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Upper Macungie plans improvements for road near playing field

By Stephen Althouse, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 04 2013 08:55:44 PM CDT
UPPER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. -

The Upper Macungie Township Board of Supervisors granted waivers for improvements to Schantz Road in the Parkland Fields area of the township during Thursday night's meeting.

The design criteria, which would be made by the area formerly known as Rabenold homes, is contingent upon approval by the township's Planning Commission.

The supervisors also tabled whether or not they would acquire Green Hills Park. Representatives of the disbanding Kay Brook/Green Hills Community Association and supervisors exchanged in arduous dialogue involving the transfer of the park on Russett Road to the township, as had been discussed at previous township supervisor meetings. Prior to Thursday night's meeting the association had sent the township a letter asking the township to, among other things, assume responsibility for cutting the grass and maintaing trees and trash collection. Supervisors were hesitant to take on that responsibility Thursday night.

In addition a seperate pool association is complicating that process by claiming members from outside of the township. An exact figure was not disseminated during Thursday night's meeting and as such, Supervisor Sam Ashmar requested the issue be tabled and that exact number would be given to the township as part of their decision-making criteria, in addition to reviewing the deed. He also noted that he wanted to have a meeting specifically on this issue with a plethora of association members present. A date for that meeting was not immediately agreed upon during Thursday night's meeting.

Other concerns voiced Thursday night were about outdated playground equipment and congested parking along the roads in grassy areas during the peak pool season that begins Memorial Day.

In other business, the Upper Macunige Township Police Department reported a total of 658 incidents during the month of March, according to Chief of Police Edgardo Colon. The overwhelming majority, 528, were traffic citations.