union Lutheran begins a six-week video series, "Making Sense of the Bible." The videos will be shown at the 7 p.m. mid-week worship services during Lent.
The Parkland School Board has turned down a request from Lehigh Carbon Community College for advance approval to take action in purchasing real estate to replace existing buildings in Allentown and Carbon County.
School board President Roberta Marcus, who serves as a trustee on the LCCC board, explained the situation at the Jan. 27 meeting.
The college has outgrown the Donley Center in downtown Allentown and wants to purchase a larger building, preferably in center city, said Marcus.
Deb Andreoli, Parkland drivers' education teacher, was recognized by the school board for her leadership of the Celebrate My Drive campaign.
Her efforts earned the school district a $25,000 grant from State Farm Insurance.
High school Principal Jim Moniz, during the Jan. 20 school board meeting, explained the project aimed to raise awareness of safe driving practices and to encourage students to pledge their support to safe driving.
Moniz said Andreoli's efforts placed Parkland in the top 100 schools in the nation to pledge for safe driving.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman spoke of accomplishments and objectives in the areas of curriculum and instruction, assessment and data analysis, professional development, information systems, student services, school services, financial management, and human resources during a presentation at the Jan. 27 Parkland School Board meeting.
He mentioned a particularly compelling goal the district is working to achieve.
While the Super Bowl receives a huge amount of attention, churches are working in their own way to use the occasion to focus on collecting food and funds for people in need.
This nationwide effort is known as the Souper Bowl of Caring.
At Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, worshippers are encouraged to bring donations of canned soup – a can or two or three, or even a case – for the Northern Lehigh Food Bank.
The food bank helps provide meals to families who have run out of resources.
Parkland School Board has approved several major capital improvement projects.
The work includes $1,347,863 for site improvements and utility work at Kratzer Elementary School; $535,410 for paving at Orefield Middle School and Kernsville Elementary School; $205,000 for electrical site work and $59,715 for landscaping, both at Kratzer.
In other business, the board, at the Jan. 20 meeting, approved the appointment of deputy tax collectors for the three Parkland townships.
The youth group of Union United Church Christ, Neffs, will be serving a spuds and suds lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 18.
Meal includes baked potato bar with more than 15 toppings, beverage, and dessert.
Toppings include chili, sour cream, cheese, broccoli, meats, veggies and sauces. Take-out will be available.
The luncheon benefits the youth group and its summer mission trip to Pittsburgh.
Interim pastor, Dr. Allan Kramer-Moyer, will be hosting a men's breakfast 9 a.m. Jan. 31 at Union UCC.