SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. -

The South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners Wednesday night bid farewell to Detective Richard Mirarchi, who officially retired Aug. 11.

Mirarchi began his service with the township Aug. 10, 1987, as a patrolman.

"We are very, very thankful for all of your years of service," board President Christina Morgan said of Mirarchi's 29 years with the township.

"Thank you very much," Mirarchi responded, who was accompanied by family.

Also during the meeting, the board welcomed new township Public Works Manager Jeff Clapper.

Township Manager Howard Kutlzer said Clapper, a resident of Whitehall Township, was previously employed by Emmaus Borough for 17 years.

"[He] comes to us as a seasoned public works manager," Kutzler said.

The board also unanimously approved a motion to award a bid to Hanson Aggregates of Pennsylvania LLC for roadway paving of Winchester Road and authorization to move forward with the purchase of a CSI camera system.

The total cost for the Winchester Road project was slated at $175,000 with the lowest bid coming in just under $167,000.

The purchase of the CSI camera system is needed to upgrade the township surveillance system.