South Whitehall commissioners have offered conditional employment to eight individuals for entry level positions as patrol officers.
At the Aug. 15 meeting, Chief Glen Dorney reported some of the officers will be replacements. Others will be additional positions to the force, which currently stands at 37, including himself.
He noted two vacancies exist and three retirements are anticipated.
The chief is expecting to have 42 officers on the staff in 2019.
Lehigh County commissioners have approved the 2019-23 Capital Plan which will set investments in capital projects through 2023.
Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty, who sponsored the plan, said the $129.1 million spending proposal is higher than previous years as it contains about $73 million for the planned Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation renovation.
In other business at the Aug. 8 meeting, commissioners reappointed Bill McQuilken of Lynn Township to the Lehigh County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Board.
The Ironton Rail Trail Commission has undertaken a project to build a 44-foot by 30-foot pavilion near the playing fields and basketball courts at the North Whitehall Township Municipal Complex.
The structure will be located at the trail head of the IRT on North Whitehall land and will belong to the township.
Available as a resting place or shelter for trail users, the pavilion was built for participants and spectators at the athletic fields, and as a starting place for fundraisers by charitable organizations having various “runs” on the trails.
Bernie Telatovich of Benchmark Engineering gave a presentation to North Whitehall supervisors at their Aug. 6 meeting concerning the requirement of municipalities to develop an MS4 stormwater management plan.
Municipalities are under order to decrease the sediment, sulfate and other pollutants which drain into township’s waters.
Over the next five years, the township must reduce pollutants by 150,000 lbs. Funding is in the budget to address this issue.
Telatovich said residents must get involved and be educated in the problems with pollutants.
Back the Blue supporters came out this weekend to show their backing for law enforcement in general and rookie South Whitehall Police Officer Jonathan Roselle, in particular.
The Aug. 12 rally, at the entrance to the Comfort Suites, 3712 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township, was organized by Cory Fatzinger of New Tripoli.
Roselle was charged with voluntary manslaughter following the July 28 shooting death of Joseph Santos of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., near the hotel.
South Whitehall’s police K-9 program is in the process of acquiring a new dog to take the place of Cirrus who retired last year.
Police Capt. Jason Negron spoke to The Press at the July 18 commissioners’ meeting.
“It looks promising to be soon,” Negron said.
He said the dog will probably be a Dutch Shepherd with a brindle coat, a breed typically longer and leaner than a German shepherd dog.
The dog will come from Holland where it will receive training in tracking, bite work and commands.
Negron said bite work may be necessary to capture bad guys.