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.
The Emmaus Borough Council unanimously passed ordinance 1119 at the Jan. 19 meeting. This ordinance will establish Landis Circle as a one-way street in the northerly direction. Council plans to write another ordinance to limit parking to certain sections of Landis Circle.
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 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Emmaus Borough Council is working on amending the rules and regulations regarding the Civil Service Commission.
Borough Manager Shane Pepe said there are four basic changes being made.
"First of all, we're moving the polygraph examination process to the background for the applicants," Pepe said.