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Allen to consider restricting ATVs and snowmobiles

Thursday, November 29, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The Allen Township Board of Supervisors is expected to restrict the operation of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and snowmobiles in the township.

There have been complaints by residents regarding snowmobiles crossing over private property lines. A resident who attended a recent supervisors meeting said snowmobiles have also crossed a local cemetery.

In bringing up the issue of ATVs, the supervisors agreed the proposed ordinance drafted by solicitor F. Lincoln Treadwell should also address snowmobiles. The legislation will be up for a vote at a subsequent board meeting.

Wording in the draft legislation would state ATVs and snowmobiles must be at least 40 feet away from property lines and 100 feet from buildings.

There was mention ATVs and snowmobiles are banned in county parks.

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In other business, the supervisors are not expected to place a referendum question on the ballot asking township residents to vote on a tax of 0.25 percent tax specifically targeted for open space.

Residents rejected the referendum question on the November general election ballot 848-648. The supervisors took no official position on the issue.

A resident earlier opposed the township placing the question on the ballot, noting a similar referendum question was previously rejected.

Northampton County Executive John Stoffa, a township resident, appeared before the supervisors before the first referendum question advocating for such a tax on an interim basis and supporting the open space concept.