Emmaus Borough Council unanimously passed a resolution to allow the borough to apply for a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant at its Feb. 20 council meeting.
If awarded, this grant will support the borough in funding the studying to evaluate the nine parks and trail systems, which in turn will help council determine a long-term plan on what improvements and remodeling needs to be done.
J.P. Mascaro & Sons has become a familiar topic at the Emmaus Borough Council meetings.
Councilman Jeff Shubzda said the health, sanitation and codes committee met with Mascaro to, once again, voice concerns regarding trash pickup. This meeting came about after Borough Manager Shane Pepe saw the garbage hauler combining recycling and refuse together last month.
The Emmaus Borough Council approval of changing a four-acre parcel of land on South Cedar Crest Boulevard from a medium density residential district to a limited commercial district means a Wawa gas and convenience store is one step closer to entering the borough.
The request to rezone the area comes from Cedar Crest Chestnut Development LP. Developer John Cogan said the company would purchase the tract of land if council approves the building of Wawa in the future.
It was stated at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Jan 15, that the borough’s trash and refuse collector, Mascaro & Sons, is treading on very thin ice with their contract.
“I personally witnessed our garbage hauler combining recycling and refuse together,” Borough Manager Shane Pepe said.
Pepe said he followed the truck and counted 80 houses where this occurred. He said the borough is fining Mascaro $50 a house, which Pepe said will amount to a little over $4,000.
Emmaus Borough Council welcomed two familiar faces Jan. 2 to fully complete council.
Magisterial District Judge Donna Butler administered the oath of office to Lee Ann Gilbert, Roy Anders, Brent A. Labenberg and Shana Baumgartner at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Jan. 2.
Gilbert was elected the first female mayor of Emmaus, Anders and Labenberg will start new full terms and Baumgartner is starting her first term as a council member.
Council voted to reinstate Labenberg as council president and Chris DeFrain as vice president.
Winfield Iobst, mayor of the Emmaus Borough for 20 years, attended his final council meeting in borough hall Dec. 18.
Iobst was presented with a certification of accommodation by the Emmaus Police Department for all of his work over the years.
As the police department stated, “We have a 20 man department, and somehow you’ve sworn in 23 full-time officers, eight sergeants, three chiefs, oversaw four cycles of accreditation, the building of a new police department and served under four U.S. presidents; congratulations.”
Jeffery Bonner, owner of Cave Brewing Company LLC, spoke before the Emmaus Borough Council at a public hearing Dec. 4 regarding moving his craft brewery to Emmaus.
The building Bonner is looking to rent is a 2,500-square-foot industrial building at 850 Broad St., which Bonner plans on converting into a brewery and taproom. He will be moving from his much smaller location at 1407 Seidersville Road, Bethlehem.
Council members’ main concerns for Bonner involved parking, noise and use of outside tents during the warmer months.
Emmaus Borough Council voted 7-0 in favor of a first reading to raise taxes for the fiscal year of 2018.
The proposed ordinance will raise taxes by 5.9715 mills, which is an increase of last year’s 5.5065 mills. A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value. The 5.9715 mills will be split between a general tax fund of 4.8754 and a fire fund tax of 1.0961.
Residents continued to express their concerns at the Nov. 6 Emmaus Borough Council meeting over a zoning ordinance change council made at the Oct. 16 meeting.
W2B2 LLC plans on a townhome development located on the 9.85 acres of land at the intersection of Arch and Tilghman streets. At the previous borough meeting, council approved a zoning ordinance to rezone 1.6 acres from conservation residential to medium density residential.