Parkland Press

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Neve gives talk on taxes

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall’s property tax for the 2018 general fund budget will remain at 2.49975 mills, the same as this year.

However, if approved by commissioners on Dec. 6, residents will be billed 0.47 mills for a newly created fire fund.

The tax amounts to $47 on each $100,000 of assessed property value.

These funds would be kept separate from the general fund and used only for fire related purposes to sustain the volunteer fire stations.

The fire fund tax is expected to bring in about $1.1 million in revenue in the new year.

The Lutheran Home at Topton putz to open on Dec. 2

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

When a ceiling collapsed in May during renovation work in the Old Main building at The Lutheran Home at Topton, debris landed on an elaborate putz that has been on display there for many decades.

Topton Home Maintenance Manager Paul Moriarity knew just who to call to rescue the impressive room full of miniatures which had to be removed so the ceiling could be replaced. Topton home residents Lou Molnar, 76, and Richard Hartley, 73, came to the rescue.

Both had lived in Green Acres Park, Breinigsville, before moving to The Lutheran Home at Topton cottages.

Jury finds former Orefield man guilty of killing four

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A former Parkland High School student was found guilty Nov. 16 in a Pasco County Court in Florida of murder in the first degree regarding the 2014 deaths of four people and dumping their bodies in a roadside ditch.

According to Pasco County court records, Adam Matos, 32, formerly of Orefield, and 7719 Hatteras Drive, Hudson, Fla., was found guilty of killing Megan Brown, 27, her parents Margaret and Gregory Brown, both 52; and Megan’s boyfriend, Nicholas Leonard, 37.

Matos was a senior at Parkland High School in 2004.

Wehr’s Dam restoration is detailed

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

A year after South Whitehall voters approved a referendum allowing the township to borrow $600,000 for restoration of Wehr’s Dam, commissioners approved $45,000 for the first year of the project.

In a report presented to the board by Michael Baker International in April 2016, the first year includes engineering and permit fees.

Commissioner Glenn Block reported at the board’s Nov. 1 meeting the first phase is soft costs, including some design work and permits which can take 12 to 18 months to obtain from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

New warehouse site work begins in Upper Macungie

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Site preparation work is underway for a new warehouse complex to be constructed on 25.5 acres of land at 7175 Tilghman St., west of the street’s intersection with Mill Road, Upper Macungie Township.

To ease congestion along already busy Tilghman Street, plans call for expanding the Mill and Windsor roads intersection at Tilghman Street, and widening Tilghman Street east of the site, which developers say will include 336,000 square feet for warehouse space.

Lehigh County commissioners pass 2018 county budget

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have passed the 2018 county budget with a 9-0 vote.

In a very short meeting with very little discussion on Oct. 30, lawmakers set the spending priorities for next year.

After the quick vote, they engaged in a general round of congratulatory exchanges and shared smiles.

The general mood of the lawmakers was epitomized by a comment made by Commissioner Percy Dougherty.

“Any budget without a tax increase is a good budget,” he said.

Board plans fire tax for South Whitehall

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have proposed a 0.47-mill fire tax to be added on to residents’ real estate bills in response to increasing costs of equipment and other necessities associated with fire protection.

Board President Christine “Tori” Morgan explained the reason for the tax.

“The cost of everything is going up,” Morgan said. “This will provide long-term sustainability for the volunteer fire companies.”

The tax, $47 on each $100,000 of assessed property value, would be kept separate from the general fund and used only for fire-related purposes.