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.
Macungie police provided a report of police activity for September at the Oct. 21 Macungie Borough Council meeting. Police said there were 206 incidents during the month. Criminal charges were filed against six individuals and the police assisted with 10 medical emergencies.
A DUI checkpoint was set up recently on Main Street. A total of 382 vehicles went through the checkpoint.
Municipal Election Day is Nov. 5. Polls are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Jaindl’s request for traffic impact fee adjustment approved
At the Oct. 3 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, David Jaindl appeared to request relief from traffic impact fees for the area around Hamilton Boulevard and Commerce Center Drive North. The request was in consideration of previous traffic improvements at the future Air Products development at the Route 222 and Mill Creek intersection made through Jaindl.
Macungie Institute’s black bear is crumbling. Public works recommended the bear be removed due to safety concerns. Children have been seen climbing on the bear which poses safety concerns.
Council voted to replace the bear at the Oct. 7 Macungie Borough Council meeting. There was no decision on the replacement at this time as Angela Faidley, Out of Our Minds Art Studio, has a proposal for the space.
The refuse contract in Macungie is up for renewal with a 3 percent increase. The yearly rate is $192.50 and the quarterly rate is $48.13. This was approved by council.
The 2018 audit prepared by Kirk, Summa and Co. was presented during the Sept. 19 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
The auditors analyzed the financial statements and stated they were presented fairly. The auditors analyzed government activities, business-type activities and major funds. It was stated by the auditor presenting the report that “he wishes all his audits were like this.” Details on the audit can be found on the township’s website www.lowermac.com.
The Macungie Borough Counil met Sept. 16 for its regular meeting, where it was mentioned Macungie police received positive comments for their coverage of the Wheels of Time.
Also discussed was a situation on Hillcrest Drive with a dog running loose. The resident is concerned about this dog as it could bite a child or get hurt. The police are involved and this situation is being watched.
Council said the borough manager search continues. The committee is working on scheduling interviews and determining next steps such as background checks.
A resident with a sidewalk waiver request had the request denied at the Sept. 3 Macungie Borough Council meeting. This resident has a three month time period to develop a plan to work around the problem. The problem revolves around a tree which has been declared healthy by an arborist and relocation of utility fixtures. The resident has proposed an alternative which includes a bump out onto Route 100 which will need Pennsylvania Department of Transportation approval, saying the proposed bump out will have additional benefits of calming traffic and include a better way of controlling water.