At a well-attended Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting May 3, commissioners approved the purchase of the Weiner tract of land at 5131 Sauerkraut Lane, 3135 Brookside Road and 3150 Macungie Road. The unanimous vote led to a round of applause.
There is a budget item for capital funds which is where $4 million will come from. An additional $2 million will come from the township reserves.
The land will be preserved for farm use only. Any building will be farm usable like a barn or a farmhouse.
This farm is the number one farm in the county.
There was a public hearing prior to the April 19 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting to discuss the recommendation regarding the roadway sufficiency analysis report and transportation capital improvement program.
The traffic impact advisory committee, comprised of volunteers, also attended the hearing.
Guided by legislation, Act 209 includes studies of various roadways and intersections.
On April 7, a Rubik’s Cube competition was held at Lower Macungie Middle School, an east coast portion of a national competition.
The Rubik’s Cube was created in 1974 by Ernõ Rubik, a professor from Budapest, Hungary, who wanted to help his students understand three-dimensional problems.
Since its international launch in 1980, an estimated 400 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold.
At the April 16 Macungie Borough Council, it was announced Macungie Park is in need of volunteers.
Residents love the park but are limited in offering their help. Various shows needing volunteers were mentioned.
•A car show May 6 where help is needed at the following times: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
•A truck show June 15 and 16 where help is needed at the gates 8 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed for the refreshment stand 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Andy Hines, a representative from Lutron, presented donations to the Alburtis Fire Department, Lower Macungie Township Fire Department and the Macungie Ambulance Corps at the April 5 Lower Maungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting. Each department was given $2,000 which was due to an oversight from last year. Gratitude was expressed by each department.
East Penn School District Board President Alan Earnshaw announced his resignation at the April 9 meeting, citing job relocation. His resignation will be effective in June.
In other business, the board approved a resolution to refund a series of bonds – 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2007 – with an estimated $250,000 in debt service reduction.
School Directors Chris Donatelli and Carol Allen voted against the refunding of bonds.
Emmaus High School Guidance Counselor Jen Carolla was awarded Counselor of the Year by the Lehigh Carbon School Counselor Association.
During a public hearing April 2 at the Macungie Borough Council meeting, Turkey Hill Mini Market, 141 W. Main St., requested the proposed transfer of a liquor license from a Turkey Hill in South Whitehall to the store in Macungie.
In June 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed a liquor reform bill to allow the sale of alcohol in grocery stores and gas stations, among other changes to the liquor system.
The .7 mile stretch between Spring Creek Road and Sauerkraut Lane was a major discussion by a traffic engineer from McMahon Associates at the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting March 15.
Analysis of the road indicated the lanes are 10.5 feet across and the average speed along the road is 31 to 38 miles per hour. There have been crashes at Sauerkraut Lane and Mill Creek Road, Mill Creek Road and Spring Creek Road and at Seem Road. Analysis also showed 5,600 vehicles travel this stretch within a 24-hour period.
Macungie Borough Council held its meeting March 19, where they discussed the suggestion by a resident to change the speed limit on Main Street to 25 mph. A study must be completed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation before a change could be made. The study would be paid for by PennDOT.
Another traffic study is being completed by PennDOT on Green Street between Chestnut and Walnut streets.
At the March 1 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, an update on the progress of the community center and library addition was presented. Behind the scenes of development and the beginnings of construction are many activities not necessarily noticed by the public. The most recent step in this progress is the approval of the design. Presently, the timeline for completion is Dec. 15 for the library and Feb. 15, 2019 for the community center.
The sewer plan for the upgrade at the community center was approved.