As the most recent configuration of Ridge Farm was displayed during the Sept. 16 South Whitehall planning commission meeting, viewers started to realize, residents of and drivers into the northern section with most of the housing will have to use Huckleberry Road to enter and exit the housing development.
Traffic engineer Rob Hoffman, however, focused only on road improvements to Walbert Avenue and Cedar Crest Boulevard.
During the Sept. 16 South Whitehall planning commission meeting, Traffic engineer Rob Hoffman reported representatives of Kay Builders spent one-and-a-half years studying 27 intersections which are expected to be impacted by the Ridge Farm housing development in South Whitehall.
“This has been under an extreme amount of scrutiny by PennDOT,” Hoffman said. “There’s going to be increased traffic.
“PennDOT is satisfied the scope of the improvements is adequate for the project.”
South Whitehall residents filled Springhouse Middle School’s auditorium Sept. 16 as representatives of Ridge Farm presented their latest request to the planning commission for conditional approval.
Developer Kay Builders submitted its original conditional use application in April 2017 and has had several public meetings since then in which residents expressed disapproval.
The project proposes development on the north and south sides of Huckleberry Ridge and the east and west sides of Cedar Crest Boulevard between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road.
Laurys Station Community Day will kick off 3 p.m. Sept. 21 and will continue with entertainment, food, and fun-filled activities, culminating with fireworks in the evening.
Organized by St. John’s United Church of Christ, the event takes place at the Laurys Station Fire Company and the North Whitehall Township athletic fields, 5314 Egypt Road.
Music will be supplied by Woodside Avenue.
Country View Farm will be on hand with a pig roast and potatoes.
Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 144 will be present with food and an encampment.
During the public comment section of the Sept. 4 South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, Dan Spiegel of Antler Court urged the board to ask the Nestle Purina pet food plant to eliminate unpleasant odors from wastewater.
Spiegel reported one evening when he turned off his air conditioner and opened the windows, the smell hit him with a potent “wham.”
He also told the board he has been engaged in a dialogue with Winston Silva, general manager of the facility, for two years.
In the November 2016 general election, South Whitehall voters approved a $600,000 increase in township debt to restore and maintain Wehr’s Dam.
At the Sept. 4, 2019, commissioners’ meeting, Director of Township Operations Randy Cope reported the cost could approach $1 million.
He said Michael Baker International prepared an engineering report which the township submitted to the state Department of Environmental Protection dam safety division.
South Whitehall commissioners recently approved formation of a green advisory committee which will include board representatives Mark Pinsley and Christina “Tori” Morgan and several volunteers from the community.
Earlier this year, Pinsley raised the issue of single-use plastics and their impact on the environment.
He asked whether the township and public might consider limiting items such as bags, water bottles, straws and other plastics used once and thrown away.
As this new school year began, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman presented a review of Parkland goals covering every aspect relating to students’ education and their care at school and activities.
The report to the board at a recent meeting also included goals referring to teachers, other district employees and facilities.
While many goals are ongoing, others have been completed, and a sizable number are new.
The Schnecksville school project, involving conversion of the storage area for the former Space Shuttle Blake to four classrooms, is nearly completed.
Rob Avitabile, senior project manager of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., commented on the work at the Aug. 20 Parkland School Board meeting.
“We started June 17 and will be done in time for this school year. It was a quick three months job,” Avitabile said.
He noted construction remains within the original cost estimate of $925,657.
Parkland’s school board recently approved a 3-percent increase for Act 93 administrators, confidential administrative assistants, and the central office administration.
The Act 93 group includes 65 individuals who are directors of major district departments, principals and assistant principals at all levels, coordinators and supervisors in various areas, psychologists, technology administrators, transportation and garage supervisors, and more.
Teachers and union employees have contracted salaries and are not in the Act 93 category.