The April 12 meeting of Alburtis Borough Council began with the reappointment of two members to the Alburtis Planning Commission. The terms of office of Sharon Trexler and Steven Mehl expired March 4; council re-appointed Trexler and Mehl to a four-year term as members expiring March 4, 2021.
There was a discussion regarding possible tax credits for volunteer firefighters, but it was tabled because the fire chief could not be present at the meeting.
During the April 17 meeting of Macungie Borough Council, there was a discussion about the festivities occurring over Easter weekend.
This year, the borough celebrated 75 years of holding an Easter egg hunt. Unfortunately, this year might be the last since David Saylor, who has organized the event for many years, has said this was his last year. The borough is currently looking for a volunteer to step up and organize this event for next year. Council said it is important the Easter egg hunt tradition continue in Macungie because it makes the borough unique.
The March 29 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council included Macungie Ambulance Corp’s 2016 annual report, presented by Chris Greb.
According to Greb, the Macungie Ambulance Corps responded to 3,689 calls in 2016, which was an increase of 206 over 2015 and sets an all-time record.
Of the 3,689 calls, 116, or 3 percent, came from Alburtis Borough compared to 10 percent from Macungie Borough and 69 percent from Lower Macungie Township.
The April 3 meeting of Macungie Borough Council began with a discussion of a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection grant the borough received for their recycling program performance.
The grant was in the amount of $7,272. This money will be used for a combined electronics recycling event between Macungie and Alburtis boroughs. The recycling event is scheduled for April 29.
The lone topic discussed at the March 21 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission was the subdivision plan for two tracts of the Shepherd Hills subdivision. The tracts in question include the clubhouse and maintenance shed tract.
There is a deed of preservation on the Shepherd Hills Golf Course. The deed zones the property as either passive or active recreation and requires the property be divided into separate parcels.
The March 20 meeting of the Macungie Borough Council began with an annual presentation from Chris Gerb of the Macungie Ambulance Corp.
In 2016, the Macungie Ambulance Corp responded to 3,689 calls, an all-time record and 206 more than in 2015. Of the calls, 317 of the calls in 2016 were in Macungie Borough, accounting for 10 percent of the total calls for the year.
The largest percentage of the calls came from Lower Macungie Township which had 2,292 calls, accounting for 69 percent of the calls for 2016.
During the March 8 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council there was resolution to the JAR LLC land development plan. The plan was for a multi-family home at 315 E. Stone Ally. The property in question currently has an abandoned house on it and the plan will replace it with an eight unit apartment complex. The conditional use was approved for the plan during the last meeting.
The Feb. 21 meeting of Macungie Borough Council centered on a loan from New Tripoli Bank.
Council was looking to take out a $3,845,000 loan from New Tripoli Bank, which would be used to fund a sewer rehabilitation project. The ordinance required for the loan passed unanimously. Council President Chris Becker spoke about the importance of acquiring the loan.
“It’s something we needed,” Becker said. “We need to invest in our infrastructure,” he continued.
Alburtis Borough Council discussed the conditional use hearing for a multi-family home at 315 E. Stone Ally at the Feb. 22 meeting. The hearing involved two witnesses who answered questions about the project.
The first witness was Andrea Keeney, the principle owner of Jar Development LLC. She explained the property in question currently has an abandoned house on it which will be replaced by an eight unit apartment complex.
The Feb. 14 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission centered around development of the 3262 Schoeneck Road property.
The warehouse size on the property was reduced from 210 square feet to 200 square feet. Representatives of the property also agreed to reduce the steepness of the slope on the property and add a retaining wall along the back of the property.