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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Borough working on graffiti ordinance

Ordinance 1121 had its first reading at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Feb. 17. This ordinance came out of the public safety committee in partnership with the public safety team regarding graffiti vandalism.

According to Councilman Nathan Brown, this ordinance "gives us the ability to help the resident clean the graffiti off, and whoever does it, have some teeth to press charges or have the district magistrate."

Councilman Brent Labenberg expressed his disapproval with this ordinance.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Borough in need of police officers

At the Jan. 5 Emmaus Borough Council meeting, Ordinance 1120 had its first reading. This ordinance involves removing a residential handicap parking sign located in the front of 811 Chestnut St., as well as establishing a prohibited parking sign on Railroad Street.

"We had an issue brought to our attention that a portion of Railroad Street is not posted No Parking," Council President Lee Ann Glibert said. "We actually had individuals parking in the intersection of Fifth and Railroad Street."

EMMAUS BOROUGH COUNCIL Budget adopted; councilworking to pay off debt

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Emmaus Borough Council voted to adopt the 2015 budget at the Dec. 15 council meeting.

"I think borough council achieved something that in the nine years I've been here we haven't done, but we're collectively decreasing the amount residents pay for taxes, between $19 and $21," Councilman Wesley Barrett said. In addition, in-home business taxes have been reduced by $87.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Fee for summer program to increase

Resolution 2014-50 was passed at the Dec. 1 Emmaus Borough Council meeting which amends the scheduled fees and charges for permits and services in Emmaus.

Council member Brent A. Labenberg said one of the changes is to the summer program.

"We're increasing the fee from $25 to $40 because we want that to be paid for by the fee itself, so the borough isn't contributing any taxpayer money."

Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe said the labor rates, including police and public works rates were also adjusted.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Fuel bids are awarded with significant discounts

The Emmaus Borough Council made bid decisions on kerosene, unleaded fuel and diesel fuel at the Nov. 17 meeting.

"Good news this year. The bid prices all went down by about 50 cents per gallon, so that's good to hear," Borough Manager Shane Pepe said.

Council voted to award the bids to the following companies: Harned Durham for kerosene at $3.18 per gallon, Lehigh Fuels for unleaded fuel at $2.36 per gallon and Harned Durham for diesel at $2.76 per gallon.

In other business, some changes have to be made to the pension plan document.

EMMAUS BOROUGH COUNCIL Craft brewer approved in the borough; tax collector hired

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

There was a public hearing regarding Funk Brewing Company before the regularly scheduled Emmaus council meeting Nov. 3.

Kyle Funk is requesting to operate a craft brewery at 19 S. Sixth St. and has submitted all required paperwork.

"We currently manufacture malted beverages for wholesale," Funk said. "What I'd like to do is adopt this new zoning ordinance and be able to operate as a craft brewery as defined in the zoning amendments, which would potentially include a brew pub and a tasting unit."

Emmaus Borough Council Miscommunication and a change of address add up to thousands in fees

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

The Emmaus Borough Council was presented a lengthy tax complaint at the borough meeting Oct. 20.

Mark Fischer, of North Second Street, told council "an error in a billing address leads to over $1,800 in penalties and lawyer fees and the process was proceeding to the loss of my $200,000 home."

Fischer said the property was originally owned by his father and when he passed away the property was willed to him and the title was transferred.