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.
Emmaus Borough Council conditionally approved three different events to take place in the fall at the July 15 meeting.
At the June 17 Emmaus Borough Council meeting, council unanimously approved a conditional approval that will allow Phoebe Ministries of Allentown to build an independent senior living community at the old Rodale property on South 10th Street.
The current title is Chestnut Ridge at Rodale which pays homage to Rodale’s long standing presence in the borough and also encourages a healthy lifestyle in the elderly community.
A conditional approval of a warehouse at 840 Broad St. caused some lengthy discussion at the Emmaus Borough meeting May 20.
This plan, which has been in discussion for a year and a half, proposes the construction of a 12,000 square foot warehouse/light industrial building at a site known as the “Emmaus Commerce Center.”
The borough’s first annual Dumpster Day has a date of Oct. 5, which was announced at the Emmaus Borough meeting May 6.
Councilman and head of the health, sanitation and codes committee Jeff Shubzda, said they will “have to go over the logistics and the details” of the event more thoroughly during committee meetings.
Per the last committee meeting notes, the event would include “household hazardous waste, most likely e-waste, a metal recycling dumpster, most likely a contractor for Freon and a tire dumpster.”
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.