South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval for Chief John Christman to proceed with the purchase of 50 Glock 9 mm handguns.
At a recent commissioners’ meeting, Christman reported the FBI has determined 9 mm is the standard that should be used by law enforcement in the U.S.
At present, the police are using Glock 40-caliber handguns.
The price of each new Glock is $409, but the total cost will come down from more than $20,000 to $6,882 due to trade-in credit for the guns currently in use.
“We’ll stick with Glock because of the trade-in,” the chief said.
Developer David Jaindl has told Verizon Wireless and South Whitehall commissioners he objects to the company’s proposal to remove an existing 100-foot tower at Brickyard Road and replace it with a new structure that will be wider, stronger and 15 feet higher.
“We own the 100 acres that sit on the front of the property,” Jaindl said. “I don’t like the tower site at this location.”
“Toll Brothers told us to push against this.”
Each year, Parkland School Board reviews budgets of its partners in education — Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, Lehigh Carbon Community College and Lehigh Career and Technical Institute — and the amounts requested by them from the district.
Bob Bold, president of CLIU 21 board, reported Parkland’s increase for 2017-18 is $3, for a total payment of $209,143.
The amount is for the general operating budget and does not include Parkland School District payments for special education and transportation.
The Schnecksville Grange, 5322 Route 873, will have its spring flea market and bake sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 8. Vendors will be set up with toys, books, collectibles, household items and more.
The kitchen will be open with homemade soup, barbecues and hot dogs to purchase for lunch.
Adam Kern, who has taken over as organizer of the event, reports a few new items have been added to the day’s program.
There will be live acoustic music, games and children’s activities such as face painting, and an appearance by Pit Stop the clown.
As Business Manager John Vignone and administrative staff of the Parkland School District are working to prepare the district’s 2017-18 financial plan, they are still handling the effects of increased costs on the 2016-17 budget.
Vignone, during the March 21 meeting, reported a half-million dollar increase in special education costs since the beginning of the current school year.
Director of Student Services Brenda DeRenzo explained a situation occurred when seven students requiring enhanced autistic support enrolled in the district.
The Parkland Education Support Professionals Association has a new contract which will run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022.
PESPA includes 650 individuals comprised of bus drivers; hall monitors; teaching assistants; paraprofessionals; computer, data and financial technicians; and custodial, maintenance, cafeteria, secretarial and other part-time support staff.
The union ratified the agreement March 18, and the board approved it March 21 with eight “yes” votes and one abstention.
Jef Reyburn abstained due to his wife’s employment under the contract.
The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, will stage its annual bazaar with theme baskets 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 1 in the social hall, 2375 Levans Road, Ormrod.
The event features lunch, baked goods, attic treasures, theme baskets and door prizes.
Come to eat and socialize while helping to support the valuable services provided by the ambulance corps to the community.
The theme basket drawing will take place 2 p.m. and the drawing for raffle ticket prizes will be at 3 p.m.
Blue Barn Meadows, a major subdivision on a 41.67-acre parcel at 1491 Blue Barn Road, was recently granted approval by South Whitehall commissioners for its Stage I development plan.
Incorporated by Posocco Properties 12 years ago, the project was idle for awhile but resurfaced a few times over the years with some redesign aspects.
Developer Dave Posocco was granted permission to proceed with the project under the old zoning ordinance, before September 2014.
David Jaindl, owner of Jaindl Farms, Jaindl Land Company, and Schantz Orchards has donated an 18-acre parcel of land to Parkland School District for a new elementary building.
Located in Upper Macungie Township, the site is on the west side of Twin Ponds Road between Long Lane and Schantz Road.
At the Feb. 28 meeting, superintendent Richard Sniscak extended “deepest thanks” to David Jaindl and his family for the generous gift.
Bill Erdman, of Keystone Consulting Engineers, provided South Whitehall commissioners with an update on forthcoming Walbert Avenue improvements relating to the David Jaindl development on what was once the Rutz farm.
The Hills at Winchester includes an over-55 community of 206 units and 43 single family dwellings, according to a township listing of noteworthy projects.
The plan was approved in June 2015.
Erdman said plans include an extensive pedestrian network along the Walbert Avenue corridor.