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Whitehall Twp. owned-property not safe, says board president

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - The most controversial topic during Monday night's Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners' Workshop meeting wasn't on the agenda.

Rather it came from fierce comments made by President Linda Snyder who said the township-owned Prydun Farm property - located next to the Hokendaqua Park and Playground - is a "dangerous situation" and a safety issue of which the township should address sooner than later.

Snyder made the comments during a commissioners' comment session and directed them to Mayor Ed Hozza, who had acquired the property just over one year ago by borrowing $310,000 from the Lafarge Fund.

The move to use the funds without commissioners' knowledge was controversial enough that in January of this year the board passed an ordinance requiring the Hozza administration to gain their approval before borrowing any additional large amounts of money from the Lafarge Fund.

Snyder made the pointed comments about Prydun Farm to Hozza in the context of a previous vote the board had taken earlier in the evening regarding seasonal parking issues.

Snyder commented that the Prydun Farm property issue was of a higher safety priority to address.

In other business during the work session two resolutions and one ordinance were forwarded to the May 12th general board meeting.

The first resolution is in support of Pennsylvania Senate Bill #1340 and House Bill #1272 enabling all municipal police to use the same motor vehicle speed-timing equipment as the Pennsylvania State Police.

The second resolution read Monday night approves the retirement and commencement of monthly pension benefits to former police Lt. Bruce Buckno.

The ordinance noted during Monday night's meeting would adopt a professional services contract policy for the township's police department and non-uniformed employees pension plans.

In addition, a motion to approve the reappointment of Dennis Wehr to serve a one-year term on the township's Plumbers Examining Board ending on April 30, 2017 was also moved to next week's meeting.

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