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South Whitehall makes zoning changes

The South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners approved 25 different amendments to its zoning ordinance during Wednesday night's meeting. 

The majority of the changes were procedural, though there were a few exceptions.

One was dealing with growing medical marijuana. The township has not received any proposals, however the changes will leave them prepared should that occur. Another edit involved adding regulations for canopy-mounted solar panels after members of Luther Crest inquired about them. Previously they were not permitted under the township's zoning.

In other news, commissioners approved a resolution that will include the South Whitehall Township Police Department in the Project Lifesaver program. The program allows individuals with cognitive issues such as autism and Alzheimer's to obtain a transmitter bracelet they can wear on their ankle. This allows the police department to monitor and find the individual should he or she become lost. 

Commissioners also granted their permission for the township to proceed with demolishing recreation hall at 2466 Wehr Mill Road. The demolition is scheduled for November.

Finally, commissioners OK'd another police department request. The commissioners voted 3-0 to allow the department to purchase a third automatic license plate reader. Police Chief John Christman said the two current automatic license plate readers lead to "everyday arrests." The new purchase will cost the township $14,000.

Commissioners Glenn Block and David Bond were absent from Wednesday night's meeting.


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