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.
Macungie Borough Council discussed the creation of two postcards announcing an open house at the Macungie Institute and the opening of the farmers market at the May 1 meeting.
The Macungie Institute event is scheduled 5 to 7 p.m. June 12. Postcards would be sent to local companies and organizations who might be interested in renting out a room in the Macungie Institute for an event.
The April 28 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council began with a report from Alburtis Police Chief Robert Palmer on enforcing truck routes in the area. Palmer said he has written about 80 citations in April for truck drivers not staying on the trucking routes. He also said there needs to be better signage for Congdon Hill Drive.
The April 11 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission focusing on a possible warehouse development on Schoeneck Road was well attended by the public.
John Snyder and Matthew Curry appeared before the planning commission to submit a primary land development plan and have a conditional use hearing for the warehouse in question. The warehouse would be 200,000 square feet and would be located along Schoeneck Road and just south of Alburtis Road.