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What Would You Improve in the Macungie Area in 2014?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Macungie Borough or Lower Macungie Township, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Macungie Borough or Lower Macungie Township to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your Macungie area wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2014?

Tell us in the comment section below.

Amy Ackerman Stephanides January 06, 2014 at 06:45 AM
We desperately need a bigger community center with more basketball courts. We never have enough basketball courts for practice & the community center we have off Brookeside Rd. can not accommodate the kids wanting to play pick up ball at their convenience. Oh, there is open gym time with too many kids & too many ridiculous rules. This township is growing & it would be GREAT to have a township center like Northampton.
Ron Beitler January 06, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Ron Beitler January 6, 2014 at 09:42 am Interesting you say that. I know that is something Brian Higgins feels strongly about. He's one of the new Township Commissioners. The problem is, how do we pay for it? Hypothetically, would you support a referendum for a tax to pay for community center expansion? I'm not saying I'm for or against. I'm just curious what folks think. Note the Parkland library referendum was just defeated... They are very hard to get passed in this climate.
Jackie Kehoe Wynocker January 06, 2014 at 04:26 PM
Improved walkability/bicycle trails. Connect the 2 sides of the township across the Spring Creek footbridge by finishing the paved walking trail on the Ancient Oak side. (It currently ends at the intersection of Mill Creek Road and Spring Creek Road. Walkers/riders must fight weeds and mud to access the bridge.)
Ron Beitler January 06, 2014 at 11:00 PM
@jackie - there is a group in the township who advocates for exactly the kind of items you mention. They maintain a website here: https://sites.google.com/site/lmtwalkways/ They have an email signup link. Good to stay informed. They only send out "blasts" when there is big news about walkability issues.
Vince January 07, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Upgrade the Orchard Road railroad with safety signals. When the Hills at lockridge subdivision was first proposed, It is my understanding that Jandle promised to upgrade the the three railroad crossings accessing this subdivision. Years have passed and we are still waiting for the Orchard Road railroad crossing safety signal upgrade.
Ron Beitler January 07, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Vince, I will find out an answer to that for you. I am emailing your comment to the Twp manager. If I do not get back to you on here, remind me in about a week. Ronbeitler@gmail.com RB
Janet Persing January 07, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Why can't you play pick up ball at your convenience in the comfort of your own driveway? You can make the rules there, instead of having to abide by "ridiculous" rules that were put in place because of ongoing theft issues. Staffing the community center takes time and money. Real people have to be there to open up, clean up, and close up. If you want a bigger and better community center, why not start a fund drive for it?
careless fills January 08, 2014 at 08:13 AM
@janet - many "upscale" LMT communities have deed restrictions prohibiting the installation of basketball hoops in driveways or at curbs. Also, many people have so much junk in their garages that they use their driveways for parking and kids can't play there.
Vic January 08, 2014 at 10:37 AM
I have to say to improve LMT for a place to live and grow up in that area and keeping it a safe form over populating LMT needs to stop taking away open space and farmland and by all means stop approving building permits to Jandle and any otherbuilders that want to add malls or stores to that area.
Ron Beitler January 08, 2014 at 10:50 AM
@Vince, I got your answer - I wanted to make sure I was right. I knew the basic reasoning for orchard upgrade to be shelved but got alot more detail for you. You are correct that the original approval of the Hills @ Lock Ridge plans included upgrading all three railroad crossings including Orchard. However, a lot has changed since that original approval. In addition to the fact that the crossing is very dangerous and involves a significant vertical grade change to navigate (a number of years ago a tractor trailer got hung up on the tracks at that crossing), the proposed improvements to the Route 100 and Schoeneck Road intersection will very likely attract traffic from Hills @ Lock Ridge to use Schoeneck for better access to 100. For residents in Hills at Lock Ridge with Route 100 southbound destinations, Gehman is a more direct access to 100 than Orchard. Consequently, at some point it was decided that the Orchard railroad crossing, primarily due to significant safety concerns by Railroad, will be downgraded to an emergency only crossing. Since the downgrading of this crossing will be done in conjunction with the approval of the new Sauerkraut Lane crossing, the Orchard Road crossing is on hold for the time being. The PUC petition for the Orchard Road crossing was extended to provide the additional necessary time. The proposal to downgrade the Orchard Road railroad crossing was presented to the Hills @ Lock Ridge community at the community center in the development several years ago. I was informed by staff there were were no major objections to the Township proceeding as planned.
Ron Beitler January 08, 2014 at 10:53 AM
@Vic that is my number one priority hands down. The preservation of our remaining open space and continuing to grow in a more responsible fashion. It's not just a quality of life issue, it's also a fiscal issue. Open space preservation keeps taxes low. http://www.ronbeitler.com/2013/09/30/want-to-keep-taxes-low-preserve-open-space/
Vince January 08, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Ron, unfortunately you were misinformed about the meeting at the community center. I was present at that meeting and strongly objected to the downgrading of the Orchard Road railroad crossing. The Orchard Road railroad crossing offers a more direct route to route 100 where there is a traffic signal. I also questioned why the commissioners traveled to Philadelphia to speak with Norfolk Southern to transfer the promised Orchard Road upgrade to private land owned by Mr Jandle. I guess when the developers and township people make promises, we should look to see if they have their fingers crossed.
Ron Beitler January 08, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Vince shoot me an email. Ronbeitler@gmail.com
Janet Persing January 12, 2014 at 04:17 PM
The fact that so many people have junk in their garages, cars in the driveway, so their kids "can't play" is an individual lack of responsibility problem. Not a township problem. Basketball hoops placed back on the driveway are not an issue. It's your property and driveway to see and supervise how your kids play. Going out into the street, however, is a no-no. Again, instead of complaining, get a fund drive going to expand the existing LMT Community Center.
Colleen Anderson January 12, 2014 at 07:20 PM
Ron, When we moved here 4 years ago to The Hills at Lock Ridge, we were told they were going to upgrade our bridge across the RR tracks on Schoeneck. Do you know if that will be happening? Now that the soccer fields are fully in use maybe it would be good to make some safety changes there.
Ron Beitler January 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM
@Colleen I know the Schoeneck Rt 100 intersection will be started this Spring. Let me check on the rail crossing. Orchard Rd is discussed above. If I don't get back to you on here shoot me an email at ronbeitler@gmail.com in about a week and I'll have an answer for you.
Janet Persing January 13, 2014 at 11:06 PM
For all of you who are criticizing...the man's name is spelled Jaindl. Not even being able to spell your opponent's name says a lot about you.
Vince January 14, 2014 at 09:58 AM
Janet, thanks for bringing a little humor with your critique of the posts on this site.


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