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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Upper Macungie board honors Pavkovic

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER Special to The Press in Local News

Upper Macungie supervisors opened their recent monthly meeting by honoring Kenneth Pavkovic, vice chairman of the township planning commission, for his many years of service to the township.

Christopher Walls will be replacing Pavkovic on the commission. Pavkovic has served the township for approximately 20 years.

In other matters, representatives of the Parkland School District addressed the board about a tree problem.

Superintendent Richard Sniscak and Director of School Services David Keppel, along with Terry DeGroot of Terraform Engineering, which is doing civil engineering work for the new school project, attended the meeting.

School district Director of Community Relations and Development Nicole McGalla emailed The Press their reason for attending.

“We have to widen Schantz Road by Twin Ponds Road in order to add a right turning lane,” McGalla wrote. “In order to do that, we have to disrupt about 10,000 square feet of land that runs along a stream near the road.

“According to the Department of Environmental Protection, when you disrupt wetlands, you have to replace the plantings to make up for the amount of area you are disturbing.

“There is no area in the immediate vicinity of the school that is similar (along a stream), so Upper Macungie proposed we instead plant saplings near a stream in Breinigsville Park which flows into the same watershed.

“We need to do this in order to receive a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit which will allow the new school project to move forward and comply with DEP regulations.

The issue is expected to be discussed further at the next meeting.