The Feb. 6 meeting of the Macungie Borough Council began with an appeal from John Hayes, of New Tripoli Bank.
Hayes discussed the bank’s purchase of a set of properties on Buckeye Road and how New Tripoli Bank tries to target areas that will work well with community banking. Hayes said it is important for the bank to be partnered with the municipality.
The Feb. 8 meeting of Alburtis Borough Council began with the swearing in of a new part-time police officer, Joseph Britt.
The 25-year-old Britt graduated from the Lackawanna Police Academy and was in the Army National Guard for six years. His recent employment included the Slatington Police Department and Lehigh University. Britt also worked as a Allentown 911 dispatcher.
The Jan. 25 meeting of Alburtis Borough Council began with a report from Alburtis Police Chief Robert Palmer.
Palmer discussed hiring a part-time police officer. He explained it would not add a police officer to the force, but replaces an officer who left. The officer would average about two shifts a week. Borough council approved the new police officer.
The Jan. 16 meeting of the Macungie Borough Council, which took place in the Macungie Institute, began with the swearing in of several police officers and a junior council member.
There were four part-time police officers who were sworn in at the meeting: Alexander Smith, Anthony Campanel, Michael Marshal and Kyle Fisher. Members of the new officers’ families were also in attendance.
The Jan. 17 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission was a joint meeting with the Macungie Borough Planning Commission.
The meeting began with the discussion of the second and third phase of the Stone Hill Meadows development.
The first phase of the Stone Hill Meadows development was approved in 2016. At the meeting, the project was presented by engineer Tom Dredge and attorney Jim Preston.
The Jan. 3 meeting of the Macungie Borough Council began with new junior council member Valeria Cordner taking her oath of office.
Cordner, whose father is Macungie Mayor Gary Cordner, is currently a senior at Allentown Central Catholic High School.
Mayor Cordner said Valeria is the borough’s first junior council member since 2001. He continued by saying he tried for three years to find a junior council member, but the applicants he found did not live in the borough.
The borough has a second junior council member, Renee Martin, who did not attend the meeting.
The Jan. 10 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with an adjustment of planning commission members after the retirement of Vice Chairman Irv Keister.
John Hammer joined the planning commission and member Brent McNabb took Keister’s position of vice chairman.
Maury Robert and Anne Bartholomew had their terms extended as chairman and secretary respectively.
The Dec. 13 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with the announcement long time planning commission Vice Chair Irvin Keister would not apply to renew his planning commission term, which expires Jan. 1, 2017.
“I encourage all residents to get involved in their local government,” Keister said
“The best part of being a part of the planning commission was working with all the planning commission members and that is what I will miss the most,” Keister said.
Five applicants appeared before the planning commission.
The Dec. 14 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council began with Alburtis Mayor Kathleen Palmer thanking everyone who took part in the third annual Alburtis Holiday Festival, which was a major success. The festival raised $5,500 this year compared to $700 raised in its first year.
The next topic discussed was Ore Alley. Terry Bender, who represented the applicant, asked for permission to close Ore Alley between Stone Street and Front Street. Bender offered to add an easement to acquire any utilities and allow the driveway and road to be expanded to allow parallel parking.
Macungie Borough Council discussed the budget for 2017 at its Dec. 5 meeting with an income increase of $1,000,000 and an increase in expenditures of $1,400,000. The total general revenue 2017 in the borough will be $2,979,035 while the 2017 general expenditures will be $2,969,876. Council also noted a purchase of a a new backhoe in 2018 is expected.