Although the Emmaus Zoning Hearing Board was meeting Jan. 25 simply to determine if a LED sign advertising Wawa could be erected on Chestnut Street, several residents and business owners voiced their displeasure of having a Wawa convenience store come to Emmaus.
Cedar Crest Development LP plans to build a Wawa convenience store and gas station at the corner of Chestnut Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard. Entrance would be from Cedar Crest Boulevard and Chestnut Street at the Eyecare of the Valley property.
Alburtis Borough Council unanimously approved the borough 2018 budget at the Dec. 27, 2017 meeting. The $2,878,713 budget reflects no tax increase, even though the budget for 2017 was $2,611,273.
A $300,000 Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer grant was largely responsible for the $267,440 increase over the 2017 budget.
The borough of Alburtis added two part-time officers to its police force at the Dec. 13 council meeting. Both Brock Termini and Troy Leonard were sworn in by Mayor Kathleen Palmer.
In other business, Scott Stoneback and John Aleszczyk were approved to serve on the Alburtis Civil Service Commission. Thomas Miller was reappointed and Richard Kulbaba appointed to the Alburtis Zoning Hearing Board.
Discussion of the service provided by garbage hauler J.P. Mascaro dominated the Nov. 20 Emmaus Borough Council meeting.
Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe said Mascaro has not only missed pickups but also has not picked up garbage well into Wednesdays.
The current contract with Mascaro calls for garbage to be put curbside Tuesday evenings with pickup by 4 a.m. Wednesday mornings. Pepe said the problem started in August as soon as the borough approved Mascaro’s contract.
Borough Manager Ellen Koplin presented township supervisors with a draft 2018 township budget at the Oct. 19 Lower Milford Township Supervisors meeting.
There is no real estate tax millage increase proposed in the draft document.
The draft budget reflects the salary for an assistant secretary/manager at $50,000.
There is an approximate 9 percent increase for employee benefits from a budgeted 2017 amount of $72,939 to a 2018 amount of $90,969. Also in the draft budget is a 3 percent increase in commissions for the township tax collector.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Press has been informed the event producers have canceled the Lantern Festival Oct. 11 scheduled for Oct. 14. Bell Gate Farm has organized an event in place of the Lantern Festival for children 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Bell Gate Farm, 7081 Bell Gate Road, Coopersburg. The event will include food by Outlaw BBQ, pumpkin carving and contest, live music, face painting, coloring contest, cooking demonstration, a bounce house and more. Event entry is free and a portion of the food proceeds will benefit victims of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
FAFSA. FSAID. PHEAA. COA. EFC.
Confused? You might be if you’re a high school senior or the parent of a senior planning to attend college next year.
Fortunately, Emmaus High School’s guidance office sponsored a financial aid program Sept. 28 with Kim Adamson, assistant director of financial aid at Cedar Crest College, an expert at answering unending questions from students and parents alike.
Emmaus Borough Council held a brief meeting Sept. 5, with Brent Labenberg opening the meeting providing information about the borough’s ambulance subscription plan.
There are two new categories of membership for the coming year: single senior and senior couple. The single senior is $40 annually and the senior couple is $50.
Other categories of membership include single for $45, family for $60 and businesses, covering any employee, for $200.