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.
The Nov. 30 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council began with the order to sell the borough’s 2010 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser.
There were two people who bid on the car; Merideth Lemke and Jeff Briglia. Lemke bid $800 for the car, while Briglia bid $2,500. Borough Council decided unanimously to accept the highest bidder’s offer and sell Briglia the car.
The Nov. 21 meeting of the Macungie Borough Council began with a discussion about the borough’s insurance policy. Community member Tom Bailey of Bailey Insurance provided a proposal for Selective Insurance which would save council $5,000 compared to its current insurance.
Selective Insurance would cover property, auto, liability and umbrella insurance for the borough council.
The Nov. 9 meeting of Alburtis Borough Council began with a presentation from the Lower Macungie Library. Representatives from the library spoke about the plan to expand the library. The expansion would be used for a new children’s wing.
The Oct. 26 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council began with an appeal from Council President Ronald DeIaco for residents to vote not solely based on party affiliations but with their conscience during the upcoming presidential election.
William Papp, of Boy Scout Troop 86 in Alburtis, spoke at the meeting about his recently completed Eagle Scout project. For his project, Papp renovated a hockey court off Second Street in Alburtis. Papp said if he could do the project over again he would want to be more of an outgoing leader
Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission discussed multiple development projects in the township at its Oct. 11 meeting.
The first land development project discussed was on 7386 and 7368 Alburtis Road. The land consisted of two properties which would be combined to form a Mosque and house for the clergy to stay in. Nearby churches in the area offered overflow parking for special events.
Alburtis Borough Council discussed a new thermal imaging camera for the Alburtis Police Department at the Oct. 12 meeting.
Council voted to approve the purchase with two main options considered. The standard version of the camera cost $4,995, while there was an upgrade that cost an additional $1,312 for a total of $6,307. The upgrade offered an increased resolution, but council decided to purchase the standard version.
The first business discussed at the Sept. 28 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council was the appointment of a new councilperson to replace Councilwoman Peg McCormack who retired and attended her last meeting Aug.31.
There were four candidates present at the meeting but only two were nominated. Council President Ronald DeIaco said all four of the candidates would be able to perform the duties of the position.
“This is the most qualified group of people I’ve seen in a long time,” DeIaco said.