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Tuesday, October 16, 2018
PRESS PHOTO BY SHARON SCHRANTZThe land to be preserved by the township will be used only as farmland. PRESS PHOTO BY SHARON SCHRANTZThe land to be preserved by the township will be used only as farmland.
PRESS PHOTO BY SHARON SCHRANTZThe “For Sale” is on land being purchased by the township for preservation. PRESS PHOTO BY SHARON SCHRANTZThe “For Sale” is on land being purchased by the township for preservation.

LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by sharon schrantz Special to The Press in Local News

Weiner land purchased by township for farmland preservation

At a well-attended Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting May 3, commissioners approved the purchase of the Weiner tract of land at 5131 Sauerkraut Lane, 3135 Brookside Road and 3150 Macungie Road. The unanimous vote led to a round of applause.

There is a budget item for capital funds which is where $4 million will come from. An additional $2 million will come from the township reserves.

The land will be preserved for farm use only. Any building will be farm usable like a barn or a farmhouse.

This farm is the number one farm in the county.

The Wildlands Conservancy and the current owners were instrumental in this project. The agreement of sale is expected to be finalized in September.

There were 30 emails to the township regarding the land, with 29 in favor and one against. Residents from surrounding neighborhoods gave their support. A resident from Wild Cherry Knoll spoke in favor of the preservation. A resident in the area of Sauerkraut Lane and Macungie Road said how she thought of moving away but now will stay here.

An executive session was held regarding pending litigation.

The lights at Quarry Park have been installed and tested.

The traffic light at Sauerkraut Lane and Willow Lane is moving forward. The light poles were installed May 4.

A shredding event was held May 5 sponsored by state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th.

Concerts have been scheduled for the summer.

Heritage Park at Wawa on Hamilton Boulevard is moving along. Stamped pavers have been installed.

Board President Ron Beitler acknowledged several groups for their help with various projects. Waterfall Crossing residents cleaned up and acquired 500 pounds of trash. Faith Church volunteers cleaned up picnic tables and also assisted with trash cleanup. Beitler also thanked the volunteers at the Arbor Day festivities: the student from Emmaus High School who sang, the Boy Scouts who helped and those who helped complete the planting of trees.