Schoeneck Road Development was supposed to be part of the July 11 Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission Meeting, but the applicant asked to be taken off of the agenda.
The planning commission discussed the Orchard Road Industrial Building during the meeting. The property is in an industrial zone and is 36 and a half acres in size. It is located at the intersection of Alburtis Road and Orchard Road. The proposed warehouse is over 160,000 square feet.
The July 5 meeting of Macungie Borough Council began with a comment from borough resident Dennis Fritz. Fritz questioned if anything came of a noise ordinance that was in its early stages of planning a few years earlier. He was concerned about a possible noise violation from the Pub on Main. Fritz felt the issue could be resolved if there were a written list of rules or regulations so that new pub owners would not have confusion about the rules.
During the June 28 Alburtis Borough Council meeting, Police Chief Robert Palmer discussed the reccurring issue of truck traffic due to the increase of warehouses in the surrounding areas.
Members of council discussed the possibility of moving existing signs or placing new signs to help alleviate the issue. There was also discussion of working with Lower Macungie Township and other municipalities to solve the problem.
Macungie Borough Council’s June 19 meeting focused on the fire department and the budget for the Macungie Institute.
Council discussed a fire department certification form during the meeting. Questions had been raised about whether the form was signed by Council President Chris Becker.
It was revealed during the meeting Becker did sign the form during the Nov. 23, 2015, borough council meeting. The form was brought to the meeting by the fire chief and Becker was told the form had to be signed that night.
The June 14 meeting of Alburtis Borough Council involved the continuation of resident issues from previous meetings.
The first issue regarded a chicken coop causing both noise and odor issues for neighboring residents. After the last meeting, the borough sent a letter to the property owner in question. A neighbor attending the meeting stated the letter had an effect as the homeowner removed the rooster and is making a conscious effort to deal with the odor.
The May 31 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council involved residents’ concerns regarding one of their neighbors.
Alburtis resident Kaitlin Hummel, along with her husband and a neighboring couple, spoke at the meeting regarding issues with another one of their neighbors. The neighbor in question is raising a rooster and approximately seven chickens in her backyard. This is causing issues with both noise and smell.
The June 5 meeting of the Macungie Borough Council focused on a resident’s issue with his neighbor’s construction company and the ongoing community concerns involving the fire department.
The Schoeneck Road Development project was scheduled to have its conditional use hearing in addition to having its primary and final land development plans discussed during the May 9 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission, but the developers asked for a time extension.
The May 10 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council primarily focused on the Walnut street renovation project and the grant associated with it in addition to some topics pertaining to the fire department.
The borough had some good news when it found out it would be able to use its own workers for the Walnut Street Grant project. There was also a discussion about moving utility poles currently in the way of sidewalks which would be renovated. The cost of moving a utility pole is unknown.
Borough council announced there will be a meeting 7:30 p.m. May 22 to discuss recent fire department issues. The meeting will be held at borough hall.
A resident at the meeting had concerns about fire department training and certifications, specifically wondering who signed off on the training. The resident was encouraged to attend the upcoming meeting.
“This is an issue that will take a good deal of time and requires its own meeting,” Council President Chris Becker said.