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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Formal plans for a 70-unit family apartment complex in the Gypsy Hill section of Lehighton were unveiled during a meeting of the Lehighton Planning Commission. The plans indicted there would be five apartment buildings containing 12 one-bedroom units, 42 two-bedroom units, and 16 three-bedroom units. Dr. John DeMatte, secretary for DJV Associates, Lehighton, developer of the project, said the project will be financed through the Pa. Housing Finance Agency.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Bagpiper Kerry McNeil played "Amazing Grace" during the Memorial Ceremony. Bob Kuntz and Fire Chief Keith Weaver had laid the wreaths.

A Sept. 11 rededication of the firemen's statue in Slatington was followed by a Memorial Ceremony in remembrance of 9/11.

Gary Phillips, a former Slatington fire chief, focused on volunteerism to honor those volunteers who died in New York. He defined "volunteer" as "one who serves of their own free will without compensation."

He said people who did not live in Slatington helped with the firemen's statue restoration when it was hit by a car. Help came from all over the United States.

"Today it is a three-dimensional representation of volunteers," Phillips said.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ron and Janet Kologe of Gilbert visit the AAA table to obtain information as to what that entity has to offer. They were among the many Seniors visiting the Senior Fair held at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert.

There were "a ton of people here," said Kathy Lombardo of the Senior Citizen Fair sponsored by Reps. Mike Carroll and John Siptroth at the West End Fairgrounds. A program assistant for the local Penn State Cooperative Extension office in Stroudsburg, Lombardo had information available for the Strong Woman program just begun at several sites, including the West End and Trachsville, as well as Dining with Diabetes, and other PSU Extension programs.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

At Slatington's regular meeting of council held Monday evening Kathy Buss, who owns rental properties in the Northern Lehigh area, said that Slatington's water, sewage and garbage bills are out of control.

"The rates are killing this town," Buss said.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Tamaqua Area School District is offering inactivated injectable influenza vaccine (seasonal flu vaccine) through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. This vaccine is free of charge for all interested students', kindergarten through grade 12.

Paperwork is available on the school website or at all the schools.

If you are interested in having your child receive the vaccine at school, please read the information sheet, complete the consent form and return to homeroom teachers by Friday, Sept. 17.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In an effort to make the Community Center in Summit Hill more user friendly, a major change was made by borough council regarding approval for using the facility.

Effective immediately, all requests for using the center can be approved or denied by a three-member committee consisting of Borough Secretary Kira Michalik, councilman William Chapman, and Recreation Commission Chairman Monica Marshall.

In the past, approvals had to be made by the full borough council, meaning requests could take a full month to be reviewed. The council generally meets just once a month.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Solicitor John Ashley said the new subdivision and land developmentordinance addressesconcerns that have come up at land use discussions. The hearing was held Sept. 7 before the supervisors' meeting.

There are revised definitions, subdivision standards, improvement standards, and mobile home park development standards. It has been available in the township building for review by residents.

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission said the draft is in compliance with the Lehigh Valley Comprehensive Plan and township ordinances.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Seed of Faith church got a conditional use approval during the regularly scheduled Polk Township supervisors meeting Monday. That came after a duly publicized conditional use public hearing immediately preceding the regular meeting. The conditional use allows the church to continue forward in Jonas at the former Roman Catholic Church building on Route 534. The 2.29-acre site is now in a commercial zone and the building has been empty for some time, ever since a previous business use left.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Virtually every month Summit Hill Borough Council receives - and approves - requests from property owners who want to be exempted from paying their garbage bills because their properties are vacant.

Effective 2011, those exemptions will be considered only once a year - in January, the council said last night.

Last night one exemption request was received.

Councilman Michael Alabovitz asked regarding the exemption request, "Will this continue monthly?"

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The speed limit on Pine Hill Road in West Penn Township has been established at 45 miles-per-hour.

The township's board of supervisors Monday evening adopted an ordinance setting the new limit on Pine Hill, between SR309 and Cold Spring Road.

Ron Madison of Rettew Inc., Schuylkill Haven, the township's engineering consultant, announced that Rettew had performed an engineering study on Pine Hill to determine a proper speed limit.