Alan Fornwalt, township engineer from Keystone Engineering, will remain as the engineer for Lower Macungie Township until Dec. 31 2017.
Fornwalt was approved by a vote of 3-2 at the July 21 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
Commissioner Brian Higgins voted no due to unresolved billing issues and Ron R. Beitler abstained due to not being able to make any comparisons.
Commissioner Ben Galiardo said he has heard many very positive comments.
Other engineering firms were considered but Keystone was considered the best for the township.
At the June 27 East Penn School Board meeting, the board approved the final 2016-2017 budget with a 2.8 percent increase.
In the preliminary budget, a 3.1 percent increase was proposed but a reduction of expenditures took the increase to 2.8 percent. A homeowner with a home valued at $200,000 will see an increase of $96.
Expenditures were reduced by $40,300.
An Emmaus business owner has organized a group called Enough is Enough. This group was formed to rally against drug use that has been claiming kids and adults in epidemic proportions.
John Cramsey, owner of Higher Ground Tactical, an indoor shooting range in Emmaus, founded the group and serves as its unofficial leader.
The goal of the group is to make the public aware and to fight the increasing drug usage.
Enough is Enough serves as an outlet where people can talk about their experiences and learn where to get help.
During the Macungie Borough Council meeting June 20, Mayor Gary Cordner announced the Macungie police have a new vehicle which is now in service.
Council discussed the Stone Hill Meadows development which is a project for Gehman Road and partially in Macungie Borough off of Race Street. It is a development of single homes on the Lower Macungie side and townhomes in the borough.
Approval was received for the relocation of Schoeneck Road and the Sauerkraut Road extension at the June 16 Board of Commissioners meeting. This process included Jaindl and East Penn School District. This project is privately funded.
The Mack Truck Land development project was also approved. This project includes some building enhancements for the company.
The Emmaus High School Class of 2016 graduated June 12 at Stabler Arena.
Receiving their diplomas were 598 graduates amid the usual ceremonies including the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” led by the EHS orchestra conducted by Connie Arnold. The EHS Chorale, directed by Rita Cortez, sang the school’s alma mater. The graduates entered to the playing of “Pomp and Circumstance.”
Principal David Piperato welcomed everyone including members of the Class of 1966.
At the June 2 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners made a decision on the location of the dog park. The choices included Creamery Park and Spring Creek Estate. Creamery Park appeared, at one point, to be the better choice but after visiting the locations, Spring Creek Estates was chosen.
Commissioner Brian Higgins said Creamery Park had limited parking as one of its drawbacks. Spring Creek Estates Park is more centrally located.
Roger Williams, representing Friends for Lower Macungie Township Dog Park and 7,300 dogs who reside in Lower Macungie Township attended the May 19 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting to discuss the status of the dog park.
The township approved construction of a dog park at Camp Olympic; however, the Lehigh County Conservation District needed a permit modification. The change is expected to take approximately three to six months and will add additional costs.
During the May 5 Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners meeting, Julie McDonnell was presented with a plaque from the commissioners for 22 years of service with the parks and recreation board. The commissioners expressed their gratitude for her outstanding years of service.
A letter was read from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regarding brake retarder usage on Route 100 at the April 21 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting. The request for brake retarder prohibition had been made before. It is now official that brake retarders are not to be used along Route 100 in Lower Macungie Township. Signs will be posted as soon as possible. Atty. Richard Somach, solicitor, will prepare an ordinance.
Emergency Management Coordinator Dale Frizzell has resigned and Barb Ferri was appointed to the position.