The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners and the planning commission met Feb. 21 for a joint workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to open up lines of communication and openly discuss issues facing the township, particularly over development.
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission was also present with a representative who spoke about the LVPC’s role on these issues. There is a plan being developed for the southwestern Lehigh area.
There was a discussion of a Seem Road property at the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners Feb. 16 meeting.
The property on Seem Road, currently owned by an elderly woman, will be purchased by Lower Macungie Township. The family wants the township to purchase the property which includes a house not in good condition. It was said the property is a good purchase for the township as it will allow for connection of the walking trail in this area. The purchase price will be about $65,000 with proper survey and deed. The purchase was approved.
At the Feb. 2 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Township Manager Bruce Fosselman shared a letter received from Children and Youth Services. The agency wrote a letter of thanks for the donation of 450 pajamas and books for children in need. The kind donations will allow 450 children cuddling time in their new, warm pajamas.
Several residents of Meadowyck Condominiums are asking the township to construct a fence along the township trail line. This is because people using the trail are littering and causing damage to the property.
During the Jan. 19 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, the Timmer family was given a proclamation for Dennis Timmer’s years of service in the Lower Macungie Township Parks and Recreation Board. The Harvest Field/ Hamilton Boulevard path will be renamed to the “Dennis Timmer Memorial Trail.” This is in memory and honor of Timmer’s involvement in the parks and recreation system. Timmer spent a lot of time with the Harvest Fields trail.
In a standing room only meeting room, the first Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting for the year was held Jan. 5 with the Shepherd Hills Golf Course being the major topic of the night.
This was one of the best attended meetings. The overflow crowd filled both meeting rooms, with many standing in the entranceway and in both rooms.
At the Jan. 5 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, there was standing room only in both the regular meeting room and the overflow room. Residents from one of the oldest Lower Macungie Township communities, Shepherd Hills, attended the meeting to express their views on the possibility of the golf course being developed. The vote in support of not developing the area was met with enthusiastic applause. Look in the Jan. 11 issue of The Press for the full meeting story.
At the Dec. 1 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Chief Dave Nosal introduced the fire department’s initial plans for constructing a ladder tuck. The proposal calls for the fire truck to be constructed by Rosenbauer Group, where other fire trucks were previously purchased.
The new truck will have items the older truck does not have such as water, pump and hose. It will have a rear mounted 100-foot ladder. The new truck will be added to the fleet in 2018 and has a price tag of $1.2 million.
At the Nov. 17 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, the 2017 budget was introduced and approved for advertising.
Lower Macungie Township Manager Bruce Fosselman said the draft proposal does not include a tax increase for property tax or refuse rates. There is, however, a 15 percent increase in sewer rates which “reflects the first phase of a federally mandated sewer rehabilitation project” impacting many municipalities in Lehigh County.
New recycling containers were introduced at the Nov. 3 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
A resolution for land development approval for the Signature Personal Care facility was approved at the Oct. 20 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting. This facility will care for Alzheimer’s and other memory condition patients.
The Lower Macungie Elementary School will be razed with the cornerstone being salvaged and shared. The school has been on this lot for many years. The developer will work with the historical society regarding the school.