Northampton Press

Friday, February 23, 2018

E. Allen adjusts manager’s job description

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Applications for position expected to be available by Feb. 14 meeting

At its meeting Jan. 25, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors made a few adjustments to the job description for a township manager and then authorized advertising the position. The goal is to have applications available in time for the Feb. 14 meeting.

“It’s going to be a long meeting on a day when I should be home with my wife,” Chairman Roger Unangst said.

As for the changes, the board wants to see a demarcation on the township manager’s role in projects. The goal is to define when a township manager needs to turn over coordination of a project.

Kate Durso, representing Toll Brothers, came before the board on a minor technical matter. Before construction can begin, there is a requirement for a minor subdivision. The plan divides the property for the Toll Brothers project and allocates the remainder of the property back to Jaindl, the present property owner. Jaindl did not sell a portion of the property behind the Toll Brothers project. The minor subdivision creates a flag lot that allows access to the otherwise landlocked Jaindl parcel.

Durso, in her parting comment, agreed the project would start in 2018. The indication was spring, but there was no definite commitment.

Township Manager Deborah Seiple interpreted an email from the Northampton County General Purpose Authority indicating that it had a fast-track program for replacing county bridges and might invite townships to use the program for bridge repair. The board will invite a representative to address the Jacksonville Bridge, which is in dire need of a rebuild but has a $3 million estimate. Deputy Fire Marshal John McDevitt explained that most of the firetrucks cannot use the bridge, and township response time is increased by six minutes.

Testing is now over on local wells after the fuel spill at Jamesville Express, the convenience store on Route 248. Local wells were not contaminated, and the remediation was declared complete.

Solicitor Joseph Piperato addressed a resident’s question on the status of the Rockefeller appeal. The Rockefeller Group appealed the decision of the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors to deny a necessary zoning change for airport property along Weaversville Road.

“We presented all our documents and [Rockefeller] presented their information,” Piperato said. “All the documents need to be reviewed. We are in the preliminary stages of the appeal. It will be a long time before there is a hearing.”

The case was assigned to Judge Emil Giordano.