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Residents question zoning change

Thursday, December 22, 2016 by KENNETH BLEILER Special to The Press in Local News

Upper Macungie’s monthly meeting of supervisors was moving smoothly until the subject of the zoning ordinance amendment was mentioned.

The proposed amendment involves the Grim Orchard tract along Schantz Road.

Bob Webber, a resident of Newtown Road, who would be directly affected, was worried Grim would lobby the board in his own self interest.

John Skrip, Clover Hill Winery, also voiced his opinion against the proposed amendment.

Board Chairman Jim Brunell said there were no rules now and the township needs some control over what is happening on the property.

Skrip and a group of residents have had meetings on the issue and asked the board to give fair consideration to the proposal.

Darin Martucci told the board that he might have a draft of the ordinance available for the next meeting which would cover farm-based entertainment.

The board voted to move ahead with the ordinance.

Representatives of the Whispering Farms subdivision will meet with the board in January 2017 in attempt to resolve outstanding issues.

Green Acres has no water and is being supplied by a truck. Residents should have water service within 120 days.

The board also noted there are no fire hydrants in the development.

Township solicitor, Andrew Schantz, notified the board they could put township land in the Ag Security District.

Supervisor Kathy Rader urged the board to move ahead with this proposal and do whatever is necessary.

The board agreed to move forward.

The budget for the upcoming year was adopted by the board with no tax increase, the Sealmaster preliminary/final land development plan was adopted, a warehouse plan at 6975 Ambassador Drive was approved, a lot consolidation plan on west Tilghman Street was given the OK and the apartment development at 67 Werley Road was approved.

The board decided to have its reorganization meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 3, 2017, with the regular township meeting following the reorganization.

They also plan to meet with the fire companies on Jan. 9, 2017.

Township offices will be closed Jan. 2, 2017.

The new police contract was adopted to cover the period Jan 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2021.

Police Chief Edgardo Colon said there were more incidents than last year.

The new truck route signs are in and will be installed.

In other police news, DUI offenses topped the list of reported crimes with 12, while thefts were second with seven.

Total calls for service in November were 773 with 408 traffic citations.

K-9 officers had two stop assists and one tracking mission.

Total inspections in the motor carrier program were 90 with 114 violations discovered and 16 citations issued.

Three driving enforcement programs were held on Route 222 with a total of 40 citations issued.

Top speed registered speed was 94 mph.

The fire report showed a total of 59 inspections in November giving a yearly total to date of 800.

Station 8 had 39 emergency responses. Firefighters from Station 25 responded to 35 calls and Station 56 had 48.

One junior firefighter was added to the rolls at Station 25.

The public works department was given the go ahead to start the site preparation at the recreation center on Grange Road.

The recreation commission is looking for business sponsors for Barktoberfest, Movies in the Park and a new event called Music in the Mac. If any business is interested, contact the township office.