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.”
Macungie Borough Council met Aug. 5 to discuss outstanding items and normal borough business.
An update was provided on the borough manager search. The committee is reaching out to different areas to increase the candidate possibilities.
Borough Manager Chris Boehm has requested retirement medical benefits and accumulated sick and vacation pay. Council is asking for the request to be clarified in writing.
In other business, the borough website was discussed including providing details on issues considered at council meetings. This is being reviewed by council.
Residents and history buffs gathered July 27 at Emmaus Moravian Church for a Founders Day event.
The Emmaus Moravian Church has celebrated the 1747 founding of the original Moravian congregation for 272 years and included the borough of Emmaus in its celebration.
At 5:55 p.m., all in attendance could hear the church bells ringing in the bell tower at the Emmaus Moravian Church.
A new land development project for Lower Macungie Township by landowner David Jaindl was presented at the July 18 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
The project is a 4-story office and retail space located near the new Air Products headquarters under construction. This office building would house a major employer which would bring over 200 jobs to the area. It would also benefit the East Penn School District. It is not a warehouse or a retail shopping center.
The borough manager job search has begun to replace current manager Chris Boehm who announced her retirement at the July 1 meeting.
An advertisement was created which is basically the job description.
There was discussion over requirements including years of experience, education, location of residency due to the need to be available and start date which includes time to be with the Boehm. Salary was discussed with comparisons made to neighboring communities.
Borough Manager Chris Boehm announced her retirement during the July 1 council meeting. Her retirement date is Jan. 31, 2020 with her last day in the office Dec. 31. Boehm has been the borough manager for 20 years.
“It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve this community,” Boehm said. She also said she leaves a dedicated and qualified staff of which she has had the pleasure and privilege to work with for over 20 years. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team,” Boehm said.
On June 20, the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners met to finalize plans for Depot Properties at 7284 Orchard Road.
This development which is 36 1/2 acres will be a 28,500 square foot truck staging facility which will include a building and fueling station as well as an access driveway, parking areas, utilities and related stormwater management which is significant since the creek runs through the property.
During the June 6 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, a land development project in Lower Macungie Township which includes a parcel in Alburtis Borough was discussed. This project already has a standing building but additional parking was needed which is where the parcel in Alburtis is being considered.
During the June 17 meeting, there was additional input about the pedestrian bridge on Cotton Street. The idea of this bridge was considered for developing connectivity and walkability which is the purpose of the bridge. It has been a long-term goal.
Residents complained about the proposed construction; others suggested the bridge should be constructed for safety reasons. It is still an issue over lack of funds. A grant was received but it does not pay for the bridge in full.