Emmaus trick or treat night Oct. 28
A resident of the borough attended the Oct. 3 Emmaus Borough Council meeting to complain about tractor trailers parking on South Sixth Street. Mayor Lee Ann Gilbert stated there is an ordinance restricting tractor trailers from doing this on any borough street. Police will investigate this situation.
In communications, the first item was the resignation of Alan Sylvestre from the Emmaus Arts Commission. This means a spot will be open for any volunteers.
Next, a request came for the Sips and Stems event at the Emmaus Triangle. This event will allow ticket holders to collect individual stems for their bouquets in participating shops. They will finish at the VW truck of Sonny Floret to get their bouquet trimmed and tied. A date has yet to be announced.
The last two items were volunteer applications for the zoning hearing board and the board of health. Georgine Snyder was appointed to the board of health; however, the other applicant has yet to be interviewed.
There were two ordinances passed in unfinished business.
Ordinance 1231 amended the responsibilities of the appointed secretary of the planning commission.
Ordinance 1232 amended the school bus zone for Seven Generations Charter School.
Gilbert gave two proclamations in her report.
Proclamation 2022-551 announced Oct. 9-15 would be Fire Prevention Week.
Proclamation 2022-552 announced trick or treat night will be held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28.
A Knauss Homestead barn terrace addition was approved during the public works report.
Christian Didra was added to the planning commission during the health, sanitation and codes report. Councilman John Hart said Didra was an “outstanding candidate.”
Two issues were brought forth during the public safety report.
A motion was made for the creation of an ordinance to remove parking within three car lengths of the intersection of Seventh and Broad streets. Due to the parked cars, the stop signs are continuously being clipped by large vehicles making turns.
Next, a motion was approved to relocate the bus parking at Jefferson Elementary School. There is an ongoing issue with pickup and drop-offs at the school due to where the buses were currently parked. The school will pay for the new signage.
The last item of note was the bill list in the budget and finance report. The bill list totaled $966,785. The significant expenses for the month stemmed from the construction project on Emmaus Borough Hall.
Councilwoman Teri Sorg-McManamon and Councilman Roy Anders both gave thanks to the members of the board who attended the event at the Shelter House. They asked for anyone in the community to donate or, simply, check out the Shelter House.
In his report, Borough Manager Shane Pepe said the preliminary budget will be upcoming and a budget meeting will be taking place shortly. Additionally, there have been some updates done to the borough website. The website was hacked but the problems have been solved. However, there are still some issues with accuracy on the site.
The next Emmaus Borough Council meeting will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 17. The meetings are currently being held at 420 S. 10th Street, Emmaus. This is the temporary borough office due to the renovations on Emmaus Borough Hall.