In a shortened version of the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting Nov. 15, commissioners approved the advertising of the 2019 Lower Macungie Township budget. Commissioner Brian Higgins complimented Bruce Beitel, township manager, for being able to come into this as the new person and for it to all fall into place right on time.
Lower Macungie Middle School held its annual Veterans Day program Nov. 9. Students and faculty wore red to honor deployed military personnel. The band and Cadence Choir performed and several students spoke.
East Penn School District Superintendent Kristen Campbell provided comments as well as the assistant principals.
Chief Petty Officer Douglas McPeek was the guest veteran speaker.
Before the season is over, visit the trail behind Liberty Properties. At the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting Nov. 1, Sara Pandl, Lower Macungie Township planner said Wildlands Conservancy worked with Liberty to create this beautiful area which is part of the Lower Macungie Township trail system. There have been trees planted along with other environmental improvements.
Two school districts in the Lehigh Valley have experienced the competitive edge with an ongoing rivalry between the two as Parkland High School and Emmaus High School recently fought a tough battle on the football field.
Both school districts have now experienced catastrophic losses within the last year.
Parkland School District’s bus garage caught fire in February totaling 16 school buses and damaging 10 others resulting in school cancellation.
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.