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Thursday, August 24, 2017 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

New Boroline Park guidelines established

Emmaus Borough Council made some new guidelines to be followed at Boroline Park at the Aug. 21 meeting.

A resident has been complaining for a few years that teams are showing up for baseball and softball tournaments 7 a.m. on weekends to start practice on the field before games. In addition, games are so close together that parking “is a nightmare.”

“I’ll tell you on the weekend it [guidelines] will definitely reduce police calls, because on the weekends our police are down there at least once a day during tournaments,” Borough Manager Shane Pepe said.


Thursday, July 20, 2017 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Issues raised about community pool

At the July 17 Emmaus Borough Council meeting, resident Jason Jesmain, who is currently volunteering with the Emmaus Fire Department and the Recreation and Entertainment Commission, spoke before council regarding issues he’s been having at the community pool.

Jesmain said a lot of “out of city people are coming in and trashing the place, there’s a lot of vulgarity and people don’t watch their kids.” He says these people are from Allentown or have New Jersey license plates.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Lease renewed with Seven Generations; Volunteer of the Year recognized

Emmaus Borough Council unanimously approved a five-year lease renewal with the Seven Generations Charter School at its June 19 meeting.

This lease agreement allows the school to use a section of the borough owned building on 33 E. Minor Street. The lease starts July 1 with an annual rent of $155,428, which will have a 1.5 percent increase annually until the end of the contract, which will have the rent up to $220,156 by 2021.


Thursday, May 18, 2017 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Carnival coming to town

Emmaus Community Day just received a giant boost as the Emmaus Borough Council approved the addition of a carnival to the festivities.

The unanimous vote, which was held at the May 15 meeting, will allow Kairos Promotions to bring JCJ Entertainment to Emmaus Community Park June 2, 3 and 4.

The carnival will have 10 rides which include a Ferris wheel, merry-go- round, Scrambler and a Chair Jet. There will be three bounce houses and two stages for performers which will possibly include a fire spinner, fire breather and a family acrobatic team.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Contract renewed with refuse and recycling hauler

The Emmaus Borough Council voted to expand their refuse and recycling contract with J.P. Mascaro & Sons for another year at its May 1 meeting.

Mascaro’s vice president of sales and operations manager met with the health, sanitation and codes committee to discuss the upcoming contract as well as concerns residents and council members had.

“We went over a few of the issues that have come up over the past year, and some of the things that we see and hear from people in the borough,” Councilman Jeff Shubzda said.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Sale of South Second Street property discussed

The sale of the 18.4 acre, vacant tract of land, known as 4052 S. Second St., Emmaus, was briefly discussed at the March 20 Emmaus Borough Council meeting. Borough Manager Shane Pepe said “as they expected” the borough did not receive a bid on the property, but did have two interested parties that would rather negotiate on the property directly.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Council fuels the fire by taking battle to Supreme Court

The Emmaus Borough Council decided at the March 20 meeting to take their 3 1/2 year legal battle with the Emmaus Firefighters Association to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Council made a unanimous decision to “allow the solicitor to file a petition for allowance of appeal of the commonwealth court decision in the PLRV [Pennsylvania Labor Court Relations Board] case to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.”


Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Old police computer equipment to be sold

The Emmaus Borough Council held a brief meeting March 6.

Council passed Resolution 2017-10 which will allow the borough to sell some old computer equipment from the police department. The man purchasing the equipment is the department’s information technology professional.

Borough Manager Shane Pepe said normally they never sell old servers and would just destroy the equipment and place it in the electronic recycling bin.