Macungie Borough Council met Aug. 21 to continue the discussion of the Macungie Fire Department.
The State Auditor General wrote a letter to council about state aid saying the fire department was non-compliant. The aid is being withheld until an audit is complete and corrections are made. The letter cites unauthorized expenditures.
The fire department was able to account for $16,000 leaving $24,000 unexplained at this point.
There was a request for items to be fixed at the fire department. The department is willing to answer questions or explain.
At the Aug. 17 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, there was discussion on the proposed lot line adjustment at the Fields at Indian Creek.
The Fields at Indian Creek on Indian Creek Road are not in the township but the traffic will be on a road not conducive to traffic.
The problem is there is only one entrance and exit on Indian Creek Road. Lower Macungie Township is suggesting another public entrance, not a private one.
A motion to deny plans was approved.
During the Aug. 3 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Sharon Colson was awarded a proclamation for her years of service as a permit coordinator. After 32 years of service, Colson has decided to retire. The commissioners said Colson was a valuable asset and would be missed.
“She is a treasure,” Commissioner Brian Higgins said.
At the July 20 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, a resolution was proposed for the Fields at Indian Creek to allow for 23 more units which would be built outside of Lower Macungie Township. The concern for this adjustment and additional buildings revolves around traffic concerns with Indian Creek Road having the only entrance and exit to this development.
At the June 15 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, a proclamation was issued by the commissioners honoring Craig and Ann Bartholomew for their work in preserving the history of the township. Their work has been formulated into a book. A new museum has been formed in their name at Camp Olympic. The new museum will be called Bartholomew Center for the Preservation of Lower Macungie Township History.
Emmaus High School held its graduation ceremony June 11 at Stabler Arena at Lehigh University with 654 students graduating.
The Class of 1967 was honored for graduating from Emmaus High School 50 years ago.
Principal David Piperato introduced the school board directors and Emmaus High School teachers were recognized. Class advisors and class officers were also recognized and parents were recognized for their love and support of the graduates. Members of the military were also acknowledged.
Richard Ward became the newest member of Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners during the June 1 meeting.
Prior to the appointment, Ward resigned from the zoning hearing board. Ward’s appointment to replace Commissioner Ben Galiardo, who resigned from his position, made sense to the commissioners as Ward recently won the Republican Primary election for commissioner.
Ward was sworn in by the Honorable Michael J. Faulkner. He remains in office until Jan. 2, 2018 when Galiardo’s term was to expire.
At the May 18 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Ben Galiardo submitted his resignation effective May 18. He and his wife are relocating to the South New Jersey area. With regret, the commissioners accepted his resignation.
Fire Chief David Nosal spoke of Galiardo’s 37 years of service with the fire department. “You’re a part of the reason the Lower Macungie Township Fire Department has done so well.”
During the May 4 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Lehigh County Authority made a presentation about monitoring systems along the streams and also underground monitoring of certain wells. Stream monitors will be attached to area bridges; well monitors will utilize the well walls.
During the April 6 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Brian Higgins requested a change in zoning for warehouse usage in two zoning districts. Higgins said, “Enough is enough. We have enough.” The commissioners voted unanimously to only allow warehouses in the already established area of Spring Creek Estates.
Macungie Ambulance Corps Operations Manager Christopher Greb gave a report on the ambulance corps. There were 3,689 calls in 2016 which is up by 206 from 2015.