When people do not have easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables, they are said to be living in a “food desert.”
Looking at the abundance of large grocery super stores that dot the region, it’s sometimes hard to believe that such areas exist in the Lehigh Valley. But, for various geographic, transportation and socio-economic reasons, pockets do exist where lack of easy access creates problems.
Two future housing developments moved one step closer in their plans at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting held Sept. 3.
The first property discussed was the abandoned lot at 300 Furnace St. The developer, Jeff Trainer, came before council with a proposed zoning change for 6.1 acres of land at 300 Furnace St. and 2.7 acres on 326 S. Second St. The properties are currently zoned as light industrial and conservation residential but would become a high density residential office zoning district if approved by council.
A resident with a sidewalk waiver request had the request denied at the Sept. 3 Macungie Borough Council meeting. This resident has a three month time period to develop a plan to work around the problem. The problem revolves around a tree which has been declared healthy by an arborist and relocation of utility fixtures. The resident has proposed an alternative which includes a bump out onto Route 100 which will need Pennsylvania Department of Transportation approval, saying the proposed bump out will have additional benefits of calming traffic and include a better way of controlling water.
The library tax referendum was approved and will be on the ballot in November according to the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners at the Sept. 5 meeting.
The proposed tax is needed to assist with library funding. The library is funded yearly through a grant.
The main question is the proposed cost to residents. One factor on cost will be if the resident is enrolled in the Homestead Act with Lehigh County.
Multiple fire companies responded to a working basement fire at a 104 S. Second St. twin home shortly after 10:30 p.m. Sept. 5.
The fire sent one Western Salisbury Fire Department interior firefighter to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and left five people displaced.
The incident began when Emmaus Patrol Officer Austin Thompson called the Lehigh County 911 center when he spotted smoke coming from the residence and a malfunctioning heating system was suspected.
Hoping that wearing a purple shirt would predispose Lehigh County Commissioners into thinking that his 2020 proposed $514.6 million budget is bipartisan, County Executive Phillips Armstrong unveiled his fiscal plan Aug. 30 to department heads, staffers, four attending commissioners and the public.
Hivel Und Dahl Preservation Society is sponsoring “A Gathering at the Cabin” 3-7 p.m. The rain date will be Sept. 15. Stop by the Schubert-Graber log shop, 6561 Powder Valley Road, Zionsville and learn about the plans for the log shop. Get a free hot dog and drink. All are welcome. For more information, call 610-967-4836.
The Board of School Directors of East Penn School District accepted a donation in the amount of $1,200 from Kindness is Magic Inc. at its regular board meeting Sept. 9. The money is to be applied to the accounts of district families who are both eligible for free or reduced lunch and currently have a negative account balance. Alisa Bowman reflected board sentiment when she said she is, “thankful to Kindness is Magic.”