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.
It was announced there is a proposed tax increase in the 2018 budget which was authorized to be advertised at the Dec. 4, 2017 Macungie Borough Council meeting.
There were two conditional use hearings at the Nov. 16 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
The first conditional use involved the plans for Taco Bell at 5374 and 5382 Hamilton Blvd. near the Hamilton Crossings Shopping Center. The plan is to combine the lots and build a fast food restaurant with a drive-thru and construct a two-story office building.
Construction on this site will consider traffic issues which will include Meadowyck Condominiums.
The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners held its meeting Nov. 2 where there was a conditional use hearing for a proposed early learning center on Hamilton Boulevard.
The proposed new day care, Natural Wonders Early Learning Center, is planned for 6636 Hamilton Blvd.
The building was recently occupied by Sneaks and Cleats and has another building attached which is a retail establishment. The parking lot is in the front of the building with a proposed playground in the rear.
An Eagle Scout project was presented for consideration at the Oct. 19 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
Eric Newcomer was seeking permission to make some improvements at Camp Olympic Park.
Plans include building a dirt box where there is currently a patch of weeds. The box will be built into a hill and leveled off. The 12 foot by 8 foot box is similar to one built at Quarry Park.
A resident spoke at the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners Oct. 4 meeting about the school crossing at Willow Lane. There have been improvements at this location including closing a road to eliminate traffic in the neighborhood, adding another crossing guard, adding Pennsylvania State Police and township personnel. While there is improvement, there are still issues with speeding vehicles.
At the Sept. 21 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, representatives from Adams Outdoor Advertising presented a request to reconsider the billboard removal on Hamilton Boulevard. The company representative offered an alternative plan. The plan included a 10-year contract, paying the township $6,500 to lease the site. This billboard was erected in 1971 and has been maintained by Adams since 2011.
Residents and amusement park enthusiasts gathered at the Emmaus Public Library recently to discuss the history of Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom with Joshua Fink.
Fink, a Dorney Park enthusiast, shared postcards and newspaper articles along with additional research of his own.
Macungie Borough Council met Aug. 21 to continue the discussion of the Macungie Fire Department.
The State Auditor General wrote a letter to council about state aid saying the fire department was non-compliant. The aid is being withheld until an audit is complete and corrections are made. The letter cites unauthorized expenditures.
The fire department was able to account for $16,000 leaving $24,000 unexplained at this point.
There was a request for items to be fixed at the fire department. The department is willing to answer questions or explain.