Friends, family and a general sense of euphoria filled the Lehigh County hearing room as Democrats took control of the board of commissioners Jan. 6 in a swearing-in ceremony.
The event was officiated by the Honorable Edward D. Reibman, president judge of the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.
“It’s a wonderful occasion tonight,” Reibman said. “I’d like to call up Bob Elbich.
“Just so you know, Bob came up with a book, and the book is the Constitution of the United States.”
After taking the oath of office Elbich, of Weisenberg Township, addressed the audience.
After reorganization was completed on Jan. 6, North Whitehall supervisors continued with their regular meeting.
The board gave final approval for the Fairland Farms III major subdivision, which is proposed to be constructed along Pine Street.
In addition, supervisors also approved land development and lot consolidation plans, as well as waiver requests, for the North Valley Trade Center’s planned warehouse distribution facilities, to be constructed between Route 309 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Schnecksville.
Representatives of Nestle Purina presented a report to South Whitehall commissioners on odor control at the pet food manufacturing facility also known as ALPO.
At a December 2019 meeting, plant Manager Winston Silva offered comments to the board and public.
“We want to share with the community what we’re doing with our odor remediation plan,” Silva said. “We’re working with experts.
“It’s a complicated issue. There are different types of odors.”
The issue of unpleasant odors was raised at a September 2019 meeting by Antler Court resident Daniel Spiegel.
Diane Kelly, Matthew Mobilio and Michael Wolk took their oaths of office on Jan. 6 to join the South Whitehall board of commissioners.
They won their positions in the general election last November.
The public meeting room was filled with family members and friends and a feeling of good will as the new board members were applauded.
Joe Setton, who was appointed to the board after the resignation of Mark Pinsley, took his oath previously at the office of Magisterial District Judge Jake Hammond.
Neonatal staff at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, had good reason to celebrate on Jan. 14 as they commemorated the 20th anniversary of their neonatal intensive care unit, as well as 20-plus years of service at the NICU’s former location at the Allentown hospital site.
The unit’s employees were treated to cake and snacks in the waiting room, as well as colorful posters and displays created by co-workers showcasing memories and quotes gathered over the past two decades, signature moments in neonatal care and the history of Lehigh Valley’s neonatal ICU itself.
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.
In addition to the volunteer firefighters from six companies who responded just before noon Jan. 7 to a devastating two-alarm blaze at Drobot Automotive, 3221 Mauch Chunk, North Whitehall, three individuals have come to the assistance of shop owner Beau Drobot, of Germansville.
Jesse Probus, Dr. David Roy, owner of North Whitehall Chiropractic and Drobot’s good friend Josh Haines, owner of Back Home Bagels Deli and Bake Shop in Schnecksville, met on Jan. 9 at the Willow Street Pub, North Whitehall, to recount the heroic efforts made to help Drobot save his belongings and shop.
As with every township of the second class in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, North Whitehall supervisors carried out their yearly board reorganization session on Jan. 6.
Ronald Heintzelman was appointed board chairman while Supervisor Mark Hills was designated vice chairman.
Brenda Norder will continue her role as township secretary, treasurer and chief pension administration officer, and Christopher Garges was reappointed to serve as township manager.
Additionally, Attorney Lisa Young was reappointed solicitor for the board of supervisors and planning commission.