Upper Macungie board meets newest police officer
Upper Macungie Township supervisors met the newest officer with the police department, John Sassaman III, of Allentown, at their June 7 meeting.
Sassaman, a graduate of Kutztown University, previously worked with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department.
In addition, Upper Macungie Detective Adam Miller was honored for his work in the apprehension of the drug supplier who caused the death of Nicole Wertz in February 2015.
Due to his tenacity, and information given by Wertz’s father, the criminal was caught and charged in 2018 with the death of Wertz.
In other matters, .3 miles of Sunset Drive was added to the township road system.
The board also established erection of a traffic signal at the intersection of Twin Ponds and Schantz roads.
The update to the township’s fire code is underway.
Township Manager Robert Ibach noted these are mostly housekeeping items that must be attended to.
The contract for sewer relining was given to Insituform Technologies Inc., at a cost of $145,265.08.
Ibach was allowed to enter into a contract with Convergent Non-Profit Solutions at a cost of $24,500 for a feasibility study on the proposed community center.
Contractors are being sought to do the soils studies on the site.
The contract is not to exceed $13,500.
The Splash Park maintenance agreement was signed with the contractor.
The park will be examined in the spring to ascertain if any damage occurred over winter and if so, the contractor will be required to remedy the situation.
Richard Schlauch was appointed to the parks and recreation board.
Jane Brown complained about the high weeds near her property.
She was uncertain whose responsibility it was to mow the area.
Solicitor Andrew Schantz will research the deeds to determine who owns the properties in question.
Martin Hetrick told the board fire hydrants are not visible.
He suggested some kind of markers should be placed near the hydrants in case of a fire so firefighters could find them.
One hundred sixteen building and zoning permits were issued.
The highest amounts of permits were in the building category with 63 being issued, followed by 23 zoning permits.
Three plumbing licenses were issued along with seven electric licenses.
Single family detached dwelling permits amounted to seven, while single family attached totaled 10.
One permit was issued for a new commercial structure.
Upper Macungie police had 948 calls for service with 425 traffic citations.
Reported crimes kept the officers busy.
Disturbing the peace crimes were 10, drug/alcohol violations an DUI offenses, both 15 each; fraud, 10; thefts, 16; and vandalism/criminal mischief, 13.
There was one assault, four burglaries and two each of sex crimes and vehicle break-ins/theft.
The motor carrier safety program performed 47 inspections resulting in 69 violations discovered and 18 citations issued.
The driving enforcement and education program was activated five times in May.
This resulted in 102 citations being issued.
The highest speed recorded was on May 28, when a vehicle was clocked at 83 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Director of the Bureau of Fire Grant Grim reported there were 113 fire inspections in May.
There were 86 Priority 1 EMS responses, 60 Priority 2 and 94 Priority 3 responses in May. One mutual aid was required.
Emergency responses for Station 8 were 40, Station 25 responded to 45 and Station 56 answered 49 calls.
Station 25 acquired one junior member while Station 56 brought in two senior and two junior members.