Thursday, April 4, 2013
South Whitehall is planning to host concerts in May and August at the township's flagship park.
Get ready to rock at Covered Bridge Park. Two outdoor concerts are set this year in the township's premier park. At Wednesday's commissioners' meeting, Manager Jon Hammer announced: Check back with Patch for updates on the concerts. "We're looking to have a great turnout," Hammer said. "It should be exciting both nights." The concerts will likely start at 7 p.m. South Whitehall hosted its first free outdoor concert last summer, with the rock band Don Cunningham and Associates.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Developer David Jaindl told South Whitehall commissioners Wednesday night that he wants to develop the Shoemaker Dodge property next to Rutz farm, where he is already proposing 90 single-family homes.
Developer David Jaindl is expanding his development plans for farmland and other property off Walbert Avenue in South Whitehall. In a move suggested in February by residents who would live near The Hills at Winchester, his proposed housing development on the former Rutz farm, Jaindl now wants to develop the Shoemaker Dodge property adjacent to the farmland and create a second access road to the development. Jaindl told South Whitehall commissioners Wednesday night that he is proposing to build a 12,000-square-foot strip mall that would include six stores and a stand-alone, 5,000-square-foot restaurant at the Shoemaker site. Jaindl said he had hoped to get feedback on his proposal from residents at Wednesday's meeting but none had attended…
Monday, March 25, 2013
Incumbents Christina 'Tori' Morgan and Tom Johns are seeking re-election to the South Whitehall Board of Commissioners.
Incumbents Christina 'Tori' Morgan and Tom Johns are seeking re-election to the South Whitehall Board of Commissioners. Two four-year seats are available on the board. Morgan, who is currently board president, and Johns, who is assistant secretary, are the only two seeking the Repubican nomination for the seats in the May 21 primary. There are no Democratic candidates seeking their party's nod, according to an unofficial list from the Lehigh County voter registration office. Morgan, who had served on the township planning board, is seeking her second four-year term of the board of commissioners. She was first appointed to the board to fill out former commissioner Gary Search's unexpired term and then ran for a full four-year term in 2009…
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The joint work session between the two municipalities on Feb. 13 will explore possible ways to acquire an incident command vehicle.
Sunday, February 10
Upper Macungie Supervisors and South Whitehall Commissioners will hold a joint meeting Feb. 13 to discuss ways to acquire an incident command vehicle. The meeting will take place at the South Whitehall Township building, 4444 Walbert Ave., at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. The two municipalities are looking at ways on how to finance an incident command vehicle that would be a shared asset used for police, fire and EMS calls. "It's exploratory only. We need to get opinions, talk to their commissioners and see if there's grant money out there," said Upper Macungie Supervisor Sam Ashmar. "We need to make sure we do our due diligence." Part of that due diligence, Ashmar said, will be looking at short-term leases and financing, in…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Hope you weren't running late because you would have missed it.
It was a brief agenda Wednesday night and South Whitehall Commissioners made quick work of the resolutions laid out before them. Township Administration Director Tony Ganguzza told commissioners he expects the increase will fall well under the $60,000 budgeted for miscellaneous engineering costs in the 2013 budget. "We know we won’t go over our budget based on what we spent last year," Ganguzza said.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
South Whitehall Commissioners will consider three new resolutions tonight.
South Whitehall Commissioners have three resolutions to vote on tonight. 1. Commissioners will vote to appoint someone to the township's Pension Committee. 2. Commissioners will vote to reappoint Jon Hammer as township manager. 3. Commissioners will vote to instate a new rate schedule for J. Scott Pidcock as the contracted township engineer. Commissioners discussed the new rate, which reflects a 2.5 percent increase, or about $1,000 a year. "Our rates have been in place since 2010," Pidcock's J. Ralph Russek said during the Jan. 3 meeting. "We’ve been asked twice over the past two years to hold. With sensitivity to the economy we’ve kept it to 2.5 percent, so if we were to have the same scope of work we did in 2012, then 2.5 percent …
Monday, January 14, 2013
A small rate increase that would amount to less than $1,000 a year, or $1 to $2 an hour, was discussed Wednesday night for personnel in the township's engineering firm - The Pidcock Company.
South Whitehall Commissioners discussed an upcoming resolution that would increase the current rate schedule for township engineers by around 2.5 percent or about $1,000 a year. During the Wednesday night meeting, President Christina Morgan asked Assistant Township Engineer J. Ralph Russek Jr. why The Pidcock Company - the township's contracted engineering firm - was requesting the increase. "Our rates have been in place since 2010," Russek said. "We’ve been asked twice over the past two years to hold. With sensitivity to the economy we’ve kept it to 2.5 percent, so if we were to have the same scope of work we did in 2012, then 2.5 percent would amount to about $1,000." Township Manager Jon Hammer said the new rates are not in the …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
South Whitehall Commissioners approved the 2013 operating budget Wednesday night.
South Whitehall Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the $13.1 million, 2013 operating budget and held the line on taxes for the 23rd year in a row in a row. "This is a budget we're all very proud of," Township Manager Jon Hammer said. The property tax rate will remain at 4.9 mills and there is currently no increase included in the budget. At the beginning of budget workshops this year, Hammer said it's been two decades since a tax increase was necessary. He warned, however, that holding the line on taxes may not be possible next year.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Tom Johns announced this week he plans to seek his second four-year term in 2013.
South Whitehall Commissioner Tom Johns has announced he will seek a second term in the 2013 election. First elected in 2009, Johns said he believes there is still more he can do for the township. A private building contractor, Johns said he is proud of the accomplishments made during his first term. "We made a lot of changes - we got a new solicitor and a new commercial inspection service that helped the township and citizens save money," Johns said. With another four-year term, Johns wants to help maintain the "number one status of the township" as a place to live and do business. "The township has become more user friendly to everybody - developers, builders and residents," Johns said. He is also a Republican committee member in South…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
South Whitehall Commissioners will vote to adopt the 2013 Operating Budget at tonight's meeting.
South Whitehall Commissioners will vote to adopt the 2013 Operating Budget at tonight's meeting at 7:30 p.m. The current tax rate is 4.9 mills and there is currently no increase included in the budget. At the beginning of budget workshops this year, Township Manager Jon Hammer said it's been two decades since a tax increase was necessary. He warned, however, that holding the line on taxes may not be possible next year. This year's operating budget is $13.1 million and revenue is projected to be $12.3 million. The $1.1 million cash carryover helps cover the difference and provides a transfer of a little more $300,000 to the capital reserve fund. Commissioners will also vote on two land development issues that state the Cetronia Ambulance …