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Upper Macungie board discusses Tilghman Street traffic improvements

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by KENNETH BLEILER Special to The Press in Local News

Scott Pasterski, Keystone Consulting Engineers, showed Upper Macungie supervisors and the audience proposed traffic improvements along Tilghman Street during the board’s April meeting.

The street will be updated from Windsor Drive to Ruppsville Road and will be widened to five lanes to accommodate the increased traffic.

Two options were discussed with one being more expensive than the other. The board opted to go with the least expensive of the two with a projected cost of $1.1 million.

PennDOT must review the proposal and give approval before the work can be started.

In other matters, placement of street trees in The Vineyard subdivision was questioned.

Resident Robert Rice told the board he did not like the locations selected at his property.

Zoning Officer Daren Martocci and the public works department will review the plan and the proposed locations.

In other matters, a public hearing was scheduled for 6 p.m. May 4 in connection with certain changes in the zoning ordinance.

The proposed changes will be on the township’s website.

The annual Sportsfest event is looking for a new location.

Representatives asked the township about using Grange Road Park.

Supervisors discussed the matter and decided against it.

The facility would be tied up for too long and the money Sportsfest offered the township was seen as not being enough.

A request to allow the Farmers Market to move from the Velodrome to the Grange Road facility was tabled. The board wants more discussion on the matter.

The fire report showed 46 responses for Fogelsville Station 8, 48 responses for Good Will, Trexlertown, Station 25 and 59 responses for Upper Macungie Station 56.

Upper Macungie Station 56 gained one new member.

Permits issued included 18 commercial, 65 residential and 23 zoning.

Two plumbing licenses were issued along with 12 electric and one septic pumper.

Police Chief Edgardo Colon presented the police report.

Total calls for service in March totaled 1,081 while traffic citations were 427.

Twenty-two driving under the influence offenses were noted with 13 thefts.

Under the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program, 118 inspections were made, which resulted in a total of 99 violations discovered. Fifteen citations were issued.

The Pennsylvania Driving Enforcement an Education Program enforced on Route 222 at Route 100 resulted in 50 citations issued on March 23 and 27 citations issued on March 30. Top speed recorded on March 23 was 85 mph, while the March 30 operation gave a top speed of 74 mph. The speed limit is 45 mph.

RCN is installing underground cable in the township in the road rights of way.

If residents have any questions concerning the work, they may call Mike Mathers at 215-559-1029.

Several meetings are planned to discuss the Spotted Lanternfly.

Penn State will hold sessions 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 27 at the Ruscombmanor Township Office, 204 Oak Lane, Fleetwood, and 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 29 at the Milford Township Office, 2100 Krammes Road, Quakertown.

Registration is necessary and may be made by calling 610-489-4315 or by registering at extension.psu.edu.

An electronics recycling event will be held from 9 a.m.-noon June 17 at Grange Road Park, 360 Grange Road, Upper Macungie Township.

A shredder will be available 9 a.m.-noon on June 24 at Grange Road Park.

Fire police were requested for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Get Prepared Parkland event and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. July 17-21 at Station 56 for the Junior Emergency Services Academy.

Anyone wishing to enroll in the academy may do so at uppermac.org/emergency-services-academy.