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.
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.