A pizza shop and a restaurant are among several new businesses expected to find homes in Lower Macungie Township.
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza was approved for occupancy in the new Hamilton Crossings at the May 21 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners. The liquor license transfer for the business was approved.
Poblano Med-Mex Grill was approved for the building in Trexlertown located next to Sleepy's near Marshall's department store. Presently there will be no outdoor seating.
The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners received a letter from a resident objecting to oil and chipping the roads at the May 7 meeting. Township Manager Bruce Fosselman said this procedure is necessary to keep roads in good repair. The commissioners said the procedure has improved over the years and is not as messy as it used to be.
Commissioners received the annual report on the Macungie Ambulance Corps at the meeting.
Operations Manager Christopher Greb said there were 3,312 calls for the year which is a record for the corps.
Veteran Bertram S. Winzer was presented with several proclamations at the April 16 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners.
Winzer was drafted into the Army in 1942 and later received advanced training with the First Special Service Force. Winzer fought in several battles including the Battle of Anzio where his unit became known as "The Devil's Brigade."
The Penn Sheet Metal building expansion was approved at the April 2 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners.
The property is located at 421 Schantz Road.
The plan was approved with adequate parking for employees and proper lighting and also includes some tree planting. It was recommended to not encourage biking as the road is not conducive to bike traffic.
Macungie Borough held a presentation about rain barrels recently.
The rain barrel is a rainwater collection system used to store roof runoff for irrigating gardens and lawns as well as car and pet washing.
It is also a method for water conservation and a source of savings for the consumer.
Stormwater runoff is one of the major sources of pollution. Another problem is with the sewer system. Rain water overwhelms the system and adds to the overload of the system.
Macungie officials were hoping for 20 attendees but more than 60 residents attended.
Several resolutions were approved for the Fields at Indian Creek at the March 19 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting. This project is shared with the Borough of Emmaus and Upper Milford Township. It will be a 218-unit active adult community and is in the area around the turnpike. Some modifications may occur with the widening of the turnpike and replacement of the bridge.
The resolutions include lot consolidation, land development for the project and the sewer planning module.
At the March 10 Lower Macungie Township planning commission meeting, a fast turnaround sandwich shop, Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, was approved for the West Valley Marketplace which is across from Walmart on Mill Creek Road.
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches does not have deep fryers and offers quick delivery service of cold sandwiches. It is the second location in the Lehigh Valley but the first for this owner with a plan for 13 employees.
Lt. Jonathon Nederostek, Station Commander of Troop M at the Fogelsville Station, Pennsylvania State Police, presented a report for Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014 at the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting March 5.
Nederostek has been with the state police for 23 years and was originally a Lower Macungie Township resident.
There were 5,077 incidents for 2014 which is less than 2013.
There were 31 residential burglaries and 367 thefts in the township with 123 of those retail thefts. The majority were at Walmart.
A presentation to develop the Farr Tract on the corner of Cedar Crest Boulevard and Lower Macungie Road with an Active 55 community was given at the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting Feb. 19. The plan was denied earlier by the planning commission.
A regular single home community was originally proposed but it was rejected due to traffic concerns.
Commissioner Brian Higgins suggested the planning commission is being more stringent. Higgins also said "there is absolutely a traffic problem."
LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Approved fire study will include plans for the future
Lower Macungie Township Fire Chief Dave Nosal has proposed a fire study for the township.
His recommendation is to hire Dr. Harry Carter who was introduced at the Feb. 5, 2015, board of commissioners meeting.
Carter said the study will include plans for the future with several solutions and will include discussions with neighboring municipalities. The cost is $22,500.
Carter has 50 years experience in fire department knowledge including fire fighting as well as municipal fire protection. The study was approved.