Paul Swartz and Carlos Tobar, of USA Architects, gave a presentation to the Emmaus Borough Council March 21 regarding the schematics of the newly purchased building on 33 East Minor St.
The former Rodale building will be where the new council chambers, police, fire and EMS departments will be located.
Swartz, who is the CEO of USA Architects, said his company has held several meetings with the building committee, council members, fire chief, police chief and a number of other people in the process of planning this building.
The Emmaus Police Department will lose another senior officer March 31 to retirement.
Sgt. Karl D. Geschwindt has been with the police department for 28 years and announced his retirement via letter presented to the Emmaus Borough Council at the March 21 meeting.
“I really enjoyed coming to work each day, being able to perform my duties alongside my friends who are also my brother officers and clerical staff,” Geschwindt wrote.
He said his decision to retire was “very difficult, yet easy.”
Emmaus Chief of Police David Faust announced his retirement via letter, read by Mayor Winfield Iobst at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting March 7.
Faust, who stated his last day will be March 25, has been with the Emmaus Police Department for 30 years, and has been chief for 16 of those years. He also spent his first five years in the public works department.
Emmaus Borough Council gave high praise to the public works department for efforts during the blizzard Jan. 23.
Councilman Roy Anders rode with some of the men while they cleaned up the roads.
“The crew does a phenomenal job of working in these tight spaces,” Anders said in regard to plowing through alleyways.
Anders said he wanted to make sure it was noted the hard work the department did for the borough. He especially gave praise to John Dychala, who is head of the public works department.
The topic of the new speed limit signs were brought up at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Jan. 18.
New speed limit signs were installed last week along the Main Street and Chestnut Street passage in Emmaus. The speed limit was lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph.
The concern of lowering the speed limit came after 11-year-old Abbie Zukowski was hit and killed while crossing Chestnut Street last year.
Councilman Wesley Barrett said you can definitely feel the adjustment when you lower your speed to 25 mph.
Amy Huber spoke before the Emmaus Borough Council regarding speed limits and child safety on Chestnut Street during the council meeting Aug. 17.
"I would like to bring to your attention the three demands your community wants to happen to keep our town of Emmaus as one of the best places to live in the Lehigh Valley," Huber said.
Emmaus Borough Council approved the authorization of a loan for the Rodale building with a 5-1 vote during the committee meeting July 27.
Council will be entering into a loan with ESSA Bank & Trust. It will be a seven year loan with a fixed percentage of 2.12 percent, and is pre-payable at anytime. The loan size is $5,796,000.
"The hope is that we'll be able to sell properties, move into the new building and be far along in this process seven years from now," acting Council President Brian Holtzhafer said.
Teri Sorg-McManamon was presented the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award at the June 15 Emmaus Council Borough meeting.
"The volunteers of our community give their time, their money and their talents and we want to recognize the people that are important to us," Councilman Nathan Brown said.
Dr. Michael Waddell, who presented the award to Sorg-McManamon said, "Little did we realize the reign of volunteerism we had released on this community," when they first hired McManamon to be on the Emmaus Arts Commission back in 2007.
Bernadette Goetz was presented with the Emmaus Arts Commission Student Art Award at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting May 18.
This is the first year the award has been presented and is given to a graduating student of Emmaus High School who will pursue a career in the visual arts or arts related field.
There were 10 graduating seniors who qualified for this award.
Members of the budget and finance committee met with the borough financial consultant Gary Pulcini and a solicitor last week to discuss finance regarding the purchase of the former Rodale building as reported at the Emmaus Borough Council May 4 .
Acting Council President for the night Brian Holtzhafer said the meeting went extremely well and a lot of useful information was received.