Macungie Borough Council is considering the adoption of a new zoning ordinance which will affect nearly 300 properties in the borough.
Most of the changes are minor, though, and according to borough manager Chris Boehm they will be to the residents' benefit.
Council president Chris Becker explained it's good to look at the zoning ordinance every 10 years or so, and that council was "trying to make the community better by this."
Nothing will be adopted until after an advertised public hearing Oct. 7, when citizens of Macungie will have a chance to address council.
For the second time in three months Macungie Borough Council accepted an official resignation from civil service, this time from one of their own.
Linn Walker handed his resignation to council president Chris Becker just moments before the beginning of a 6:30 p.m. workshop at council's Sept. 3 meeting.
Students of Alburtis, Lincoln, and Jefferson elementary schools will now enjoy busing if they live outside the .75-mile radius of their schools thanks to passing of district policy 206 Sept. 9. The policy is consistent with recent changes at Willow Lane Elementary. The policy now states, "The maximum distance an elementary pupil shall be expected to walk to school is .75 miles."
Parents of Eyer Middle School seventh and eighth grade students may be pleased the board will consider the addition of two new teachers to faculty at the board's next meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Tom Seidenberger says the need is very great as class sizes in language arts and social studies have escalated close to 40 students due to recent enrollments.
In a statement before council Aug. 19, Ronald Conrad, a mayoral candidate for Macungie, accused council and appointed Mayor Gary Cordner of "playing politics," giving an unfair advantage to Cordner in the upcoming election and citing examples of other local municipalities in similar positions which had specifically avoided what he termed an "unbiased election" by appointing someone who promised not to run for the electoral office after the period of his interim appointment.
Dr. Thomas Seidenberger, superintendent for East Penn School District, spoke Aug. 12 to dispel rumors concerning the Common Core and to usher the district through its transition from summer to school year.
Seidenberger cited several of the revisions occurring in Chapter 4 Regulations, revisions that determine the nature of Common Core in the state and which have recently come under fire by a couple of taxpayers outside East Penn who have twice addressed the board on their group's determination to see the Common Core ousted from state practice.
Macungie Borough Council passed the long awaited internal affairs policy for the police department Aug. 5, realizing a goal Chief Ed Harry has championed for over three years.
Harry testified to council that in the few weeks since Gary Cordner was appointed interim mayor, the two have met for more time than Cordner's predecessor Rickie Hoffman had. In that time the mayor and the chief have worked closely, and Harry, though he did not speak for the mayor, assured council Cordner was aware of and agreeable to the policy.
An issue of unneighborly discourtesy has led the Upper Milford Board of Supervisors once again to dealing with the open burning ordinance, something Chairman Daniel Mohr says they have encountered numerous times.
Township supervisors discussed the problem in a workshop prior to their July 18 meeting.
Dennis and Kathryn Swavely, of Emmaus, filed a complaint with the township regarding a violation of the township's open burning ordinance by a neighbor.
Gary Cordner, current candidate for the mayoralty of Macungie Borough, was appointed as interim mayor by vote July 15 at the Macungie Institute via Skype.
Cordner's appointment is in response to the resignation of Rickie Hoffman, effective this month. Cordner will serve as interim mayor until Dec. 31, when the elected candidate will then assume office.
Mayor Rickie Hoffman may have resigned, but it seemed like business as usual for the Macungie Borough Council at the July 1 meeting.
The former mayor's resignation was accepted without fuss and without ceremony at the tail end of a meeting that primarily focused on easement issues and the day to day business of borough affairs. Not a single public comment accompanied the council's formal action in accepting Hoffman's resignation.