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.
North Whitehall Township resident Matt Gleason voiced safety concerns to supervisors at their August meeting regarding several recent vehicle break-ins.
He asked the board if there was anything the township could do.
Gleason said he was concerned with the response time of state police.
He suggested place something on the township website.
According to Gleason, a suspicious car was seen at several places and people should be aware of this.
Upper Macungie Township hosted show-and-tell time July 21 at Independent Park so PennDOT could unveil plans for improvement of the Route 222, Schantz Road and Route 863 intersections.
The project involves reconstruction of a portion of Route 222 in Maxatawny Township, Berks County, with the major portion of construction in Lehigh County.
The plans include construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Route 222 and Independent/Farmington Roads.
A one-mile section of Route 222 will be widened to two lanes in both directions with a center, left turn lane.
There were no Democrat candidates on the May 19 primary ticket for the open seat on the North Whitehall Board of Supervisors.
Republicans Mark Hills, a former supervisor, and incumbent Richard Celmer were vying for their party's nomination for the 6-year term, starting in 2016.
Hills was appointed supervisor in 2012 to fill the vacancy left by Jerry Joseph.
Celmer unseated Hills in the May 2013 primary and beat Democrat Sam Neas in the November 2013 election for a two-year seat on the board.
Less than a dozen people attended Upper Macungie supervisors' July 2 meeting, two days before the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
During the meeting, township Administrator Dan Olpere praised Police Chief Edgardo Colón on his attendance at the Army War College in Carlisle.
One of only 163 candidates selected out of the entire country for this training concerning national security, Colón was nominated by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey to attend the seminar.
With his emotions showing, Chairman Jim Brunell read a proclamation to the audience and to the family of the late Samir Ashmar declaring June 4 Samir Ashmar Day.
Ashmar was eulogized for his untiring work in the township and for his service as supervisor.
The former vice chairman of the board of commissioners died unexpectedly Nov. 20, 2014, at age 51.
Ashmar served on the township planning commission and the authority since 2006.