It was announced at the Emmaus Borough Meeting March 18 all residents will be required to put their trash in a container come next year.
A year ago, the borough applied for a state grant of roughly $130,000 that would allow them to purchase recycling containers. The borough received a letter from the state saying they would not be awarded the grant because the solid waste ordinance wasn’t in compliance with state laws.
The owners of the Emmaus Movie Theatre, Butch Rossetti and Robert Audiburt, expressed their concern over the farmers market parking situation at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting March 18.
This proposed parking ordinance will prohibit parking Sundays May 1 to Nov. 30 during operation of the farmers market and the setup and breakdown time for vendors. This includes the west side of South Fourth Street between Chestnut Street and Jubilee Street and then on Main Street between South Fourth and 332 Main Street.
Two firefighters from the Emmaus Fire Department were honored for retirement and promotion at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting March 4.
Firefighter Clifford Foulke decided to retire in January after serving the Emmaus Fire Department for 24 years.
Chief John Price spoke highly of Foulke, and stated Foulke was one of the people who quickly accepted Price when he transitioned into the department two years ago and was someone Price always relied upon.
It was announced at the Feb. 19 Emmaus Borough Council meeting the planning commission has established an ad hoc committee to develop a 10-year vision for Emmaus Borough.
Emmaus Borough Council unanimously approved the move of the Emmaus Farmers Market to Emmaus Triangle Park at the Jan. 21 council meeting.
The relocation proposal came after the announcement that the BB&T branch on 235 Main St. was closing. The farmers market was held in the BB&T parking lot Sunday mornings.
Councilwoman Teri Sorg-McManamon feels this move could greatly benefit the downtown shops and market vendors.
The new trash hauler and pickup system was touched upon at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Jan. 7.
The first week in January was the first time new trash hauler Whitetail Disposal picked up the borough’s refuse. Whitetail will pick up trash throughout the borough three times a week, each day in a different section of the borough.
“To be very honest with you, while there were some bumps in the road, if you don’t expect them then you obviously don’t pay too much attention,” Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe said.
At the Dec. 17 Emmaus Borough Council meeting, an ordinance passed its first reading which will require the inspection and testing of lateral sewer pipe connections of homes in Emmaus that are going to be sold.
“This ordinance is a direct result of the requirements from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) administrative order,” Borough Manager Shane Pepe said.
The Emmaus Borough Council unanimously voted to pass the first reading of the 2019 budget at the Dec. 3 meeting, which will include a 13 percent tax increase.
The new $16.6 million budget will include a property tax millage rise from 4.874 mills to 5.6654 mills. A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value. With this 0.79 mills increase, homeowners with property assessed at the borough’s average of $161,100 will be paying an extra $127 for this year.
The Emmaus Borough Council unanimously approved a collective bargaining agreement with the local firefighters union at the Oct. 15 council meeting.
Council President Brent Labenberg said negotiations have been going on for about three months, as they were starting a brand new contract from scratch. He said the negotiation was educational on both sides and he “believes everybody is happy that it’s fair.”
“The borough’s happy that it’s within our budget, which is our main concern because we don’t want to have to address a tax increase for this,” Labenberg stated.
At the Oct. 1 Emmaus Borough Council meeting, it was announced the developers for the potential convenience store on Cedar Crest Boulevard will be at the planning commission meeting Oct. 11.
Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe said the planning commission will focus their attention on the land development piece and the plan being submitted and whether or not it fits within the land development ordinances.