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Ward appointed commissioner in Lower Macungie

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - Richard Ward is the newest commissioner in Lower Macungie Township after his appointment Thursday night by the board of commissioners. The vote was 4-0.

Ward will serve the remainder of former Commissioner Benjamin Galiardo's term, who resigned May 18 after announcing he and his wife are relocating to New Jersey. The term runs through January 2018.

Ward secured the Republican nomination for the seat on May 16. In supporting his appointment Thursday night, Commissioner Brian Higgins said it was the "proper" thing to do, considering Ward had already won the primary. Ward took the oath of office and joined his new colleagues on the dais.

Prior to the appointment, Ward resigned from the township's zoning hearing board. Later in the meeting, the board voted 4-0 to name Ronald W. Beitler vice president. Galiardo previously held that position.

In other business, the board unanimously approved an inter-municipal transfer of a liquor license to the Movie Tavern Theatres, LLC from Wizard Women, Inc. A public hearing was held Thursday night as required by law as the township already has 10 establishment with liquor licenses for a population of roughly 30,000. An 11th license required the hearing.

Matthew Goldstein, attorney for Movie Tavern, told commissioners that the owners of the theatre are making a $14 million investment in the community and plan to hire between 182 to 212 employees, with many of them being Lower Macungie Township residents. The business will feature 11 movie screens with a restaurant and lounge area. A total of 75 percent of the sales will be from non-alcoholic drinks and food.

Higgins inquired if the theater would curtail alcohol sales in a similar pattern to many sporting events. He cited an example of NFL games where alcohol sales would cease during the third quarter of a game.

Movie Tavern would have no such stipulation at their establishment, however an official noted that alcohol sales would end 45 minutes after the start of the evening's final movie, which begins at 11 p.m. In addition the business will used colored straws to indicate non-alcoholic drinks from alcoholic drinks to easily ascertain who is consuming what beverage. Beer will be served in a clear glass or mug. All servers will be required to receive training and a total of eight to nine managers will be on location monitoring proceedings.

The Movie Tavern will be located at the proposed Trexler Business Center at 6150 Hamilton Boulevard. 


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