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.
Lower Macungie Fire Department Fire Chief Dave Nosal made a special announcement at the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting Dec. 21. The Lower Macungie Fire Department and the Alburtis Fire Department have decided to merge. Nosal said this merger will benefit the borough and Lower Macungie Township by providing better services.
It was reported both fire departments have similar mind sets and will help fire companies cover the western portion of the township. The merger also helps to decrease “burn-out.” The merger is expected to be completed by 2019.
At the Macungie Borough Council meeting Dec. 18, the 2018 budget passed with a 5-1 vote. The nay vote came from Councilman Greg Hutchison who opposes the budget for the police along with some other issues. The budget calls for a 1/2 mill tax increase.
Lower Macungie Fire Chief Dave Nosal attended the Dec. 8 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting to talk about issues with commercial businesses.
Nosal talked about the many different types of alarms from fire and smoke to CO2 detectors as well as alarms which warn about water within a building.
It was announced there is a proposed tax increase in the 2018 budget which was authorized to be advertised at the Dec. 4, 2017 Macungie Borough Council meeting.
There were two conditional use hearings at the Nov. 16 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
The first conditional use involved the plans for Taco Bell at 5374 and 5382 Hamilton Blvd. near the Hamilton Crossings Shopping Center. The plan is to combine the lots and build a fast food restaurant with a drive-thru and construct a two-story office building.
Construction on this site will consider traffic issues which will include Meadowyck Condominiums.
The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners held its meeting Nov. 2 where there was a conditional use hearing for a proposed early learning center on Hamilton Boulevard.
The proposed new day care, Natural Wonders Early Learning Center, is planned for 6636 Hamilton Blvd.
The building was recently occupied by Sneaks and Cleats and has another building attached which is a retail establishment. The parking lot is in the front of the building with a proposed playground in the rear.
An Eagle Scout project was presented for consideration at the Oct. 19 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
Eric Newcomer was seeking permission to make some improvements at Camp Olympic Park.
Plans include building a dirt box where there is currently a patch of weeds. The box will be built into a hill and leveled off. The 12 foot by 8 foot box is similar to one built at Quarry Park.
A resident spoke at the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners Oct. 4 meeting about the school crossing at Willow Lane. There have been improvements at this location including closing a road to eliminate traffic in the neighborhood, adding another crossing guard, adding Pennsylvania State Police and township personnel. While there is improvement, there are still issues with speeding vehicles.