Alburtis Borough Council discussed curbs and sidewalks on Church Street at length with Bill Erdman of Keystone Engineering at their meeting Sept. 12. This will affect property owned by the county, at the ball field, Camp Fire Girls (owned by the Dad and Daughter Association), and residents of Church Street.
Council discussed repairing what is there, putting in curbs only or requiring curbs and sidewalks on one or both sides of the street.
At the request of the Emmaus Main Street Partners, Emmaus council members are researching Pennsylvania's local economic revitalization tax assistance law and its possible application in the borough.
LERTA is a tax abatement program and allows local taxing authorities to exempt businesses from immediate property tax increases for improvements to property if a municipal governing body determines it is located in a deteriorating area.
Alburtis Borough Council had special guests at their meeting Aug. 29 eight Boy Scouts from Alburtis Troup 86 and their Scoutmaster Steve Mehl.
Twice a year, the Scouts visit government functions to earn their First Class Communications Merit Badge. As the meeting opened, the boys saluted the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance and requested anyone not in uniform to put their right hand over their heart during the pledge. President Steve Hill welcomed the boys and invited them to ask questions of council.
Thanks to the help of Good Sheperd and a robotic exoskeleton, Kevin Oldt, of Alburtis, walks across the stage at Musikfest to introduce the Craig Thatcher Band Aug. 12
A tornado-like storm tore through certain areas of the Lehigh Valley Sept. 8 leaving damage along its path.
Residents in Coopersburg and Locust Valley reported major damage mostly with trees down.
Weather warnings began in the early afternoon of Sept. 8 with advisory information.
At Locust Valley Golf Club, 5525 Locust Valley Road, Coopersburg, the manager of the pro shop Rick Schwab, watched the skies get dark quickly.
"At 4 p.m., I saw a big dark black cloud and then the wind, rain and branches went flying by our big window. It was a white mess going by."
The Emmaus Public Library will host Dr. Ziad Munson for a program 7 p.m. titled, "The Great Red Herring: How al-Qaida Blinds us to Terrorism." Munson, a sociology professor at Lehigh University, will deliver the talk about terrorism for adults and mature teens in the Gardner Room of the library. He will include what a terrorist group looks like, how it forms and develops and how our obsession with al-Qaida over the last 10 years has blinded us to other forms of possible future terrorism.
Summer reading material of a sexually explicit nature may feature prominently in the next meeting of East Penn School District's board of directors due to parent complaints at their Sept. 10 meeting.
Paula Whitman addressed the board regarding "Prep" by Curtis Sittenfeld and "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" by Tom Wolfe from the ninth and 10th grade reading lists respectively, providing the board with excerpts from both books describing sexual acts in graphic detail. Those in "Prep" are performed in at least one case by a minor.
The 34th annual Rod and Custom Jamboree, Wheels of Time, rolled into Emmaus Aug. 24.
Despite their dissatisfaction with the requirements for renewing a state mandated stormwater discharge permit, Upper Milford Township supervisors, at their Sept. 6 meeting, authorized Township Manager Daniel DeLong to pursue the renewal.
DeLong reported he has met with Hanover Engineering, which is handling the permit renewal for Emmaus and Macungie, so he is already familiar with the process.
"Since 40 percent of our water drains into Emmaus, it makes sense to work with them [Hanover]," DeLong said.
The swimming pool at Emmaus Community Park is closed for the season due to a mechanical problem in the pump.
The pool was forced to close 13 days early because the pump's impeller sheared and a repair can not be implemented before the scheduled close of swimming season.
Season pass holders will receive a prorated credit which can be applied to next year's passes or pool admission.