At the Jan. 5 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, there was standing room only in both the regular meeting room and the overflow room. Residents from one of the oldest Lower Macungie Township communities, Shepherd Hills, attended the meeting to express their views on the possibility of the golf course being developed. The vote in support of not developing the area was met with enthusiastic applause. Look in the Jan. 11 issue of The Press for the full meeting story.
At the Dec. 1 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Chief Dave Nosal introduced the fire department’s initial plans for constructing a ladder tuck. The proposal calls for the fire truck to be constructed by Rosenbauer Group, where other fire trucks were previously purchased.
The new truck will have items the older truck does not have such as water, pump and hose. It will have a rear mounted 100-foot ladder. The new truck will be added to the fleet in 2018 and has a price tag of $1.2 million.
At the Nov. 17 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, the 2017 budget was introduced and approved for advertising.
Lower Macungie Township Manager Bruce Fosselman said the draft proposal does not include a tax increase for property tax or refuse rates. There is, however, a 15 percent increase in sewer rates which “reflects the first phase of a federally mandated sewer rehabilitation project” impacting many municipalities in Lehigh County.
New recycling containers were introduced at the Nov. 3 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
A resolution for land development approval for the Signature Personal Care facility was approved at the Oct. 20 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting. This facility will care for Alzheimer’s and other memory condition patients.
The Lower Macungie Elementary School will be razed with the cornerstone being salvaged and shared. The school has been on this lot for many years. The developer will work with the historical society regarding the school.
Lower Macungie Township has a dog park located at Spring Creek Estates at Goor and Danner Roads. It has a one-acre fenced area for large dogs and a smaller area for dogs 30 pounds and smaller. The park will have a fob key entry system for safety and security. There is a dog water fountain. Pre-registration is required for the parks and forms are available on www.lowermacungiedogpark.com. There is parking available. Toys are permitted but food and treats are not. See additional photos on Page A2.
During the Oct. 6 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, the Trexler Business Center was approved by a vote of 3-2.
Commissioners Brian Higgins, Benjamin Galiardo and Douglas Brown voted in favor of this development. Commissioners Ron R. Beitler and Ronald W. Beitler voted against it.
At the Sept. 15 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Lee Lichtenwalner received a proclamation from the commissioners for his years of service.
Lichtenwalner, special project coordinator and a member of the pension committee and the wastewater advisory committee, has been involved with the township for 29 years.
Commissioner Brian Higgins said, “Lichtenwalner can do anything. Lichtenwalner is a treasure.”
Commissioner Ben Galiardo said, “Anything I needed to know, I went to Lee.”
At the Sept. 6 Emmaus Borough Council meeting, a letter was read from Emmaus Fire Chief David Nelson announcing his resignation effective Sept. 16.
Nelson, a military veteran with over 27 years of experience in fire and ambulance operations, oversees over 30 volunteer firefighting professionals, comprised of duty crews, standby drivers and crews available 24/7, 365 days a year.
At the Sept. 1 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, several residents requested an ordinance banning portable basketball hoops in the right-of-way. Residents expressed their concern for the safety of the children playing at these hoops. It was noted at Heather Court, vehicles drive very fast in the area and when basketballs hit the hoop, the children run across the road without watching for cars.
Residents suggested the Church Lane Park is within minutes of the area and is much safer for children to play.