“Senator Browne’s office seems to have significant influence with PPL,” said Eichenberg.
“This is a result of the federal government telling PPL what they have to do,” said Lancsek. “The local level is not going to have a whole lot to say about this.”
“We might have something to say, we may just not have as much influence,” said Conrad.
Resident Christopher Haller asked commissioners to get a commitment from PPL to wait, not just until after March 7, but “until residents have all their questions answered.”
He added: “I don’t want to see them out in my yard on March 8.”
“Until we got involved, they were ready to do it today,” said Eichenberg. “We got them to wait until March 7.”
Fosselman promised Heller he will see if PPL is willing to wait longer.
Lancsek said PPL has a right to remove trees, not just beneath the power lines, but within the company’s easement that flanks them.
Resident Amirha Hutto complained that none of her trees are touching the wires because she already had the tops of all of them removed. She added she is as tall as one of the trees PPL plans to remove.
Also during the meeting, Lt. Paul Gaspich, commander of the Pennsylvania state police station at Fogelsville, gave a presentation on the effectiveness of his department in Lower Macungie. “We are proud to be your primary police agency,” said Gaspich. “We are a big part of Lower Macungie. We are very proactive in the township and we cover your township very well.”
He said 40 percent of the 13,286 incidents his state troopers responded to in 2012 were in Lower Macungie, one of five townships it covers full time.
Gaspich did not mention it, but the township is having a study done that will look at whether Lower Macungie should continue having coverage provided by state police or create its own police department.