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Sunday, July 12, 2020

LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by Sharon Schrantz Special to The Press in Local News

Business operation noise ordinance established

A business operation noise ordinance was established during the June 4 Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners virtual meeting.

The ordinance received unanimous approval.

The ordinance was defined as any noise that “disrupts or injures the comfort, repose, health, hearing, peace or safety of persons.”

According to the ordinance, noise is considered that which disturbs people with reasonable sensitivities or causes endangerment or injury or endangers personal or realm property.

In other meeting business, a letter was written to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf urging the reopening of local businesses. The letter was written by Commissioner Richard V. Ward and supported by all Lower Macungie Township Commissioners.

Regarding outdoor dining during the yellow phase, certain issues are being considered. Making sure there is sufficient parking is one issue. Other concerns include making sure a clear sidewalk is maintained along with sufficient clearance for disabled persons.

Kevin Shoemaker was appointed to the Lower Macungie Township Historical Commission. His term will expire in 2024. Shoemaker is involved in the Lower Macungie Township and Alburtis historical societies.

The building sewer inspection ordinance was approved for advertising by the commissioners. According to the meeting minutes, the building inspection ordinance is part of work with the Lehigh County Authority and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to comply with regulatory sewer matters. The ordinance regulates inspection of laterals to identify issues needing repairs at time of property transfer or change in use. Video inspection for leakage is acceptable.

Commissioners also noted preparations are underway as Lehigh County prepares to reopen. The green phase will include reopening parks, basketball courts and other areas of social gatherings.

Commissioners also discussed honoring Lower Macungie Township Fire Marshall Brent A. McNabb who died in December 2019.

McNabb also owned McNabb’s Automotive Repair, 4948 Hamilton Blvd.

Commissioners talked about renaming a park to honor McNabb but were discouraged to due to no guidelines within the township for naming of areas for special people. It was suggested perhaps the Wescosville fire house or a street be named in McNabb’s honor.