Eight crossing guards also may be hired, but the exact number and who pays for them has not yet been decided, according to township officials.
Township commissioners plan to take action on Lower Macungie’s off-site improvement plan for Willow Lane at their April 4 public meeting.
Erdman said the township will advertise for bids on April 29, commissioners can award bids on June 6 and all improvements should be completed by Aug. 9, a couple of weeks before school starts.
Nosal said the fire department uses both Sauerkraut Lane and Mill Creek Road when leaving the fire station, depending on the location of the emergency.
Szewczak indicated going out to Mill Creek Road should not be a problem, because cars won’t be stacked up when they exit the school grounds. And he said the Sauerkraut Lane entrance “becomes wide open, not blocked at all” because only buses will use it at drop-off and pick-up times.
But Nosal believes parents will continue to enter off Sauerkraut Lane, drive in front of the fire station and cut into traffic waiting on the rear entrance road off Mill Creek. Assistant township engineer Alan Fornwalt suggested a gate could be added at the top of the fire station’s driveway to prevent people from doing that.
The fire chief asked if his firefighters will have to drive to the station on the same rear entrance road “with a few hundred other cars dropping their kids off in the morning.” Lancsek said firefighters will be able to use the school bus entrance off Sauerkraut Lane, which apparently will have signs warning it is for buses and emergency personnel only.
Because those firefighters arrive in their own cars, and the school district has no plans to police who uses the front entrance, Nosal asked how anyone will know the difference between a firefighter driving to the station and a parent driving in the wrong roadway.
Fisher said there is room to “stack” more than 140 cars on the entrance road off Mill Creek Road. School officials said they don’t know how much that number will increase if the district buses fewer children in the next school year.
“Eighty percent of the parents in this township will drive them there,” predicted Lancsek. “The parents in my own subdivision drive their children a half a block to the bus stop and wait there.”
He added: “In bad weather, maybe nobody’s going to walk.”