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Since June 2019 those services have been handled under a competitively-bid contract by Waste Management Inc.
Its contract expires at the end of August 2024 and recently it gave notice that it would not exercise its option for an additional year of service at the current pricing. Here’s a link to its Letter of non-renewal.
First, there will be no interruption of services. There will be a new contracting process to ensure continuity of services at the best negotiated price for all eligible township residences.
Yes, and based on the experiences to date of other Pennsylvania municipalities, including those in our area (prime example is South Whitehall where new contract rates soared 62% , it would be unsurprising if the new fees are not significantly higher than the current rate, and quite possibly double. The Township will do everything possible to include in the bidding process every Pennsylvania licensed, qualified hauling contractor.
No. Apartments/condominiums/private communities (including manufactured home parks) and commercial businesses are not included in the Township contract.
No, that is not permitted under law.
Absolutely, through the public bidding and selection process.
That will be determined through the bidding and selection process; but it is quite possible.
The Township can request that as part of the bid conditions, but there is no guarantee at this time.
It is too soon to tell.
The following Residential projects (not all-inclusive) require a permit, either an over-the-counter permit or a plan review permit.
An over-the-counter permit does not require drawings to be submitted for a plan review. Some examples are:
An application is required for an over-the-counter permit. You will need to know the total value of the work to be performed to complete the application.
Various projects will require you to submit drawings for a plan review. Some examples are:
Plan review permits require two identical drawings. Drawings must show all structural components and be to scale. A site plan is required for any addition or structure that will be added to the home, or property.
A site plan is a scaled drawing of your property. You must show the placement of all additions to the property. Give dimensions of the house, dimensions of any other structures on the property, and dimensions from each structure to all property lines.
Permit applications are available online at the Permit Information and Applications page or at the Township offices.
Licensed contractors have provided proof of competency and proof of insurance to the city. This protects the homeowner from incurring costs due to damage by uninsured contractors, and it protects the homeowner from contractors who do not have adequate knowledge of the State adopted building codes. A permit will not be issued until the plumbing and electrical contractors being used to complete the project are licensed. Homeowners doing their own work do not need to be licensed.
Please see the Lower Macungie Township Fee Schedule (PDF) on our website or call the permit department at 610-966-4343 for more information.
We accept cash, checks, or credit card. Credit card transactions incur a $1.50 service charge plus a 3% fee for credit card usage.
Certainly! Call the Permit Department at 610-966-4343 and we will calculate the fees. Mail the permit application and check to the Township, and we will immediately issue the over-the-counter permit applications and mail the permit to you.
Over-the-counter permits are issued once the application has been processed and the fees have been paid in full. Typically, within 24 hours. Permits with plans will have to go through a plan review prior to issuing the permit. All residential plans will be in review for up to 10 days. All commercial plans will be in review for up to 30 days. Please contact the Building Department if you have further questions.
Call the Permit Department at 610-966-4343, ext. 134 before noon for a next business day inspection.
You may request an am or pm inspection time and we will do our best to accommodate that for you, but there are no guarantees. Unfortunately, we cannot give a specific time for your inspection.
Call the Permit Department at 610-966-4343 between 8 am and 4:30 pm and we will contact the inspector to have them call you.
Permits are valid for 180 days after issuance. Call to renew if you will not complete the project in that timeframe.
Park hours are 8 am to sunset. Parks must be vacated at sunset.
These rules are created to provide the most desirable park experience for residents of the township. Please inform the township when violations are noticed.
The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance of township parks. Normal maintenance includes mowing (in-season), cleaning rest facilities, field preparation and equipment repair.
In order to have clean parks and protect the environment everyone leaving townships parks should take all trash with them especially if there are no trash receptacles available. This will ensure a healthy park environment for all future users and put less strain on township resources.
Most are funded by your tax dollars as directed by the Board of Commissioners. Some may be paid for by private donations or by agreements with developers and builders.
Yes, dogs must be leashed and feces removed in a sanitary manner.
To sign up for youth programs, please visit our Recreation Portal.
You may fill out and submit a Statement of Interest (PDF) to volunteer.
If a large animal, such as a deer or bear is dead on a Township road, Public Works will remove it. Call 610-966-4343, ext. 117 or email the Public Work Department.
If a dead deer or bear is on a PA State-owned, Penn Dot maintenance will move the carcass to the shoulder of the road if it is in the travel lanes only. It will then be picked up by a State contractor.
When a deer or bear is located reasonably close (within 15 or 20 feet off of the right of way) it will be removed by the contractor. Report the issue online. Be very specific and provide the closest address or cross street, which direction it is in, and provide your phone number in case the contractor cannot locate the animal and needs further information. PennDOT does not remove any other type of animal.
Please contact the PA State Game Warden by calling 610-926-3136.
The closest local shelter is Sanctuary at Haafsville – contact them by calling 484-285-5445.
If you think that you have too many dead birds in your area in a short period of time, call the Lehigh County West Nile virus program at 610-391-9840.
You can contact the Lower Macungie Township Community Center at 610-966-6924.
Please view the collection calendar and detailed collection requirements. Feel free to call Public Works at 610-966-4343, ext. 117 if you require additional information not addressed on the website.
Roads are completed and dedicated on your developer's timeline. You would need to contact the individual developer for information. Lower Macungie Township is not provided with the developer's schedule for road completion.
Please contact the Lehigh County Conservation District at 610-391-9583, ext. 22.
Please view detailed information regarding our curbside collection. Feel free to call Public Works at 610-966-4343, ext. 117 if you require additional information not addressed on the website.
Please call Lehigh County West Nile Virus and Mosquito Control Program at 610-391-9840 or email the Lehigh County Extension.
Whenever anyone is digging deeper than one foot in the ground, they are required to place a call to PA One Call. The call must be placed three days in advance (unless it is an emergency) and the dig area must be outlined, usually in white. Once the call is placed, every agency that has lines in that vicinity are required to go to the site and mark the locations of where their underground lines are in relation to the area to be excavated. Each agency marks in a different color. (i.e. sewers and drains in green, power lines in red, etc.)
If you have any questions about a proposed dig in your area, call 800-242-1776 or visit PA One Call's website. Please note, home improvements on a weekend do not qualify as an emergency.
Please view the Snow Guide page for detailed information regarding Lower Macungie Township plowing. Feel free to call Public Works at 610-966-4343, ext. 117 if you require additional information not addressed on the website.
If your inquiry is on a State-owned road, please contact PennDot at 610-798-4280 or submit an inquiry online at PennDot's website.
If the pothole is on a State-owned road, please contact PennDot at 610-798-4280 or submit an inquiry online via PennDot's website.
If the pothole is on a Lower Macungie Township road, please call Public Works at 610-966-4343, ext. 117 or email the Public Works Department Administrative Assistants.
Not sure of the ownership of the road? View a list of State-owned roads in LMT (PDF).
We have composed a comprehensive A to Z guide (PDF) of numerous materials on how to prepare items for both trash removal and recycling. This list also gives you options if the item you have to recycle is not acceptable via Township services.
Curbside cleanouts are usually located near the curb or on your lawn. If the cap becomes missing or broken it is the responsibility of the property owner to replace it. These can be purchased at any home improvement store.
East Penn School District works in conjunction with First Student to determine where school bus stops will be placed. Placement of school bus stops is not a decision made by Lower Macungie Township.
Call Public Works at 610.966-4343, ext. 117. Our hours are 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
If there is a problem after hours, such as a blockage, call the same number, wait for the message to start, then press 1. You will be connected to Dispatch Answering Service. Be prepared to give them an exact location, a contact name, phone number, and an explanation of the problem.
Street sweeping usually starts during the first week of April depending on weather, emergencies, and equipment. If you have additional questions about street cleaning, contact us at 610-966-4343, ext. 117 or email the Public Works Department Administrative Assistants.
Please contact PPL at 1-800-342-5775. PPL must have the exact address and/or the location of the pole. In addition, they will ask for the pole numbers. There are two numbers inscribed on a tag, which is fastened to the pole. They must have both numbers.
If PPL does not repair the street light within one month, call Public Works at 610-966-4343, ext. 117 or email the Public Works Department Administrative Assistants.
If the sign is on a Township road, please call Public Works at 610-966-4343, ext. 117 or email the Public Works Department Administrative Assistants. If it is a stop sign, please call us instead of emailing.
If the sign is on a State-owned road, please contact PennDot at 610-798-4280 or submit a concern online via the PennDot website.
Any traffic control requests including sign requests (stop signs, watch children, etc.) or speeding complaints, must be submitted via our Traffic Concern/Signage Request Form..
View the Township’s tree trimming guide. Feel free to call Public Works at 610-966-4343, ext. 117 or email the Public Works Department Administrative Assistants if you require additional information not addressed on the website.
If the tree is on private property it is the responsibility of the property owner. Trees at the curbside or in the Right of Way, “street trees,” were planted as an improvement to residential properties and are also the responsibility of the homeowner. Please note: Street trees must be replaced within 6 months after removal. A no-cost tree removal permit (PDF) is needed. If you have additional questions, please contact Public Works at 610-966-4343, ext. 117 or email the Public Works Department Administrative Assistants.
You can submit your refuse concerns via the Trash and Recycling Form.
Please view the following resources:
If you have additional questions, please contact Public Works at 610-966-4343, ext. 117 or email the Public Works Department Administrative Assistants.
Please contact the Lehigh County Authority at 610-398-2503.
Metal caps marked with “water” are the property of Lehigh County Water Authority. Please contact them if they are broken or missing by calling 610-398-2503.
Please view the Yard Waste/Compost Center page for information regarding our drop-off site. If you have additional questions, please contact Public Works at 610-966-4343, ext. 117 or email the Public Works Department Administrative Assistants.
Please view the Sanitary Sewer page for information. If you have additional questions, please contact Public Works at 610-966-4343, ext. 117 or email the Public Works Department Administrative Assistants.
Federal Law now requires us to monitor storm sewers. This law also requires us to enforce against any individual or corporation that disposes of debris or chemicals that could contaminate the waterways. Fines could be substantial. Common items found in storm sewers that cause blockages are:
Please do your part to keep our streams and waterways clean.
View information on the Leaf Collection page. If you have additional questions about leaf removal, please contact us at 610-966-4343, ext. 117 or email the Public Works Department Administrative Assistants.