A motion to put a referendum on term limits before citizens failed in a 5–2 vote March 13 during the Lehigh County Commissioner’s regular meeting.
The sole sponsor, Commissioner Amy Zanelli, couldn’t muster enough support to pass the measure. Even fellow Democrat Dan Hartzell could not be persuaded to support his colleague with his vote; he sided with Republicans to vote against the measure.
“We need to use reason instead of emotion,” Hartzell said. “This implies that long service is a problem. I can’t convince myself this a problem in search of a solution.”
Alburtis Area 55+ seniors meet noon at Church of the Good Shepherd, 135 Quarry Road and Penn Avenue, Alburtis. Meeting includes a potluck luncheon and bingo. Many bus trips are planned. For more information, call 610-966-4996.
Lucky Bucks Bingo 2-5 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 501 Chestnut St., Emmaus. Doors and snack bar open 1 p.m. Participants will receive cash prizes for bingo. There will also be a basket raffle and a 50/50 drawing. For more information, call Ashley Lorah at 610-739-1273.
The owners of the Emmaus Movie Theatre, Butch Rossetti and Robert Audiburt, expressed their concern over the farmers market parking situation at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting March 18.
This proposed parking ordinance will prohibit parking Sundays May 1 to Nov. 30 during operation of the farmers market and the setup and breakdown time for vendors. This includes the west side of South Fourth Street between Chestnut Street and Jubilee Street and then on Main Street between South Fourth and 332 Main Street.
Debra Cope was selected to fill the vacancy on Macungie Borough Council during the March 18 borough council meeting.
Her term will end Dec. 31. Three other candidates were interviewed during the meeting.
In other business, Christopher Greb, NRP, operations manager of the Macungie Ambulance Corps, presented a report on the Macungie Ambulance Corps. There were 3,727 calls for assistance in 2018. There were 28 special operation incidents and 571 people were provided CPR/AED and first aid certification training. Corps personnel also were involved in various community events.
With the recent announcement Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim has retired, Lehigh County First Deputy Coroner and Operations Manager Eric D. Minnich has announced his candidacy for coroner.
Minnich, 41, a Democrat, began his employment with the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office as a part-time deputy coroner in 2006.
By 2007, he began as a full-time deputy coroner and, in 2012, began his leadership role as the first deputy coroner and operations manager, having been promoted by Grim.
Manager of Macungie Ambulance Corps Christopher Greb provided the 2018 annual report at the Alburtis Borough Council meeting March 13.
The March 5 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with a discussion of the public forum scheduled March 14 to discuss the revised zoning ordinance.
The six talking points of the forum are going to be main streets and villages, highway commercial uses, new uses, environmental regulations, open space and design guidelines for adaptive reuse. The forum is for neighbors likely to be affected by the new zoning ordinance and will take place 5:30 p.m. There will be a meeting for the public 7 p.m.
Upper Milford Township Supervisors closed the major firefighting fund which had been setting unused and drawing interest. They divided the $28,999.77 balance between the two Upper Milford Township fire companies, the Vera Cruz Fire Company and the Western District Fire Company.
Vera Cruz Fire Company officers, Emily Fair and Jason Tapler, attended the meeting.
In other business, Emmaus Public Library representative Lisa Martin reported the second annual Books and Beer Fundraiser will be 6-8 p.m. March 20 at Yergey’s Brewery and Triple Sun Distillery on Bank Street, Emmaus.
The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners approved Ordinance 2019-03 which added the right-of-way on the Weiner Tract to the agricultural security area at its March 7 meeting. This further seals the land preservation of this property.
The sewer module for the Depot Properties project was approved. This project is for the truck staging area by Orchard and Alburtis roads.
The 5G Wireless Antenna Ordinance was tabled. The commissioners need to further investigate this project after feedback from the advertising of this ordinance.