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Lower Macungie Commissioner Galiardo resigns

LOWER MACUNGIE, Pa. - Lower Macungie Township Commissioner Ben Galiardo resigned from the legislative board during the body's Thursday night meeting. The resignation was effective at the conclusion of the meeting.

Galiardo was appointed in 2015 to fill out the remaining two years of the term of Commissioner Ryan Conrad. The term expires at the end of this year. No one was appointed to the seat during Thursday night's meeting. However, President Douglas Brown asked Richard Ward, who won Tuesday's primary election, to think about assuming the position shortly, although commissioners did not wish to appoint Ward to the seat on such short notice before he had adequate time to consider the offer. Ward was in the audience during Thursday night's meeting. Galiardo's resignation was accepted by his colleagues by unanimous vote.

Brown said "there would be an announcement" on the matter at the June 1 meeting.

Prior to his appointment as commissioner, Galiardo served as the township's code enforcement officer and assistant zoning officer. He also served as the township's fire police captain, fire chief and deputy emergency management coordinator.

In other news Thursday night, commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance which will remove warehouses as a conditional use in the industrial and light industrial zones.

In other business, township Director of Planning Sara Pandl reported to commissioners that Whole Foods grocery store has agreed to prohibit deliveries to the facility between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The grocery store, located in the Hamilton Crossings development, was previously unresponsive to complaints from nearby residents who complained of noise from the deliveries at all hours of the night was lowering their quality of life..

Commissioner Brian Higgins was absent from Thursday night's meeting.

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