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Ron Eichenberg Seeks Re-election to Lower Macungie BOC

Primary election to be held May 21

Republican Ron Eichenberg, 67, president of the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners, announced Wednesday in a written release that he will seek re-election to the BOC.

Eichenberg is a realtor and a 29-year resident of Lower Macungie Township. He also is vice-president of the board of the Emmaus Main Street Partners, and served nine years on the board of the Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties, most recently as past president.

He also served on the board of the Western Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, and Emmaus Rotary Club.

"Macungie has and will continue to experience significant growth historically followed by economic growth sustaining and enhancing the quality of life of residents. As Lower Macungie strives to achieve the best advantages of economic growth, my knowledge and experience gained from 38 years as a Realtor in the Lehigh Valley will prove an asset," Eichenberg said.

Willet Thomas January 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Happy to see Commissioner Eichenberg running for office again. You have my support.
Ron Beitler January 17, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Very much looking forward to contrasting how I would have voted to handle Jaindl issue much differently then the current commissioners. Would have included publicly exploring the other options and taking a township serving stance in any negotiations of alternatives. Jaindl's recent compromise clearly shows that he was willing to consider better alternatives like a transferable development rights program. Why weren't items like this considered from the beginning? There were ways Jaindl could have been fairly compensated for his land had the township made it a priority to stay true to good comprehensive planning. I argue that their version of a negotiated alternative is perhaps worse then a quarry due to the truck intensity and 24/7 365 nature of warehousing. Plan 'B' the result of public input and conversations with the 'friends' group is clearly a better alternative. Economic development? I look forward to that contrast as well since I have advocated for lifecycle cost benefit analysis of all new development projects to not guess but show in certain terms that a new development is good economically for our community. You can't just say that a project is good for the community you have to show it. http://www.ronbeitler.com/2013/01/09/letter-to-boc-18-lifecycle-cost-benefit-analysis/ Anyone interested in seeing my platform and letters to the BOC over the past 2 years outlining my specific policy recommendations please visit ronbeitler.com.
Big Dave January 17, 2013 at 02:07 PM
He does not have my vote, he will not even let LMT residents speak up at meetings, vote him out
LMTnative January 17, 2013 at 02:16 PM
It's time to replace the LMT Board of Realtors with a Board of Commissioners who will look out for the residents best interest not the developers and realtors. Mr. Eichenberg's repeated conflicts of interest are a disgrace to the township and he must go.
Jane Fretz January 17, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Mr. Eichenberg's ego shields his ability to see that most residents recognize he has a clear conflict of interest serving as a commissioner. As a realtor, he has a number of commercial properties listed in LMT. Some of them, specifically the Dries property and the Allen Organ tract, come before the BOC for development approval. Mr. Eichenberg sits at the helm in full discussion about the township's role in the development of these properties and then feigns "avoidance of conflict of interest" by leaving the dais for the vote. His involvement in the discussion is "conflict of interest"! He is poised to make a great deal of money from the sale of these "approved" projects. His lack of ethics leaves me cold. It's time to replace him and support candidates like Brian Higgins and Ron Beitler in their efforts to unseat him. I agree, Mr. Eichenberg must go.
Rob Hamill January 17, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Ron likes having control of the piggy bank. Growth, growth, growth, it is good for his real estate practice, damn anything else.
Tony Powell January 17, 2013 at 07:34 PM
It is patently absurd that Ron is both a realtor and leading the BOC. The conflict of interest is so innate, I wonder how it is even legal.
Jay Burkos January 17, 2013 at 07:57 PM
There is a significant difference between the values of Ron Beitler and Commissioner Eichenberg. The choice between these two men is clear. Vote for Ron Beitler. My indictment of Ron Eichenberg VIOLATED GOP PRINCIPLES AND ETHICS - Urbanization of LMT - Higher Taxes due to Jaindl plan - Reduced liberty by rejecting public access to government - Limited transparency (shady agreements at Zator Law Offices) - Questionable ethics regarding Jaindl scheme - Crony capitalism with Jaindl. While he may not directly benefit from this deal, his cronies will. Without a doubt, they will reward him, Conrad and the other cabal at a later date. REJECTED REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT - Avoided public scrutiny of Jaindl deal by poor notice - Refuses to let many people speak at meetings - Rejected properly signed and delivered petitions - Like Conrad, a realtor who puts self interest first URBANIZATION - His policies are turning LMT into Allentown 2.0 - As the Morning Call comments stated, Route 100 community going from a 2 lane agricultural community into a 4 lane MacArthur Road - Along with current BOC, has turned LMT from a beautiful rural community into a dangerously overdeveloped unplanned urban sprawl. Essentially, destroyed the community culture.
Jay Burkos January 17, 2013 at 07:58 PM
TAXES - Agreeing to Jaindl plan increases the population - thus will raise the school tax due to the influx of new children. We barely scraped by last year - Increased population and new shopping will result in a rise in crime - mostly petty. However, this will be the catalyst for the push for a police force. To set up a new PD, the set up alone is $15 million dollars on average. The annual operating costs are also approximately $15 million on average. So, first year operating costs will be approximately $30 million. That SCREAMS property tax. - The increase school tax and property tax will be a direct result of the failure of leadership by our current BOC and their disregard for the views of LMT citizens at large. ENVIRONMENT - Runoff problems, more flooding. Need I say more? Reject Eichenberg based upon his failure to protect our community, culture and taxes. Elect a better choice - a man who stood up to corrupt realtor commissioners. Elect Ron Beitler.
Jay Burkos January 17, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Nor will he have my support, Mr. Willet. Commissioner Eichenberg is another example of cronyism in government power. It is time to end our practice of allowing real estate developers to have open season over decisions in LMT. Your taxes, my taxes and our community will suffer as a result of his atrocious tenure on the BOC. While he did many fine things during his term, on the biggest issue facing our township in decades, he turned Quisling on the citizens and sold out to the special money interests.
Robert Sentner January 17, 2013 at 08:12 PM
OK ! Where do I start. 38 years of realtor expierence, and that benefits the community how ? The quality of life since you and your cohorts have slowly allowed the rezoning of 100's of prime ag land to concrete jungles has destroyed not only LMT but also the small rural communities that surround LMT. You have allowed the explosion of housing in East Penn School District that puts an unbelievable burden on all of your surrounding communities. You have allowed massive industrial development while not providing safe infrastructure. You have allowed a school to be built with no school zones, and the best you can come up with is 38 years realtor expierence. Take some planning and zoning classes before trying to continue on your current destruction of our communities.
Big Dave January 17, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Everyone in LMT read what has been written in these comments and remember this when it is time to vote, Ron the "realtor" and his real estate buddies MUST GO, VOTE THEM OUT.
Robert Sentner January 17, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Ron to answer your question, why ???? because $$$$'s are the current board of commissioners driving force and nothing else. Hell they can't even adopt a school plan and provide safe access to it. They built 100,000's of sq ft of warehousing and allow truck traffic to turn on to a sub par secondary road, devestating local residents. They single handedly put all of the members in the South West Comp Plan in jeopardy of having future law suits because of LMT's inability to adhere to it. They are the most un transparent board in the area. They have allowed very well knowledged volunteer's be unappointed, They allow a sitting president of the board to be a part of a discussion about a property he is the listing agent and has the ability to make huge $$$$'s on with there decision. ethical, you make that decision
Mark Spengler January 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM
I feel President Eichenberg has been dissapoinment as a leader. He has participated in the removal of incumbent citizen voluteers who have disagreed with certain board policies and rezoned land to benefit the few at the expense of the many. I think Lower macungie Township needs to decide if it will be more of the same or a change for the better.
Rico January 18, 2013 at 04:30 PM
He's an idiot.
Alburtis Parent January 18, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Ron Eichenberg must really have a low opinion of his constituents intelligence levels that he thinks it's acceptable to pretend to represent the public's best interest....all the while voting for projects like Allen Organ that will line his pockets with large amounts of cash. I guess he figures that there is no better way for him to fund his campaign for re-election than from earnings from his good works------ like this!! VOTE HIM OUT!!!!
Rob Hamill January 18, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I'm beginning to feel sorry for poor Ron, will he get more than 1 vote?
Matt L. January 18, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Swap Ron's! Ron Beitler is a clear alternative to Ron Eichenberg. We must start making development pay its own way. No more zoning changes that benefit developers no more sweetheart deals no more TIFs, grants or other government subsidies... eichenberg is a republican in name only. Hes lobbying for government funding of camp olympic, tax subsidies for a shopping center and voted for 2 zoning changes for developers. We need true fiscal conservatism in the way we grow. - Matt L Shepard hills

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