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.
The Sept. 18 meeting of the Macungie Borough Council began with a presentation from Amy Resh, of the Emmaus Public Library. Resh mentioned 38 percent of residents in Macungie borough have a library card.
The total circulation for the library is also up 5 percent. The library holds events for kids, teens and adults and has recently upgraded their technology to have more Wi-Fi points and two new computers. The public library has received a $500,000 Keystone grant from the state for a 2,400 square foot addition.
The Sept. 12 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with a discussion of the Fleming Minor Subdivision.
The lot in question has steep slopes and is wooded. A right of way and frontage improvements on Sweetwood Drive were discussed. Planning commission members asked about a recreation fee and a traffic impact fee. There was a request for a sidewalk along Sweetwood Drive.
The Sept. 13 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council meeting began with the discussion of a resolution for a cell tower that would be built on borough property.
The cell tower was discussed at a previous meeting. Verizon wanted to build a cell tower on the edge of the borough’s baseball field. It was suggested a 300-foot fence be built around the field and have the cell tower just beyond the field. There was a debate about whether the fence would have an impact on how games were played on the field.
The Lower Lehigh Lions Club spoke at the Sept. 5 Macungie Borough Council meeting about the upcoming Halloween Parade.
The parade will take place Oct. 28 and will begin forming 6 p.m. at the Eyer Middle School and Shoemaker School parking lots with the parade starting 7:15 p.m. The second annual fun run will start 6:45 p.m. and this year it will benefit the Friends of the Macungie Institute.
The Aug. 30 meeting of Alburtis Borough Council began with a discussion of Norfolk Southern rental fees. The borough has a sewer line crossing under the railroad near the Main Street crossing.
The right to pass under the railroad was rented by the borough. The rent price has quadrupled to $1,700 for the upcoming year. Council wants to schedule a meeting with Norfolk Southern to make sure the rate would remain within a certain range for a number of years.
The Aug. 8 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission focused on a pair of development projects on Hamilton Boulevard
The first project at 5374 and 5392 Hamilton Blvd. involved discussion about the zoning requirements as well as the parking lot and handicapped spaces. The planning commission also had questions about sight triangles on the property. Concerns also rose regarding the driveway on the property.
The Aug. 9 meeting of Alburtis Borough Council focused primarily on a drainage system installed on a resident’s property. The property in question belonged to Adam Hite and was in the Fields at Lockridge development. Hite had set up a pipe in an easement in the backyard between two storm drains in order to prevent stormwater building up in the back yard.
The Aug. 8 meeting of the Macungie Borough Council took place in the Macungie Institute and focused primarily on the Macungie Volunteer Fire Department.
Attorney James F. Kratz, who spoke on behalf of the fire department, said he agreed with some aspects of the report on the fire department, but not everything it said. Part of the claim of alleged fraud had to do with Fireman’s Relief Fund money improperly used for insurance premiums.