Macungie Borough Council approved April 15 the advertisment of their $1 million loan Request for Proposal to cover upcoming street projects. The RFP will be released to local banks expecting answers by April 29. Council president Chris Becker attests the borough is under no obligation to do anything else at this point, but when the responses roll in council will have to take action. The action taken Monday evening merely approves the advertisement and RFP, not any financing.
EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT Food service workers raise awareness to board's pending decision to outsource food management
Parents and concerned citizens alike appeared before the East Penn School Board April 8, but the directors made no action on issues garnering public attention in recent weeks – the pending fate of 64 district-employed cafeteria workers and a slew of comments from board director Julian Stolz on both his Twitter account and recently created blog that have incited district parents.
While Macungie Borough Council is continuing to look into the costs and benefits of a loan versus a bond for capital financing projects, it's still in early stages. Council president Chris Becker said they are doing the right thing in being prudent and taking their time. Council member Joe Sikorski continued to urge council to consider a loan because of low interest rates, but Jean Nagle questioned the plausibility of paying on a million dollar loan.
The East Penn Board of School Directors passed a resolution to discontinue bussing for Willow Lane students who live within three-quarters of a mile from the school.
The school board voted to adopt transportation policy 810 in the board policy manual. The new policy includes a specific minimum distance for district bussing set to begin the 2013-2014 school year.
Business owner Tim Romig received some answers from Macungie Borough Council to questions directed at the mayor's application for and receipt of a grant for purchasing GPS units recently installed in police department's vehicles. Council president Chris Becker and Borough Manager Chris Boehm addressed each question insofar as they were able and those specific to the mayor were forwarded to his attention. The mayor was not present to answer Romig at Monday night's meeting.
What should be a standard procedure bid has bred uncertainty and fear as lunch ladies face the prospect of losing jobs, pensions and an important link in the community.
East Penn School District processes bids for its food management every year, as required by state law, even though they have maintained a rolling five-year contract with The Nutrition Group since 1998. The Nutrition Group operates strictly in a managerial capacity, however, and the 65 food crafters seen every day at lunch by thousands of students are employees of the school district, not the Nutrition Group.
The East Penn school board of directors voted in favor of beginning site improvements to Willow Lane Elementary School March 11.
The board's resolution is the next step in the process of making Willow Lane safer for students who walk to the school. The plan will now be presented to the Lower Macungie Township board of commissioners. Upon township approval, the construction phase of the plan will be put out for bid.
Macungie Borough Council has decided to initiate the funding of three capital fund road projects with financing, a decision with long-term effects on the borough that will most likely include tax hikes.
The borough is already contracted with the Devine School to reconstruct unopened Lumber Street in preparation for the new day care to open there it's a $250,000 contribution from the borough to match that of the Devines. Now council has approved financing for reconstruction of Cotton Street and a traffic light at the intersection of Church and Main Streets.
Macungie Borough Council will consider the best way to approach long-term projects on the borough's to-do list and how best to finance them.
This is in full knowledge the borough will be incurring debt, said President Chris Becker, with the intention of paying the costs of capital projects. In total some $1.1 million needs financing and Becker started the discussion rolling at the Feb. 19 council meeting by listing the pros and cons of a bond or a conventional loan.
East Penn School District continues rife with speculation and unanswered questions from parents as the board of directors put off its decision regarding site improvements to Willow Lane Elementary for another two weeks.
The tabled motion, as summed up by board president Charles Ballard, has only to do with rearranging traffic patterns for drop-off and pick-up at Willow Lane, an issue some parents are not convinced will contribute to the litany of solutions and answers parents have requested over the past few months.