At the Sept. 6 Emmaus Borough Council meeting, a letter was read from Emmaus Fire Chief David Nelson announcing his resignation effective Sept. 16.
Nelson, a military veteran with over 27 years of experience in fire and ambulance operations, oversees over 30 volunteer firefighting professionals, comprised of duty crews, standby drivers and crews available 24/7, 365 days a year.
At the Sept. 1 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, several residents requested an ordinance banning portable basketball hoops in the right-of-way. Residents expressed their concern for the safety of the children playing at these hoops. It was noted at Heather Court, vehicles drive very fast in the area and when basketballs hit the hoop, the children run across the road without watching for cars.
Residents suggested the Church Lane Park is within minutes of the area and is much safer for children to play.
Milly Xu, the founder of the Live Wright Society, was born in China and moved to the United States after living through years of torture and hard labor.
Xu moved with two suitcases, $10 and her 3-year-old daughter. Xu worked her way up from being a housekeeper and caregiver to working at a large law firm in Washington, D.C.
When she turned 60, Xu founded the Live Wright Society with her daughter which was initially a mother-daughter effort sharing stories, wisdom and ideas with others.
The Lower Macungie Youth Association gave a presentation to the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners Aug. 18 about a study conducted by an independent firm through the youth association on the athletic fields in the township.
The purpose of the study is to enable the youth association to provide instructional, intramural and competitive team sports to encourage sportsmanship, team leadership skills and healthy lifestyles.
The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting Aug. 4 included a conditional use hearing for the Salvador Galindo Veterinarian Hospital, 6594 Hamilton Blvd.
This hospital will only perform outpatient surgery with brief boarding if necessary. There will be no large animals, no outdoor activity and no evening or weekend hours. Building changes will need to be made to the property. This was approved.
Alburtis Police Chief Robert Palmer reported at the July 27 council meeting the new police vehicle has been ordered. While the cost is slightly over budget, everything is continuing as planned.
The fiscal committee reported the audit for the year shows a slight improvement. Council members were pleased with the new audit review format by Christopher DeFrain.
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.