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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by SHARON SCHRANTZ Special to The Press in Local News

Audit of 2018 financial records favorable

The 2018 audit prepared by Kirk, Summa and Co. was presented during the Sept. 19 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.

The auditors analyzed the financial statements and stated they were presented fairly. The auditors analyzed government activities, business-type activities and major funds. It was stated by the auditor presenting the report that “he wishes all his audits were like this.” Details on the audit can be found on the township’s website www.lowermac.com.

The new owner of the Shepherd Hills Foundation Tavern expressed concern for a complaint filed with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board over noise from the tavern during the Sept. 19 meeting. The owner has expressed to neighbors if there were any complaints, to call him directly. The PLCB regulates noise ordinances for these places. The commissioners will investigate further.

Residents from the Shepherd Hills townhouse development expressed concern about drainage problems. Parking spots along the road have water laying which in time causes roads to develop a well-type area which in turn will cause further damage to the road.

Previous commissioners used to drive through the development and address issues such as trash cans being left out or put out too soon. Current commissioners have addressed issues such as weeds, trash cans and other issues.

The residents in this development have lived here for a long period of time and there used to be a homeowners association.

One of the problems is that there are a lot of renters in this neighborhood. Landlords receive information and do not always forward it to their tenants. The township does mail out a welcome packet which lets residents know about trash cans, weeds and whatever else is necessary but, again, the residents are not always getting the information. The board is monitoring this situation.

The bill list was presented. The commissioners reminded residents the bill list is posted on the website. If there are ever any questions, residents can contact the township.

The library tax referendum will appear on the November ballot, according to Township Solicitor Peter Lehr.

The Indian Creek Waterline extension project will begin within the next month. The project could be completed this year as long as the weather holds. Lehigh County Authority contributes to this project. The township’s part is $151,000 which is slightly over budget and will be remedied through a small line of credit.

The ribbon-cutting event for the portion of the Greenway project and bike event was a success. A total of 47 kids registered and 50 helmets were given away. Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners President Ronald W. Beitler thanked the Brookside Deli for supplying the food.

George Doughty was approved for the library board by a vote of 3-1. Commissioner Richard Ward stated he thought there were others that may be more qualified.