New manager discusses job
East Allen Township’s newly appointed manager, Brent Green, took time from his busy schedule to meet with The Press.
Green and his wife, Allison, live in Lower Towamensing Township, where he is one of the three township supervisors.
“East Allen is bigger than Lower Towamen- sing, but the two townships have similar demographics and a strong desire to maintain their rural character,” he said.
Green has been a township supervisor since 2012 and was the youngest supervisor in the state when he was elected.
He is a Palmerton native. He was an Eagle Scout, and his community project improved the local playground.
He is a graduate of Kutztown University, where he majored in criminal justice with a minor in public administration.
“I was impressed with the staff and the people in East Allen. The farmlands and the township’s proactive stance to preserve its farmlands and rural character attracted me,” he said.
In Lower Towamensing, Green was active in parks and roads.
“I think the township has experienced road crews that we can be confident in. Bicentennial Park is a great community park, and the township is committed to improvements,” he said.
According to Green, roads and freight traffic are the township’s focus.
“We acknowledge that the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission is focused on growth north of Route 22 and around the airport,” he said. “It will impact the township. We must be able to coordinate all of this activity so that we can preserve the quality of life in the township.”
Parks are another focus.
“We are looking at improvements at Weaversville as soon as the funding is improved. The Jacksonville Road Park is close to the intersection with Route 329. It is a safety concern that we need to address. The plan is to have a new pavilion and move the parking lot so people are not backing up onto Jacksonville and children are away from the active roadway,” he said.
According to Green, the Northampton walking and biking trail adjacent to Jacksonville Road Park is being extended into Bath.
Green has experience working with zoning and land development. He is actively reviewing the township’s zoning ordinance.
“Growth is inevitable, but we must be able to allow for growth and still keep the character of the township,” he said.
Green believes zoning needs to bring the township a stable economy that generates a stable tax base.
Some of the projects on the horizon include a new public works building.
“We have a lot of expensive equipment that sits out in the weather because we have no place to shelter it,” he said.
Green wants to see growth north of Route 329 controlled.
“The infrastructure is not designed for heavy traffic,” he said.
There is a concern with the new law passed by the state legislature that will lift restrictions on Weaversville Road.
“We have restrictions in place, but residents have reported violations. We really don’t have the ability to actively monitor the traffic because we rely on the state police,” he said. “How we enforce restrictions is something we need to address.”
He endorses a multi-municipality speed study in and around Route 329.
“We have growth. The Toll Brothers project on Route 512 is a good project for the township,” Green said. “Change is good. We need to be smart about where and how we grow.”