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.
Attending the Alburtis Borough Council meeting Feb. 28 with concerns and complaints about Sand Alley were Hal Rittenhouse and Snip Reinbold and his wife. They are residents of Sand Alley.
At the Feb. 12 Alburtis Borough Council meeting, it was announced there will be no dog park in Alburtis.
Councilperson Kathleen Raines reported she and Kyle Bower visited the tot lot, but there is no parking on Robert Street or Lockridge Lane. Raines visited the end of the baseball field and was told nobody uses the volleyball court but the area was too small. Raines also checked with Maintenance Supervisor Donnie Derr about the land at the end of Church Street and he said the area floods.
At the Alburtis Borough Council meeting of Jan. 31, Police Chief Robert J. Palmer II introduced Alburtis Police Officer Daniel Weidemann to council as the new part-time police officer. Weidemann passed all the required tests. Alburtis Mayor Kathleen Palmer swore him in with his wife Felicia standing by his side.
Police Chief Palmer informed council applications were received for the full-time police officer position and Jan. 31 was the last day for applications. Testing is scheduled Feb. 10.
The Jan. 10 meeting of Alburtis Borough Council opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Kathleen Palmer reported some residents’ garbage was left out during the recent frigid weather because it was not picked up. Residents asked if they will be getting a fine. President Ron DeIaco said they will not because some of the bags stuck to the pavement since it was so cold; the volume of garbage was more than usual so the trucks were full and the dump closed at 3:30 p.m. However, if it happens again, the residents will be fined.
At their meeting of Dec. 27, 2017, Alburtis Borough Council approved Resolution No. 2017-8 adopting a new comprehensive plan for the borough of Alburtis in the form of the multi-municipal regional plan entitled “Southwestern Lehigh Comprehensive Plan-October 2017.”
The annual reorganization meeting of Alburtis Borough Council began with Mayor and Council President Pro Tempore Kathleen Palmer administering the oath of office to recently elected incumbent councilpersons Kathleen Raines and Steven Hill and newly elected council members Vanessa Taggart and Hector Vasquez.
Following nominations, council voted Ron DeIaco – president; Hill – vice president; Raines – second vice president and Steve Mehl – chairperson of the vacancy board. Raines was approved as check signer, to replace John Aleszczyk.