At the June 27 Alburtis Borough Council meeting, Borough Engineer Jeff Ott, president of Ott Consulting, Inc., Emmaus, reviewed bids received for the 2018 Sanitary Sewer Clean and Televise/Manhole Rehabilitation Project.
Sewer Specialty Services Co., Inc. bid $375,075, Standard Pipe Services, LLC bid $292,600 and Mobile Dredging Video Pipe, Inc. bid $373,539.
The problem of people driving their cars through stop signs and failing to come to a complete stop, even with Officer Daniel Wiedemann present, was a topic of discussion at the June 13 Alburtis Borough Council meeting.
The issue is especially prevalent at School Street and Walnut and Chestnut streets.
Council members passed a motion to order four rolling stop signs and give them to Police Chief Robert Palmer. These signs will be posted throughout the borough under Palmer’s direction.
At the May 30 meeting, members of Alburtis Borough Council made a decision about mailboxes along Franklin Street.
Council President Ron DeIaco received an email from Allen Oswald, a borough resident, saying he is against making permanent mailboxes along Franklin Street instead of regular boxes because when crews from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation plow snow they hit mailboxes. DeIaco agreed with Oswald.
Members of the Emmaus Garden Club marked Arbor Day by planting a “Rising Sun” redbud tree at Faith Presbyterian Church in Emmaus and dedicating the tree in memory of their longtime member Dorothy Nicholas.
The ceremony was held at fellowship hall at the church recently with approximately 40 people, including garden club and church members, in attendance to share in the celebration and tell of the many accomplishments Dorothy Nicholas achieved during her lifetime.
The tree was planted earlier that week and the ceremony was held indoors.
At the Alburtis Borough Council meeting May 9, Solicitor David Knerr opened and read 11 bids received to purchase the borough’s 2004 truck.
The three lowest bids were for $1,040, $2,790 and $3,253. Three additional bids were in the $4,000 range and three were in the $5,000 range. One bid was in the $8,000 range and the winning bid was $10,200. Borough council members passed a motion awarding the winning bid of $10,200 to Daniel Hendricks.
Alburtis Borough Council members discussed recent state bills regarding 96-foot-wide trucks and 102-foot-wide semi-trucks and how they will affect the borough at its April 25 meeting.
The bills were passed to update the current state laws and would allow municipalities to block off specific roads to trucks but they must prove a hardship case. The bills have not been signed by Gov. Tom Wolf yet and after 180 days they will go into effect.
Officer Tony Vanim made council aware of his opposition.
Recently, two important historical events were celebrated by the Alburtis Historical Society and the Lower Macungie Historical Society at Alburtis Lock Ridge Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Approximately 17 residents of Racine Road in the Hills at Lockridge subdivision attended the Alburtis Borough Council meeting April 11 to discuss their concerns about the trees planted or to be planted in the right-of-way or easement. Also attending was Howard Kutzler, land development manager and Tom Zimmerman, both from Jaindl Land Co. in Orefield and Reynold Petri, executive vice president of Ott Consulting, the Alburtis borough engineer.
Ted Miller, a resident of Racite Road in the Hills at Lockridge, spoke with Alburtis Borough Council members at the March 28 meeting concerning the trees to be planted on his street and in his yard. He claimed red oak and white oak, ash and linden trees are favorites of the Spotted Lantern Fly which will destroy the trees. He suggested planting ornamental dwarf trees which only grow about 20 feet or so instead and did not want a tree planted in his yard.
During Alburtis Borough Council meeting March 14, Borough Manager Sharon Trexler reported she received a letter from Robin Bullock, safety management specialist, Selective Insurance Safety Management, with one recommendation resulting from a March 5 meeting.
The exterior walkways in the front and rear of Alburtis Lock Ridge Church, 407 Franklin St., should be repaired as they are uneven and deteriorating. Bullock wrote no other hazardous conditions were observed and suggested the borough continue to exercise good safety and risk management practices at all times.