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Upper Mac board to discuss proposed community center

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by KENNETH BLEILER Special to The Press in Local News

Upper Macungie Township supervisors had a vigorous discussion at their Oct. 5 meeting on the fate of the proposed community center.

The recreation board discussed the proposal at their recent meeting and gave its blessing to one of the options on the table.

The recommendation included both indoor and outdoor pools, separate entrance, wet and dry locker spaces, fitness center, multipurpose rooms, concession stand and a few rentable rooms that could be used for parties.

There was also discussion about having a two-story building, which could be more cost efficient and some of the amenities could be on the second floor.

The cost of the building would be around $20,000,000. Various means of financing were discussed with no tax increase anticipated.

There will be a separate meeting on this subject 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

In other matters, Dale Umbenhauer gave a short presentation on the firm’s audit of the township’s books.

The audit showed no problems with the township’s finances and was therefore adopted by supervisors.

The Avocet Drive water problem was discussed by Darren Martocci. He stated a storm sewer system could be installed by the public works department to alleviate the problem.

Two tennis courts have been set aside for use as eight pickleball courts. One more tennis court is anticipated for an extra four pickleball courts. Approximately $40,000 to $45,000 would be needed to accomplish this project.

Supervisor Sean Gill wants to have a meeting to discuss the funding aspect of the proposal.

Supervisors adopted a resolution regarding the Park 100 Logistics Center Warehouse preliminary land development plan.

Thirty-six acres of farmland will be inducted into the Farmland Preservation District.

This is the Henninger property along Ziegels Church Road. As the assessed value exceeds what Lehigh County will pay, Upper Macungie must cover the remainder. Henninger will receive $78,388.20 from Upper Macungie.

Attorney Blake Marles was appointed by the board to represent the township on some land development issues.

Lighting of the Fogelsville Christmas Tree is scheduled for Dec. 3.

Two police vehicles — a 2014 Ford Explorer and a 2011 Dodge Charger — were sold.

Chief Edgardo Colon noted there are still some vacancies in the Citizens Police Academy.

His report showed total calls for service in September at 964 with 349 traffic citations issued.

Crimes included 12 DUI offenses with nine fraud and eight thefts reported.

The K-9 unit assisted other municipalities three times.

The Motor Carrier Program performed 39 inspections resulting in 49 violations discovered and four citations issued.

Fire Commissioner Grant Grim’s report indicated a total of 41 fire inspections in September.

Emergency responses were 55 for Station 8; 58 for Station 25 and 55 for Station 56.

Fogelsville Fire Company gained one new member while Station 25, Trexlertown, gained two and lost five.

Station 56 gained one member and lost another.

There is a vacancy on the planning commission and another on the zoning hearing board. Anyone interested should contact the township.

In September, 18 commercial permits were issued along with 50 residential and 19 zoning permits.

Three plumbing licenses and one electric license were issued. Two new single family detached structures and six single family attached dwellings were added to the township.

A budget workshop will be held 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 with another scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 31, if needed.

Assistant Township Manager Robert Ibach announced there will be a stormwater meeting 6 p.m. Oct. 26.