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Changes to firearm regulations in Whitehall on display

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Firearm regulations are being adjusted in Whitehall to comply with state law.

Amendments have been made to the Whitehall Borough code, section 96, to remove portions that were deemed in violation of Pennsylvania regulations, officials said.

Borough council last week, agreed to place an amended ordinance that contained these changes, on display for public review.

The ordinance still must receive final approval from borough council.

A resident brought up the issue, manager James Leventry said. Whitehall's code had made it illegal for a person to carry a revolver or pistol anywhere but his or her home.

Premiums

A change in Whitehall's health care plan will allow borough employees to pay a portion of their premiums on a pre-tax basis.

Borough Council approved a motion for the town to pursue an adjustment to its plan that would implement a premium conversion. Employees asked for the adjustment, which will not alter any specifics of coverage or costs, the borough manager James Levantry said.

Solar panels

Whitehall officials could look at placing regulations on solar panels.

“I think we at least need to think about (if) we want to do anything about solar panels or what can we do?” Councilwoman Kathy DePuy told her colleagues last week, when introducing the idea.

Other council members agreed they need to be vigilant with the growing solar panel industry.

“Solar panels don't look too bad when they're new,” council President Glenn Nagy said. “But there is nothing uglier than when they start to fade and get gray and then nobody goes up and takes them down because they don't work anymore. It can really be an ugly, ugly site. It's definitely something we want to keep on the radar.”

Canvassing planned

A knock on the door at Whitehall homes could come as late as 9 p.m. from canvassers in the next few weeks.

Clean Water Action will begin its 2013 canvas of the borough, and canvassers are permitted to go door-to-door until 9 p.m. under the borough code, mayor James Nowalk said.

Borough officials in previous years have said they received complaints about the groups canvassing at late hours.

“Just be aware if someone comes to talk to you in your neighborhood, if it's Clean Water Action, they're allowed to do it,” Nowalk said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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