Parkland Press

Monday, December 17, 2018

Upper Macungie supervisors

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER Special to The Press in Local News

Township to buy protective gear for firefighters

The Oct. 4 meeting was quiet and the agenda short for Upper Macungie supervisors.

Active shooter gear, similar to that worn by the police, will be purchased for the volunteer firefighters.

The gear will be carried in their vehicles so it is available in case of emergency.

Cost for the outfits is $18,393.12. A total of 15 units were purchased, which include a suit and helmet.

During public comment, some mention was given to the police situation from last month.

David Geiger questioned the information given on the township’s website and asked about the comparison to other townships.

A consulting firm has been appointed to research the problem and make a report to supervisors.

In support of the board and the police, Chris Englebert said the board and the police department should not be micromanaged and people should not trust township gossip.

Maille Certified Public Accountants and Business Consultants provided its report on the audit of the financial records for 2017. The audit found that the accounts were in order and the financial position of the township is good.

Proposed dates for the annual budget meetings are 6 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23 and, if necessary, Oct. 30.

Three resolutions were on the agenda. These included drug and alcohol testing for township employees; the Agricultural Security area; giving the township manager or solicitor authority to sign the documents relating to the addition of 25 acres to the township’s Ag Security Area; and amending the Ag Security Area to officially add 25 acres located at 10482 Trexler Road, Breinigsville.

Supervisors authorized the sale of five excess vehicles: a 2013 Ford Taurus Interceptor to Rasheedah Langford for $6,500; 2013 Ford Taurus to Syed Ali for $6,400; 2011 Dodge Charger to Keyon Clark for $3,400; 2011 Chevy Tahoe to John Eastlack for $3,400 and another Chevy Tahoe to David Reiff for $5,877.

Jeannine Thomas, a resident of Bastian Road, asked the board to investigate constructing more pedestrian walkways in the township.

She was concerned about the Blue Barn and Schantz Road area. The board will look into the matter.

Under community development, Daren Martocci reported there will be a planning commission meeting in October and two zoning board meetings.

The zoning appeals will be in relation to the construction of a fence in a drainage and utility easement at 9675 Crescent Lane, Breinigsville. This will be on Oct. 15.

And, a special exception to permit a home occupation at 10204 Trexlertown Road, Breinigsville, on Oct. 24.

Issued building and zoning permits included 48 building, six electrical, five mechanical, two plumbing, 11 sewer tapping, one sprinkler and 17 zoning.

Seven plumbing and 10 electric licenses were issued. One permit was issued for a single-family home while 14 single family attached were permitted. Thirty-two multifamily permits were issued.

Police responded to 801 calls for service. Total traffic citations accounted were 264 with 140 written warnings given.

There were 113 false alarms investigated. The monthly total is somewhat lower that last year’s total for September which was 964 calls.

Disturbing the peace led the list of reported crimes with 15, followed by DUI offenses with 12.

The K-9 unit was busy in September with four calls in Upper Macungie and eight calls in other jurisdictions.

The Motor Carrier Program performed 25 total inspections with 40 violations discovered and eight citations issued.

Emergency response by the fire companies were 34 for Station 8, and 22 for Station 25. Station 56 answered 38 calls.

Five new members joined Station 25. Station 56 welcomed six new members.