The drop-off will accept nearly 70 different items -- TVs, computers, fans, electronic games, cell phones, air conditioners, microwaves, even popcorn makers.

Fees are charged for some items dropped off, such as TVs, but most can be taken for free. Anyone bringing items to the site must provide proof that they are borough residents.

Council members did agree to delay the opening of the borough's organic yard waste compost site. It was scheduled to open March 12, but will open March 26.

"If you have compost in your backyard that you're working with right now, I'd like to see your backyard," said Pepe.

The compost site, which also is off Klines Lane but farther up the hill and across the railroad tracks, will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays only until May, then Mondays Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Also during the meeting, with no discussion council unanimously denied requested cost-of-living increases for seven retired police officers for 2014.

Holtzhafer, who chairs council's budget and finance committee, said those increases would cost the borough about $27,000. "Unfortunately, we do not have that extra $27,000 budgeted for this year."

After the meeting, Pepe said 2009 was the last time the retired police officers got a cost-of-living increase.

Council voted to spend $10,815 to replace the engine in a 23-year-old dump truck used by the public works department. Borough mechanics will install a rebuilt engine, which will have a warranty.

"Our belief is it will extend the life of the truck for a considerable amount of time," said Holtzhafer. "And it's a lot cheaper than $145,000 for a new truck."

Pepe indicated it is the borough's second oldest truck and is used for plowing snow. He said the truck's body is "not necessarily" in good condition. "It's a useable, functional truck. I don't know how long it will last but, again, I'd rather spend $10,000 than $150,000."

After the meeting, Pepe said his main concern is the truck's frame could rot out after so many winters of exposure to road salt.

Council passed a resolution supporting the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission seeking a $25,000 state grant that will be used to help pay to update the southwestern Lehigh County comprehensive plan.

Pepe said that plan must be updated every 10 years. He reminded council that it already has voted in favor of the plan update and budgeted money to get it done.

The plan is for Emmaus, Macungie, Alburtis, Lower Milford Township, Upper Milford Township and Lower Macungie Township.

The current comprehensive plan, adopted by the six municipalities in 2005, must be updated before the end of 2015, said Pepe.

Assuming LVPC lands the state grant, Pepe said the comprehensive plan update will cost each of the six municipalities $7,000 to $10,000. He
said the total cost to do the plan is about $75,000.

Also during council's meeting, resident Liesel Adam was reappointed to another term on the Emmaus/Upper Milford Joint Environmental Advisory Council.