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Ron Beitler Rejected as Member of Twp. Parks & Rec Board

A local business owner, the township native is active in environmental and community causes.

Ron Beitler, owner of Bar None Weddings & Entertainment in Macungie and a lifelong resident of Lower Macungie Township was rejected by the Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners as a volunteer member of the Parks & Recreation Board.

Beitler, a lifelong township resident, applied for the position and was interviewed by some of the commissioners.

His appointment to the board was a party of Thursday's agend at the BOC meeting.

Commissioner James Lanscek made a motion to approve Beitler's appointment.

But Commissioner President Ron Eichenberg had concerns.

"[Beitler] is instrumental in an organization that brought suit against the Board of Commissioners, and he has a lot of negativity," Eichenberg said.

Eichenberg went on to say that for those reasons he would not support Beitler's appointment.

Beitler, a frequent blogger and commentor on Lower Macungie Patch, is a leader of the Friends for the Protection of Lower Macungie Township, an activist group that supports smart growth and farmland preservation.

Beitler openly collected signatures on a petition that asked the commissioners to withdraw from a memorandum of understanding that changed zoning laws to allow the possibility of the development of hundreds of acres of farmland in the township's southwest corner.

Though the Friends group openly supports the litigation surrounding the Jaindl development in the western part of the township, Beitler's name appears nowhere in the suit.

Beitler also, on several occasions, has made a point of identifying Eichenberg as a local realtor involved in several development projects throughout the township.

After Eichenberg's statement, there was no second to the motion to approve Beitler's appointment.

"Hearing no second, the motion is denied," Eichenberg said.

Beitler is "deeply disappointed."

"I was really looking forward to volunteering during such an exciting time for the parks board. It is currently conducting a much needed comprehensive review of our parks system. We have a great volunteer board with some great people. I'm saddened the commissioners punished me because I disagree with them on certain development issues and I blog about it. I don't believe that people should be punished and locked out of local government because they
have a different opinion with our elected officials. This is not the first time this board has done this," Beitler said in a Friday morning email.

Scott Bieber September 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Yes, Ron Beitler, if your name was Jaindl, you might have some power in this township. Mr. Eichenberg's comment that you have "alot of negativity" is absurd. Of course the decision not to appoint you is not surprising. As a student of politics, you must know that you will not be allowed to join the team if you criticize the leaders. The solution is to replace the current leaders with yourself and other likeminded citizens.
Robert Sentner September 21, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Scott that sounds like a nomination for Ron to run for commissioner. If so I'll help just let me know what I have to do.... got to get some of these self serving people of the boards in both Macungie and Lower Macungie. Beyond bad apples !!!
Guy Ramsey September 23, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Chin up. Stay active Ron.
Percy Dougherty, Ph.D. September 23, 2012 at 03:08 PM
The LMT Commissioners made a big mistake in not appointing Ron Beitler. He is involved in the community and he is a big proponent of smart growth and protecting our environment. He has much to offer so turning him down just because he disagrees with the Commissioners on farmland preservation makes no sense. Even in a good marriage, people disagree on a few things, but that does not stop them from working together.
careless fills September 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Small town politics....don't you love it? I disagree with Ron more than half the time, but I would still want him as a member of this board. Commisioners, get lost!

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