Friday, May 24, 2013
Councilwoman Kathy DePuy joins Mayor Jim Nowalk as statewide Presidents.
Pennsylvania Sen. Matthew H. Smith, whose jurisdiction includes Whitehall Borough, recently presented Whitehall Councilwoman Kathleen N. DePuy with a Senate citation based on her recent appointment as President of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. State Reps. Harry Readshaw and Erin Molchany, whose jurisdictions also include Whitehall, joined Smith to congratulate DePuy during a ceremony in Hershey, PA, on May 7. Also in attendance was Whitehall Mayor James F. Nowalk, who is President of the Pennsylvania State Mayors' Association. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
The proposed new law will be on public display for two weeks. And other notes from Wednesday night's borough council meeting.
Open Fires Ordinance Drafted A new ordinance regulating open burning in Whitehall Borough has been drafted and made available for public review at the borough municipal building along Borough Park Drive. (UPDATE: The proposed ordinance is also available online.) The proposed ordinance resembles one currently in use in Hampton Township with, as Whitehall Borough Manager James E. Leventry said, "a few tweaks." For example, Hampton officials do not allow for grills, outdoor barbecues or fireplaces used strictly for cooking to be less than 10 feet from a house, structure, inhabited area, roadway, utility or property line, but Whitehall's ordinance, if passed by the Whitehall Council, would set that minimum at just 5 feet. In all other cases of…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Harold Berkoben is the new vice president, and committee members also re-organize.
New President, Vice President The Whitehall Borough Council used its first meeting of 2013 to select Councilmen Glenn Nagy and Harold Berkoben as its newest president and vice president, respectively. The Whitehall Council regularly rotates its council members through those positions without controversy. As such, Councilmen William J. Veith resigned on Wednesday night from the presidency that he held in 2012 before joining a unanimous vote to elevate then-Vice President Nagy to the head seat. With the vice presidency then vacated, Berkoben was selected unanimously to replace Nagy. Also on Wednesday night, the borough's seven councilmembers received their new committee assignments for 2013: Police Retirement The Whitehall Council also …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Also, Whitehall's 2012 house decorating contest winners are announced, and other notes from Wednesday night's borough council meeting.
Borough Appointments At its meeting on Wednesday night, the Whitehall Borough Council unanimously appointed six people—all incumbents—to serve the borough as municipal volunteers in various capacities: The Whitehall Council also unanimously appointed two incumbents (listed first and second below) and one newcomer to serve on the board of the Whitehall Public Library: The library board's newest officers were also revealed on Wednesday night. Cristina Brady will serve as President, Hal Ohm is Vice President, Damien Schorr is Treasurer, and Recker is Secretary. The board's officers do not have terms, but they typically remain in their positions for one year. And selected unanimously by his colleagues to represent Whitehall on the Medical …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Whitehall Borough Council approved the measure, 6-0, on Wednesday night.
Acting in what Whitehall Borough Public Safety Committee Chair Robert McKown said is in the best interest of its taxpayers, the Whitehall Council approved a policy on Wednesday night that calls for other municipalities to pay for Whitehall Fire Company service should they need it—but not in all cases. Up until the policy was passed on Wednesday by a 6-0 vote—Councilman Harold Berkoben was absent—Whitehall's volunteer fire company would always respond to emergencies in neighboring municipalities free of charge when those municipalities' fire companies either needed help or were not able to respond themselves at all. But now, in cases when two specific things both occur—(1) Whitehall Fire is the primary responder for another municipality and…
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Heavy storms this summer may prove costly for the borough.
Responding to multiple floods at Whitehall Borough homes this summer—thanks largely in part to a slow, heavy downpour on July 20—the Whitehall Council on Wednesday night approved, 6-0, official investigations to be conducted regarding the potential installation of backflow preventers at three borough homes. Following a closer look by borough engineers, the backflow preventers—described by borough engineer Ruthann L. Omer as valves that are installed on lateral sewer lines "to prevent backflow (water) from the main sewer going into the house during a storm"—would be purchased for the homes at 4797 Barone Dr., 4368 E. Barlind Dr. and 4927 Oakridge Dr. Depending on installation variables, Omer estimated that the preventers would cost …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Also, a discussion about a war memorial, and other leftovers from a June 20 borough meeting.
Residents Have Fire Pits Concerns The aroma of a backyard fire is a welcome smell to many folks in Whitehall Borough. But to some others, it's a nuisance. Because with the smell comes the smoke. That was the story from a discussion among Whitehall council members at a borough meeting on Wednesday night. Some council members admitted that they enjoy backyard fire pits in the borough, but some of those same members said that they understand why their neighbors might not. Councilman Philip Lahr said that residents tell him that they can't open their windows when a neighbor starts a fire. Borough Manager James E. Leventry said that whenever the weather gets nice every year, Whitehall's municipal offices' phones start to ring with calls from …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
A heated debate on Wednesday night regarding Whitehill Circle. Also, several other discussions over environmental issues.
As the Whitehall police headquarters gears up to go green with a new, environmentally friendly roof, residents of Whitehill Circle plead for the Whitehall Borough Council to return to green by restoring an island in the middle of their cul-de-sac. A Circular Discussion Whitehill Circle residents Regina and Anthony Frankenfield and Lucy Buzzeo made impassioned speeches to the Whitehall Council on Wednesday to restore the Whitehill island and to put back up a red dogwood tree that was the showpiece of their neighborhood. Councilman Philip Lahr was the first to apologize to the residents; though, Lahr believed that the residents were duly notified about the change in the way that their cul-de-sac would look. The residents, however, claimed …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The Whitehall Council decided on Wednesday to issue a letter backing opposition to Act 13.
The Whitehall Borough Council voted on Wednesday night to issue a letter in support of a local lawsuit challenging Act 13, the recently inked Pennsylvania law that bars local governments from regulating Marcellus Shale drilling and that goes into effect on April 14. The letter of support, which came on the heels of a similar gesture by the Pittsburgh City Council, has no legal implications for Whitehall, where zoning regulations limit Marcellus Shale drilling to four locations in the borough. Whitehall's South Hills Country Club has leased part of its land for drilling to Chesapeake Energy, but country club officials have said that no such drilling has occurred. Seven area municipalities, including Cecil and Peters townships, have signed …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Also, an Economic Development South update and other notes from a Feb. 15 Whitehall Borough meeting.
Has Gas-Drilling Company Been at South Hills C.C.? Read here. Whitehall Library Upgrades The Whitehall Public Library is known for its top-notch appearance, among other features, but the library will nevertheless receive more upgrades soon in the form of changes to its lobby area. Paula Kelly, the director of the library, spoke at a Whitehall Borough Council meeting on Wednesday night and introduced Virginia Weida, of Virginia Weida Designs, who has been contracted to alter the entranceway of the library (with the permission of the council). Weida said that she intends to replace the tiles in the entranceway which currently bear names of library donors. "Unfortunately, time and age has really made the names illegible," Weida said, "and the…