Whitehall News

Fairway Blvd. child care center hinges on council


Whitehall City Council on May 7 was expected to consider and possibly approve the operation of a child care facility in the 200 block of Fairway Boulevard.

The applicant and property owner, Robert Levy, is seeking a special permit to allow the operation of the child care center in the first-floor suite of a building at 225 Fairway Blvd.

An ordinance approving the special permit was scheduled for a third and final reading May 7 and was expected to pass.

Other legislation scheduled for a third and final reading and adoption were ordinances amending sections of city code regarding the carryover of vacation and sick-leave credits, establishing a self-insurance trust fund and authorizing Mayor Kim Maggard to convey city-owned property to the Whitehall Community Improvement Corp.

Whitehall recently paid $2,600 in back taxes on the abandoned parcel at the northeast corner of South Hamilton Road and Etna Road and, with it, obtained the right to control its use.

"It's a good deal for the city," Whitehall City Council President Jim Graham said.

The abandoned structure most recently was used as a gas station about three years ago.

The city paid tax arrears on the parcel and was awarded ownership, Graham said.

The ordinance transferring ownership of the parcel from the city to the Whitehall Community Investment Corp. was expected to pass May 7.

The city already has entertained offers for the parcel, Graham said, and is poised to accept a bid of $80,000 from a developer who intends to build a gas station and convenience store at the site. The parcel is zoned to allow for the proposed use.

Council also was expected to consider an ordinance amending the minimum depth of pools requiring a fence.

Owners of pools 18 inches or deeper currently must have at least a 4-foot-tall fence around the pool, but proposed legislation would increase the minimum depth requiring a fence to 24 inches.

Four resolutions were to be introduced to recognize a Whitehall city employee.

Grant Long has been named 2013 Employee of the Year of the Division of Fire, John Slosser for the Division of Police, Dawn Williams for support and administration and George Dorsey for labor and maintenance. Each will receive a $250 bonus for being named Employee of the Year for respective departments.