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Speed limit change on Main Street and Chestnut Street passage

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

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.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Loan approved for Rodale building

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.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Volunteer of the Year announced

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.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Brewing the 'spirits' may need separate ordinance

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.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Financing for the Rodale building purchase discussed

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.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Garbage issues addressed with J.P. Mascaro & Sons

At the Emmaus Borough Council meeting April 20, it was announced the Health, Sanitation and Codes committee had a meeting with J.P. Mascaro and Sons to discuss the current trash pick-up.

Councilman Jeff Shubzda said Mascaro's representative was very cooperative and either had an answer for any questions the committee had or would look into issues the borough was encountering.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

East Penn Chamber of Commerce proposes welcome signs

John Hayes, representative of the East Penn Chamber of Commerce, attended the Emmaus Borough Council April 6 regarding four proposed welcome signs in different locations throughout the borough.

The four signs would be located in front of the old fire company number three, the southeast corner of Emmaus High School on the intersection of Pine Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard, by Pickles Grill and Bar in Upper Milford Township and the First Niagara branch in front of State Avenue and Harrison Street.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Council under fire for firearms ordinance

Tom Campione, director of legislative affairs for an organization called Pennsylvanians for Self Protections, spoke in front of borough council March 16 regarding unlawful firearms ordinances.

Campione, who spoke before council two months ago, said a letter was sent to council back Dec. 13, 2014 by the group's attorney regarding unlawful firearms ordinances. He said council told him it was dealt with recently, and it was left at that. Campione said he proceeded to get an updated copy of the current ordinance and noticed the matter was last addressed three years ago.

EMMAUS BOROUGH COUNCIL Council proposes door-to-door salesmen ordinance

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Ordinance 1123 had its first reading and passed with a 6-0 vote at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting March 2.

As stated by the borough the ordinance will be "regulating the activities of transient merchants; defining relevant words and phrases; establishing a licensing program; providing the exempt persons and activities and providing for penalties for violation thereof."

According to Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe, this ordinance deals with "door-to-door salesmen." Pepe said there have been a number of increasing complaints by borough staff, police and residents.