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.
The first hour of the monthly meeting of Upper Macungie supervisors was devoted to the discussion of the proposed new interchange onto I-78.
This interchange is expected to be in the Adams Road area, west of the Route 100 interchange.
Three private entities — Liberty Property Trust, National Freight and Jaindl Land Company — will contribute to funding the traffic study.
Upper Macungie Township’s Public Works Department was lauded for its prompt and efficient show removal during the Jan. 23 showstorm.
Several audience members praised Scott Faust and his crew.
The board was also thankful of the cooperation of the residents during the storm and thanked Mack Truck for its assistance.
Faust will try to obtain reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help cover some of the expenses incurred fighting the storm.
In other matters, the proposed interchange at Adams Road and I-78 was discussed.
Township Secretary Brenda Norder reorted at the supervisors’ Feb. meeting, the North Whitehall Township offices would be closed Feb. 15 for Presidents Day.
Also, the joint meeting between supervisors and the planning commission will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23.
She also noted tires will not be accepted at the recycling center until April 1.
A short discussion was held concerning the summer camps the township sponsors each year.
Bartlett said there was a continuous decline in enrollment since 2010.
Under the Pennsylvania Second Class Township Code, all townships are required to reorganize on the first Monday of the new year.
As was the case with other townships, Upper Macungie supervisors met to comply with the mandate.
Jim Brunell was selected as chairman with Sean Gill as vice chairman and Kathy Rader as secretary.
Other appointments made included Andrew V. Schantz Esq. and Davison and McCarthy P.C. as legal counsel for the board of supervisors, planning commission and township authority.
At the recent reorganization meeting of the North Whitehall supervisors, Ronald J. Heintzelman was appointed as chairman of the board with Supervisor Steve Pany selected as vice chairman.
Township Secretary/Treasurer Brenda Norder was re-appointed to the board for the new year as was Jeff Bartlett, who was re-appointed as township manager.
Attorney Lisa Young was re-appointed as solicitor to the board of supervisors and to the township planning commission.