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Heiney running for re-election as East Allen supervisor

Thursday, May 16, 2013 by The Press in Local News

Don Heiney has announced he is running for re-election to the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors.

Born in 1952 and raised on the family farm in North Whitehall Township, he and his wife settled in East Allen Township in 1998. He has worked for 40 years in the IT support industry, has taught computer sciences at a local college and served as an independent computer consultant for the last nine years.

In August 2008, Heiney was appointed to fill the seat held formerly by Supervisor Jerry Odenwelder, who died. During a special election that November, he was elected to complete the final two years of Odenwelder's term.

In April 2010, the supervisors appointed him to the township's Municipal Authority (EAT-MA). During its reorganization in May, he was elected chairman of the authority. Since then, the authority negotiated agreements with the Bath Borough Authority and the City of Bethlehem to assume operations of the township's sewer and water services, respectively. This action will save the average municipal authority residential customer between $350 and $400 a year. It also will allow for the dissolution of the authority and the expansion of the City of Bethlehem's PUC territory throughout East Allen Township.

He has served as secretary of the township planning commission since 2011 and serves as chairman of the township's board of auditors. In 2012 he became East Allen's representative to the FRCA (First Regional Compost Authority).

Heiney believes experience and dedication to the township are the key issues this election and said he views community service as stewardship.

The goal of the supervisors should be to manage the township's budget and resources in a responsible manner. To do so will require encouraging both residential and commercial growth in order to sustain the budget. The United States census showed East Allen Township as having 0 percent growth between 2000 and 2010, a trend that cannot continue, he said.