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.
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.