Friday, February 22, 2013
Residents who live near The Hills, the proposed housing development on the former Rutz farm, are concerned about increased traffic on Walbert Avenue and nearby roads in South Whitehall.
Residents who live near The Hills, the proposed housing development on the former Rutz farm, are concerned about increased traffic on Walbert Avenue and nearby roads in South Whitehall. Neighbors packed the Planning Commission meeting Wednesday night to learn and comment about the Jaindl Land Co.'s plan to build 90 single-family homes on about 94 acres of cornfields between Hampton Road and Penn's Crossing. The sketch plan presented was a reduction from the original plan for 130 homes, developer David Jaindl said. A presentation in June 2011 was for 106 single-family homes. Several residents disagreed with engineer Larry Turoscy's assessment of current and future traffic projections in the area near 40th Street and Penn's Crossing, …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
A developer has proposed building 450-unit luxury apartment and retail complex at Cetronia and Schantz roads in South Whitehall and Upper Macungie townships.
A developer has proposed building a 450-unit luxury apartment and retail complex on fields at Cetronia and Schantz roads in South Whitehall and Upper Macungie townships. KRE, of Bridgewater, N.J., presented a preliminary sketch plan Wednesday to the South Whitehall Board of Commissioners that includes a gated, four-story apartment complex of one- and two-bedroom apartments that would rent for $1,300 to $1,600. The design includes a clubhouse, private road, 30,000- to 40,000-square-feet of retail space that could house a high-end grocery story, such as Whole Foods, and two retail stores or restaurants, according to Tom Gough, director of development at KRE. Since the apartment buildings would have elevators, Gough told the board, they would…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
As many as 1,700 PPL customers lost power after a car struck a utility pole Tuesday morning at Mauch Chunk Road and Brown Street.
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Tuesday, February 19
Update at 5:45 p.m. As many was 1,700 PPL customers lost electrical power Tuesday morning after a car struck a utility pole in the 1800 of Mauch Chunk Road. Power was restored to all but 11 customers by 5:45 p.m., according to PPL. The driver, who was injured, was identified as Gam Le, 33, of Whitehall, according to South Whitehall Township Police. Original story: As many was 1,700 PPL customers lost electrical power Tuesday morning after a car struck a utility pole at Mauch Chunk Road and Brown Street. Officials closed Mauch Chunk Road between Evangate Drive and Scherersville Road, north of Brown Street, shortly after the 5:30 a.m. accident, according to WFMZ. Power was restored to all but 70 customers by 1:30 p.m., according to PPL.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
South Whitehall and Upper Macungie township officials agreed Wednesday to seek state and local grants to help pay for a new high-tech mobile emergency command unit.
South Whitehall and Upper Macungie township officials agreed Wednesday night to seek state and local grants to help pay for a new $450,000 mobile emergency command post. The high-tech vehicle would be equipped with the latest communications technology, including satellite, that could be used in large-scale emergencies that require unified command and control, said Jeff Kelly, emergency management coordinator for South Whitehall. Officials from the two townships plan to pursue a Pennsylvania municipal assistance program grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development that would pay up to 75 percent of the total cost. They plan to garner support from state legislators and to seek funding from corporations and Lehigh County. …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Commissioner David Bond wants the township to look into having pet owners share some costs when picking up a runaway pet.
South Whitehall saved money this year by picking The Sanctuary at Haafsville over the Lehigh County Humane Society for animal control services but they are still paying more than North Whitehall for the same service and Commissioner David Bond wants to investigate recouping some of the costs from pet owners. In South Whitehall, the Humane Society bid $10,200 for a 2013 annual contract and The Sanctuary bid $6,000. In North Whitehall, The Sanctuary is charging $50 to collect cats and $100 for dogs. During the Wednesday night meeting Bond told fellow commissioners he looked at the law and "it's pretty glaring that we are allowed to collect money...the township can collect $50" from pet owners. "We are looking at $200-300 per animal as …
Parkland Schools announce early dismissal and other after school cancellations and South Whitehall Township declares a snow emergency from noon today until 6 p.m. Feb. 9
Parkland School District will dismiss early today due to inclement weather. All after school activities are canceled as well as any Saturday morning activities. In addition, South Whitehall Township Manager Jon Hammer has declared a snow emergency for South Whitehall. Dismissal schedule is as follows: Parkland High School and middle schools will dismiss at 12 noon today, Feb. 8. Parkland Elementary Schools will dismiss at 12:45 p.m. today. Athletic Update As of Friday morning, Spring Sport Physicals on Saturday, Feb. 9, have been moved to start at 12 noon as follows: boys, noon - 2 p.m., girls, 2 - 4 p.m. ImPACT Tests in the high school library times have been rescheduled to occur from noon - 3:30 p.m. All district and non-district …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Three South Whitehall residents addressed Commissioners Wednesday night about recent increases to their trash and recycling bill
South Whitehall Commissioners are not done hearing complaints about a recent 20 percent increase residents are seeing in their trash/recycling bills. In December commissioners upped the fees from $286 to $344 a year. Township Director of Administration Tony Ganguzza told commissioners at the time that the increase was necessary because the hauling fee portion of the township's five-year contract with J.P Mascaro & Sons, which is set to expire at the end of 2013, was going up by $63,000 next year. Three different residents approached council Wednesday night about the hike and asked if anything could be done to help senior citizens on fixed incomes who produce much less trash than others. Lyudmila Korsky asked commissioners if they would …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Inflated bills incorrectly reporting thousands of gallons of water used were mistakenly sent to 1,400 customers in South Whitehall.
When a longtime South Whitehall resident recently got her new township water and sewer bill in the mail, she was shocked. Not only did the township suggest she was using thousands of gallons of water more each month, she now would have to pay more—a lot more—than she had ever paid in her decades of living in the township. She wasn't alone. The South Whitehall Board of Authority's decision to transition some 1,400 flat-rated sewer customers to metered-rated customers resulted in inaccurate billing invoices being sent out, a township employee said. The change was effective Jan. 1 and a letter explaining this transition was sent to the 1,400 customers, along with their annual billing invoice, on Jan. 10. According to the township, the wrong 1…
Friday, February 1, 2013
Forget Punxsutawney Phil. On Saturday, Feb. 2, Lehigh Valley 'groundhogs' Yahdee and Lee will appear in South Whitehall again to make a prognostication.
Will Yahdee the groundhog see his shadow this year? Punxsutawney has its Phil, but in the Lehigh Valley, Groundhog Day belongs to Yahdee (who has seen a taxidermist) and his grandson Lee (a puppet.) For the sixth time in seven years, Grundsau Lodge No. 16, formed to preserve the language and traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch, will host a Groundhog Day event near Wehr's Dam in South Whitehall. Festivities will get under way at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, with men in top hats, the "groundhogs," and songs sung in Pennsylvania Dutch. Yahdee and Lee will float on a raft (or sled if the creek freezes) 150 feet down Jordan Creek toward Wehr's Dam, then Lee will be brought on land and whisper a prediction to the lodge's president. If the …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Incidents reported by South Whitehall Police Department.
Information from the South Whitehall Police Blotter between Jan. 20-24.