Thursday, February 7, 2013
A draft ordinance is being prepared that may be made available to the council in time for its Feb. 20 meeting.
The issue over backyard fire pits in Whitehall Borough is coming to a head. Borough Manager James E. Leventry said that a draft ordinance regarding fire pits is being prepared and may be made available to the Whitehall Council before its next meeting—Feb. 20. While the new Whitehall ordinance might not be enacted for some time after that, the borough council could start discussing the pros and cons of the draft after being presented with it. Fire pits were a major topic of discussion at the council's June 20 meeting when some council members admitted to personally enjoying pits while, at the same time, acknowledging why other residents might not. Councilman Philip Lahr said at the time, for example, that residents have told him that they …
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, November 22, 2012
And other notes from Wednesday night's Whitehall Council meeting.
A Park for Maddox? Frank Vallone of Highgrove Road has asked the Whitehall Borough Council to support a plan that would honor the memory of Maddox Derkosh, the 2-year-old Whitehall boy killed in a tragic mauling incident at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Nov. 4. Vallone asked council members at their meeting on Wednesday night what would need to be done to name one of Whitehall's public parks after Maddox. Council President William J. Veith told Vallone that the council is "looking at what options we have" regarding a tribute to Maddox. But for now, Veith said, the council wishes to respect a "grieving period" for his family. Tax Refund for Whitehall Place The owners of the Whitehall Place Apartments complex in the Wallace (Prospect) Park area are …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Gary and Melanie Remlinger spoke to the Whitehall Council about that issue on Wednesday night.
Refugees on Borough Fields Like it or not, Whitehall Borough has been forced to handle a large influx of refugee families to its community over the past several years. And a great deal of those people have taken residence in the apartments of the Wallace (Prospect) Park area, very near some borough fields that are also near and dear to the hearts of those running the Baldwin-Whitehall Athletic Association (BWAA)—a baseball and softball organization open to children from all communities. The president of the BWAA—Gary Remlinger—and his wife, Melanie, both of Varner Road, spoke to the Whitehall Council at its meeting on Wednesday night, expressing concern over how some refugees have been treating those parks—specifically, Prospect and …
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 …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A week's worth of the region's top articles.
Here are this week's top stories from Patch sites in your area: Young Boy Struck by Car in Bridgeville Marcellus Shale/South Hills C.C. Talk Dominates Crowded Whitehall Boro Meeting 'Piehead: (A Kinda True Story)' Hits Destinta Thursday Rowing Duo Hopes to Set World Record Sarris Candies, Pittsburgh Artist Team Up on Delicious Depiction --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
'We're all on the same side, folks.' - Councilman Glenn Nagy
Ever since the South Hills Country Club leased part of its land to Chesapeake Energy to allow high-volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing in Whitehall Borough, Whitehall's elected officials have taken some heat. But in front of a large crowd at Wednesday night's Whitehall Council meeting, those officials stood up for themselves during often-heated exchanges with borough residents. In a room not meant to fit more than 50 or 60 people, those residents overflowed out of the meeting space and used public comments time to question whether or not their council members were doing enough to protect them from hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking"—a controversial component of Marcellus Shale natural-gas drilling that has been linked to dangerous …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Community group says that Chesapeake Energy reps were at the country club on Super Bowl Sunday, but club officials have denied that.
If a tree falls in the woods, but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? How about a truck? A South Hills Area Against Dangerous Drilling (SHAADD) group member has reported observing at least one vehicle from the natural-gas drilling company Chesapeake Energy on South Hills Country Club property in recent weeks, but no one else has reported that activity. And according to South Hills C.C. officials, that SHAADD member is mistaken. After hearing SHAADD member Sarah Scholl speak on behalf of her community group at a Whitehall Borough council meeting on Wednesday night, council President William J. Veith said that he has spoken with country club officials and that those officials are denying that Chesapeake vehicles have been on …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Newly sworn-in Allegheny County executive talks about county assessments, shale drilling and public transit.
"If we do this reassessment, it's going to draw the market away," said newly sworn-in Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald at a Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Thee Olde Place Inn along Streets Run Road on Thursday. Appearing as the most recent of the B-B-W Chamber of Commerce's monthly guest speakers, Fitzgerald spoke freely and on his own topics at the luncheon. He chose to focus on three areas: property assessments, Marcellus and Utica Shale drilling, and public transit. Fitzgerald reaffirmed his position on property reassessments in Allegheny County—that Allegheny is being singled out in Pennsylvania and that he will fight to halt the reassessment process. Fitzgerald called property tax "the worst kind…
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
And a few other notes from a borough meeting on Tuesday night.
Council Reorganization Linda J. Book passed the gavel to new Whitehall Borough Council President William J. Veith on Tuesday night during the borough's reorganizing session, where three re-elected officials were sworn in and new committee appointments were finalized. Re-elected to four-year terms in November were Philip Lahr, Harold Berkoben and Robert McKown. Lahr and Berkoben have both sat on the Whitehall Council for 12 years. McKown has served since 1993 with the exception of two years. In addition to the swearing-in of those re-elected officials by Magisterial District Judge David J. Barton, a new council president and vice president were chosen. Instead of voting on the positions, Whitehall officials fill the slots on an annual, …