On Sept. 12 Alburtis Borough Council reviewed and passed a motion adopting Ordinance 548 establishing regulations for the use of fireworks in the borough.
The ordinance includes time restrictions “prohibiting the use of consumer fireworks on any day before 10 a.m. or after 10 p.m., provisions establishing that the borough does not permit the use of consumer fireworks on or from property owned, leased or controlled by the borough, provisions relating to permits for display fireworks and establishing penalties for violations.”
At the Aug. 29 Alburtis Borough Council meeting, council members discussed a request for an additional donation for the Lower Macungie Public Library toward its campaign to raise $350,000 to update the interior of the library. A motion was passed to try to include a $3,000 donation to the library in next year’s budget.
Charles Bednar, an Alburtis resident, spoke with members of borough council at the Aug. 8 meeting about some trees at Lockridge Historical Church. He was concerned some might fall and damage his property and requested the trees be trimmed back or taken down. Council agreed and Alburtis Borough Manager Sharon Trexler will get three quotes.
Alburtis Police Chief Robert Palmer asked Solicitor David Knerr about the procedure to hire police officers at the July 25 Alburtis Borough Council meeting.
Chief Palmer requested a list of eligible candidates from the Civil Service Commission as he has six applicants. Knerr advised him the civil service statute was changed about five years ago and Chief Palmer should have the required background checks completed before the investigations. Eligible applicants would be subject to results of the background check and the investigation and council approval.
Kospia Farms, 2288 State St., Alburtis, held a fundraiser July 21 to benefit Animals in Distress, a nonprofit sanctuary for animals who have little or no hope elsewhere. Every animal is admitted, with Animals in Distress providing medical care, behavioral rehabilitation, food, shelter, and most important of all, love, until a suitable new home can be found. No animal is killed because it is unwanted, too old or injured.
Alburtis Borough Council met July 11 and Vice President Steve Hill chaired the meeting in the absence of President Ron DeIaco.
During public comment, resident Mike Gerhart spoke about the fireworks being set off on Independence Day. He talked about the noise, dirty fallout and damage the fireworks created for him and his neighbors and requested a noise ordinance be passed starting 10 p.m. and banning fireworks from being set off in the borough.
Resident Janelle Alfano agreed with Gerhart and added fireworks were being set off all week.
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.