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LOWER MACUNGIE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Proposal to continue public water lines receives conditional approval

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by SHARON SCHRANTZ Special to The Press in Local News

A proposal to continue public water lines in the area around Indian Creek Road across from the maintenance building north and south of Brookside Road near the railroad tracks was introduced at the Sept. 6 board of commissioners meeting.

If approved, the library and community center would have access to public water.

It was suggested the project be split three ways between Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County Authority and Dale Dries, property owner along Brookside Road. Dries owns the property next to his business, Dries Do It Center.

The township's share of the project is approximately $54,000.

The commissioners, with the exception of Ron Eichenberg and Douglas Brown, approved it conditional on the land project moving forward. Eichenberg recused himself due to the real estate transaction involved and Brown opposed the project.

Former Lower Macungie Township Commissioner Joe Pugliese, reminded the present commissioners of the millions of dollars alone invested in the two township buildings. He said this project could easily cost the township $300,000 and felt the deal was worth accomplishing.

Scott Bieber, of 7289 Spring Creek Road, and Lisa Makuta, of 7270 Woodbine Lane, are asking for the balance of their unlivable homes. The residents have experienced frequent flooding with water reaching into the first floor. There have been three to four floods over several years with $150,000 in damage. Makuta said she experienced a severe flood within the first eight days of occupancy.

Bieber and Makuta were given fair market appraisals and a percentage of payment from the federal government. The residents asked the township for the balance of $21,000. This was approved.

Jim Palmquist, a resident of the township, voluntarily offered some extensive insights about the Greenway plan.

"Thirty-eight percent of Brookside Road, from the Route 222 Bypass to Buckeye Road, has walkways. Only six homes have walking access to the library and township buildings. There are 126 businesses along the Brookside Road Walkway study," Palmquist said.

"Fifty-eight percent of Lower Macungie Road from Air Products to Wild Cherry Lane has walkways. Walkway gaps make these walkways unusable. Rolling Hills and Shepherd Hills are within one mile of the shops in Trexlertown and do not have walking access. There are 111 businesses along Lower Macungie Road which are part of the walkway studies. In conclusion, our walkway system is two-thirds completed but cannot be used."

Palmquist also said improving the walkway system will further enhance the township's value for residents and businesses; it also helps with the obesity epidemic and further enhances community living. Further details to this extensive proposal can be found at lowermac.com.

Ron Beitler, a resident of the township, said he supports this. "This is just what the township needs in soliciting smart growth," Beitler said.

Lehigh County Commissioner Percy Dougherty sent a letter to Lower Macungie Township giving them notice of the availability for the Green Futures Fund. Beitler said this is a good idea and will benefit the idea of farmland preservation which has been key issue throughout the township for many years.

The 25 mph speed limit on Spring Creek Road has been approved. The area affected is between Sauerkraut Road and Spring Creek Road. The residents along Mill Creek Road expressed their thanks for this ordinance.

Robert Bisbing, of Wild Cherry Lane, expressed his concern about speeding along that street. This complaint is being forwarded to the state police.

Scott Aquila and Richard Ward were reappointed to the Public Safety Commission. Their terms will expire Dec. 31, 2014.

Peter Pavlovic was appointed as an ad hoc member.

The Facebook and Twitter sites have been initiated. This increases communication within the township.

Solicitor Richard Somach told commissioners $100,000 of costs have been recovered from the Deibert case.