E. Allen Twp. reorganizes with 2 new council members
East Allen Township Board of Supervisors held a reorganization meeting Jan. 2. This year, there are two new supervisors, Georgiann Hunsicker and Don Heiney. With the new supervisors sworn in, the board remains similar to prior years.
Members elected Supervisor Roger Unangst as chairman and Mark Schwartz as vice chairman.
An integral part of reorganization is to confirm the appointment of a variety of services used by the township.
Township Manager Deborah Seiple is retiring at the end of the first quarter of 2018. Funds are budgeted to search for her replacement. Rose Wedde continues as secretary/treasurer.
The township solicitor remains Joseph Piperato. The township engineer is Hanover Engineering, with James Milot as the primary contact. Building inspections will continue to be conducted by CodeMaster Inspection Services Inc.
Jeanette Frack continues with her position on the vacancy board.
Supervisors appointed David Jones to the parks and recreation board and Robert Mills to the planning commission. The township has an abundance of volunteers eager to help the township in its planning and administrative processes. Supervisors are reviewing options to maximize resident participation.
The first action taken by supervisors in 2018 was to adhere to a request from Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors to oppose HB 1620. The state house bill is an attempt by the state to broaden the use of Wi-Fi and other advanced technologies. The bill allows antennae in the public right of way.
Seiple reported that a software change in the Google search engine delayed updates to the township’s website. The township uses a company that has numerous municipal contacts; all systems are being revised. According to Seiple, the change was not anticipated by the website’s administrators.