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PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMILDon Heiney and Georgiann Hunsicker are the unofficial winners of the recent election. They will take their seats on the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors in January, barring any challenges to the election results. PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMILDon Heiney and Georgiann Hunsicker are the unofficial winners of the recent election. They will take their seats on the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors in January, barring any challenges to the election results.

E. Allen board hears requests for extensions

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At East Allen Township’s Nov. 16 meeting, Attorney Lisa Pereira, representing warehouse developer Vertek, asked for an extension from a Nov. 23 deadline. The project is a warehouse on the corner of Airport Road and Route 329.

The extension was granted.

The township opposes the developer’s request for a variance on the township’s building height limit. Progress on the warehouse development continues to move forward.

Pereira was followed by Kate Durso, who asked for an extension on the Toll Brothers project on Route 512. As Durso explained, the residential development is moving forward, but there is a concern that a weather delay or some unforeseen problem could arise. The deadline for the project is March 2018.

Durso requested a six-month extension.

“We are planning for spring, but we want to be sure that we have enough time and not be before the board at the last minute,” she said.

Her request was granted.

Solicitor Joseph Piperato introduced an ordinance that would prohibit mini-casinos from being set up in the township. Under recently passed legislation at the state level, mini-casinos are permitted in outlying townships as long as they are not within 25 miles of an existing casino and are approved by the township.

There are at least 10 licenses available for the mini-casinos.

Piperato’s ordinance bans casinos in the township and was unanimously approved by the board.

There is a provision in the state law that allows casinos in airports. These airport casinos are not restricted by local authorities.

Supervisor Robert Miller brought up concerns about First Regional Compost Authority operations. According to Miller, he was stopped at FRCA because he did not have a tarp covering his landscaping waste drop-off.

“They gave me a loaner tarp so I could haul from the entrance to the unloading zone,” he said.

According to Chairman Roger Unangst, state law requires a cover when hauling debris.

“Turning someone away doesn’t make much sense,” he said. “We don’t want people driving back and forth and spreading debris on the roads.”

Others on council and in the audience were unaware of the tarping requirement.

Unangst suggested sending a letter to East Allen Township permit holders explaining the policy.

Following tradition in prior years, East Allen has only one board of supervisors meeting in November and December. The December meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the municipal building.