Roger Reis Seeks Re-election to Lower Macungie BOC

Primary election to be held May 21

Republican Roger Reis, 69, a Lower Macungie Township commissioner since 2009, has announced he will run for re-election, according to a story in the Morning Call.

Reis is a Realtor and retired Pennsylvania state trooper who holds a bachelor's degree in administration of justice from the Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in public administration from Kutztown University, it said.

Reis joins three other Republican candidates who have declared their intentions for the three commissioners' seats that will be up for grabs this November. Current Commissioner President Ron Eichenberg, 67, is running as are Ron Beitler, 34, and Brian Higgins, 40.

Commissioner Ryan Conrad, whose term also expires at the end of 2013, has not yet said whether he will run for re-election.

The Pennsylvania primary election is scheduled for May 21.

Ron Beitler February 12, 2013 at 03:18 PM
I look forward to both of the current incumbents seeking re-election defending the following decisions: 1. Jaindl Plan 'A'.... In light of the better plan 'B' how could they have failed so miserably in negotiations? 2. Rezoning Allen Organ tract for more intense development and receiving nothing in return. 3. Refusal to consider traffic calming measures such as speed humps in the interior of subdivisions. 4. A history of reactive instead of proactive decision-making a. Allowing Willow Lane Elementary school opening without signage yet alone a comprehensive safety plan. b. Failure to request an inspection Church Lane bridge while it was closed for months on end... instead waiting until it finally re-opened resulting in it's closing for another extended period of time. c. Failure to have in place proactive measures to deal with truck traffic west of Rt. 100. - For ex. Rt. 100 directional signage put in place only recently years after warehouses on Schoeneck were built. If we continue to build warehouses, handling of truck traffic needs to priority 1.
Ron Beitler February 12, 2013 at 03:19 PM
And contrasting these decisions with keys points of my platform. 1. Exploring a transferable development rights program. 2. Taking NO traffic calming measures off the table. 3. Lifecycle cost benefit analysis of new development projects. 4. Going above and beyond min legal requirements for bringing residents into the conversation. (Continued door knocking after I'm elected, open office hours, town halls ect.) Ronbeitler.com
Dave Greff February 12, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Ron, I agree 100% with you, we need to remove the LMT realtor's and get people on as LMT commissioners that will have the residents in the forefront of the decision making not real estate commissions.
Rob Hamill February 12, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Thanks Ron Beitler. You have been very instrumental at bringing the light of day into the current LMT comissioner outhouse. I did learn recently, through the grapevine, that Roger Reiss is not in favor of a borough police force, which alleviates a concern of mine, but the realtor stuff is pretty flagrant and unpalatable.
H smith February 12, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Ron, I can't vote in the primary, but you have my vote in the fall
Robert Sentner February 12, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Can't wait to witness first hand the debates between the realtors and Ron Beitler, Ron is a forward thinking person that I think will always do whats right for the majority of the residents. The current commissioner / realtors on the other hand, will have to defend the history of the decisions they made. That out to be fun to watch !!!!!
Willet Thomas February 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Very happy to see the three incumbents choosing to continue in their effort to make our Twp a better place in which to live & work. We'll always have nay-sayers wanting to continue status-quo. Progress is good.
Dave Greff February 13, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Willet, where have you been the last two years? Have you paid attention to what they are doing to LMT? Do you happen to be a realtor?
Matthew Mull February 13, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I for one have been brought off the sidelines as a result of the current BOC's attitudes and actions. At this point I would vote for anyone other then this batch.
Rico February 13, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Willet, are you as blind as you are old?
Ron Beitler February 14, 2013 at 03:49 PM
@Rico I understand ppl are frustrated in LMT with this board but that's out of bounds. Willet is a good guy. I don't know him personally but he's at many township meetings and very involved. He probably isn't going to vote for me but thats ok. Folks can disagree and thats fine. In fact anyone who knows me knows I seek folks who disagree with me. As an advocate over the last 3 years and hopefully as a commissioner should I get elected I'll continue to seek out those who disagree with me. It's very important to constantly challenge yourself and your ideas. To hear the other side of arguments is essential. Dialogue is critical. I think I can do a better job then the current commissioners specifically with land use and development. I honestly think that. I've put out there what I felt they've done wrong but more importantly offered up what I would do different. One thing I would say to Willet is, I want the opposite of status quo. Status quo is handing out density and intensity for nothing. It's upzoning tracts getting nothing in return. Transferable development right programs ensures we get value for our handouts. It ensures we compensate landowners for their property should they CHOOSE to sell. It's win, win, win. This is one of the centerpieces of my campaign since it's such a no-brainer and an obvious alternative to the Jaindl debacle and Allen Organ rezoning. This kind of program (that I've advocated for) would have been absolutely perfect for either tract.


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