Editor’s Note: This is a correction version of the article in the Jan. 22 issue of The Press.
On Jan. 20 Macungie Borough Council met to discuss some borough issues and ongoing projects.
The Macungie Police Department gave council the 2019 department report.
The police department consists of four full-time officers, one 30-hour officer and several part-time officers. The department personnel represents over 100 years of combined law enforcement experience.
Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners President Ron Beitler began the Jan. 6 meeting with a remembrance of Brent McNabb, a member of the Lower Macungie Fire Department as well as many other township responsibilities. McNabb served the township in various forms for 43 years. Ron Beitler requested 43 seconds of silence in remembrance of him.
“McNabb would run to a emergency rather than run from it,” Ron Beitler said.
During the Jan. 6 Macungie Borough Council meeting, the newly elected council members were sworn by Judge Douglas G. Reichley of Lehigh County Common Pleas Court.
Ryan Hanosek, Todd Rutledge and Angela Ashbrook took the oath of office to serve on Macungie Borough Council.
Council also nominated and elected a president, vice-president and president pro tempore. John Yerman is the new president, Roseann Schleicher will return as vice president and Todd Rutledge is the president pro tempore.
There was an executive session regarding personnel issues.
During the Dec. 19, 2019 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners recognized retiring Township Tax Collector Patricia Vassilaros’ 20 years of service. Commissioners accepted her resignation and then appointed Lora Walmer to replace her.
Walmer will take over as tax collector until Dec. 31, 2021.
Renea Flexer was recognized for her years of service. She has given the township 10 years of service which presently includes her time as the assistant township manager.
The Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners replaced the engineer at its Dec. 5, 2019 meeting. Keystone has been replaced by CKS Engineers.
President Ronald Beitler said the idea of them not working for developers was appealing.
Beitler said Keystone has served the township well for over 40 years.
Commissioner Brian Higgins voted against the change and requested additional improvements.
For the Dec. 16 Macungie Borough Council meeting, the final council meeting of the year, Vice President Roseann Schleicher prepared a goodbye to Borough Manager Chris Boehm and council members. Greg Hutchinson, Debra Cope and Chris Becker.
Schleicher praised Boehm for her 20 years of hard work and dedication “which has helped the wonderful Borough of Macungie remain so and become more.” Schleicher said Boehm’s door was always open for questions and answers. Schleicher advised Boehm to not let people know she’s not working because people will find things for her to do.
During the Nov. 21 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Mountain View Estates (formerly Elbow Lane subdivision) was introduced as a unique development. It borders the Pennsylvania Turnpike which will cause serious constraints in the building of patios and other outside structures and areas. Commissioner Brian Higgins spoke about the turnpike widening. There is a proposed easement along the Pennsylvania Turnpike line but the concern is over the widening and water runoff.
During the Nov. 18 Macungie Borough Council meeting, Robert Glisson was appointed as borough manager. Glisson comes with an extensive background in local, county and state government operations. He has been a borough or township manager or been a municipality department head for over 15 years. His last position was held in Valley Township, Chester County, as the township manager.
The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners met Nov. 7 where a conditional use hearing was held over the proposed car wash at 6192 and 6770 Hamilton Blvd., an existing structure that includes A.B.E. Doors & Windows. The applicant explained the proposal, which will include reconstruction of A.B.E. Doors & Windows.
The proposed car wash will preserve existing Sycamore trees. A buffer will be created to curtail noise and light pollution for residential areas. Traffic issues will be addressed such as a turning lane and turn around area.
During the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting Oct. 17, Resolution 2019-33 was approved.
This resolution has been through various stages and will allow an extended parking lot for trucks at 3350 Gehman Road. It is a 20-acre truck storage and employee parking lot serving the Mack Trucks manufacturing facility. The resolution meets all requirements for the Lehigh County Planning Commission by avoiding the 100-year floodplain.