South Whitehall board members, staff and residents provided comments not only on the comprehensive plan guiding principles prepared by consultant Thomas Comitta but also on various other issues of concern in the township.
Board’ President Christina “Tori” Morgan was looking for an economic aspect in the principles.
“We need to have smart growth and economic stability to provide services,” Morgan said. “It’s a big puzzle. We have to put all the pieces together. The hope is balance.”
Consultant Thomas Comitta returned to South Whitehall July 30 for the third comprehensive plan meeting which took place in the forum room at Parkland High School.
This time, attendance was far less than the full house at the previous session.
Comitta began with a summary of suggestions given by residents at the two earlier meetings.
South Whitehall commissioners have granted final approval to Allentown DC LLC, also known as Black Creek Group, for construction of three warehouses totaling 907,205 square feet along Crackersport and Eck roads.
Commissioners Matt Mulqueen, Christina “Tori” Morgan and Mark Pinsley voted to approve the project at their June 5 meeting.
Board members Glenn Block and David Bond were absent.
Under consideration for three years, the plan will develop properties on the 90-acre site bisected by the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will have its 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 11 worship service in the grove.
Afterward, all are invited to a family picnic for fun, fellowship and food.
Free hot dogs, barbecues, chips and drinks will be provided. Bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share.
After lunch, everyone is welcome to take part in a cake walk, play bingo or join in the annual softball game.
In case of rain, the picnic will take place in fellowship hall.
The men’s group of Union UCC will have a bean bag tournament in the grove 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 14.
Director of Finance Stephen Carr introduced Scott Boehret, the new township finance manager, during the June 19 South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting.
A native of Wapwallopen, Boehret worked in public accounting the last three years and recently passed his CPA exam.
In other matters, Director of Operations Randy Cope announced 450 children are enrolled in the summer playground program with 28 others on the waiting list.
Cope said the township has five Little Free Libraries, provided with help from Eagle Scouts.
After nearly a year of consideration of projected revenue and expenses, Parkland’s school board has granted unanimous approval to the $186.5 million budget for the 2019-20 school term.
Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented at the June 25 meeting.
“This is a big night when it all comes into shape,” Sniscak said.
He noted the spending plan was vetted at many board and committee meetings, as well as at retreats among administrators, other staff, and board members throughout the year.
Business Manager John Vignone offered comments on completion of the document.
Dr. Anthony Naradko has been appointed full-time director of safety and security for the Parkland School District.
Previously, his position also included assistant principal at the high school.
Naradko oversees the Safe2Say Something program which teaches students and staff how to recognize warning signs, especially in social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves and to other people.
Students are encouraged to say something to a trusted adult or use the Safe2Say anonymous reporting system.
Randy Cope, director of township operations, reported during the July 17 South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting that Mike Kukitz was hired as manager of parks and recreation.
His most recent position was with the Blue Mountain Recreation Commission in Orwigsburg.
Before that, he was executive director of the Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority, Slatington.
Cope stated Kukitz will step right in with the summer playground program which includes 450 children at three locations and 32 college-age counselors.
Nearly every seat was filled at the Parkland High School forum room on July 16 as 108 South Whitehall residents showed up for the second comprehensive plan meeting with consultant Tom Comitta and township staff.
Comitta, a town planner and landscape architect from West Chester, supplied his professional credentials and said the evening marked his 46th anniversary as a planner.
He recalled guiding South Whitehall through preparation of its 2009 comprehensive plan and noted state codes advise municipalities to review the documents every 10 years.
Parkland School District will be investing in the Building Blocks of Science program for students in kindergarten through grade five at a cost of $404,039 for implementation in the 2019-20 school term.
Kelly Rosario, director of curriculum, instruction, and professional development reported Building Blocks features hands-on science investigations as well as an online digital component.
Each grade level will be provided with three kits relating to unit topics.