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WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP Fall 2018 Newsletter Whit ehall Towns h i p Lehigh Co u n ty, Pen n sylv ania WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP Lehigh County, Pennsylvania 3 2 1 9 M a c A r t h u r R o a d , • W h i t e h a l l , P A 1 8 0 5 2 6 1 0 - 4 3 7 - 5 5 2 4 It had been 9585 days, since I last occupied the chair of the chief elected official in Whitehall, when I was sworn in on April 10th as the new Mayor, having been selected to the position by the Board of Commissioners. I have been gratified to be received with warm wishes, and congratulations from the Township staff, and residents. Since I had hired many of the Department Heads, Bureau Chiefs and Public Works employees over 30 years ago, it has felt like a homecoming, or perhaps, a family reunion. I walk into the Administrative offices, or the Public Works building with a smile because I see people dedicated to serving Whitehall Township in a manner that any resident should expect.
Apparently, the only significant change in my responsibility as Mayor, as opposed to when I was known as the Township Executive, is I now have the right to preside over weddings, a privilege I had shortly after taking office. When I was the Executive I spent time explaining to curious residents, or other office holders throughout the State and Nation exactly what “the Executive was”. Everyone knows what the Mayor is, and I’ve been asked to take pictures with everyone from mothers with happy babies to 100 year old residents. The State of the Township is good, thanks to the hard work of Deputy Mayor Jack Meyers, and of past Mayors/ Executives who have fostered our position of low debt allowing us to undertake necessary improvements to our Public Safety and Administrative offices. We have begun a relocation of our Police Department to our main Township campus, and anticipate work on the facility construction as early as next year.
We are blessed with properties of historic note, including the Lehigh County owned Troxell-Steckel House, and Township owned Grist Mill, Grim House and the newest acquisition the Prydun Farm. We hope to integrate the Farm as another gem in our necklace of Whitehall Township Historical Society supported properties. As it is located adjacent to the Coplay Creek and the Ironton Rails to Trails path it has great potential and we hope to open it soon to accommodate a presentation of its history. I am fortunate to be able to interact with a strong Board of Commissioners who are working together, and are dedicated to creating a future of realized potential, economic prosperity and security. Recently, I was told by regional planners that Whitehall is the keystone of a healthy Lehigh Valley. I am honored to be able to work with all of you to maintain that position of significance.
While I will miss some opportunities to spend time with our son Mike, his wife Denise and grandchildren Harlow and Talan, my return to the Municipal Building, will give my wife Judy an opportunity to spend more time with her flowers and to perfect some new recipes! Be Well, Michael P. Harakal, Jr., Mayor Mayor Mike Harakal, Jr. Mayor’s Message . front cover Treasurer’s Office . 2 Commissioners Corner . 3 School Bus Safety . 3 Community News . 4-9 Bureau of Public Works . 10-11 Bureau of Recreation . 12-15 Bureau of Development . 16-18 Bureau of Police . 19 Bureau of Fire . 20 Contact Directory . 21 INSIDE THIS ISSUE V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w . w h i t e h a l l t o w n s h i p . o r g MIKE HARAKAL RETURNS AS MAYOR
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TREASURER’S OFFICE TAX COLLECTOR - COLLEEN L GOBER Thank you for allowing me to serve you as the Township Treasurer and Tax Collector. Please let me introduce you to the tax office staff. Deanna Weaver-ext 146- is our deputy treasurer and can help you resolve any township or school real estate and garbage fee concerns. She is also the person to contact regarding Veteran Exemptions. Barb Hoderman-ext 152- will answer any per capita tax, moving permit and landlord tenant reporting requirements questions.
Rose Cortorreal-ext 144- is our new business privilege tax and business license staff member. She is also responsible for the amusement licenses. Cheryl Pantoni-ext 167- answers general calls placed to the tax office and will generally be the first person you see at the taxpayer service window. Township Real Estate taxes and Garbage bills were mailed March 1st. If you did not receive your bills, please contact this office to request a copy of your bill. Please note that failure to receive a bill does not entitle the owner to a discount or remission of penalty on taxes.
We are in the penalty amount until December 31, 2018. Uncollected taxes and garbage fees are considered delinquent after that date and are sent to Portnoff Law Associates January 1, 2019. MORTGAGE COMPANIES DO NOT PAY GARBAGE FEES, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT THEM TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY. Garbage fees- There is a 25% reduction for individuals who are 72 years and older before January 1, 2018. This exoneration is only accepted at the township tax office or can be mailed with a photocopy of a driver’s license or birth certificate. Lafayette Ambassador Bank is NOT authorized to accept payment for the senior discount. Please note that all reduction information is explained on the BACK of your garbage bill. Individuals entitled to the discount MUST notify the tax office of their eligibility. Please feel free to contact the office with any questions.
School Real Estate taxes were mailed July 1, 2018. If you did not receive your bills, please contact this office to request a copy of your bill. Please note that failure to receive a bill does not entitle the owner to a discount or remission of penalty on taxes. Please be advised that school installments are due OCTOBER 10TH AND DECEMBER 10TH. The gross amount is valid thru October 31, 2018. After this date payments will be accepted until December 31, 2018 in the penalty amount. All uncollected school taxes will be submitted to Portnoff Law Associates after January 1, 2019.
Per Capita tax bills were mailed July 1, 2018. Per capita tax bills are for ALL individuals between the ages of 18 and 72. If you were 72 prior to July 1, 2018, please notify the tax office so we can exonerate you from this tax bill. College students who are full time for the Fall 2018 semester and earned less than $5,000 in 2017 are also entitled to be exonerated. Please bring a Fall 2018 schedule along with an income tax statement if applicable. As always, ACTIVE MILITARY personnel are exonerated. 2 PLEASE NOTE: The Township Tax Office is in the Municipal Building. We are open Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. We accept only CASH, MONEY ORDERS, BANK CHECKS AND PERSONAL CHECKS. (Personal checks will not be accepted between the dates of December 15th thru December 31st). We DO NOT ACCEPT DEBIT OR CREDIT CARDS. Post mark is accepted as on time for all taxes and fees.
Brosky Insurance Agency, Inc. Tradition and Pride Since 1965 1540 E. Race St. • P.O. Box 29 Catasauqua, PA 18032 Phone: (610) 264-3940 Fax: (610) 264-2341 Email: email@example.com Katrinka Casamassa, CPCU, ARM Account Executive COMMISSIONERS CORNER THE 2018 BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ARE: Dennis C. Hower, President Philip J. Ginder, Vice President Thomas Slonaker, Secretary Shawn E. Clary Jeffrey L. Dutt Joseph J. Marx Jr. Jeffrey J. Warren BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETINGS ARE HELD AT THE Township Municipal Building, 3219 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, PA at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Workshop Meeting . . September 4, 2018 . Regular Meeting . September 10, 2018 Workshop Meeting . . October 1, 2018 . Regular Meeting . October 8, 2018 Workshop Meeting . . November 5, 2018 . Regular Meeting . November 12, 2018 Workshop Meeting . . December 3, 2018 . Regular Meeting . December 10, 2018 *Tuesday The Board of Commissioners reminds residents who possess a willingness to serve their Community to apply for any of the Township’s various Board or Commissions. Vacancies can occur at any time during the year on various Boards/Commissions. Anyone interested can pick up an application at the Township Municipal Building, 3219 MacArthur Road or at the Township website – www.whitehalltownship.org. Applications are kept on file for one year. Unsuccessful applications for current vacancies will be given future consideration in the event of a vacancy.
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4 COMMUNITY NEWS Whitehall Township Industrial and Commercial Development Authority WTICDA@gmail.com / www.wticda.com WTICDA Released its annual report on July 2 of this year which recapped the work the authority completed during 2017. Highlighted in the report was a recap of the MacArthur celebration as well as other activities worked on during the year. 2018 – 2019 looks to be a very active year. President Frank Hesch outlined the priorities that include the redevelopment of blighted properties, attracting new businesses, and expanding the economic base in Whitehall Township to emphasize a smaller reliance on the retail trades. In that direction the authority has been asked to work on several development projects that include brown field redevelopment and new development. The use of the expertise of the board in conjunction with the availability of state funding resources should allow these projects to be reality in the next 18 months. Meetings with the new mayor and his staff have already occurred and continue, to discuss the involvement of the authority and the opportunities that are offered through a tax exempt economic development organization. With the new Emergency Services Building moving forward the Authority will be able to help with the application for a Redevelopment Assistance Capital grant should the governor agree to release those funds. This grant, if made available, will significantly reduce the cost of the new building.
In addition, we are working with several potential buyers of the former Lehigh Valley Dairy and discussing the financial vehicles that can make the redevelopment a reality. These include another Redevelopment Assistance Capital grant as well as Tax Increment Financing, and other state redevelopment programs. In the fall the authority will help with the Thomas Iron Works Historic neighborhood plans that include organizing a neighborhood tour to educate people about the area and its important history. Township Commissioner Dutt, the submission of two grant applications for planning and development of that program as well as potential other sites in Whitehall.
We have filled the open slots on the board. We welcome Cheryl Washington Huckabee, Vito Gallo, Diane Davison, and Stephanie Colbry to the board. The new members round out the areas of expertise that are needed to bring projects to completion. The new board includes members that have significantexpertiseingrantwriting,realestateandgovernment relations. We hope to use that knowledge to further the connections we have with the state, private foundations, the education community and our elected officials, all of which play a role in successful project development. WTICDA always has committee opportunities available for anyone interested in the economic growth of the township. If you are interested in serving on one of our committees please contact the executive director, Howard Lieberman at howard@ bcfsol.com. Send him your resume and your areas of interest.
World of Wonder Preschool & Childcare Center LLC Accepting children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old Tuition includes all meals, diapers, wipes, baby formula and baby food. 1300 Mickley Road • Whitehall, PA 18052 • 484-350-3607 www.wow01.net email: email@example.com Melissa Stratton Michael Race Owners Title XX Accepted Once in a blue moon, things that sound too good to be true actually are true. Like this: You may be able to pay less for electricity, in return for a few minutes of your time and attention. There’s no trick involved and no sacrifice: You don’t have to go without A/C in the summer or heat in the winter to save.
What’s the not-so-secret tip? Shop for your electricity supply. You can buy the electricity for your home or business from a number of state-licensed suppliers, who offer a variety of prices and terms. This could save you money. Or, if you take no action, PPL Electric Utilities will buy power for you and pass it along at no markup. We do our best to get a good price for you, but many suppliers sell power more cheaply. No matter which option you choose, PPL will bring the electricity to you safely and reliably over our delivery network.
AllyoureallyneedtodotoshopisvisitPAPowerSwitch.com, a website operated by the state Public Utility Commission. The site lists PPL’s current price to compare, along with all the other current offers from state-licensed suppliers serving your area. (If you don’t have a computer, you can call the PUC, which will send you a printout of the list.) You’ll need to take the time to carefully look at the offers from other suppliers. How long is the offer good for? Is the rate fixed, or is it variable – which means that it can change over the term of the contract? Is there a cancellation fee if you decide to end the contract before its term runs out?
If you find an offer that’s lower than PPL’s price to compare, and the terms of the offer suit you, you can start the process of switching suppliers right then and there. And that’s how you pay less for electricity. At PPL Electric Utilities, we encourage customers to shop for their electricity supply. It can save you money. And shopping doesn’t hurt PPL financially, since the company doesn’t make any profit from the supply part of customers’ bills. In fact, many of our employees shop for their power. We’ll still be there to deliver the electricity, whenever you use it.
We also encourage you to consult PAPowerSwitch.com and know all your options before signing any electricity supply contract. If you’re contacted by a door-to-door solicitor, don’t be pressured into rushing into an agreement. Another company might have a better offer. Finally, if you switched suppliers two or three years ago but haven’t looked at the market since, we encourage you to take a fresh look. There may be better deals available than the terms you are currently paying. For any and all questions about shopping, you can also visit our website at pplelectric.com/shopping.
About 45 percent of our customers shop for their electricity supply. As the season of air conditioning, pool pumps and high temperatures approaches, it’s worth giving some thought to joining them. 5 COMMUNITY NEWS PPL ELECTRIC UTILITIES Carol Obando-Derstine, regional affairs director continued “Helping to Build the World and Our Community for Over 100 Years” 5160 Main Street • Whitehall, PA 18052 (610) 261-3453 • Lorraine.Faccenda@Lafarge-NA.com
6 COMMUNITY NEWS continued Whitehall Township Histrocial Preservation Society FYI: All program meetings are held at the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill, 501 Mickley Rd. Whitehall and are open to the public and free of charge unless otherwise stated. September 26, 2018 — My Vietnam Experience – 7:00 PM – Jon Weiand A familiar name to most, Jon Weiand, the first president of WHPS, will share with us, his encounters of this controversial conflict. It was 1968 when Jon enlisted into the Army soon after his graduation from Whitehall High School. After a 9-10 week training period, he followed a passion, and became a flight engineer of a Chinook Helicopter. This machine is a multi- mission aircraft used for cargo hauling, troop transport and much more. Jon will also disclose, as a Vietnam veteran, what it was like coming home, after his tour of duty, sharing with us his personal feelings but also how the community treated his fellow comrades. For the past 19 years, Jon has been telling his story to the seniors of his alma mater. Least they not forget.
Jon has recently become involved with “Wreaths across America” as an event coordinator for the Cedar Hill Cemetery, along with his wife Rosann. WAA mission is to: Remember the fallen, Honor those who served, Teach our children the value of freedom. Go to www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org to learn more. Further information will also be available at this evening’s program meeting. October 5, 2018 — Cash Bingo – 6:30 PM – Commitment to Family and Community Mark your calendars and tell your friends to be ready for a relaxing and fun filled evening playing “CASH BINGO”. Join us at the Commitment to Family and Community, 165 Cherry St., Coplay, PA 18037. Doors will open at 5:30; calling begins at 6:30. Cost is only $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Call the WHPS office at 610-776-7280 for tickets. In addition to the Bingo there will also be a Basket Raffle and 50/50 drawing. We hope to see you there. Refreshments will be provided by The Commitment to Family and Community.
October 20, 2018 — Craft Classes at the Mill — All Natural Ornaments – 10:00 AM – Bobby Miller Learn how to make unique ornaments from items found in nature. You will have the opportunity to create 5 one-of-a-kind figurines made from seeds, nuts, leaves, pods, pine cones, teasel, and grasses. Class will be held at the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill, 501 Mickley Rd. Whitehall, on October 20, 2018 starting at 10:00 AM to approximately 12:00 noon. The cost is only $10 for members and $12 for non- members. All materials will be supplied. Please call 610-776-7280 to register for the class or if you have any questions. Deadline to register is October 13th. November 28, 2018 — Lehigh Valley Transit, Northampton Line – 7:00 PM – Doug Peters The Lehigh Valley Transit Company ran from 1905 until 1952. With over 200 miles of track covering the areas of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton including expansion lines to local towns and villages such as Emmaus, Coplay, Hellertown, Nazareth and others. The topic for this evening program will be the “Northampton Line”.
Mr. Peters has always had a love for trolley cars and rail transportation. He is the author of 3 books and hosted a TV program all sharing his knowledge of the trolley system. Please join us to learn about this historic mode of transportation or reminisce and share your experiences riding the trolleys.
7 COMMUNITY NEWS Whitehall Township Histrocial Preservation Society 50/50 TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW Our 50/50 raffle tickets are now available for sale. Only $1.00 for each ticket, 6 tickets for $5.00. The drawing will be held on December 2, 2018 at the Member only Holiday Social. 50% of the ticket sales will benefit WHPS and the remaining 50% will be divided equally among 5 winners. As an incentive, WHPS will offer the person who sells the most 50/50 tickets, a 3 month coupon booklet for 1 baked good (as indicated on the coupon) per month within the year 2019. These delectable goodies will be prepared by 3 of our members, Pat Matthews, Terri Monroe, and Stephanie Tashner. The winner will be determined on December 2, 2018. Please call Terri Monroe at 610-434-6086 for tickets and/or further information. Help support this worthy organization and possibly put some extra cash in your wallet. “WANTED” NOT DEAD, BUT ALIVE — 2019 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE Are you bored with life? Need something to occupy your time? Let us help you with that. We need you and have many opportunities for you to be able to share your talents. Please contact Stephanie Tashner at 610-776-7280 if interested.
If you are too busy to spare any of your valuable time, we understand. Perhaps you may want to support us financially by becoming a WHPS member at a Level that is right for you: Student-$8; Individual-$15+; Family-$25+; Sponsor-$50+; and Patron-$100+. Call 610-776- 7280 today and join us, won’t you? THOMAS IRON WORKS HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMUNITY TOUR October 27, 2018 11:00 am – 4:00 pm On Saturday October 27th, 2018 the Thomas Iron Works Preservation Group will sponsor a guided tour of the neighborhood highlighting the historic significance of the community surrounding the former Iron Works. Participants will be provided with historical background information, as well as an overview of the planned historic preservation district. The guided tour will travel through the neighborhood pointing out the many sites that were significant to the development of the Iron Works residence as well as the architecture that is still visible today. Some of the sites dating back to when the Iron Works were in operation we will visit include the First Presbyterian Church, school, Superintendent’s home, site of the original train station, the company store and much more. Participants are urged to reserve space, so the tour groups can be limited to 10-12 people. Walking shoes and cameras are strongly advised. We will try to provide the tour by bus, however those details have not been finalized.
To reserve your spot please email or call on of the organizers listed below: Jeff Dutt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 484-951-6719 or Howard Lieberman at email@example.com or 484-661-7794. Please provide your name, number of your party, and the best way to reach you. We will formalize the program and provide that information to anyone registered in advance. continued
8 WHITEHALL-COPLAY HUNGER INITIATIVE HUNGER INITIATIVE MEETINGS – are on the 4th Tuesday of the month at Faith Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Rd., Whitehall at 11:00 am-12:30 pm. Help us alleviate hunger here in Whitehall and Coplay!! For more information and/or to be added to our e-mail database, please contact, Shari Noctor, President, at 610-266-5241 or by email shari@ sharinoctor.com. FREE COMMUNITY MEALS – Each month this year we are offering two free community meals from 4:00-6:30 pm. Locations change monthly. The 1st Sunday of the month has been added and we encourage families to attend. Both monthly meals are open to everyone. If you know anyone who is hungry, please encourage them to come. The menu changes every time and the food is hot and so delicious!! Meals are guaranteed for the first 100 people. For more info on the meals and to volunteer your time, please call 610-767-5061. • Sunday, September 2, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 835 Third St, Whitehall, 610.264.3762 • Tuesday, September 18, Whitehall Bible Fellowship Church, 3300 7th St, Whitehall, 610.434.8661 • Sunday, October 7, Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley (MALV),1988 Schadt Ave, Whitehall, 610.799.6223 • Tuesday, October 16, First Presbyterian of Hokendauqua, 3005 S Front St, Whitehall, 610.264.9693 • Sunday, November 4, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave, Whitehall, 610.266.0695 • Tuesday, November 20, Whitehall Bible Fellowship Church, 3300 7th St, Whitehall, 610.434.8661 • Sunday, December 2, Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley (MALV), 1988 Schadt Ave, Whitehall, 610.799.6223 • Tuesday, December 18, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 835 Third St, Whitehall, 610.264.3762 WHITEHALL-COPLAY SUMMER BREAKFAST CAMP – I am so grateful for the kindness and support received from so many faith based and charitable organizations, residents, and businesses that helped make our 2nd year of our FREE Summer Breakfast Camp for Whitehall and Coplay school age residents such a HUGE success!! Our kids are having a great time with our planned themed weeks.
The students enjoyed a nutritious breakfast: three days was a hot breakfast of eggs, pancakes, or French toast and two days was a cold breakfast consisting of cold cereal and fruit. All days included juice and milk. A light bagged lunch was also given daily. On Fridays a weekend bag of food was also be provided. More than 4,000 meals were served to the kids this summer!!! Did you know that there are 44 different languages spoken by students in the school district? It is fabulous to have so much diversity and culture right here to learn about. This gave the committee the idea for this year’s themed weeks “Around the World”. Each week there is a different country that is highlighted. The kids have traveled to Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, and studied Native Americans to name just a few. They learn about the cultures, music, food, and much more. Students had a lot of fun with exercise, games, and educational activities; including Penn State’s 4-H program. We read daily to help prevent the “summer slide”.
We were blessed with three locations this year: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 835 Third Street, Whitehall/Fullerton Lana Snyder 610-533-1357; Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 4331 Main Street, Whitehall/Egypt Karen Haberen 610-767-7657; and Redeemed Christian Church of God, 5 North 3rd Street, Coplay Tayo Akomolede 610-969-8588. The program was from 8:30-10:30am Monday- Friday at all three locations June18th-August 24th. It takes many hands to help with a project of this magnitude. We encourage high school students in need of community service hours, faith-based organizations, youth groups, service organizations, educators, retirees, and others to volunteer next year for the Summer Breakfast Camp.
WHITEHALL FOOD PANTRY – Every month the pantry serves 210 adults including 35 seniors with additional senior boxes and 90 children. Typical items needed include: cereal, juice, pancake mix and syrup, creamed soup like mushroom and chicken, noodles, spaghetti sauce, tuna, instant mashed potatoes, pasta/rice side dishes, canned pasta, and hamburger/tuna/chicken helper. Turkeys will be needed for Thanksgiving and Hams for Christmas. Please provide the needed items or make a check payable to Whitehall Food Pantry c/o Doreen Wagner, 3900 Mechanicsville Rd, Whitehall. The Pantry is open every Monday from 6-8 pm. If you are in need of food, contact Doreen at 610-443-0503. SNACK AND BATH PACK PALS – Over half of the school district’s student population qualifies for the free or reduced- price breakfast and lunch program. Leah Saliby is helping 200 students a month in every grade K-12. If you would like to make a food donation, Leah is in need of 8 ounce size shelf-stable milk, juice boxes/pouches, macaroni and cheese boxes and individual packets, fruit and applesauce cups, Chef Boyardee cans and microwavable bowls, small boxes of COMMUNITY NEWS continued
9 irect itchen istributors Strauss Family Owned Since 1982 610-262-7235 Fax: 610-261-2446 www.directkitchen.com For the kitchen you’ll love to come home to. 5585 MacArthur Road Whitehall, PA 18052 PA HIC #004209 David Strauss Steven Strauss, AKBD Appts. Recommended National Kitchen & Bath Association COMMUNITY NEWS cold cereal, fruit snacks, packs of cheese/peanut butter crackers, graham crackers, granola bars, small boxes of raisins, small peanut butter to go packs. Leah is also collecting personal and toiletry items: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, deodorant, hair gel, feminine products, shaving cream, lotion, tissues. Drop off locations are at both the Whitehall and Coplay Public Libraries, the Whitehall Township Municipal Building, and at Re/Max Unlimited Real Estate. If you would like to help in other ways or have any questions, please contact Leah Saliby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE GARDENS AT LAFARGE – The employees of Lafarge North America at 5160 Main Street, Whitehall planted and cultivated a variety of vegetables and fruit trees. In 2018, they donated over 1200 lbs of vegetables to the Whitehall Food Pantry. Fruit should be coming in the next year or two. Lorraine Faccenda, Plant Manager, encourages other businesses and faith-based organizations to start a garden to share. BLESSING BOXES ON THE CORNER OF 835 THIRD ST, FULLERTON Two Blessing Boxes have been added to the corner of 835 Third St., Fullerton. One box is available to hold food and the other is for non-food items such as toiletries, books, etc. that could be used by someone in need. The boxes are open 24/7 and are never locked. The concept is that those who have extra can place items into the boxes and those who need items are welcomed to help themselves. Take what you need, bring what you can. Above all - Be Blessed! These two boxes have been heavily used. We are serving a huge need.
LOW INCOME EDUCATION PROGRAMS We offer two wonderful, hands on nutrition programs, but need residents to take advantage of these free educational seminars. Cooking Matters is a six-week (a couple hours a week) cooking and nutrition education program that aims to empower low-income families to shop for and prepare healthy, delicious meals on a budget. For more information, contact Second Harvest at 484-287-4015. Nutrition Links is a five-week (a couple of hours a week) program offered by Penn State Extension - featuring lessons and activities to help you eat healthier at home on a limited budget. For more information, contact Julie Davitt at 610-391-9840.
UNITED WAY SUPPORTS 211 (This is a phone number like 911) continued • Supplemental food and nutrition programs • Shelter and housing options and utilities assistance • Emergency information and disaster relief • Employment and education opportunities • Services for veterans • Health care, vaccination and health epidemic information • Addiction prevention and rehabilitation programs • Re-entry help for ex-offenders • Support groups for individuals with mental illnesses or special needs • A safe, confidential path out of physical and/or emotional domestic abuse MONETARY DONATIONS are appreciated and can be made payable to the Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative, C/O Shari Noctor,1080 Schadt Ave, Whitehall, PA 18052. Please put in the memo section where you want your money applied. Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is registered as a Charitable Organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Donations may be tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Any question on anything written above, can also be directed to Shari Noctor, President at 610-266-5241. ERICH SCHLOSSER MEMORIALS Serving Lehigh Valley, McAdoo Surrounding areas and Nationwide Andrea Schlosser-Fidishun George D. Fidishun 610-433-7012 610-433-6888 fax Toll Free: 1-877-433-4144 301-303 Fullerton Ave. Whitehall, PA 18052 E-Mail: email@example.com www.erichschlossermemorials.com
10 BUREAU OF PUBLIC WORKS PLEASE KEEP THIS DOUBLE SIDED PAGE HANDY FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2018 REFUSE AND RECYLING Waste Management will continue to be the hauler of garbage, recycling, yard waste, grass and leaves for Whitehall Township in 2018. If any of your collections are missed, please call 1-800-869-5566 or the Township at 610-437- 5524, ext. 139 or ext. 100. Waste Management has a website with information for Whitehall Township residents. Residents can reach the site through WM.com or a Google search. Customer service reps will also have the ability to assist residents with issues by utilizing the same site.
TOWNSHIP REFUSE CART The designated Whitehall Township refuse automated cart is the ONLY container that will be picked up at the curb. NO loose garbage or garbage in any other container will be picked up. Bulk Item Collection – residents are allowed two (2) bulk items, e.g. mattress, sofa, etc., can be placed at the curb each week on your regular collection day. Pick-up of any appliance containing Freon, CFC or HCFS, can be put at the curb for pick-up on the 4th Wednesday of each month after paying a $25.00 at the Township Tax Office.
TOWNSHIP RECYCLING CART The designated Whitehall Township automated recycling cart is the only container that will be picked up at the curb. NO LOOSE recycling or any other container will be picked up. Excessive recycling can be taken to the Township’s Recycling Center on Range Road. RECYCLING OR TRASH CARTS If you are new to the Township and have bought an existing home, the trash and recycle carts should have been left with that home. If not, call the Municipal Building at (610) 437-5524 ext. 139 or ext. 100 and report it. If you have moved into a newly built home, use the same telephone number to contact the Township and carts will be delivered.
REMINDER TO PROPERTY OWNERS: • Yard waste (shrubs, hedge clippings, weeds, tree branches (no longer than 4 ft. in length) cannot be mixed with regular garbage and are collected on your regular garbage day beginning the first full week of March until the last full week of November. Please keep lids off of those containers so they can be distinguished from the regular garbage. • Grass collection starts April 2nd and transitions into leaf collection. Grass and leaves can be mixed together because of composting. See Township website for specific end dates.
• Christmas tree collection is the first “two full weeks of January” on your regular garbage day. January 7th to January 19th, 2019. CURBSIDE RECYCLING: PA Act 101 requires residents to recycle the following materials. Please place these items in your recycling container: • Plastics – rinsed #1 through #7, bottles & containers, no polystyrene foam; lids attached to bottles • Glass – rinsed clear, brown & green bottles & jars; no lids • Metals – rinsed aluminum, tin & steel cans, household metals, pots and pans • Paper – office & school paper, newsprint, junk mail, paper bags, phone books, junk mail, magazines, catalogs, envelopes, wrapping paper (no metallic or bows), etc.
• Cardboard – shoe, gift, & cereal boxes, corrugated boxes, cut or flattened as needed • Food & beverage cartons – rinsed milk, cream, egg substitutes, orange juice, soup, broth, wine cartons, & juice boxes • NO PLASTIC BAGS OR FOOD-CONTAMINATED ITEMS, PLEASE! COMMERCIAL RECYCLING: Pennsylvania Act 101 and Whitehall Township require that businesses, professionals, non-profit organizations, institutions, and industrial and residential landlords must recycle plastic containers, glass bottles and jars, newspapers, office paper, magazines, junk mail, phone books, cardboard, and yard waste. It further requires that you report your recycling information to the Township each year.
11 BUREAU OF PUBLIC WORKS continued SPECIAL HOLIDAY COLLECTION SCHEDULE Any holiday that falls Monday through Friday, will cause all subsequent collection services for the week to be delayed by one day. In 2018 this applies to: • Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018 • Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 2018 • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2018 • New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019 During inclement weather, please refer to the Township’s website under for a change in collection times – www.whitehalltownship.org. Please DO NOT put your refuse or recycling out for pickup until 6:00 pm the night before. 2018 DATES FOR CAMERON TRACT ON EBERHART ROAD (yard waste drop-off facility) will be open Saturdays from 7:00 am to 11:00 am and Noon to 3:00 pm on the following dates: September 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th November 3rd and 10th Appointments are required for weekday use at either 10:00 am or 1:00 pm by calling 610-437-5524, ext. 139. Rules and Regulation pamphlets are available at the Cameron Tract or Township offices during business hours. Proof of residency is required.
**Resident home owners ONLY!! NO contractors, commercial, or hired services** Township Recycling Drop-Off Center located at the corner of Eberhart and Range Roads, will take any item that can be put out at curbside, as well as: scrap metal, clean food trays and foils, 4 auto tires without rims (no commercial businesses), clothes and textiles, books, telephone books, cell phones, cardboard, automobile and lead acid batteries, household flashlight type batteries (no mercury), and plastics #1 thru #7. 2018 Regular Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturdays – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 2018 Holiday Closures: Saturday, September 1st Saturday, November 24th Thursday, November 22nd Tuesday, December 25th The center will be closed on holidays (listed above) and during periods of inclement weather. The center is a service to our residents and is NOT to be used by businesses.
“Adopt a Drain” Program gaining interest throughout the country. A new voluntary program asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and commit to keeping the drain grate clear of leaves and other debris to reduce water pollution. Whitehall is researching adopt a drain for our Township for implementation in 2019. Keep up with water pollution information in our community check out the storm water page under the public works page at whitehalltownship.org for new information and tips to help keep our waterways clean and things you can do on your own property to prevent pollution.
IT’S THE LAW: No Electronics in the Trash! It became illegal in 2013 under the PA Act 108 of 2010, for any individual to dispose of electronic waste in any other way except to recycle it. You may take your electronics to any of the following locations. 1. GER Solutions, LLC, 795 Roble Road, Allentown, PA (near the Airport). • Accepts most electronics that require a plug or battery. • Call 484-866-0927 to inquire for pricing. • Visit their website www.gersolutions.net for a complete list of acceptable 2. DRC Technologies, 2005 Main Street, Northampton, PA 18067 • Call 610-502-0854 for acceptable materials list and fees • Visit their website www.drctechnologies.net 3. AERC Recycling Solutions, 2591 Mitchell Avenue, Allentown, PA • Call 610-433-4011 for pricing • Visit their website www.aerc.com TO THE BUSINESSES!
This publication is made available through the generous advertising sponsorship of the businesses listed throughout our newsletter. We wish to encourage your patronage of these establishments; they play a substantial role in the economic vitality of our community.
12 BUREAU OF RECREATION THE HAUNTED HAYRIDE IN THE PARKWAY OUR THRILLS, CHILLS AND FRIGHTS WILL PUT A SCARE INTO YOUR NIGHT!!! Where: WHITEHALL PARKWAY – 4689 S. Church Street When: September 28th & 29th October 5th & 6th October 12th and 13th October 19th & 20th October 26th & 27th Time: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Price: Ages 5 and under – Free Ages 6 to 13 - $7.00 Ages 14 and up - $12.00 Tickets available at the Whitehall Parkway on the day of the event Free Parking and Refreshments Available Discount Coupons available at www.whitehallfd.org Directions: Take Route 145 North (MacArthur Road), to South Church Street, turn left and continue 1 mile to Parking area on the right and follow the signs to the HAUNTED PARKWAY For more information call the Recreation Hotline at 610-437-5524, ext. 226 Or check the Township website at www.whitehalltownship.org Sponsored by the Whitehall Active Volunteer Fire Department Association All proceeds benefit the Whitehall Fire Department OUR THRILLS, CHILLS AND FRIGHTS WILL PUT A SCARE INTO YOUR NIGHT!!! 3 FAMILY FUN EVENTS IN 1 DAY – Saturday, October 6th, 2018 Whitehall Township Fall Halloween Parade Come out and enjoy the annual Whitehall Parade!!! When: Saturday, October 6th, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m.
Come out and enjoy our Annual Parade back at t’s original location! The Parade will state at the Kmart Shopping Center on MacArthur Road existing west down Schadt Avenue to Campus Drive into the Whitehall-Coplay School District Campus. We encourage all neighborhoods, businesses, groups and organizations to enter floats and march along with us! Prizes will be awarded in all categories and there will be free refreshments for all participants. Any questions contact the Recreation office at 610.437.5524, ext. 160 or firstname.lastname@example.org Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce Presents Their 9th Annual CAR SHOW 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM RAFFLES – PRIZES – FOOD Please contact Jessica O’Donnell at: email@example.com for Information Whitehall Fall Festival Whitehall High School 3800 Mechanicsville Road 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Rain or Shine Featuring Food Vendors, Craft, School Clubs, Activities, Music & More!
Treat or Treat Night Friday, October 26th, 2018 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Rain date: Saturday, October 27th, 2018 Remember to turn on your porch light if you are participating! Come One Come All to Our Annual Tree Lighting Celebration When: Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 Where: Whitehall Township Municipal Building Time: 6:30 p.m. Free Refreshments Along with a Visitor from the North Pole!!! Entertainment provided by Pennsylvania Performing Arts Center & The Whitehall Chorale For More Information Contact: Whitehall Township Recreation Department at 610-437-5524, ext. 160 Recreation Hotline: 610-437-5524, ext. 200 Webpage: www.whitehalltownship.org 13 BUREAU OF RECREATION continued
14 BUREAU OF RECREATION continued IRT TRAIL LOOP HISTORICAL WALK Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 Time: 9:00 am Meet: Chestnut Street Barn The walk is approximately 7 miles. Allow approximately 4 hours at a leisurely pace with occasional stops to view buildings, historical sites and landmarks. Bring water, a camera and binoculars. The IRT traverses the sites of the first anthracite fueled Iron Company and the first Portland Cement Company in America, both of which contributed to the Industrial Revolution. No less than 23 historical sites and landmarks will be presented. This Trail is a loop with an even surface of asphalt or packed millings and passes through several communities. The hike starts at the Whitehall Parkway Barn on Chestnut Street, just west of MacArthur Road by the traffic light at Sheetz. Hike Leaders Bob Abbott and Ray Bieak welcome you to participate. For more information, email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Whitehall Recreation at 610-437-5524, ext. 160. Month Date Event Location Sept 08 Work Day @ Coplay Section 8 am Maintenance Trailer 2nd St Coplay 18 Public Meeting 7 pm Trailhead Pavilion 23 Autistic Foundation Walk Parkview (Hokey) Pool Pavilion Oct 06 Whitehall Fall Parade 10 am Schadt Ave West to School District Campus 13 Work Day @ North Whitehall 8 am Trailhead - Quarry & Portland Streets 16 Coplay Halloween Parade 7 pm Chestnut Street - Coplay 17 Public Meeting 7 pm North Whitehall Township Municipal Bldg 18 Northampton Jack Frost Parade 7 pm Horwith Drive - Northampton 27 IRT Fall Historical Walk (Ext. 4 hrs.) 9 am WT Parkway Barn - Chestnut Street Nov 10 Work Day @ Whitehall Section 8 am Trailhead N Ruch & Chestnut Sts 20 Public Meeting 7 pm Whitehall Township Municipal Bldg Dec 01 Whitehall Rotary Club 8K/5K Saylor Park 2nd St. Coplay 08 Work Day @ Coplay Section 8 am Trailhead N Ruch & Chestnut Sts 18 Public Meeting 7 pm Coplay Borough Municipal Building IRONTON RAIL-TRAIL 2018 Calendar of Events For more information go to the IRT website: www.irontonrailtrail.org Email: email@example.com 2018 WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP RECREATION EVENTS Month Date Event Location September 28, 29 Haunted Parkway Whitehall Parkway October 5,6,12,13 Haunted Parkway Whitehall Parkway 19, 20, Benefits the Whitehall 26 & 27 Township Volunteer Fire Dept 6 Annual Fall Parade Schadt Avenue West to School District Campus, 10:00 a.m.
6 Car Show/Whitehall Fall Festival Whitehall High School Mechanicsville Road 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 26 Trick ‘R Treat Nite Rain Date, October 27, 2018 27 IRT Historical Walk Parkway Barn – Chestnut Street November 11 Veteran’s Day Service Veterans Memorial, Municipal Complex December 1 2nd Annual Jingle Bell Run Saylor Park 2nd Street, Coplay Whitehall Rotary Club 8K/5K December 5 Whitehall Tree Lighting Celebration Whitehall Municipal Building
15 BUREAU OF RECREATION continued Tuesdays and Thursdays When: Fall – Sept 11, 2018 thru Nov 1, 2018 Winter – Jan 8, 2019 thru Feb 28, 2019 Spring – March 12, 2019 thru May 7, 2019 (No Class on April 18, 2019) Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Cost: $55.00 for Whitehall Residents $65.00 for Non-Residents Fall 2018 When: Friday Evening Dates: TBA Where: Whitehall High School Pool Registration: TBA Class Size: Minimum 6 - Maximum 15 (per group) Class Time: TBA Cost: TBA Legal Guardian or Adult Delegate (over 21 years of age) MUST be present at all time!
INDOOR AQUATIC SCHEDULE (AT THE WHITEHALL HIGH SCHOOL POOL) INDOOR PUBLIC SWIM Where: Whitehall High School Pool When: Monday’s and Wednesday’s Time: Family Swim - from 7 pm to 8 pm Adult Swim - from 8 pm to 9 pm Who: FREE to WHITEHALL-COPLAY RESIDENTS ONLY! 2018 Schedule: September 10, 2018 thru November 7, 2018 2019 Schedule: Resumes January 7, 2019 Family Swim Ends: March 27, 2019 Adult Swim Ends: May 6, 2019 HOTLINE INFO: 610-437-5524, ext. 200 PLEASE NOTE FOR ALL SWIM PROGRAMS: There will be no swimming when school is closed for a holiday, teacher in service or when there is inclement weather. Children 10 and under must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian. A photo ID proving residency will be required.
A When: Wednesday Evenings Dates: September 12th, 19th, 26th and October 3rd Ages: 18 years and up Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Where: Whitehall High School Pool Cost: $50.00 for Whitehall Residents $60.00 for Non-Residents Registration: Opens August 13, 2018 Register For All Swim Events at: WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP RECREATION BUREAU, 3219 Macarthur Rd, Whitehall, PA, Monday thru Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Phone: (610) 437-5524, EXT. 160, Recreation Hotline: 610-437-5524, EXT. 200, EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org, WEBSITE: www.whitehalltownship.org AQUA AEROBICS SPECIAL NEEDS SWIM LESSONS ADULT SWIM LESSONS – Fall 2018
16 BUREAU OF DEVELOPMENT DECK CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS The recent collapse of a thirty year old deck in the Township brings to the forefront the issue of property maintenance. All property owners and occupants are reminded that you must keep your property safe and maintained. This means inspecting it regularly yourself for issues of wear and tear. You are responsible for maintaining all structural elements including additions such as patios, decks and porches. The Township has many homes that were built with varying iterations of the building codes and construction standards. Codes change over the years, providing additional safety standards and higher levels of construction than were in place many years ago. Similar to cars without seatbelts, and air bags which were ok when built, houses also were built without current construction techniques which may not be considered safe today. Outhouses and privies were the state of the art when they were first established. Of course, today’s health standards do NOT allow this type of facility with any type of construction.
“Knob and Tube” wiring, and a 60 AMP service, was more than sufficient and acceptable at time of original construction. Not so today! However, many homes like this still exist. Similarly, many homes were built and occupied without residential sprinklers, or even without smoke detectors. Now the standard is sprinklers for multi-family construction, and smoke and CO detectors are required. Decks are no different. Up until changes to the International Building Code in 2009, deck construction was very loosely regulated under the codes. However, catastrophic failure of decks, mostly in college towns, where they were overloaded far beyond the structural design, the construction of raised decks became strictly regulated, and one that was constructed prior to this time would NEVER meet today’s standards. In fact, the codes regarding this type of construction are also projected to change even more in 2018.
Well maintained structures, that are not overloaded beyond their original intent remain, and are used, similar to a 1960 car that was babied, and well taken care of with no seat belts or air bags. However, all property owners are reminded that if your deck was constructed prior to present day standards, you should take care to address any structural issues and make sure it is safe. There are many hazards that exist in every home. It is important for every homeowner and occupant to be aware of them and eliminate them where possible, and be vigilant about the maintenance and upkeep of the property. You do not want the next catastrophe to occur in your own home.
For current deck construction standards, the Township has a deck code guide, which is available on the Township’s website, www.whitehalltownship.org, under ‘forms and resources’. PROPERTY INSPECTED The Bureau would like to remind all property owners that prior to the sale or rental of any property that you are required to have the property inspected for compliance to current township property maintenance codes. There is a very limited list of targeted safety items that we require to be addressed prior to any sale or lease of any property but it serves to preserve the integrity of the housing stock in the township. Whitehall’s inspection program has been in place for over 40 years in varying degrees, and has served as the model for many of our surrounding municipalities, who adopted similar inspection programs after reviewing ours. Landlords are required to register with the Township a responsible agent that resides within 10 miles of the township to assure prompt response in times of emergency. In addition, each time a property is rented, it must be re-inspected, regardless of the duration of the occupancy. Some items that are required to be addressed are: • minimum electrical service • proper securing of any pool, whether in-ground or above • proper display of property address • proper handrails on steps of three or more • proper smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, where applicable • proper ground fault interrupter circuits where required For a complete list of items that may need to be addressed, please visit the Township’s website at www. whitehalltownship.org, under the forms and documents page.
17 AIRBNB, the fast growing home sharing business, was started in 2007 in San Francisco by two roommates that couldn’t pay the rent. They rented out air mattresses on their floor and served the renters breakfast…..a couple of years later and a couple of famous sponsors later (like Ashton Kutcher) they are running a business worth billions. However, after you peel away the fancy name and the famous supporters, the bottom line is that it is a business to rent property or space, or run a hotel or boarding house. No such facilities are presently licensed in Whitehall Township, and they would be considered the same as a boarding home, hotel or bed and breakfast, and would be required to comply with all rules and regulations that govern these uses in the Zoning Ordinance. So if you are contemplating converting your home into this type of use, please be advised that there are specific rules and regulations in place. In addition, the statewide building code has specific requirements regarding safety, especially when a structure is occupied by more than five unrelated individuals.
Please contact the Bureau of Development before embarking on this or any business venture from your home so as to avoid any unpleasant surprises! BUREAU OF DEVELOPMENT continued Leaves, Leaves, Everywhere…. Who is Going to Clean Them Up? Autumn brings with it many wonderful and beautiful things, like the changing leaves….unfortunately it also brings the falling leaves. Please know that the Township does NOT regulate leaves, with the exception that you cannot blow them into the street (yes, that is littering, and you could be cited for it). This means if you are a ‘cleaner-upper’ and your neighbor is not, or if your property is devoid of trees and your neighbor’s is an arboretum, we will not adjudicate whose leaves are whose, and we cannot require you or your neighbor to clean the leaves up on your or their property. Of course, we always encourage neighborhood harmony, so please be considerate if you are on either side of this debate and think of your neighbor!
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18 PLEASE BE AWARE… There is a significant burden placed on the Township (and subsequently all taxpayers) to comply with these federal NPDES (Federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) regulations and eliminate ANY and ALL unnecessary pollutants from entering the drainage streams and the waterways. This means that when disturbing earth for any project, appropriate measures must be taken to preclude mud and soils from being washed into the public storm sewer system, such as stone tire cleaning areas at construction entrance ways, and measures to filter run off before it leaves the construction area.
There are several products commercial available at your local home improvement centers to help with this, such as ‘silt socks’. You should discuss with your contractor their means to control this, as dragging dirt and mud onto the public roadways is considered ‘litter’ and the vehicle driver can be cited by the Whitehall Police for littering. As a result of our obligations, the Bureau’s inspectors will be calling this out as a part of inspections. In addition, please know that while not typically regulated, these requirements (keeping soil and mud out of waterways) applies for landscaping too! The fish will thank you for it!
BUREAU OF DEVELOPMENT continued SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH!!! Make sure your family has a plan. Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes. Therefore, it is so important to plan in advance on how you will get to a safe place, how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do in different situations. You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare, school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to your community leaders, colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance.
In case of an emergency, have a plan for traveling between work and home, and other commonly visited locations. VISIT www.ready.gov for more information on your family plans JOIN US FOR OUR 6TH ANNUAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EXPO SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2018 9:00 AM TILL 12:00 PM at LOWES HOME IMPROVEMENT 2650 MACARTHUR RD, WHITEHALL, PA Brittany DeAngelis Brittany@charlesleoninsurance.com 903 3rd Street Whitehall, PA 18052 Phone: 610-264-4405 8229 Easton Road Ottsville, PA 18942 Phone: 610-847-5364 www.charlesleoninsurance.com
19 3 7 3 1 L e h i g h S t r e e t • W h i t e h a l l , P A 1 8 0 5 2 P h o n e 6 1 0 - 4 3 7 - 3 0 4 2 • F a x 6 1 0 - 4 3 7 - 9 5 1 6 TOWNSHIP OF WHITEHALL BUREAU OF POLICE M i ch a el Marks, Chief of Police Snow and Ice on Sidewalk As the snow season approaches, the Bureau of Police reminds all Whitehall Township property owners, property occupants or tenants of every property, that Whitehall Ordinance § 21-35 requires the removal of snow and ice from all sidewalks within twenty four (24) hours after the snow and ice has cease to fall. The ordinance further states that no person shall shovel onto any street after it has been plowed or to pile snow around fire hydrants so as to make them inaccessible. Provided further, the owner of a property shall be responsible for conforming to the requirements of this section where such property is occupied by such owner, or is unoccupied or vacant or is a multi-business or multiple dwelling property occupied by or designed for occupancy by more than one tenant or occupier, the tenant or occupier of a property shall be so responsible in the case of a single unit property occupied by such tenant or occupier.
Public Safety The holidays are a peak time for traffic crashes. One of the primary goals and objectives of the Whitehall Township Police is to reduce traffic crashes, primarily on the Rt. 145/MacArthur Rd. corridor. Through the good work of our Patrol Officers and the Traffic Unit, aggressive drivers have been targeted as well as seatbelt enorcement through the State Buckle Up program. There are a few common sense rules you can follow to keep you and your family safe on the road this holiday season. Avoid all distractions including cell phone use and make sure everyone buckles up. Obey the speed limit and avoid aggressive driving. As the Holidays approach, remember to park in well-lit areas and lock your car. Do not leave valuables in plain view and do not leave a purse, wallet or credit cards unattended. Practice crime prevention: Be vigilant and report suspicious persons and activity to the police.
Crime Statistics For the 2017 reporting year, the Whitehall Township Police reported 2,037 Part I and Part II criminal offenses to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Uniform Crime Reporting System. Due to the good work of the police officers, and solid support from the community, many crimes were solved; specifically 1,130 offenses were cleared by arrest or other exceptional means. The Whitehall Police clearance rate of 55% is the highest for the Lehigh Valley area among the larger departments reporting to the UCR database. Since 2010 when the Whitehall Police Department reported 3,016 Part I and Part II offense, the Township has seen a 32% decrease in crime. Crime Prevention According to the Pennsylvania State Police UCR database, property crimes accounted for 85.2% of all reported crime within Whitehall during 2017. Many of these crimes were preventable, or crimes of opportunities.
By practicing crime prevention and heightening awareness, we can further reduce the incidents of crime throughout the summer months. Begin by taking the following preventative measures: 1. Always lock the doors and windows, both home and car. 2. Always close and lock the overhead garage door. 3. Remove valuables from your car; these items will be stolen. 4. Remain vigilant while at home and in the neighborhood. 5. Report suspicious persons and activity to police. 6. Always call the police to report a crime. To report an emergency use 9-1-1 9-1-1 should only be used for an emergency. An emergency is any life threatening situation including crimes, fires, traffic accidents, or any crime in progress or a serious crime which has recently occurred.
What to expect when you call 9-1-1 When you call 9-1-1 for an emergency it is important that you remain calm and you are prepared to answer questions from the 9-1-1 emergency dispatcher. The “who, how, what, when and where” of the emergency situation are extremely important. It may seem these questions are unnecessary; or may not make sense to you at the time, but the details of the incident may be crucial to successfully resolving the emergency. You can help by providing brief accurate answers. Your patience will help process the emergency call and get help to you as quickly as possible. For non-emergency contact you call the dispatch center at (610) 437 – 5252 All non-emergency calls for service are routed through the Lehigh County Communications Center and dispatched to the members of the Whitehall Township Bureau of Police. All citizen phone calls are viewed as important and residents should never be reluctant to place the call. Telephone callers may remain anonymous if they so choose.
Always call the Police when you observe suspicious activity, wherever you are. See Something, Say Something! Report suspicious activity at the Police Department Non- Emergency Number: 610-437-5252 Continue to monitor the Whitehall Police Department’s Social Media for more information. Website http://www.whitehalltownship.org/police_about.html, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ WhitehallTownshipPD/ Twitter account https://twitter.com/Whitehall_PD Have a great holiday season from the men and women at the Whitehall Police Department!
20 F i r e C h i e f D a v i d N e l s o n 3 2 1 9 M a c A r t h u r R o a d • W h i t e h a l l , P A 1 8 0 5 2 P h o n e : 6 1 0 - 4 3 7 - 5 5 2 4 , e x . 1 6 6 • F a x : 6 1 0 - 4 3 7 - 6 9 6 3 BUREAU OF FIRE Summer is winding down, we have had quite a few warm days and we are getting ready to go into the winter months, we would like to ask that you have your chimney’s cleaned and that you take the proper precaution when using your fireplaces and indoor wood burners. A few reminders of Whitehall Township ordinances as well as State Laws: • There is no outside burning in the Township except for a natural gas or propane fire pit. The flame can be no taller than 18 inches.
Fireworks: • The state laws states that no fireworks can be set off within of 150ft. of any occupied structure. • Firework cannot be ignited or fired from a vehicle stationary or moving. • That fireworks cannot be ignited or set off on public or private land without consent of the owner. • Fireworks cannot be ignited or set off by any individual under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Our new Engine has arrived a Pierce Enforcer pumper with 750 gallon tank. This engines call sign is 3912 it was designed by the Egypt Fire station. They have done an excellent job.
We were scheduled to have our annual Smoke Detector Blitz in June unfortunately, the American Red Cross who helps sponsor the event was unable to accommodate this time due to hardships throughout the area. So we have rescheduled the event for August 25, 2018. On Saturday, the event will start off around 9:30 a.m.. We will be installing smoke detectors at no cost to any resident in Whitehall. If you are in need of a smoke detector you can email the Chief and you will be placed on the list for installs. The email is Firechief@whitehalltownship.com. These detectors are good for ten years, there is no need for batteries to be changed during these ten years. Detectors should be changed out every ten years. The smoke detector develops dust particles on the sensors that are to set off the detectors. When they are tested it is testing the battery not the sensors. During our smoke detector blitz we will install 3 smoke detectors in each home at no cost and remove your old ones. Remember to check on your elderly neighbors during the winter months. Neighbors tend to not get out during the winter. Shoveling snow can be strenuous work on some people so pace yourselves.
The Whitehall Bureau of Fire is always looking for professional Volunteers that are willing to train to better themselves and our community. We are seeking Drivers, Dive Team Members, Fire Police and Firefighters. We will provide the training we just ask for your dedication. If interested, you can contact Chief Nelson at 610-437-5524 EXT. 166 The Whitehall Bureau of Fire is extremely Proud to serve our Community! Calling all community-minded people! Are you grateful for all that the Lehigh Valley has offered to you and your family? Have you ever thought of giving back? If you have, a Rotary Club is a great way to do just that. Rotary International is a worldwide organization consisting of 1.2 million members across 35,000 individual community clubs. Along with the Red Cross, it is one of only two non-governmental organizations to have a seat at the United Nations. Our motto, “Service Above Self” says it all.
The Whitehall Area Rotary Club was started in March of last year, and has hit the ground running. With 30 members, we have been able to provide community volunteer services to the Whitehall Coplay School District, as well as Whitehall Township and other community-based organizations. In September, we will participate in a $10,000 grant to provide capital and labor to install and establish raised bed vegetable gardens for Second Harvest Food Bank so that healthy meals can be provided to those in need. On December 1, your Rotary Club will be hosting our Second Annual Jingle Bell Run at the Ironton Rail Trail. Last year we were able to raise over $5,000 from this event alone to put to good use in your community. More on this family-friendly event will follow in the fall.
Want to know more about Rotary? Want to know more about how to get involved? Come to one of our meetings! We meet at 7:30 AM on the second Tuesday morning of the month at Fellowship Community, and at 5:30 PM on the fourth Tuesday evening of the month at various places in the Township. Feel free to call me at 484-280-3378 with any questions you may have about who we are, what we do, or how you can join us! Also, check us out on Facebook. In service to the Whitehall Community, John Orsini – President, Whitehall Area Rotary Club INTRODUCING THE WHITEHALL AREA ROTARY CLUB – “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”
21 MUNICIPAL BUILDING 3219 MacArthur Road • Whitehall, PA 18052 Phone: 610-437-5524 • Fax: 610-437-6963 BUREAU OF POLICE 3731 Lehigh Street • Whitehall, PA 18052 Non-Emergency Phone: 610-437-3042 Dispatch: 610-437-5252 Administration & Finance . . 610-437-5524 Reception/Administration Secretary (North Lobby . . Ext. 100 Reception/Word Processing Secretary (Main Lobby . . Ext. 165 Purchasing . . Ext. 136 Human Resources . . Ext. 150 Finance Officer . . Ext. 157 Accounts Payable . . Ext. 159 Mayor . . Ext. 147 Deputy Mayor . . Ext. 148 Executive Secretary to the Mayor . . Ext. 149 Public Works . . 610-437-5524 Maintenance Clerk . . Ext. 139 Bureau Chief . . Ext. 140 Supervisor . . Ext. 170 Building & Grounds Maintenance Supervisor . . Ext. 137 Storm Water Pollution Hotline . . Ext. 139 Planning, Zoning & Development.... 610-437-5524 Permit Clerk (part-time . . Ext. 128 Development Clerk . . Ext. 131 Operations Secretary . . Ext. 138 Zoning Officer . . Ext. 155 Township Surveyor . . Ext. 158 KeyCodes Inspections Agency . . Ext. 123 Township Codes Inspector . . Ext. 133 Curb & Sidewalk/Street Opening . . Ext. 158 or 162 Bureau Chief/Development Issues . . Ext. 134 Treasury . . 610-437-5529 Clerk . . Ext. 167 Real Estate Tax . Ext. 152 & 146 Business Privilege Tax . . Ext. 144 Treasurer . . Ext. 143 Recreation . . 610-437-5524 Bureau Chief . . Ext.135 WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL CONTACT DIRECTORY www.whitehalltownship.org VOLUNTEER FIRE CO. 3219 MacArthur Road • Whitehall, PA 18052 Non-Emergency Phone: 610-437-5524, ext 166 WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP MEETING SCHEDULE - MAY THRU AUGUST, 2018 TIME SEPT OCT NOV DEC Board of Commissioners Workshop 7:00 pm 3rd 1st 5th 3rd Board of Commissioners Regular 7:00 pm 10th 8th 12th 10th Zoning Hearing Board 7:00 pm 18th 16th 20th 18th Planning Commission 7:30 pm 19th 17th 21st 15th Legal & Legislative 7:00 pm 12th 10th 14th 19th Recreation Commission 7:00 pm 24th 22nd 26th N/A Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) 7:00 pm 13th 11th 8th 13th MISCELLANEOUS Submission Deadline Zoning 8/23/18 9/20/18 10/25/18 11/15/18 Submission Deadline Planning 8/30/18 9/27/18 11/1/18 11/29/18 Appliance Curbside Pickup 9/26/18 10/24/18 11/22/18 12/27/18 REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS Monthly Time Board of Commissioners Workshop . 1st Monday . . 7:00 pm Board of Commissioners Regular . . 2nd Monday . . 7:00 pm Environmental Advisory Council (EAC . 2nd Thursday . . 7:00 pm Legal & Legislative . 2nd Wednesday . . 7:00 pm Planning Commission . . 3rd Wednesday Workshop . . 6:30 pm Regular . . 7:30 pm Recreation Commission . . 4th Monday . . 7:00 pm Zoning Hearing Board . 3rd Tuesday . . 7:00 pm Ironton Rail Trail Commission (Alternates between Whitehall, Coplay and North Whitehall . 3rd Tuesday . . 7:00 pm Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority . . 3rd Thursday . . 7:30 pm Whitehall Township Authority . . 3rd Monday . . 1:00 pm Township Municipal Building Closings • Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018 • Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23, 2018 • Christmas Holiday, Monday & Tuesday, December 24 & 25, 2018
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