Commissioner Ron Eichenberg said he has attended past meetings on the comprehensive plan and he was not “enamored with the cooperation of our fellow municipalities. They’ve kind of looked at us as the ugly giant. I’ve not been very happy with that. Are we going to be saddled with doing things that are not in our best interest?”

“Those early meetings were very contentious,” agreed Pandl. “But in the last three to five months, the meetings have gotten more productive and the dialogue is a lot more cooperative.”

Pandl suggested Lower Macungie reserve the right to withdraw from any agreement “should the township’s interests no longer be served. “

She said supporting applying for the grant does not obligate the township to participate in updating the plan. “If you have reservations in the future, we can withdraw and go our own way.”

She noted the township has received a supportive letter from Upper Milford and added the three boroughs are willing to work with Lower Macungie.

Commissioner Jim Lancsek voted no, but did not explain why.

Emmaus Borough Council unanimously approved that borough participating in the same grant application on Monday night.