At the March 1 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, an update on the progress of the community center and library addition was presented. Behind the scenes of development and the beginnings of construction are many activities not necessarily noticed by the public. The most recent step in this progress is the approval of the design. Presently, the timeline for completion is Dec. 15 for the library and Feb. 15, 2019 for the community center.
The sewer plan for the upgrade at the community center was approved.
During the Feb. 20 Macungie Borough Council meeting, Council member Roseann Scheicher raised the issue of member presence at meetings. She noted when council meetings are not attended by its members, it is difficult to carry on with business, especially when there is not a quorum.
The last borough council meeting ended with unfinished business due to lack of a quorum with two loyal council members sick while two others with a bad attendance record did not attend again. This becomes a costly problem.
The resolution for plan approval for Cedarbrook Road Industrial Park was approved at the Feb. 15 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
The plan calls for subdivision of the 36.5 acre lot into two parcels. One lot will be 10.3 acres and will have access to Schantz Road; the other lot will be 25.2 acres and have access to Cedarbrook Road. The property has boundaries of Cedarbrook Road, Schantz Road, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Route 222 Bypass. The property is in the highway industrial district.
The Feb. 5 Macungie Borough Council meeting lacked a quorum due to the absences of council members Greg Hutchison, Barry Bloch, Alma Akinjola and Marvin Moyer. No action could be taken on any agenda items.
The Main Street Streetscape and Church Street Traffic Light Project was discussed. On the agenda was approval of a to be determined supplemental agreement for inspection services. This inspector examines the project daily and the extension is needed because the project is not complete. There have been unexpected events that have caused the delay.
The clerical union’s contract was approved during the Feb. 1 commissioners meeting in Lower Macungie Township.
The union reached a tentative agreement the morning of the meeting with a 5-year contract retroactive to Jan. 1. No additional sick and vacation days were added. The health care was changed which will save the township money.
Commissioner Brian Higgins sat in all negotiations. Commissioner Richard Ward recused himself due to his wife being employed by the township. The commissioners approved the contract.
Macungie Borough Council President Chris Becker conducted a public meeting for the second phase of the Macungie Streetscape Plan at Macungie Institute Jan. 22. Phase Two encompasses the area of Main Street from Race Street to Pine Alley.
The history of the project was briefly discussed.
In 2004, the Trail Master Plan was adopted and sidewalks were constructed in 2008. In 2009, the Lehigh Street Trail extension, the Lehigh Street deco lights installation and construction of a pedestrian bridge over Mountain Creek occurred.
During the Jan. 18 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, a resident who completed the requirements for his badge for Eagle Scout, was presented a proclamation by the commissioners. Brendan Naiera, from Troop 86, cleaned up the flagpole area at the Lehigh Lodge. The weeds were pulled, area cleaned up and pavers installed.
Resolution 2018-03 which is the final land development plan for Fields at Indian Creek Project Phases 1B and II including a pathway, associated easements and 32 additional single family dwellings was approved.
The annual Rock-a-Thon was held Jan. 12 at Eyer Middle School where students rock for 12 hours at the school and raise money for the Justin W. Jennings Foundation.
This year’s amount, once again, set a record – $25,469.01 was given to the foundation which helps operate a house in Bethany Beach, Del. for families who face stress and hardship when dealing with cancer. The Jennings Foundation has provided a place for family fun and relaxation for several families in the Lehigh Valley.
At the Jan. 15 Macungie Borough Council meeting, President Christopher Becker called attention to the day honoring Martin Luther King Jr. A man of high faith and morals, King believed in peace and love. He was a renowned public figure in American history who had passion in his heart. “Only in darkness are stars seen,” King stated. His legacy remains in today’s world.
Mayor Ron Conrad read a report prepared by the Macungie Police Department. Police are reaching out to the community with events such as Pizza with Police and Coffee with a Cop.
The Jan. 2 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting began with two commissioners taking the oath of office.
Ronald W. Beitler was re-elected to his role as commissioner and Richard V. Ward was elected as a new member of the board although he had served the last couple of months as a replacement for Ben Galiardo.
Patricia Vassilaros was re-elected and sworn in as the township tax collector.
The Honorable Douglas G. Reichley presided over the event.
Commissioner Brian Higgins was sworn in Dec. 28, 2017 by The Honorable Michael J. Faulkner.