Early Whitehall budget numbers in check
An early look at the 2013 Whitehall budget shows no signs of a tax increase.
Council members held their first meeting to discuss the budget Saturday, borough Manager James Leventry said. The $8.8 million general fund budget and $4.5 million sewer budget includes no projected tax increase, Leventry said.
Money likely will be used from the borough's reserve to balance the budget.
Council will meet again on Saturday for its second budget meeting at 9 a.m. in council chambers, 100 Borough Park Drive.
Signs in place
Two flashing, digital signs that alert drivers of their speed are now being placed on Whitehall streets, Councilman Robert Mc-Kown said at the meeting last week.
Whitehall officers are coordinating the placement of the signs with locations where residents have concerns about speeders, police Chief Donald Dolfi added.
“It's been effective,” he said.
The borough purchased signs within the last several months and also monitor speed and traffic.
A move to Nov. 3 for the celebration of Halloween trick-or-treating due to worries about the effects of Superstorm Sandy was successful in Whitehall Borough, Mayor James Nowalk said last week.
Whitehall police and fire company officials had “high visibility” patrols and there were “no major problems,” the mayor reported.
Having Halloween celebrations and trick-or-treating on a Saturday night is easier for families, said one resident who has requested the switch be made permanently, Nowalk said.
Moving Halloween celebrations in Whitehall to a Saturday each year would be complicated, the mayor said, noting that the borough has to have its day in sync with neighboring communities.
Whitehall Council last week, in a 5-0 vote, approved a subdivision plan for land submitted by the Royal Mile Co. for the Maiden Bridge and Canongate apartments, located off Weyman Road.
Council members Harold Berkoben and Glenn Nagy were absent.
Whitehall Council last week, in a 5-0 vote, agreed to extend the borough's contract with Steel City Landscaping for the second and final option year of the pact.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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