Upper Milford Township Supervisors resumed their in-person meetings June 18 because, according to staff, they were allowed to do so under Pennsylvania’s current designation of Lehigh County being in COVID-19 status yellow.
For the past several weeks the township supervisors have been meeting using the Zoom application via the Internet. Unlike several other municipalities who have been meeting using Zoom or YouTube, Upper Milford Township has not posted or archived the meetings for public access because, according to a spokesperson, the township is not required to do so.
The Lower Milford Township Supervisors met virtually June 18 with supervisors John Quigley, Donna Wright and Ellen Koplin in attendance.
Quigley began by expressing his abhorrence to the hiring of the current township bookkeeper, Stacy Smith and said he had been vocal against the hiring from the beginning.
The Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners met at the township building June 18 with online attendance still available.
A conditional use hearing was held for the approval of Shepherd’s Corner. This plan for a strip mall with a drive-thru credit union, two small restaurants and three other spots was approved. The location of this development is 5573, 5591 and 5621 Hamilton Blvd. It also borders Krocks Court and Quince Road, a private road parallel to Hamilton Boulevard.
Possible restaurant tenants include an upscale sandwich shop and a dessert shop.
The East Penn Board of School Directors approved the administration’s Return to Sport COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan as a part of the 2020-2021 fall reopening. It passed 8-1 at the board’s June 22 virtual meeting, with Alisa Bowman as the only “nay” vote. She voiced support of what was presented, but expressed concern it wasn’t ready yet for a vote — that it was still subject to possible changes.
On hand were Director of Athletics Rebecca George and Assistant Director of Athletics Matt Spengler to field questions. They are both listed on the plan as primary contacts.
Mayor Kathleen Palmer initiated the May 27 Alburtis borough council meeting by addressing concerns regarding contacting the borough amid the pandemic.
Originally, council proposed Borough Manager Sharon Trexler look into an app that would prevent residents from obtaining her personal phone number. However, they opted to table the discussion until Trexler researched apps and any other potential solutions.
The Ancient Oaks neighborhood celebrated the 2020 graduation of two of their own at the corner of Oak Drive and Butternut Lane June 14.
With commencement ceremonies for high schools and colleges delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the neighbors decided to get together to remedy things for their resident grads.
Emmaus High School graduating senior Parker Hanosek and DeSales University graduate Courtney Miller were honored by family, friends and neighbors at a streetside ceremony presided over by neighbor Billy Dunn, who is the character coach for Lehigh University.
With the social distancing aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting all spring 2020 school activities, including musicals, proms and commencement, area graduating classes have born the brunt of it. Administrators of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) decided to help their high school seniors and their families celebrate their educational milestone with a June 8 “Park and Circumstance” bus tour.
A business operation noise ordinance was established during the June 4 Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners virtual meeting.
The ordinance received unanimous approval.
The ordinance was defined as any noise that “disrupts or injures the comfort, repose, health, hearing, peace or safety of persons.”
According to the ordinance, noise is considered that which disturbs people with reasonable sensitivities or causes endangerment or injury or endangers personal or realm property.
Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez gives Roger Hudak a lot of credit.
“Roger’s motivation, energy and commitment of his personal time has been invaluable to the City of Bethlehem, especially the South Side,” Donchez said of Hudak.
Hudak acknowledges the South Side has for decades had to overcome negative attitudes about where to live.
Immigrants coming to this country to work at Bethlehem Steel in the mid-20th century settled on the South Side to be near where they worked.