Retribution in Lower Macungie Township?

"In short, Bob has been a pillar of the community in Lower Macungie Township where he has resided since 1972."

On the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners made a decision concerning the appointment to the Zoning Hearing Board. 

Robert Rust was the incumbent on the board having served as alternate for one year followed by three years as a regular member.  His service during all of that time was impeccable. 

In addition, Bob has demonstrated excellence as a community leader serving as Chairman of NAIFA LV, co-founder of the LV Consortium of Professional Organizations, a member of Emmaus Rotary, and in past years served as President of the East Penn School Board, Trustee of Lehigh Carbon Community College, and campaign chair for the United Way. 

In short, Bob has been a pillar of the community in Lower Macungie Township where he has resided since 1972. 

When considering Bob’s character as well as his accomplishments, one has to wonder why he was removed from the board in favor of Brian Higgins. 

The answer is simple: RETRIBUTION! 

Bob was one of the attorneys who represented the appellants in the Jaindl land rezoning case. The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners is displeased with Bob for participating in the case, so they had him removed. 

During the meeting Tuesday night, the commissioners voted 4-1 to appoint Mr. Higgins and offered little-to-no explanation for their actions other than to say that Higgins had seen some action lately and would be a good addition.  Numerous speakers including former commissioner Joe Pugliese, and present zoning hearing board members William Royer and Larry Schneider asked the commissioners to reappoint Mr. Rust. 

Even Brian Higgins wrote a letter in support of Mr. Rust. In the end, the need for political payback won out and the losers were once again the citizens of Lower Macungie Township. I would like to thank Commissioner James Lancsek for having the courage to vote no to this outrage.

Mark Spengler, Lower Macungie Township


Dave Greff January 06, 2012 at 04:04 PM
This decision is typical of the "new" first class township commissioners. Why did the citizens of LMT reelect one of them when they had the opportunity to vote them out. They "MUST" all go, we have to give the authority back to the citizens of LMT where it belongs.
Friends for Protection LMT January 06, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Dave - Republican lever pullers. Lookup the last Democrat in this township to win an election. It's been a very long time. The results in the past election being so close,specifically the fact that Sharpe a Democrat won a district convincingly and kept it overall so close is telling. Also look at the descrepency between Lancsek and Brown R vs. R. Lancsek trounced Brown head to head/R vs. R. In an ideal world you would hope that people realize national political affiliaion has little or nothing to do at the local gov't level and that people should do homework and vote for the people not the party on the local level.... But the real solution in 2013 is for 3 or more qualified pro open space (not just in word but action) Republican candidates. If this happens the seated "R's", the "realtor board" Ryan C, Ron E, and Reis have no shot.
truth seeker January 06, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Great Point! Hoping that Republican voters of Lower Macungie in 2013 will differentiate between responsible Republicans and the Republicans presently holding positions on the board who seem uninterested in public opinion. In the last election a alot of people saw the difference when the voted for Lancsek and not Brown but not quiite enough to elect Sharpe because he was a Democrat.


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