Two hearings took place at the Alburtis Borough Council meeting May 8 regarding the 8018 Quarry Road land development, Headlands Realty Corp., Preliminary/Final Plan Review 2.
The first hearing was a conditional use hearing about a request to consolidate two existing parcels to construct a 3-acre parking lot expansion in Alburtis borough to provide an additional truck parking area. One parcel is approximately four acres entirely in Alburtis borough and is zoned L-1, light industrial-office research and is served by existing public water and public sewer.
Alburtis Borough Zoning Officer David Kutzor at the council meeting April 24, reported he and a few Boy Scouts and two parents dug about six to six and a half feet down at the bird sanctuary where it is suspected graves might be, as shown on an old map near a church.
At the meeting of April 10, Alburtis Borough Council passed a motion adopting Ordinance No. 556 amending section 12-204 for maintenance department employees when they are scheduled to be “on call.”
Maintenance employees are scheduled to be on call when the maintenance department is closed during holidays, weekends, evenings and any other time. The employee on call will be paid $100 for each week they are scheduled on call. If they are called out they will get their hourly wage in addition to the $100, but if they are not called out, they will receive $100.
At the Alburtis Borough Council meeting March 27, Borough Manager Sharon Trexler reported the borough was awarded a $494,000 grant for sidewalks and curbs on Franklin Street. This entire project will go out to bid.
A proposal totaling $847 per treatment for June 14 through July 13 was received from Gary’s Trees & Shrubbery Service, Inc. in Emmaus for pest management treatments of 63 honey locust trees on Church Street and 53 on Maple Street. Council passed a motion accepting the proposal.
Manager of Macungie Ambulance Corps Christopher Greb provided the 2018 annual report at the Alburtis Borough Council meeting March 13.
At the Feb. 27 Alburtis Borough Council meeting, Mayor Kathleen Palmer reported she received a phone call from retired police officer Jay Ruff asking why parking was allowed on both sides of Walnut Street as he feared a child would run out from between parked cars and get killed.
Although it is difficult to pull out of a driveway, care should be taken, suggested Councilperson Vanessa Taggart and Police Chief Robert Palmer agreed adding parking is needed there and should not be taken away. Council decided no action should be taken.
There will be another warehouse on Spring Creek Road – a decision made at the Feb. 13 Alburtis Borough Council meeting.
Greg David and Jared Vasquez, of Liberty Property Trust and Christopher Williams, of Barry Isett & Associates, attended to discuss the preliminary/final review of Spring Creek Properties lots 9 and 10, a proposed warehouse facility lot consolidation and land development.
Alburtis Borough Council met Jan. 30 with all members present and Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong and Emmaus Main Street Partners Manager Ashley Lorah visiting.
Lorah said she wants to have better communication about the borough’s businesses, events and happenings. She met with Borough Manager Sharon Trexler and they will be communicating with each other about events.
Restaurant week is March 3-9 in Emmaus.
Council asked Armstrong if there were any plans for the buildings to be repaired at Lock Ridge Park. He said he did not know but would check into it.
Alburtis Borough Council met Jan. 9 and held a hearing about water usage at the home of Stephen Roth in the 500 block of Thomas Street.
During the third quarter of 2018 (July, Aug. and Sept.) Roth’s water meter registered 153,000 gallons of water used, which was excessively higher than the usual amount. When excessive use registers on a meter, it is red-flagged and noticing Roth’s was 4,000 gallons higher than usual in two days, Borough Manager Sharon Trexler asked Gary Hartman in the maintenance department to visit the residence to investigate.
Alburtis Borough Council approved the final 2019 budget totaling $2,027,995 at its Dec. 26, 2018, meeting with no tax increase. The budget is balanced. The water and sewer rates will not increase.
Councilperson Stephen Kaufman remarked Alburtis was in better shape than some other boroughs who had to raise taxes.
Agreeing with Kaufman, Council President Ron DeIaco said passing this budget was a result of 30 or so years of responsible management because the board has been frugal but has always taken care of all the needs of the residents.