A resident spoke at the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners Oct. 4 meeting about the school crossing at Willow Lane. There have been improvements at this location including closing a road to eliminate traffic in the neighborhood, adding another crossing guard, adding Pennsylvania State Police and township personnel. While there is improvement, there are still issues with speeding vehicles.
At the Sept. 21 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, representatives from Adams Outdoor Advertising presented a request to reconsider the billboard removal on Hamilton Boulevard. The company representative offered an alternative plan. The plan included a 10-year contract, paying the township $6,500 to lease the site. This billboard was erected in 1971 and has been maintained by Adams since 2011.
Residents and amusement park enthusiasts gathered at the Emmaus Public Library recently to discuss the history of Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom with Joshua Fink.
Fink, a Dorney Park enthusiast, shared postcards and newspaper articles along with additional research of his own.
Macungie Borough Council met Aug. 21 to continue the discussion of the Macungie Fire Department.
The State Auditor General wrote a letter to council about state aid saying the fire department was non-compliant. The aid is being withheld until an audit is complete and corrections are made. The letter cites unauthorized expenditures.
The fire department was able to account for $16,000 leaving $24,000 unexplained at this point.
There was a request for items to be fixed at the fire department. The department is willing to answer questions or explain.
At the Aug. 17 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, there was discussion on the proposed lot line adjustment at the Fields at Indian Creek.
The Fields at Indian Creek on Indian Creek Road are not in the township but the traffic will be on a road not conducive to traffic.
The problem is there is only one entrance and exit on Indian Creek Road. Lower Macungie Township is suggesting another public entrance, not a private one.
A motion to deny plans was approved.
During the Aug. 3 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Sharon Colson was awarded a proclamation for her years of service as a permit coordinator. After 32 years of service, Colson has decided to retire. The commissioners said Colson was a valuable asset and would be missed.
“She is a treasure,” Commissioner Brian Higgins said.
At the July 20 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, a resolution was proposed for the Fields at Indian Creek to allow for 23 more units which would be built outside of Lower Macungie Township. The concern for this adjustment and additional buildings revolves around traffic concerns with Indian Creek Road having the only entrance and exit to this development.
At the June 15 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, a proclamation was issued by the commissioners honoring Craig and Ann Bartholomew for their work in preserving the history of the township. Their work has been formulated into a book. A new museum has been formed in their name at Camp Olympic. The new museum will be called Bartholomew Center for the Preservation of Lower Macungie Township History.
Emmaus High School held its graduation ceremony June 11 at Stabler Arena at Lehigh University with 654 students graduating.
The Class of 1967 was honored for graduating from Emmaus High School 50 years ago.
Principal David Piperato introduced the school board directors and Emmaus High School teachers were recognized. Class advisors and class officers were also recognized and parents were recognized for their love and support of the graduates. Members of the military were also acknowledged.
Richard Ward became the newest member of Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners during the June 1 meeting.
Prior to the appointment, Ward resigned from the zoning hearing board. Ward’s appointment to replace Commissioner Ben Galiardo, who resigned from his position, made sense to the commissioners as Ward recently won the Republican Primary election for commissioner.
Ward was sworn in by the Honorable Michael J. Faulkner. He remains in office until Jan. 2, 2018 when Galiardo’s term was to expire.