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South Whitehall Twp. Commissioners OK new fire truck

By Stephen Althouse, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: May 07 2014 09:32:25 PM CDT
Updated On: May 08 2014 07:19:13 AM CDT
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SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. -

In case you're wondering, fighting fires is not cheap.

The South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners learned that fact firsthand when they approved an amount not to exceed $510,000 to purchase a new custom reserve pumper truck for the Greenawalds Fire Company.

The new vehicle will replace the existing 1988 Pierce Engine Truck. 

The proposal presented Wednesday night by the fire department was in the amount of $497,000 from Nesquehoning, Pa.-based manufacturer Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp.

After a brief presentation by Greenawalds fire officials, Commissioner David Bond noted the township would spend up to $510,000 to add some incidental items that had been deleted by fire officials in their efforts to be prudent with township money.

The premise was that KME would match the township's efforts.

"Negotiate," was how Commissioner Glenn Block put it to fire officials.

Update on Hills at Winchester

In other business, developer David Jaindl spoke during a courtesy of the floor segment to commissioners about potential updates to his proposed upscale age-restricted community known as the Hills at Winchester.

"We wanted to make sure we are going in the right direction," Jaindl told commissioners.

The updates he mentioned Wednesday night include allowing private roads in the development to have only one accompanying sidewalk instead of two and changes to Brickyard Road to allow no through traffic.

Jaindl reiterated several times during his 10-minute presentation that he wasn't expecting commissioners to grant anything immediately and said he would have to go through the process required by the township to have the changes take effect, but added that time was an issue.

Commissioners said at this point they had no objections to the proposed minor alterations.

The 94-acre development on the Rutz Farm, north of Walbert Avenue in the township, would include condominiums and town homes for residents ages 55 and older, and some single-family homes for residents of all ages.

Appointments approved

In other news, commissioners approved resolutions reappointing Ken Navitsky and Matthew Mulqueen to the township's zoning hearing board and the appointments of David Keppel and Steven Walck to the township's parks and recreation board.

In addition, Daniel D'Imperio was reappointed to the South Whitehall Township Board of Authority in a 4-0 vote.