The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners announced the approval of the volunteer service earned income tax credit at its Feb. 7 meeting.
Fire Chief David Nosal forwarded the names of all those individuals eligible for this credit as specified in Ordinance Section 24-109. Twenty seven applicants were submitted to the board of commissioners and approved for the tax credit certification.
In other business, the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code was adopted which replaces the 2012 Property Code.
During the Jan. 17 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, several proclamations were issued to several long-term volunteers.
Ann and Craig Bartholomew were honored for their 10 years of service on the historical commission. This service led to Craig Bartholomew writing a book about the history of the township. Their service also led to the creation of the Ann and Craig Bartholomew Museum at Camp Olympic.
The commissioners expressed gratitude for their services and presented the couple with a proclamation.
Macungie Borough Council President Chris Becker made note of Mack Trucks utilizing the Tyler Pipe parking lot at the Jan. 21 meeting.
There is a problem with trucks leaving the parking lot and running over the public sign in the bump out. Becker wants to bill Mack Trucks for the damages. There is also potential damage to the landscaping in the bump out.
Issues are being discussed between the borough and the Macungie Farmers Market. Costs for starting up are of concern along with the general procedure of the separation.
At the Jan. 7 Macungie Borough Council meeting, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong and Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Becky Bradley were in attendance.
Macungie was named a Community of Distinction and the award was presented by Armstrong and Bradley. The award includes a crystal statue and a street sign indicating Community of Distinction. Also attending was state Rep. Ryan MacKenzie, R-134th.
During the Jan. 3 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, an agreement was made between Keycodes Inspection Agency/Keystone Code Consulting Enforcement and the township to provide building code enforcement services on a time and materials basis for one year.
The Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners approved a plan for a major employer coming to the township at its meeting Dec. 20, 2018.
First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union was approved by commissioners to open its headquarters and branch in the Trexlertown Business Center development in the 6100 block of Hamilton Boulevard. The architecture planned ties in with township requirements and will go along with the other building within this area.
The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners approved two new warehouses at the Dec. 6 meeting.
Resolution 2018-29, which is for the Spring Creek Properties lots seven and eight, was approved by commissioners. The proposed development allows for two warehouses. One will be a 1,088,000 square foot building. The second will be 271,080 square feet.
These buildings were originally part of a plan approved in 2013. Although there have been restrictions for warehouses within the township, this development plan was approved prior to those restrictions.
Macungie Mayor Ron Conrad vetoed Ordinance 2018-07, establishing the 2019 real estate tax at 4.25 mills at the Dec. 17 Macungie Borough Council meeting.
Conrad proposed another budget to accommodate increased expenses. His revised budget would increase the real estate tax to 4.32 mills. On a property valued at $250,000, homeowners would see an increase of approximately $17 and a property valued at $125,000 house would see an increase of approximately $8.
The real estate tax was approved at 4.25 mills during the Dec. 3 council meeting.
At the Nov. 19 Macungie Borough Council meeting, it was brought to the attention of council Lehigh County is considering a police testing consortium. It would be available through the Internet where an applicant would be able to apply online and take the required tests. Municipalities would be responsible for interviewing, background checks and other requirements for their areas.
Borough Manager Chris Boehm, talked about the cost benefits for municipalities. Officer in Charge Sgt. Travis Kocher is in agreement with this proposal. The borough will need to adopt a resolution.
At the Dec. 3 Macungie Borough Council meeting, council approved the 2019 budget with five ayes and one nay. Revenues for 2019 are $2,670,459 with expenditures of $2,860,769. There will be no water or sewer rate increases. The current real estate tax rate is .000425 or 4.25 mills.
The sewer budget is $41,390,494 with expenditures of $1,594,390. The liquid fuels revenue is $85,407 and expenditures are budgeted at $65,884. The water fund budgeted revenues are $852,650 with expenditures of $1,023,710.