Representatives from Stone Hill Meadows attended the Aug. 6 Macungie Borough Council meeting to present the final/revised plan for the development which is primarily in Lower Macungie Township. The development includes open space and has a trail system which connects with the Lower Macungie trail. Eventually residents will be able to walk from Alburtis to Macungie. The development will have an homeowners association.
Wild Cherry Park will finally get it’s expanded parking lot which was presented at the Aug. 2 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
A bid award was accepted from James R. Kenney Excavating and Paving in the amount of $351,000. Seven bids were received ranging from $584,000 to $351,000. The project will include construction of the parking lot, driveway, landscaping and related storm water management improvements.
There was an executive session prior to the meeting regarding township litigation.
A group of volunteers works hard for the Borough of Macungie, known as the Town Beautification Committee, a nonprofit group which works on various projects to enhance the quality of life in Macungie.
Some of the projects accomplished include purchasing and installing the town message boards on Main Street and the Flower Park, spearheading the fundraising efforts to purchase and maintain the town clock and carillon and the purchase of the historic lights for Lehigh Street and the area around the Macungie Institute.
A conditional use hearing for a land development plan submitted by Vertek Construction Management was unanimously voted against by the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners at the July 19 meeting.
PennState Extension recently held a series of public meetings about the Spotted Lanternfly and the dangers associated with this red and black bug.
The adult Spotted Lanternfly is present in July. The Spotted Lanternfly is 1 inch long and 1/2 inch wide at rest and is grey with black spots. There are black bands in its wings with red. The bug has a very long proboscis which is what causes such damage as it pierces the bark of a tree to suck on the sap. The bug then leaves what is known as honeydew which is actually their droppings.
Macungie police, at the July 16 Macungie Borough Council meeting, said they have been monitoring the Village Walk and West End Trail intersection for cars not stopping at stop signs. The police checked 65 cars and issued 12 tickets. The cost of the ticket is $142 along with points added to the drivers’ record.
Police also responded to a domestic abuse situation which ultimately resulted in a $50,000 steroid drug seizure.
The Macungie Fire Department submitted its certificate reports for June and training reports.
At the July 2 Macungie Borough Council meeting, the continuing problem with motorists driving through stop signs at Village Walk and West End Trail was discussed.
A temporary fix has been installed – a bright yellow sign stating motorists should drive like their kids live here.
Another option being considered is red flashing lights around the stop signs – at a cost of $4,300.
Residents were reminded that a rolling stop has a penalty of $135. The ongoing problem will be discussed with Macungie police and additional solutions are being considered.
At the June 21 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, a lot line adjustment and land development plan for 5329, 5347 and 5357 Hamilton Blvd. for an Arby’s restaurant was approved. This fast food restaurant will include a drive-thru.
The planned structure will be built around the farmhouse and include street trees. There will be a connection made with Hamilton Crossings for pedestrians.
The commissioners said they were very pleased with the plan as it saves the farmhouse. The business is projected to open January 2019.
The recent incident at Eyer Middle School with the discovery of a single round of ammunition found in the stairwell of the school, sparked a conversation at the June 18 Macungie Borough Council meeting to have a greater police presence at the schools. The police have a presence already but they want to be more active only not on a scheduled basis.
In other news, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation replaced curbing in some areas and the borough will begin the transformation of the sidewalks. Pavers will be used three feet from the curb.
An agreement was approved for the multi municipal main line cured in place pipe lining sanitary sewer line rehabilitation project at the June 7 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
This project includes Upper Macungie, Salisbury, Coplay, Whitehall and Lower Macungie Township and makes the costs of this project much more reasonable than doing it by each municipality. There were six bids received with Insituform being the lowest. The total amount for all municipalities is $898,557 with Lower Macungie Township’s portion $363,216.