The Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners met at the township building June 18 with online attendance still available.
A conditional use hearing was held for the approval of Shepherd’s Corner. This plan for a strip mall with a drive-thru credit union, two small restaurants and three other spots was approved. The location of this development is 5573, 5591 and 5621 Hamilton Blvd. It also borders Krocks Court and Quince Road, a private road parallel to Hamilton Boulevard.
Possible restaurant tenants include an upscale sandwich shop and a dessert shop.
A business operation noise ordinance was established during the June 4 Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners virtual meeting.
The ordinance received unanimous approval.
The ordinance was defined as any noise that “disrupts or injures the comfort, repose, health, hearing, peace or safety of persons.”
According to the ordinance, noise is considered that which disturbs people with reasonable sensitivities or causes endangerment or injury or endangers personal or realm property.
The controversy surrounding the brick installation during the Streetscape project still remains unresolved. At the June 15 Macungie Borough Council meeting, discussion revolved around the Phase III brick installation not completed properly, noting gaps in places especially where the sidewalk curves. Allegedly, the contractor said the project was completed as instructed and it will cost additional money to change the configuration. Council agreed to fix the faulty work with payment leftover from the grant.
A virtual Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners meeting was held May 21.
Township Engineer Bryan McAdam gave a brief update on the Trexler Business Center project which included the Movie Tavern. This project will transition from Keystone Consulting to CKS Engineers. The final input from the developer includes completing public improvements. A resolution to reduce financial security for the Trexler Business Center Land development was approved.
Ronald W. Beitler, president of the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners and his father, Lower Macungie Township Commissioner Ron Beitler, are hitting the streets to distribute hand sanitizer.
Smooth-On Inc., Lower Macungie Road and its retail partner, Reynolds, recently donated hand sanitizer to the township.
Trey Bianco, company president, donated the sanitizers for use by essential workers and residents.
Smooth-On is located in the former Day-Timer® building, 5600 Lower Macungie Road, Lower Macungie Township.
During the June 1 Macungie Borough Council meeting, it was announced streetlights will finally be installed on Lumber Street. When the Devine School project began, Lumber Street was paved with the help of the school and lights were considered. A grant was received in the amount of $42,317 which will allow for the borough to purchase the seven lights needed for the street.
An update on the streetscape project was presented by Engineer Stan Wojciechowski. Verizon has adjusted the low hanging wires.
The Macungie Police Department provided an update about crime in the borough during the virtual meeting May 18. With quarantining continuing, domestic situations are increasing. Sgt. Travis Kocher said one situation included an assault on an officer.
Residents are hosting drive-by birthdays with police often leading parades by the birthday person’s house.
All police vehicles are being disinfected once a week or more frequently when someone is transported.
The Chalk the Walk event scheduled for June 27 has been rescheduled to Aug. 22 with a rain date of Aug. 23.
During the virtual Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting May 7, the commissioners approved long- and short-term agreements with the Weiner tract.
Mark and Katherine Lichtenwalner agreed to purchase five parcels of ground owned by Lower Macungie Township for agricultural purposes. Two additional parcels are to be leased and used for the same purposes. This was approved by the commissioners.
At the virtual Macungie Borough Council meeting May 4, the topic of spending and the lack of revenue pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic was raised.
A discussion was held on the Americans with Disabilities Act ramps to be built on Church Street. A grant of $61,000 was received for this project which totals $83,000. With the grant money, the project must be completed or the money is lost. There is an additional charge of inspections which is $2,000 no matter how often needed.
Engineer Stan Wojciechowski provided an update on the Main Street Streetscape Project Phases 2, 3 and 4 at the April 20 Macungie Borough Council meeting. The meeting was held via teleconferencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wojciechowski said some delays on the project are due to the current issue with COVID-19. Landscaping of the bump-outs has been completed. Mulching of the trees is being readjusted as mulch must be at the proper level.
The fifth payment is being made in the amount of $95,992. A refund is guaranteed from the state for grant money applied for and approved.