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South Whitehall Twp., Upper Macungie Twp. to ask for state help buying mobile emergency command post

Published On: Mar 06 2013 11:26:01 PM EST

The South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to authorize the township to pursue state grants to help pay for a mobile emergency command post vehicle during Wednesday night’s meeting.

The vehicle would be purchased along with Upper Macungie Township, according to Township Manager Jon Hammer. Officials will attempt to procure the funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

By approving the resolution commissioners did not obligate the township to purchase the vehicle or provide any matching funds, Hammer added.


In other business Wednesday night the board voted 5-0 to amend the fee schedule for commercial building permit applications

“This helps bring transparency to this process,” noted Gerald Harbison, assistant director of community development for South Whitehall Township. “Basically what are you getting for your dollar.”

In addition commissioners also heard from Tony Ganguzza, the township’s director of administration, regarding proposals for a sewage enforcement officer and geotechnical consultant. When asked by commissioners what would be the top criteria of ideal candidates, Ganguzza said he would look for three things for the successful candidate – their proximity to South Whitehall Township, their fees and the quality of the firm.

Commissioners instructed Ganguzza and Hammber to offer recommendations after doing more due diligence on the applicants at the March 20th meeting.

And commissioners also heard about amendments to require clear-sight triangle provisions at the intersection of public streets in the township. No action was taken on the amendments during Wednesday night's meeting.