Members of the Macungie Borough Council met at the Macungie Institute Oct. 1 for its regular meeting.
The ongoing rental inspection ordinance was approved for advertising. This ordinance includes a checklist of items to be verified which will be beneficial to neighbors and the borough eliminating overgrown weeds, poorly constructed buildings and other areas of concern to neighbors. This ordinance eliminates the need for code enforcement which was suggested can be invasive. A public meeting is scheduled Nov. 5 for citizen input to the ordinance.
At the Sept. 20, Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, the Stone Hill Meadows Phase 2 was approved.
The township previously approved a subdivision of a 101.23 acre property, having an address of 3611 Gehman Road consisting of 24 residential single-family lots known as Stone Hill Meadows Phase 1 on March 3.
At the Sept. 17 Macungie Borough Council meeting, Macungie Police Department Sgt. Travis Kocher reported a vehicle was stolen during the Wheels of Time event at the end of August. Because cellphones were left in the vehicle, police were able to track the vehicle, which was found within four hours. A man was taken into custody involved in the vehicle theft.
At the Sept. 4 Macungie Borough Council meeting, Emmaus Library Trustee Barbara Levinson spoke about construction at the Emmaus Public Library.
The construction progress is on time. There was a $25,000 donation received anonymously which was matched. Further donations are still being sought for inside furnishings.
There will be a drop box for library materials at Macungie Borough Hall in the near future.
The summer reading program went very well.
Levinson also told council members Amy Resh, the Emmaus Public Library director, is resigning.
At the Sept. 6 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, representatives from various public offices, commissioners and others expressed their appreciation for Township Manager Bruce Fosselman upon his retirement.
Fosselman has served the public for 41 years with 10 years in Lower Macungie Township.
“The township would not be where it is today without Fosselman,” President Ronald Beitler said.
N.A. Studios made a presentation for a revised borough website at the Aug. 20 Macungie Borough Council meeting. It was accepted and the transfer will be done during the early morning hours this week.
It was reported there are problems with mail delivery on Village Walk in Brookfield due to cars parking in front of the mailboxes. The mail personnel will not deliver mail if they cannot get to the mailbox due to vehicles parked there. This is being investigated.
Representatives from Stone Hill Meadows attended the Aug. 6 Macungie Borough Council meeting to present the final/revised plan for the development which is primarily in Lower Macungie Township. The development includes open space and has a trail system which connects with the Lower Macungie trail. Eventually residents will be able to walk from Alburtis to Macungie. The development will have an homeowners association.
Wild Cherry Park will finally get it’s expanded parking lot which was presented at the Aug. 2 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
A bid award was accepted from James R. Kenney Excavating and Paving in the amount of $351,000. Seven bids were received ranging from $584,000 to $351,000. The project will include construction of the parking lot, driveway, landscaping and related storm water management improvements.
There was an executive session prior to the meeting regarding township litigation.
A group of volunteers works hard for the Borough of Macungie, known as the Town Beautification Committee, a nonprofit group which works on various projects to enhance the quality of life in Macungie.
Some of the projects accomplished include purchasing and installing the town message boards on Main Street and the Flower Park, spearheading the fundraising efforts to purchase and maintain the town clock and carillon and the purchase of the historic lights for Lehigh Street and the area around the Macungie Institute.
A conditional use hearing for a land development plan submitted by Vertek Construction Management was unanimously voted against by the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners at the July 19 meeting.