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.
Guy Bieber, residential plumbing and sewage enforcement officer, was issued a proclamation for his years of service with Lower Macungie Township at the Jan. 22 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
Bieber is retiring after 41 years of service. He will work until Jan. 31 and has offered his services during the transition.
In other business, a resolution was approved for public sewage hook-up on North Walnut Street.
David Nosal, Lower Macungie Township's fire chief, gave a presentation at the Jan. 8 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
This presentation provided various statistics of fire events in the township and showed total responses were up from 2013.
During the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting Dec. 18, 2014, the commissioners expressed their condolences over the death of a former commissioner, Bill Spade, who was a commissioner from 2008 to 2010. Commissioners held a moment of silence in his honor.