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.
The 2020 budget for Emmaus passed its first reading at the Dec. 2 Emmaus Borough Council meeting which will bring a 9.61 percent tax increase, or roughly $138, for residents.
St. Ann’s Cub Scout Pack 80 attended the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Nov. 18 to ask the council members a variety of questions.
The boys, who were doing this for their “Building a Better World Adventure” award, asked a plethora of questions, some of which have come up in discussions between council and the public before.
When asked what the biggest issue going on in the borough currently was, President Brent Labenberg told the Cub Scouts it was budget season and council had to make some tough decisions.
Emmaus Borough Hall was filled to standing room only as residents showed up at the Nov. 4 Emmaus Borough Council meeting and public hearing to express their concerns for the proposed zoning district.
Developer Jeff Trainer came before council in September regarding a proposed zoning change for 6.1 acres of land at 300 Furnace St. and 2.7 acres of land on 326 S. Second St. The properties are currently zoned as light industrial and conservation residential and council will vote on whether to change the areas to a high dentistry residential office zoning district.
A brief Emmaus Borough Council meeting was held in borough hall Oct. 21.
It was noted a public hearing and second reading pertaining to an area at Furnace and South Second streets will take place at the Nov. 4 meeting.
Back in September, developer Jeff Trainer came before council with a proposed zoning change for 6.1 acres of land at 300 Furnace St. and 2.7 acres of land on 326 S. Second St. The properties are currently zoned as light industrial and conservation residential. Council will be voting to change the areas to a high density residential office zoning district.
It was first announced at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Oct. 7. The Emmaus Creative Arts & Innovation Center will be arriving to the borough in the foreseeable future.
The proposed center will occupy the 35,000 square foot vacant warehouse building on South 10th Street, located directly across from Phoebe Ministries new senior living community Chestnut Ridge at Rodale.
The ECAIC group, which received 501(c)3 nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service in August, is led by local investment advisor Jim Baker.
Emmaus residents will now have a second payment option for refuse bills come 2020.
At the Sept. 16 Emmaus Borough Council meeting, it was announced residents will have the chance to pay their refuse bill quarterly instead of annually. Residents will still be able to pay their full bill upfront before the February deadline to get the discounted rate, or they can choose to pay the bill in quarterly payments but with an additional $10 per quarter.
Two future housing developments moved one step closer in their plans at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting held Sept. 3.
The first property discussed was the abandoned lot at 300 Furnace St. The developer, Jeff Trainer, came before council with a proposed zoning change for 6.1 acres of land at 300 Furnace St. and 2.7 acres on 326 S. Second St. The properties are currently zoned as light industrial and conservation residential but would become a high density residential office zoning district if approved by council.
Michael Gibson gave an update on the Borough Visioning Committee at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Aug. 19.
Back in February, it was announced the planning commission had established a committee to develop a 10-year vision for the borough. Gibson, chairman of the committee, explained the initial plan was to identify 10 perspective goals and strategies to help better the borough. The committee is made up of long- and short-term residents and both for-profit and nonprofit businesses who have been in the borough for a variety of different years.