PennState Extension recently held a series of public meetings about the Spotted Lanternfly and the dangers associated with this red and black bug.
The adult Spotted Lanternfly is present in July. The Spotted Lanternfly is 1 inch long and 1/2 inch wide at rest and is grey with black spots. There are black bands in its wings with red. The bug has a very long proboscis which is what causes such damage as it pierces the bark of a tree to suck on the sap. The bug then leaves what is known as honeydew which is actually their droppings.
Macungie police, at the July 16 Macungie Borough Council meeting, said they have been monitoring the Village Walk and West End Trail intersection for cars not stopping at stop signs. The police checked 65 cars and issued 12 tickets. The cost of the ticket is $142 along with points added to the drivers’ record.
Police also responded to a domestic abuse situation which ultimately resulted in a $50,000 steroid drug seizure.
The Macungie Fire Department submitted its certificate reports for June and training reports.
At the July 2 Macungie Borough Council meeting, the continuing problem with motorists driving through stop signs at Village Walk and West End Trail was discussed.
A temporary fix has been installed – a bright yellow sign stating motorists should drive like their kids live here.
Another option being considered is red flashing lights around the stop signs – at a cost of $4,300.
Residents were reminded that a rolling stop has a penalty of $135. The ongoing problem will be discussed with Macungie police and additional solutions are being considered.
At the June 21 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, a lot line adjustment and land development plan for 5329, 5347 and 5357 Hamilton Blvd. for an Arby’s restaurant was approved. This fast food restaurant will include a drive-thru.
The planned structure will be built around the farmhouse and include street trees. There will be a connection made with Hamilton Crossings for pedestrians.
The commissioners said they were very pleased with the plan as it saves the farmhouse. The business is projected to open January 2019.
The recent incident at Eyer Middle School with the discovery of a single round of ammunition found in the stairwell of the school, sparked a conversation at the June 18 Macungie Borough Council meeting to have a greater police presence at the schools. The police have a presence already but they want to be more active only not on a scheduled basis.
In other news, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation replaced curbing in some areas and the borough will begin the transformation of the sidewalks. Pavers will be used three feet from the curb.
An agreement was approved for the multi municipal main line cured in place pipe lining sanitary sewer line rehabilitation project at the June 7 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
This project includes Upper Macungie, Salisbury, Coplay, Whitehall and Lower Macungie Township and makes the costs of this project much more reasonable than doing it by each municipality. There were six bids received with Insituform being the lowest. The total amount for all municipalities is $898,557 with Lower Macungie Township’s portion $363,216.
Emmaus High School held its 128th commencement ceremony June 10 at Stabler Arena, honoring the 659 graduates.
This year’s graduation remembered and honored Dr. Herman Corradetti, a past principal of the high school. In his memory, the Hall of Fame will be renamed the Dr. Herman Corradetti Hall of Fame.
This year’s Hall of Fame inductee is Sandhya Sriram. Sriram has scholastic achievements as well as volunteerism and athleticism. She was described as personable and self-confident.
Emmaus Public Library Directory Amy Resh attended the June 4 Macungie Borough Council meeting to provide an update on activities.
Resh said out of 3,074 library cards issued, 1,072 come from Macungie borough.
Resh also provided an update on the children’s wing expansion project which should be completed in October. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for winter 2018/2019.
The summer reading program, “Libraries Rock” is for all ages and a kick-off party is scheduled 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16 on the lawn of the library, 11 E. Main St., Emmaus.
Macungie Ambulance Corps. presented the 2017 annual report at the May 21 Macungie Borough Council meeting.
The organization responded to 3,645 calls for assistance, responded to 40 special operations incidents and provided certification training for over 600 individuals in CPR, AED and first aid. Personnel also participated in various community events.
Macungie Ambulance operates five ambulances, one incident support vehicle, one all-terrain vehicle and one community outreach/supervisor’s vehicle. These vehicles drove over 63,000 miles and cost nearly $70,000 to operate.
Township Manager Bruce Fosselman made a surprise announcement at the May 17 Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners meeting saying he will retire in September after 10 years of service. Fosselman has seen the township through many projects and also the transitioning to a first class township. Search for a replacement will begin.