Emmaus Borough Council unanimously voted to once again apply for the $50,000 facade grant at the July 16 council meeting.
This grant is part of the Pennsylvania Keystone Communities Program funding, which allows businesses to receive money to fix up the exterior of their buildings, whether it be signage, painting the facility, new doors and windows or other improvements .
Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe encourages businesses interested in the grant program to get their applications in to the borough soon.
Resident Josh Schmidt spoke before the Emmaus Borough Council at the May 21 meeting regarding the aging equipment and safety concerns at Lions Park.
Schmidt said he took his 3-year-old son to the park on Sunday night and had to leave due to missing equipment such as support beams, shards of glass and overall old equipment which was unsafe for his son to play on.
Borough Manager Shane Pepe said council is aware of the equipment issues at the park and the equipment in general “doesn’t meet modern codes.”
The Plan Southwest Lehigh is a drafted, multi-municipality agreement between Lower Macungie Township, Lower Milford Township, Upper Milford Township, Alburtis Borough, Macungie Borough and Emmaus Borough. This plan would allow municipalities to “enter into an agreement with the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission to assist with the development of an updated multi-municipality comprehensive plan.”
Emmaus Borough Council unanimously approved the hiring of two full-time paramedics and one public works employee at its April 16 meeting in borough hall.
Jonathan Pfleegor and Brian Szabo were both hired as full-time paramedics for the borough.
Pfleegor was hired as a part-time paramedic by the borough during the summer of 2016 and has 11 years emergency medical experience.
Szabo has 15 years of emergency medical experience and was working as a dispatcher for Berks County prior to being offered the job with Emmaus.
It was unanimously voted by the Emmaus Borough Council at the April 2 meeting to bid out services for the borough’s refuse and recycling for the second half of 2018.
The borough’s current contract with JP Mascaro ends July 1 and council has no intention to further renew the contract after being with them for the past four years.
Besides the borough having multiple issues with Mascaro over the last several months, Councilman Jeff Shubzda said council wants to modify the bid specifications and in turn see what better opportunities come their way.
The concerns around the newly increased train speeds were discussed at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting March 19.
Norfolk Southern has recently raised the speed limit for trains to 60 mph, which Councilwoman Teri Sorg-McManamon said raised concerns during the community relations, planning and development committee meeting.
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.