UPPER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. -

The Upper Macungie Township Board of Supervisors approved a 2013 budget that holds the lines on taxes by a 3-0 vote during Thursday night’s meeting.

The budget approved totals about $13.7 million, and through two ordinances passed Thursday night, township residents will see a $16 increase in sewer fees from $340 to $356 annually and a decrease in refuse costs from $348 to $288 a year.

In other business Upper Macungie Township Chief of Police Edgardo Colon reported that his department will be on duty in their new building at 6 p.m. on December 31st. He added that a swearing-in and promotions ceremony of the officers who will protect and serve the township’s residents will take place at 4 and 7 p.m. on December 28th. An official department dedication ceremony is scheduled at the new administration building at 10 a.m. on January 15th.

Also supervisors voted 3-0 to approve the transfer of a liquor license from the former Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse in South Whitehall Township to operate a new restaurant on Glenlivet Drive West.

In addition a certificate of occupancy was formally issued earlier Thursday for the new Weis Markets superstore, located at 7801 Glenlivet Drive. The 65,800 square-foot facility will be the Lehigh Valley’s first LEED-certified grocery store. Chairman Edward Earley said a grand opening ceremony is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

And finally supervisors announced their January 3rd meeting will be moved until January 7th to fulfill obligation for their reorganization meeting, according to Secretary Kathy Rader.  The reorganization meeting will start at 7 p.m., with the January meeting beginning at the conclusion of the reorganization meeting.