Allen to use own funds for emergency generator
The Allen Township Board of Supervisors will dip into the township's funds for an emergency generator after receiving notice gaming funds from the Sands Casino will not be allocated to pay for the generator.
Supervisors said the emergency generator, which would operate in the event of a power failure, would serve the municipal offices, meeting room and the adjacent public works garage.
Township Manager Ilene Eckhart at the Oct. 9 supervisors meeting announced the Northampton County Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authoritry did not approve Allen Township's grant request. The application sought $50,000 – $29,524 for the emergency generator and $8,900 for its installation. Another $13,788 was requested for a laptop and computer upgrade.
Supervisor Dale Hassler said the township should utilize 2014 unassigned funds for the emergency generator. Hassler's colleagues agreed and authorized Eckhart to move forward with the project.
The computer upgrades will be reviewed when the 2015 budget is put together.
The board also indicated the emergency generator project will move ahead because the township decided not to fund a trailer-mounted, 20-kilowat generator for $18,000 and an asphalt hot box trailer for $32,600 in the 2014 budget.
The county gaming authority reviewed 35 grant applications for 2014, however, only 16 were approved at a total of $710,747. Pen Argyl, Wind Gap and Plainfield Township were awarded a $150,000 grant that will convert the Plainfield Township police station to the newly created Slate Belt Regional Police Department.
Allen Township does not have a full or part-time police force. Instead, the township relies on state police for coverage.