Upper Macungie’s monthly meeting of supervisors was moving smoothly until the subject of the zoning ordinance amendment was mentioned.
The proposed amendment involves the Grim Orchard tract along Schantz Road.
Bob Webber, a resident of Newtown Road, who would be directly affected, was worried Grim would lobby the board in his own self interest.
John Skrip, Clover Hill Winery, also voiced his opinion against the proposed amendment.
Board Chairman Jim Brunell said there were no rules now and the township needs some control over what is happening on the property.
Supervisor Kathy Rader introduced Ashley Godshall to the audience as the new secretary to the Upper Macungie Township Board of Supervisors.
Rader announced her upcoming retirement and will no longer serve as township secretary.
The Upper Macungie/Jaindl land swap was on the agenda for discussion.
A second appraisal was done and the results were similar to the first proposal.
David Jaindl was in the audience to answer any questions regarding the swap and to also discuss the proposal.
A standing-room-only crowd greeted him.
A short agenda was presented to North Whitehall supervisors.
Secretary Brenda Norder opened the meeting by noting a special budget meeting will be held 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and Trick or Treat Night will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28. There is no rain date.
Parkland Hollow minor subdivision was granted a time extension until Dec. 6.
The Timm and Nancy Stoudt plan was also given an extension of time until Dec. 6.
Chairman Ronald Heintzelman said this could be the last time an extension given for this plan.
There were plenty of empty seats in the audience at the August Upper Macungie supervisors meeting.
Maybe the weather was too hot or residents were on vacation.
The board’s agenda was light corresponding with the light public turnout.
John Skrip Jr. of Newtown Road came before the board to discuss the garbage and dumpsters at a property he is renovating.
The house, which he acquired about a year ago, is uninhabitable and because of the renovations, several dumpsters were brought to remove the refuse.
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.