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Macungie Ambulance seeks funding for new vehicle

The Upper Milford Township Supervisors met July 21 and began with a moment of silence dedicated to Joyce Brown and Marion Hunter.

“Joyce Brown was a member of the Upper Milford Planning Commission for 20 years being appointed November 2001. Joyce passed away on July 5. She will be missed during planning commission meetings. Marion Hunter who was also an active member of our community being appointed to the planning commission and serving as zoning officer from December 1977 until December of 1978 passed on July 16,” supervisors said.

It was announced the Aug. 4 board of supervisors meeting will include a presentation from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s engineer regarding the Route 29/Chestnut Street safety improvements.

Next, a motion was passed to approve the July 7 meeting minutes.

A motion to pay the general fund of $73,341.86 was passed. An acknowledgment of bank transfers followed.

A memo from Christopher Greb, operations manager for Macungie Ambulance, opened a discussion on the request for funding a new ambulance.

Greb opened by expressing direct gratitude to the board for its continued support and “watchful eye.”

Greb cited increasing deductibles and copays when introducing the need for increased funding to ensure EMS continues to serve the community efficiently and effectively.

He stated 6 percent of the annual call volume comes from Upper Milford Township and Macungie Ambulance often covers when the Emmaus station is occupied.

With a new vehicle, excluding internal equipment, ranging from $170,000 to $250,000, Greb explained Lower Milford Township has already approved $4,000 and Alburtis Borough has yet to confirm. Lower Macungie Township has asked that it be looked at through their annual budgeting process. Plans have been made to present the matter to Macungie Borough promptly.

Plans to purchase the vehicle were intended for the end of the year; however, a 24-month window seems more likely. A chassis replacement procedure is set to save around $40,000, but other complications could easily add costs. It was decided the funds would be added to next year’s budget.

The first matter of new business revolved around a stormwater O&M for 3910 Mink Road. A motion to approve the resolution was passed.

A letter from township Engineer Jeffrey Ott addressed Millbrook Farms’ credit release, requesting approval to enter the 18-month maintenance period. The security deposit was also to be reduced by $7,432.74 due to the completion of the designated six-month period. A motion was passed to approve the maintenance period and another was passed to approve the escrow fund check.

An emergency services call report can be found on the website.

The Emmaus Public Library announced story time programming and parent-child sessions to be held in August.

A PennDOT meeting Aug. 4 is to host a presentation by the project engineer over Zoom.

A note was made of an increase in the popularity of renting out pools for Airbnb and concerns were raised over the codes and permits covering such matters. An intention to investigate the matter was established.