Emmaus Borough Council approved a zoning change involving the proposed Townhouses at South Mountain at the council meeting Oct. 16.
The new proposed townhouse community will be located on the 9.85 acres located between Tilghman and Arch streets and will allow a proposed 49-unit townhouse development. The zoning change request was put forward by W2B2, LLC, who bought the property from Rodale.
Emmaus Borough Council unanimously approved the collective bargaining agreement created with the Emmaus Police Officers Association at the council meeting Oct. 2.
“It’s been a very good negotiation, it’s been very cordial,” Borough Manager Shane Pepe said. “We bent, they bent farther.”
Resident Neil Carl, who owns property on South First Street, expressed his concerns about the borough vacating part of the street, at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Sept. 18
Mike Wilson, of Motors Plus, is requesting to have part of the dead end street by his business, which is roughly 20 feet by 40 feet.
Carl complained the borough was allowing Wilson to operate his business within a 50-foot radius of a tributary of the Little Lehigh Creek, which Carl claims is against ordinances and the State Department of Environmental Protection agency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emmaus Borough Council unanimously approved selling the 18.4 acre property at 4052 S. Second St. to Lehigh County at the April 17 meeting.
The vacant tract of land, which was sold at the appraised value of $70,000, is located along South Mountain in Upper Milford and Salisbury townships.
Emmaus Borough Council held a brief meeting April 3 in council chambers.
Resident Otto Slozer questioned whether or not council was following the Sunshine Law during meetings. The Sunshine Law requires agency officials to hold certain procedures open or available to the public.