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'Pay Your Bills,' Upper Macungie Tells Developers

Supervisor says developers need to pay into escrow accounts before dealing with the township.

Upper Macungie wants developers to pay their bills before coming before township supervisors.

When someone wants to build something in Upper Macungie, he or she is supposed to put money into an escrow account to cover the cost of work by the township engineers and solicitor.

But supervisor Sam Ashmar said last week that there's—in total—$95,000 that various developers owe the township. The fees vary depending on the project.

“These are folks who are currently building and getting approvals," Ashmar said. "That’s got to stop."

Some of the accounts are just a few months old, but there are other developments that date back to 2011.

Supervisors took no official action on the matter last week, but Ashmar said the board wouldn't meet with developers unless they'd paid what they owe.

"We have to have better controls," Ashmar said. 

 
MS January 16, 2014 at 09:54 AM
If this is a concern why are we taking no official action? It's all talk! Show the township residents you have a spine and do something about it!
Chris Casey January 16, 2014 at 09:55 AM
I find it fascinating that by merely changing the balance of power in the Supervisors by one vote, Developers are finally being held accountable. If Mr. Ashmar knew about this issue all this time why didn't he and Mr. Earley do something about it when they had a majority? Mrs Rader raised hell about this for years, funny how now after an election, Mr. Ashmar is on board.
Cicero January 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM
This is mismanagement every development should have all fees paid in full before final approval is given. If there are ongoing inspections then the township engineers need to estimate the inspections with a significant contingency for overruns. I assume there are developers agreements with the township that would cover all of this - right?
Chris Casey January 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM
We have a new majority that is forcing the issue. Good for them. Part of the problem is the Township legal adviser has been in bed with developers for years. Maybe they need new legal advice that isn't getting paid by both sides.
Chris Casey January 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM
BTW, it is not illegal for different lawyers in the same firm to represent clients working on opposites sides of an issue. Blake Marles was Lower Mac's solicitor for years while representing developers in front of their board.

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