The Feb. 5 Macungie Borough Council meeting lacked a quorum due to the absences of council members Greg Hutchison, Barry Bloch, Alma Akinjola and Marvin Moyer. No action could be taken on any agenda items.
The Main Street Streetscape and Church Street Traffic Light Project was discussed. On the agenda was approval of a to be determined supplemental agreement for inspection services. This inspector examines the project daily and the extension is needed because the project is not complete. There have been unexpected events that have caused the delay.
The clerical union’s contract was approved during the Feb. 1 commissioners meeting in Lower Macungie Township.
The union reached a tentative agreement the morning of the meeting with a 5-year contract retroactive to Jan. 1. No additional sick and vacation days were added. The health care was changed which will save the township money.
Commissioner Brian Higgins sat in all negotiations. Commissioner Richard Ward recused himself due to his wife being employed by the township. The commissioners approved the contract.
Macungie Borough Council President Chris Becker conducted a public meeting for the second phase of the Macungie Streetscape Plan at Macungie Institute Jan. 22. Phase Two encompasses the area of Main Street from Race Street to Pine Alley.
The history of the project was briefly discussed.
In 2004, the Trail Master Plan was adopted and sidewalks were constructed in 2008. In 2009, the Lehigh Street Trail extension, the Lehigh Street deco lights installation and construction of a pedestrian bridge over Mountain Creek occurred.
During the Jan. 18 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, a resident who completed the requirements for his badge for Eagle Scout, was presented a proclamation by the commissioners. Brendan Naiera, from Troop 86, cleaned up the flagpole area at the Lehigh Lodge. The weeds were pulled, area cleaned up and pavers installed.
Resolution 2018-03 which is the final land development plan for Fields at Indian Creek Project Phases 1B and II including a pathway, associated easements and 32 additional single family dwellings was approved.
The annual Rock-a-Thon was held Jan. 12 at Eyer Middle School where students rock for 12 hours at the school and raise money for the Justin W. Jennings Foundation.
This year’s amount, once again, set a record – $25,469.01 was given to the foundation which helps operate a house in Bethany Beach, Del. for families who face stress and hardship when dealing with cancer. The Jennings Foundation has provided a place for family fun and relaxation for several families in the Lehigh Valley.
At the Jan. 15 Macungie Borough Council meeting, President Christopher Becker called attention to the day honoring Martin Luther King Jr. A man of high faith and morals, King believed in peace and love. He was a renowned public figure in American history who had passion in his heart. “Only in darkness are stars seen,” King stated. His legacy remains in today’s world.
Mayor Ron Conrad read a report prepared by the Macungie Police Department. Police are reaching out to the community with events such as Pizza with Police and Coffee with a Cop.
The Jan. 2 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting began with two commissioners taking the oath of office.
Ronald W. Beitler was re-elected to his role as commissioner and Richard V. Ward was elected as a new member of the board although he had served the last couple of months as a replacement for Ben Galiardo.
Patricia Vassilaros was re-elected and sworn in as the township tax collector.
The Honorable Douglas G. Reichley presided over the event.
Commissioner Brian Higgins was sworn in Dec. 28, 2017 by The Honorable Michael J. Faulkner.
Lower Macungie Fire Department Fire Chief Dave Nosal made a special announcement at the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting Dec. 21. The Lower Macungie Fire Department and the Alburtis Fire Department have decided to merge. Nosal said this merger will benefit the borough and Lower Macungie Township by providing better services.
It was reported both fire departments have similar mind sets and will help fire companies cover the western portion of the township. The merger also helps to decrease “burn-out.” The merger is expected to be completed by 2019.
At the Macungie Borough Council meeting Dec. 18, the 2018 budget passed with a 5-1 vote. The nay vote came from Councilman Greg Hutchison who opposes the budget for the police along with some other issues. The budget calls for a 1/2 mill tax increase.
Lower Macungie Fire Chief Dave Nosal attended the Dec. 8 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting to talk about issues with commercial businesses.
Nosal talked about the many different types of alarms from fire and smoke to CO2 detectors as well as alarms which warn about water within a building.