He said 99 percent of the people don't contest the fines.

Galiardo said most false alarms are caused by burnt food. He said others decide to clean smoke detectors without notifying their alarm company, which sets them off.

East Texas Task Force

Also Thursday, commissioners agreed to create a tax force to study how to "strengthen" the village of East Texas in the township, including via possible zoning changes.

Township planning director Sara Pandl said that task force will have seven to nine members, including a commissioner from the planning & zoning committee; a member of the township planning commission; a representative of Smooth-On, the manufacturing company that just purchased the former Day-Timer building, and other East Texas business owners and residents.

Pandl said the task force will meet frequently - more than once a month - for about six months.

Township commissioners will approve task force members.

Other business

Also during the meeting:

* Commissioners approved a new policy that will allow them to attend and participate in meetings via telephone or other electronic communication system up to three times a year.

In addition to township commissioner meetings, the policy applies to meetings of all Lower Macungie boards, committees, commissions and councils.

The only exception is the zoning hearing board, whose members must be physically present at meetings.

* Commissioners honored Boy Scout Adam J. Banko of Troop 439 for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout with a proclamation. His Eagle project involved planning and constructing a trail with a lookout area in the township's Camp Olympic Park.

Eagle Scout Adam J. Banko of Troop 439