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.
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.