East Penn Press

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EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Thursday, April 13, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Administration proposes 2.9 percent increase to balance budget

Superintendent Dr. Michael Schilder and Business Administrator Robert Saul presented the proposed final budget to the East Penn School District Board of School Directors for review and discussion at the April 10 meeting. A vote on the budget will be taken at the May 8 meeting.

“The tax increase with this budget is 2.9 percent,” Schilder said. “The budget term reserve is little bit over $7 million which represents a five percent budgetary reserve.”

LMT BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, April 13, 2017 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

‘Enough is enough’

During the April 6 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Brian Higgins requested a change in zoning for warehouse usage in two zoning districts. Higgins said, “Enough is enough. We have enough.” The commissioners voted unanimously to only allow warehouses in the already established area of Spring Creek Estates.

Macungie Ambulance Corps Operations Manager Christopher Greb gave a report on the ambulance corps. There were 3,689 calls in 2016 which is up by 206 from 2015.

UPPER MILFORD SUPERVISORS

Thursday, April 13, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Wellness center plan approved

Upper Milford supervisors reluctantly gave final approval to plans for the Chestnut Street Wellness Center at the April 6 meeting. The vote was 2-1, with supervisors Chairman George DeVault opposed.

The plans for the center had been a topic of lengthy discussion at a meeting last month, with traffic at the entrance to the center a major concern.

CORRECTION

Thursday, April 13, 2017 by The Press in Local News

A free electronics recycling and document shredding day for the boroughs of Macungie and Alburtis residents only will be held 9 a.m. to noon (or until the trucks are full) April 29 at Macungie Memorial Park. There is a fee for some items. The date was incorrectly reported in the April 5 issue of The Press. We apologize for the error.

Groups pushing for fair political districts in Pa.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by BRIAN MYSZKOWSKI in Local News

In a partnered effort between the League of Women Voters and Fair Districts PA, a citizens’ group discussed gerrymandering Saturday at the Stroud Community Library.

Frederick “Fritz” Walker told the group that Pennsylvania’s practices are in desperate need of a change.

“We are, according to this analysis, the worst state for gerrymandering of our congressional districts,” Walker said.

He was referencing the state’s score of 11 for the Efficiency Gap Standard, which determines if a party had a systemic advantage by evaluating and analyzing votes.

Bills target domestic violence

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

Over the past 10 years, more than 1,600 people have died in domestic violence-related incidents in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, state senators and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence stepped up to defend victims of abuse.

The coalition and senators unveiled four pieces of proposed legislation aimed at curbing domestic violence and better protecting its victims by strengthening the state’s Protection from Abuse Act.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Lower Macungie man charged in 2016 homicide

District Attorney Jim Martin and Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, announced April 5 a Lower Macungie man has been charged in relation to the 2016 homicide of Stephanie Roof, 46, of 6409 Pinecrest Lane, Lower Macungie Township.

Josef Charles Raszler, 35, of 6412 Pinecrest Lane, Lower Macungie Township, has been charged with criminal homicide. Raszler will be arraigned through Central Booking and committed to Lehigh County Jail. There is no bail on this charge.

ALBURTIS BC

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by KEVIN JONES in Local News

Council considers

The March 29 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council included Macungie Ambulance Corp’s 2016 annual report, presented by Chris Greb.

According to Greb, the Macungie Ambulance Corps responded to 3,689 calls in 2016, which was an increase of 206 over 2015 and sets an all-time record.

Of the 3,689 calls, 116, or 3 percent, came from Alburtis Borough compared to 10 percent from Macungie Borough and 69 percent from Lower Macungie Township.