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Thursday, June 21, 2018 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER Special to The Press in Local News

Rolling stop signs to be posted throughout the borough

The problem of people driving their cars through stop signs and failing to come to a complete stop, even with Officer Daniel Wiedemann present, was a topic of discussion at the June 13 Alburtis Borough Council meeting.

The issue is especially prevalent at School Street and Walnut and Chestnut streets.

Council members passed a motion to order four rolling stop signs and give them to Police Chief Robert Palmer. These signs will be posted throughout the borough under Palmer’s direction.

Maintenance Supervisor Donnie Derr reported the maintenance crew flushed the fire hydrants at night for the year and the process went well. On June 18, the water meters were scheduled to be read. The borough has a new pump ready to install at the sewer station and is waiting for the electrician to complete the wiring. The maintenance crew reapplied mulch around the playground areas, the swing sets and play areas.

Macungie Ambulance Corps responded to 310 calls for service in May and three of the calls were in Alburtis, according to a report from the corps. Their mutual aid providers responded to one call in the borough.

For implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who are experiencing severe heart attacks, the Macungie Ambulance Corps received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award.

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” Tim Henry, M.D., chair of the mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Sydrome Subcommittee, said in comments included in the report from the Macungie Ambulance Corps. “They can save lives as they are often the first to treat heart attack patients and can alert the hospitals about the incoming patient and save precious time.” Henry applauded Macungie Ambulance Corps for their achievements in the treatment of heart attack patients.

Borough Engineer Jeffrey Ott, of Ott Consulting, Inc., submitted four pages of project meeting notes from his last meeting with Borough Manager Sharon Trexler, Derr and Council President Ronald DeIaco June 1, updating 14 projects being worked on in the borough. It was decided the four will meet the first Friday of every month for an update of the projects.

A letter was received from Emmaus Borough stating Emmaus Borough Council members have decided not to sign the Intermunicipal Agreement, although they did decide to adopt the plan.

Council passed a motion granting permission to Trexler to send a letter with requested documentation to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the borough’s operations and maintenance plan for the sewer collection system and send a copy of the borough’s current inflow and infiltration source removal plan.

Following adjournment of the meeting, an executive session was held to discuss a personnel matter with no action being taken.