It was unanimously voted on by the Emmaus Borough Council, at the meeting held via Zoom May 18, to close the Emmaus Community Pool for the 2020 season.
The pool closing is mainly due to all of the uncertainties and circumstances involving the current situation surrounding COVID-19.
One of the largest concerns would be abiding to social distancing regulations put into effect by the state government.
Borough Manager Shane Pepe provided a COVID-19 pandemic response update at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting May 4. The meeting was held via Zoom.
Pepe said they are currently up to 32 furloughs with borough employees.
“We are doing everything that we can to get out ahead and save as much money as we can without completely eliminating our services,” Pepe said.
Pepe said they have been doing a good job collectively as department managers and borough council. The finance committee has been working hard to help guide the decisions the borough is making as well.
The hot topic of the night at the Emmaus Borough Council April 20 online Zoom meeting was COVID-19 and the current impact it is having on Emmaus.
Borough Manager Shane Pepe started the meeting by recognizing each of the borough’s emergency service departments for the continuous hard work they’ve been putting in during this entire situation.
On April 6, Emmaus Borough Council held one of its two monthly council meeting via the video conferencing platform Zoom.
Hitting very few hiccups during the video conference, council and Borough Manager Shane Pepe updated the public on their current COVID-19 actions and future plans.
Emmaus borough will be releasing an action plan to combat COVID-19.
At the March 16 borough council meeting, Borough Manager Shane Pepe said the borough will put an action plan into effect and borough hall will be closed to the public starting March 18.
Pepe said they will prepare a robocall to all residents of the borough, send out a news release and post the plan online. The entire plan was to be available for the public to view March 17.
Emmaus Borough Council voted to pass a resolution conditionally approving the preliminary/final land development plan for more town houses at the March 2 council meeting.
Wesley Barrett, former Emmaus councilman and owner of Wesley Works, is proposing a new development called Parkside at North Street.
This proposed development will consolidate three lots into one and then re-subdivide the same lot to create 22 town house units in blocks of three or four. The 23rd lot will be a four unit apartment building.
It was announced at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Feb. 18 the three Emmaus historical sites will launch new websites.
The Knauss Homestead, Shelter House and 1803 House have all been a staple part of the borough for centuries and the board members hope the new and improved websites will provide more knowledge and insight to these historic properties.
Emmaus Borough Council members were given a presentation on the future vision of Emmaus at the council meeting held Feb. 3.
Mike Gibson, chairman of the Emmaus Visioning Committee, appeared before council in August 2019 to give an update on the progress of the committee.
The Emmaus Visioning Committee was the combined effort of 15 people including local business owners, developers, residents, the Emmaus Planning Commission, community volunteers, local school personnel and Emmaus Borough Council.
Four council members, three who will continue their roles and one new, were sworn into their new terms at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting held Jan. 6.
Councilwoman Teri Sorg- McManamon, along with Councilmen John W. Hart and Chris DeFrain will all be reprising their roles as council members for the next four years.
New to council is the owner of South Mountain Cycle & Café, Chad Balliet. He moved to the borough back in 2004 and took over South Mountain Cycle & Café in June 2013 with his wife Heather.
It was announced at the Dec. 16 Emmaus Borough Council meeting the borough is putting the old Rodale property back up for sale.
The property, located at 33 E. Minor St. and the adjacent parking lot at 10 E. Minor St. were bought by the borough for $2.95 million back in 2015. The plan was to convert the former Rodale headquarters into the new municipal offices.
Borough Manager Shane Pepe said the reselling of the property was decided after they were given a new quoted construction estimate of $14.8 million, which is nearly triple the originally quoted price of $4.9 million.