Lower Macungie grants extension for major project


LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. – The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners voted out longtime engineering service provider Keystone Engineering during Thursday night's meeting.

The firm has provided the township's engineering services for nearly 50 years. Doylestown-based CKS Engineers Inc. acquired the contract in a 3-1 vote. Commissioner Brian Higgins supplied the "no" vote. Commissioner Douglas Brown recused himself from the vote.

Higgins said while Keystone "had not done a great job, they've done a good job." He went on to add that the "constant scrutiny" they received on continual basis would wear down almost anyone. Finally, he lamented the geographic distance of CKS.

President Ronald W. Beitler concurred with Higgins when assessing Keystone's performance, saying they had offered Lower Macungie "solid services." Nevertheless, the president voted against them offering no particular endorsement.

The item was not on the evening's formal agenda. Rather it was presented by Commissioner Ronald R. Beitler under new business at the conclusion of the meeting.

During a public comment session prior to the vote, Maury Robert, a current planning commissioner member, called the vote "a rush to judgement." He said he would be "very disappointed" if Keystone was ousted.

In other news, commissioners approved a no charge and reduced rate facility usage policy and water in the community center gym policy. In the former, the policy "is not out to make a profit, but to cover our costs," Ronald R. Beitler said. The water policy will provide "hydration stations for use at the community center complex" for organized sport players. Only water will be at those hydration stations in the gym and the water will be only for players, not for spectators.

Finally, Pat Vassilaros resigned as the township's tax collector, effective at the end of the year. Commissioners will appoint her replacement for the final year of her term.

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