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Upper Macungie increases fines for lost trucks on prohibited roads

UPPER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - The Upper Macungie Township Board of Supervisors Thursday passed an updated township traffic and parking regulations ordinance which allows for fines of up to $500 for speeding trucks and/or those traveling on roadways prohibiting truck traffic.

Current fines are between $25 to $100 for the aforementioned violations, according to Supervisor Chair Jim Brunell, who explained the increased penalties correlate with the efforts of the township's Good Neighbor Coalition (GNC) and its spearheading of increased truck traffic safety in Upper Macungie.   

According to Chief of Police Ed Colon, his department has produced ten laminated signs to be displayed at local truck warehouse terminals in easy view for drivers and list the following warnings: 1) Truck travel prohibited on sign restricted roadways, 2) Truck drivers should not rely solely on GPS systems for accurate directions on permitted roadways, 3) Violations will be strictly enforced and carry  maximum fines of up to $500.

Township officials said the mission of the Good Neighbor Coalition (GNC) is to enhance safety and improve community relations between law enforcement and the commercial and residential entities in the township. They explained this will be accomplished through education, awareness, and mutual cooperation keeping with the police department's mission of being committed to service.

In other business, the supervisors agreed to issue Township Sewer Director and Assistant Manager Bob Ibach back pay for substituting for Township Manager Dan Olpere who, since last fall, was absent on medical leave and more recently returned on an intermittent part-time basis.

Ibach will be paid an additional $16.73 per hour for working both jobs last October through the end of 2016. This year he will earn an additional $17.23 per hour on an as needed basis until Olpere resumes his duties on a full-time basis.

Brunell praised Ibach for his efforts and said, "Bob did a fantastic job filling in for Dan and as a township we didn't skip a beat."

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