Mayor Gary Cordner discussed having a chief of police instead of an officer in charge at the Nov. 20 Macungie Borough Council meeting.
Cordner recommended Sgt. Travis Kocher be named chief of police and suggested the new chief have civil service protection, which means the chief would have legal protection should any borough politicians try to remove him from the job.
Kocher said he would accept the position at council’s will. No decision was made at the Nov. 20 meeting.
A major project discussed during the Nov. 14 Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission meeting was the Spring Creek Properties sub-development project.
The utilities are partially on the Jaindl real estate property and partially on the school district’s neighboring property. The commissioners said the plan has more than adequate street trees and the overall landscaping has been approved. The utilities would use wires that go straight into the building either from poles or underground.
Alburtis Police Chief Robert Palmer attended the Nov. 8 Alburtis Borough Council meeting and reported there has been no difference in truck traffic. Palmer said his department pulled over 90 trucks for not staying on the proper roads in October. Resident Deb Larson was at the meeting to discuss her own experience with truckers in the borough.
Larson talked about how trucks were going over the borough’s railroad bridge, which has a 5 ton weight limit, and told about an interaction she had with a truck driver trying to cross the bridge.
The Nov. 6 meeting of the Macungie Borough Council began with an executive session discussing the police contract that ended close to 9 p.m.
Resident Dave Fatzinger spoke about the recurring issue of a truck parking on Village Walk Drive for an extended period of time. Fatzinger was asking for the issue to be addressed by the police department. Borough council assured Fatzinger the situation is being discussed and his pleas are not falling on deaf ears.
Alburtis Police Chief Robert Palmer began the Oct. 25 borough council meeting by talking about conducting interviews looking for a new officer. Chief Palmer explained the department is currently down three men.
A motion was also approved for the chief to buy more ammunition. Chief Palmer also mentioned the truck situation in the borough is pretty much the same.
The Oct. 10 Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission meeting began with the discussion of an expansion of the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
The expansion adds access to Indian Creek Road and would improve the gymnasium. The township is waiting to hear if they will receive a grant for a playground.
There was also discussion of the 1935 Willow Lane property. The property was previously the location of Willows Family Restaurant. The applicants want to reopen the restaurant without changing property dimensions.
Macungie Borough Council began its Oct. 16 meeting with a discussion regarding the Main Street Streetscape Plan. There has been a significant amount of concern from citizens and business owners regarding the Main Street Streetscape Plan, but Macungie Borough Council President Chis Becker is not discouraged.
“It takes a vision and persistence to make change,” Becker said.
“The whole point of the project is to slow traffic down entering the borough. It helps with our sense of community,” Becker said.
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Alburtis Mayor Kathleen Palmer began the Oct. 11 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council with a moment of silence for the victims of the recent Las Vegas shooting. Palmer mentioned she knew someone who lost a family member in the attack.
Boy Scout Troop 86 Scoutmaster Les Bowers asked about the possibility of having a place at Alburtis Borough Hall to collect retired flags. The flags would be collected four times a year and the Troop will have a flag retirement ceremony.
The Oct. 2 meeting of Macungie Borough Council involved the discussion of an arbitrator for police association negotiations and the borough streetscape project.
Council received a list of issues and disputes from the police union. It was explained the police did not want to negotiate with council and the borough has to get an arbitrator. Council argued a negotiation is a give and take and the police association was coming in demanding everything they wanted.
The Sept. 27 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council began with a discussion of implementing caller ID in the borough hall.
Council officials received a quote from Diefenderfer Electrical Contractors in Allentown. The price to implement caller ID would be $1,244 plus the hourly rate of $121.65 per hour. There was discussion about the option of replacing the phones instead.