At the Macungie Borough Council meeting Nov. 5, the ordinance for rental inspection was approved. All rental units must be registered and then inspected. Macungie used the International Maintenance Property Code as a guide.
Residents told council members about homeowners who do not take care of their properties. Uncut grass, broken fences and other unkempt situations brings wildlife to neighboring properties. Poorly kept properties devalue neighbors’ properties. The recent event with the hoarding of animals was in a rental property.
The subject of bugs was a major topic of discussion at the Oct. 18 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
Many residents raised concerns about the Spotted Lantern Fly infestation. Residents were told they should begin implementing Penn State Extension’s recommendations in the Spotted Lantern Fly calendar.
During the Oct. 15 Macungie Borough Council meeting, Macungie Police Officer Todd Bernhard received a commendation from Macungie Ambulance Operations Manager Christopher Greb for saving a man who went into cardiac arrest at Macungie Memorial Park. Officer Joseph David was also recognized but not in attendance.
Upon arrival, the man was not breathing and had no pulse. Bernhard administered CPR, used an automated external defibrillator and the man recovered due to the life-saving efforts.
The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners opened its Oct. 4 meeting with a statement about the finalization of the land preservation at Brookside Road and Sauerkraut Lane, a 190-acre acquisition.
According to Ronald W. Beitler, president of the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners, this is the largest preservation effort in township.
“Residents have told us time and time again that potential over-development is a major concern,” Beitler said. “This latest preservation victory is game changing. Our board is committed to balance.”
Members of the Macungie Borough Council met at the Macungie Institute Oct. 1 for its regular meeting.
The ongoing rental inspection ordinance was approved for advertising. This ordinance includes a checklist of items to be verified which will be beneficial to neighbors and the borough eliminating overgrown weeds, poorly constructed buildings and other areas of concern to neighbors. This ordinance eliminates the need for code enforcement which was suggested can be invasive. A public meeting is scheduled Nov. 5 for citizen input to the ordinance.
At the Sept. 20, Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, the Stone Hill Meadows Phase 2 was approved.
The township previously approved a subdivision of a 101.23 acre property, having an address of 3611 Gehman Road consisting of 24 residential single-family lots known as Stone Hill Meadows Phase 1 on March 3.
At the Sept. 17 Macungie Borough Council meeting, Macungie Police Department Sgt. Travis Kocher reported a vehicle was stolen during the Wheels of Time event at the end of August. Because cellphones were left in the vehicle, police were able to track the vehicle, which was found within four hours. A man was taken into custody involved in the vehicle theft.
At the Sept. 4 Macungie Borough Council meeting, Emmaus Library Trustee Barbara Levinson spoke about construction at the Emmaus Public Library.
The construction progress is on time. There was a $25,000 donation received anonymously which was matched. Further donations are still being sought for inside furnishings.
There will be a drop box for library materials at Macungie Borough Hall in the near future.
The summer reading program went very well.
Levinson also told council members Amy Resh, the Emmaus Public Library director, is resigning.
At the Sept. 6 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, representatives from various public offices, commissioners and others expressed their appreciation for Township Manager Bruce Fosselman upon his retirement.
Fosselman has served the public for 41 years with 10 years in Lower Macungie Township.
“The township would not be where it is today without Fosselman,” President Ronald Beitler said.
N.A. Studios made a presentation for a revised borough website at the Aug. 20 Macungie Borough Council meeting. It was accepted and the transfer will be done during the early morning hours this week.
It was reported there are problems with mail delivery on Village Walk in Brookfield due to cars parking in front of the mailboxes. The mail personnel will not deliver mail if they cannot get to the mailbox due to vehicles parked there. This is being investigated.