At the Nov. 19 Macungie Borough Council meeting, it was brought to the attention of council Lehigh County is considering a police testing consortium. It would be available through the Internet where an applicant would be able to apply online and take the required tests. Municipalities would be responsible for interviewing, background checks and other requirements for their areas.
Borough Manager Chris Boehm, talked about the cost benefits for municipalities. Officer in Charge Sgt. Travis Kocher is in agreement with this proposal. The borough will need to adopt a resolution.
At the Dec. 3 Macungie Borough Council meeting, council approved the 2019 budget with five ayes and one nay. Revenues for 2019 are $2,670,459 with expenditures of $2,860,769. There will be no water or sewer rate increases. The current real estate tax rate is .000425 or 4.25 mills.
The sewer budget is $41,390,494 with expenditures of $1,594,390. The liquid fuels revenue is $85,407 and expenditures are budgeted at $65,884. The water fund budgeted revenues are $852,650 with expenditures of $1,023,710.
In a shortened version of the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting Nov. 15, commissioners approved the advertising of the 2019 Lower Macungie Township budget. Commissioner Brian Higgins complimented Bruce Beitel, township manager, for being able to come into this as the new person and for it to all fall into place right on time.
Lower Macungie Middle School held its annual Veterans Day program Nov. 9. Students and faculty wore red to honor deployed military personnel. The band and Cadence Choir performed and several students spoke.
East Penn School District Superintendent Kristen Campbell provided comments as well as the assistant principals.
Chief Petty Officer Douglas McPeek was the guest veteran speaker.
Before the season is over, visit the trail behind Liberty Properties. At the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting Nov. 1, Sara Pandl, Lower Macungie Township planner said Wildlands Conservancy worked with Liberty to create this beautiful area which is part of the Lower Macungie Township trail system. There have been trees planted along with other environmental improvements.
Two school districts in the Lehigh Valley have experienced the competitive edge with an ongoing rivalry between the two as Parkland High School and Emmaus High School recently fought a tough battle on the football field.
Both school districts have now experienced catastrophic losses within the last year.
Parkland School District’s bus garage caught fire in February totaling 16 school buses and damaging 10 others resulting in school cancellation.
At the Macungie Borough Council meeting Nov. 5, the ordinance for rental inspection was approved. All rental units must be registered and then inspected. Macungie used the International Maintenance Property Code as a guide.
Residents told council members about homeowners who do not take care of their properties. Uncut grass, broken fences and other unkempt situations brings wildlife to neighboring properties. Poorly kept properties devalue neighbors’ properties. The recent event with the hoarding of animals was in a rental property.
The subject of bugs was a major topic of discussion at the Oct. 18 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
Many residents raised concerns about the Spotted Lantern Fly infestation. Residents were told they should begin implementing Penn State Extension’s recommendations in the Spotted Lantern Fly calendar.
During the Oct. 15 Macungie Borough Council meeting, Macungie Police Officer Todd Bernhard received a commendation from Macungie Ambulance Operations Manager Christopher Greb for saving a man who went into cardiac arrest at Macungie Memorial Park. Officer Joseph David was also recognized but not in attendance.
Upon arrival, the man was not breathing and had no pulse. Bernhard administered CPR, used an automated external defibrillator and the man recovered due to the life-saving efforts.
The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners opened its Oct. 4 meeting with a statement about the finalization of the land preservation at Brookside Road and Sauerkraut Lane, a 190-acre acquisition.
According to Ronald W. Beitler, president of the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners, this is the largest preservation effort in township.
“Residents have told us time and time again that potential over-development is a major concern,” Beitler said. “This latest preservation victory is game changing. Our board is committed to balance.”