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.
During the Feb. 20 Macungie Borough Council meeting, Council member Roseann Scheicher raised the issue of member presence at meetings. She noted when council meetings are not attended by its members, it is difficult to carry on with business, especially when there is not a quorum.
The last borough council meeting ended with unfinished business due to lack of a quorum with two loyal council members sick while two others with a bad attendance record did not attend again. This becomes a costly problem.
The resolution for plan approval for Cedarbrook Road Industrial Park was approved at the Feb. 15 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
The plan calls for subdivision of the 36.5 acre lot into two parcels. One lot will be 10.3 acres and will have access to Schantz Road; the other lot will be 25.2 acres and have access to Cedarbrook Road. The property has boundaries of Cedarbrook Road, Schantz Road, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Route 222 Bypass. The property is in the highway industrial district.
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.