As for the proposed rain garden, Higgins said: "I'm not going to buy that it's an educational thing. You're not going to find 500 people walking to see flowers. But because it's important to that project, that rain garden helps us in the long run."

"That property still is being taken away from the recreational portion of the land," said resident Julie McDonnell.

In November, a member of the township planning commission also objected to township land being taken for the Hamilton Crossings detention pond.

Higgins suggested: "We have the cart before the horse, because we're a long way from this actually coming to fruition."

Jaindl

When the 608-acre Spring Creek subdivision was approved by commissioners last October, David Jaindl predicted some of the properties in it would be sold in less than a year. The subdivision contains 16 lots, the largest covering 77 acres.

The subdivision property now is mostly farmland west of Route 100, between the borough of Alburtis and Merztown Road. Spring Creek Road runs through the center of Jaindl's land.

The first four properties being proposed for development lie in the northwest corner of the subdivision, south of Mertztown Road and west of Spring Creek Road.

"It's about half of the industrially zoned property," said Fornwalt.

The engineer said each of two proposed warehouses will cover about one million square and the third will cover about 650,000 square feet. He did not have information about the size of the office building, but said it will be smaller.

Fornwalt said all four properties will be north of a proposed private road that eventually will tie into a future extension of Sauerkraut Lane at Spring Creek Road. He indicated that road will be built when the first lot is developed.

He said Jaindl will need a highway occupancy permit from PennDOT to connect the private road with Spring Creek Road. He noted that will trigger improvements on Spring Creek Road all the way up to the intersection with Route 100.

The engineer said the four planned buildings are scheduled to go before the township's planning commission on March 11. Eventually, the plans will go before township commissioners for final approval.

"Unfortunately, it will be one review," said Lancsek, the township's former zoning officer. "They decided to submit all four lots under one application. That makes it much more difficult, because if one thing goes wrong on one of those lots, all four fail. Personally, I think it's a mistake that they did it that way. But it's their call."

Fornwalt agreed that, by intertwining all four lots for the township's review, "if there's anything wrong with any of those, they rise and fall together."

East Texas study

The commissioners unanimously voted to hire Glackin Thomas Panzak, a Paoli-based land planning and landscape architecture firm, to do a $20,000 zoning revitalization study of the village of East Texas in the township.

The consulting firm was one of two that applied to do the project. The township planning commission recommended hiring Allentown-based Barry Isett & Associates for the job but commissioners said that was a split vote.

The township got a $10,000 matching grant through Lehigh County to do the study, said Pandl, who also is the township's community development director.

She said the study will include the former Day-Timer property in the village. She said it could lead to possible rezoning or changes in existing zoning language for that area of the township.

She and Fornwalt predicted that study should be completed by the end of this year.

Snow removal progress

 "As you may or may not remember, we've had some snow," township manager Bruce Fosselman told commissioners as he gave them a progress report on snow removal in Lower Macungie.

"We got more snow last week than we got in the last three years combined," said Fosselman. "I think we're up to 66 inches of snow. Our normal amount is in the 30s. In the last three years, we've had like 17, 18 and 20 inches."

He said when the township pushes snow off the streets, sometimes it does get calls about why it was pushed onto driveways and sidewalks.