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.
The library tax referendum was approved and will be on the ballot in November according to the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners at the Sept. 5 meeting.
The proposed tax is needed to assist with library funding. The library is funded yearly through a grant.
The main question is the proposed cost to residents. One factor on cost will be if the resident is enrolled in the Homestead Act with Lehigh County.
Mayor Kathleen Palmer received a request from a Boy Scout she shared at the Aug. 28 Alburtis Borough Council meeting. The request is for a suggested Eagle Scout project. One suggestion was to create a box for old American flags. It would be used to hold the flags until they could be disposed of properly. The Troop will consider this suggestion.
Lockridge Historical Church needs to have a painting project completed. A grant was received several years ago which covered only enough to paint a portion of the building. Council approved the request.
At the Aug. 15 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, approval of Resolution 2019-26 was obtained for the amended preliminary/final plan for the Cedarbrook Road Industrial Park land development. The amended plan calls for relocation of storage bins for New Enterprise Stone and Lime which will facilitate easier access. The change involves moving from Lot 1A to Lot 1B.
A permit was required due to possible pollution of the local water source. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System approved the plan and issued the permit.
The monthly police report was discussed at the Aug. 19 Macungie Borough Council meeting.
Council asked Macungie Police Officer in Charge Sgt. Travis Kocher questions about the police report provided to council. Kocher answered council’s questions and said some arrests in the borough take 20 minutes while others may take three hours.
Sara Pandl, the planning director for Lower Macungie Township, announced her retirement at the Aug. 1 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Paindl served the township for 10 years and was the first professional director for the township. This meeting was her last for the township.
President Ronald Beitler said “she filled the role well.”