Cheryl Scalzo, principal of Alburtis Elementary School, attended Alburtis Borough Council’s Sept. 26 meeting to discuss improving dismissal traffic patterns at school for the safety of the children, especially special needs children.
Scalzo previously met with Police Chief Robert Palmer about this and sent council a memo Sept. 14 outlining her concerns and a possible solution. Scalzo was seeking council approval.
This was a good year for the 23rd annual Chile Pepper Food Festival held recently at Bill DeLong Memorial Park in Bowers.
There were 103 vendors this year, the most the festival has had, and the festival gets bigger every year, according to festival emcee Mike Hoster. Hoster started working at the festival at the parking lot when he was just a kid and has been with the festival for 20 years. Hoster now runs the contest and registers contestants.
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.