Upper Macungie supervisors met recently for an information session for those interested in the proposed new access point to I-78 from Adams Road.
Township officials, stake holders in the study and approximately 25 residents attrended the meeting.
Will Anderson, representing Alfred Benesch and Co., made the presentation.
Benesch and Company was designated to perform the study.
Scott Pasterski, of Keystone Consulting Engineers, Wesosville, noted the point of access study was preliminary, to justify feasibility of the construction of this interchange.
“It’s a horrible, terrible environment we have at our property,” said Andrew Garton, addressing the North Whitehall supervisors about his neighbor’s property.
Garton described the garbage, rodents, feral cats and other alleged problems on the site.
He and his wife pleaded with the board to have something done about the problem.
Garton stated this has been the situation for several months and wondered why it is taking so long to have anything accomplished.
In the township’s defense, Manager Jeff Bartlett stated he was unaware of the problem until May.
The proposed truck route map was submitted to Upper Macungie supervisors for review.
They agreed to proceed with the ordinance to legalize the map.
Some trucks will be banned from certain designated roads.
Roads restricting trucks with trailers over 50 feet include all or portions of: Schantz, Krocks, Blue Barn, Lone Lane, Ruppsville, Chapmans, Memorial, Hilltop, Mill, Arrowhead and Wood lanes, Oldt and Weiss.
Jesse Holder, owner of a house at 5524 Riverview Road, has asked North Whitehall supervisors for a waiver of stormwater regulations as they relate to his property.
The approved plan for his lot indicated installation of seepage pits for the downspouts on the house.
He presented a slide show which he said showed no need for the pits as there is adequate natural infiltration of the water on his lot.
In his opinion, the installation of the pits is a waste of money.
Police business was first on the agenda for Upper Macungie supervisors at their June meeting.
They welcomed two new police officers to the township force.
District Judge Michael Faulkner swore in Officers Philip Shedaker and Joshua Santos.
The force now consists of 30 officers who work under the command of Chief Edgardo Colon.
Other police business included the commendation of Officer Matthew Gardner for his outstanding service to the residents of the community.
With a packed meeting room, Upper Macungie supervisors moved through their regular agenda quickly to get at the controversial topic on the list.
The topic apparently drawing the most residents to the meeting was the proposed township land swap with Jaindl Land Company.
The proposal is to swap the township’s parcel of 59.072 acres for a parcel consisting of 46.283 acres owned by Jaindl.
The township property is located at 847 Mosser Road. The Jaindl property, consisting of 5 tracts, is located on Oldt Road.
Upper Macungie supervisors were moving through the evening at a fairly good pace until they hit a snag, an item on the agenda labeled “property acquisition.”
The board is considering approaching Jaindl Land Company about a land swap of 59.07 acres along Twin Ponds and Schantz roads for 46.28 acres along Oldt Road and Nestle Way.
The township property appraised by Ray Geiger Appraisers is valued at $6.2 million.
Liewr Gott im Himmel Drin, Loss uns Deitshe Was Mir Sin Und erholt uns alle zeit, unser Deitchie Freelich Keit.
Those familiar with the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect should have no trouble understanding what this phrase states.
Dor anyone who doesn’t, the answer is at the end of this article.
Groundhog Lodge No. 16 celebrated its 45th anniversary at the recent yearly get-together at Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield.
Approximately 186 people attended the gathering, which included members from other lodges.
During their March meeting, Upper Macungie supervisors appointed two chaplains, Pastor Allen Kline and Rev. Dr. H. Richard McClain, to serve the Upper Macungie Township Police Department.
They will supply spiritual support and grief counseling as needed.
In other matters, the board discussed an agreement for the Lehigh County Authority to take over the portion of the sewer system in Lowhill Township.
Chris Noll and Steve Gitsch were appointed as alternate sewage enforcement officers for the township.
Eric Ely is primary SEO.
During the March North Whitehall supervisors’ meeting, Township Secretary Brenda Norder announced the township would be advertising for road materials.
The Jarrett Zuber minor subdivision was first on the agenda.
He is proposing to subdivide a lot of approximately 20 acres into two lots.
One lot would have the house and barn on it. The other would be for agricultural purposes.
He was represented by surveyor Bob Hoppes.