East Allen, PennDOT to discuss area trucking plan
Following on the heels of a no-go decision on a Rockefeller warehouse development in East Allen, township Engineer James Milot announced, during the Oct. 26 meeting of supervisors, a PennDOT meeting will occur to address freight movement planning in the area.
The meeting is not a new development. Penn- DOT has a comprehensive plan for trucking that is an ongoing document supplemented by updated facts and figures. It is available online.
During the board meeting, supervisors questioned a couple of projects. There was some concern about asphalt cracking at the new culvert on Dogwood Road. Supervisor Robert Miller was concerned the minor cracking was an indication of a structural failure. Milot assured him the project was completed, and there are no structural problems. The cracking is normal and was sealed, he said.
Township crews will overlay the pavement with chip and stone to match the other sections of Dogwood Road. There is no need for the overlay from a structural point of view, but it will slow degradation of the highway from normal wear and tear.
Milot emphasized that the workmanship is covered by a one-year maintenance bond. The contractor is responsible for any problems during the next year.
Vertek’s warehouse project on Route 329 was given a go-ahead. The warehouse project is under appeal, and the request to proceed was questioned. As township Solicitor Joseph Piperato explained, the company can continue to go ahead with the project.
“They do not need to wait for a court decision to move their development process along. They will be required to abide by the judge’s ruling once the case is decided,” he said.
The zoning hearing board approved a request by the developer to exceed the township’s height restriction. The developer requested the variance because most financial institutions want a minimum building height of 42 feet.
The board of supervisors challenged the decision to allow the variance. The township filed to have the decision overturned.
Also at the meeting, East Allen Township Manager Deborah Seiple announced that the Northampton Regional Emergency Medical Services received an award recognizing its superior performance in 2017.