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WELCOME TO THE BOROUGH OF EMMAUS

Emmaus, Pennsylvania is a quaint historic community of 12,000 nestled on the northern slope of South Mountain. It lies 50 miles north of Philadelphia and 20 miles west of the Delaware River. Formed in 1759 as a closed Moravian village on land owned by the church, Emmaus was incorporated as a Pennsylvania borough a hundred years later in 1859.

In recent years, the Borough has been recognized for several distinguished accomplishments.  In 2013, the Borough received the Delaware Valley Green Building Council's Sustainable Community Award for the implementation of initiatives and policies that promote sustainable living.  Among the initiatives cited were the implementation of a LED red light replacement program, the implementation of an energy analysis throughout the borough properties, storm water and sewer protection initiatives, recycling and compost efforts, and a watershed rehabilitation project at Leibert's Creek among others.  In 2018, a study conducted by SmartAsset named Emmaus the 9th easiest place to sell your home in Pennsylvania, with the study being based on the health and demand of the housing market.

In 2015, "Onlyinyourstate" (http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/pennsylvania/pa-best-place-living/) ranked the Borough of Emmaus as the 7th best place in Pennsylvania to live.  In addition, in 2015. the website named Emmaus as the 5th ranked "most heart-warmingly beautiful small town in Pennsylvania".  In September 2015, Onlyinyourstate" (http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/pennsylvania/pa-get-away-from-it-all/) listed Emmaus Borough as the # 2 community to "Get away from it all", where communities were ranked based on " beautiful small towns in Pennsylvania that will give you a break from the hectic pace of urban life".

In 2014, Movato.com named the Borough of Emmaus the 5th safest community in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a population over 10,000 residents, based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime report statistics, which included murders, violent crimes, property crimes, and total crimes.  The citing stated, "this borough, ranked in recent years one of the "Best Places to Live" in the U.S. by "Money Magazine," is well known as a safe and family-friendly community.  That's because it is one of the least violent places in the state..."

In November 2013, Nerdwallet.com cited Emmaus as the 6th Best Town in Pennsylvania for Young Familes.  The rankings were based on public schools, affordability, and if the community is growing and prospering.

Also in 2013, the Borough was awarded the 2013 Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Newsletter of the Year Award, an award that is presented to the borough with the best municipal newsletter.  Every borough in Pennsylvania is eligilbe to receive this award, and we are proud of this recognition.

In 2008, the Borough was named by Catalogs.com as one of the top 10 places to live in Pennsylvania.

Finally, one of the recognitions in which we are most proud, the Borough of Emmaus has been named as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in the United States by CNN / Money Magazine on two separate occasions.  The borough reached the ranking in both 2007 (#87) and 2009 (#88). 

Welcome to our community, a proud community, a community united for progress!

USA Architects Present Preliminary Schematic Design of New Municipal Complex

On Monday, March 21, 2016, USA Architects presented the preliminary schematic design for the new municipal complex at 33 E. Minor Street.  The presentation occurred during the Borough Council meeting  at Borough Hall.  The firm, hired by Borough Council, has been working with a committee of Council members, department managers, and employees to design the multi-purpose municipal building.  The building is projected to ultimately house Borough administration operations, police, ambulance, and fire operations.  The project is slated to be a 10 - 15 year project, which will occur in multiple phases to control costs. Click on this link to view the presentation and schematic design plans.

 

 

Animal Control
The Emmaus/Upper Milford Joint EAC and the Lehigh County Conservation District will be hosting a Lantern Fly Field Workshop on September 24th at 6pm in Lenape Park.  The workshop will have a brief presentation under the pavilion then walk through the park to help residents Identify the Tree of Heaven, Adult Lantern Flies and Egg Cases. Discussion will revolve around homeowner treatment and control of the Spotted Lantern Fly.

 

Volunteer

The Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP) was developed for the Borough as a requirement of Permit PAI#132226 for their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). The PRP outlines the actions the Borough will take to address pollutant loads to local streams impaired by siltation/sediments that flow to the Lehigh River. These actions include public participation, mapping of outfalls and other discharges, calculation of pollutant loads, implementation of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs), and undertaking operations and maintenance (O&M) activities.  A presentation about the PRP will be provided by the Borough Engineer during the regularly scheduled Council meeting held on October 15, 2018, providing an additional opportunity for comment by the Council members and the public.  Public comment may also be submitted to the Borough Manager at Town Hall, 28 S. 4th Street. 

Please click on the link to view the Borough's PRP.

Swiftreach

Swiftreach Networks, Inc.

Swift911™ is a notification program with the capability of delivering recorded warnings to the entire community, via telephone or TTY (teletypewriter) to the Borough