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Allen Township firefighters begin annual fundraising efforts

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At the Allen Township Board of Supervisors regular meeting Aug. 28, the board noted the volunteer fire department had planned to send its annual fundraising letters to residents during the first week of September.

A copy of the letter is on the website as well. Residents are cautioned to be aware of fraudulent mailings that have the name of the local fire company with an out-of-state address. The township’s website adds a caution that the volunteer fire department does not solicit funds via phone calls.

In other business, the township opened the bridge west of the Kopper Penny intersection on Route 329. The bridge was completed on schedule and is part of a multifaceted program to improve traffic at the intersection.

As some residents indicated in prior meetings, the improvements made to date were needed even if additional truck traffic from the proposed warehouses was not anticipated. Additional improvements are in the offing. These enhancements were outlined in a public presentation a few months ago.

Residents of the Drexel development along Debbie Road and Short Lane are anxious to have speed-control devices removed from their neighborhood roads. The township is taking measures to remove the speed bumps as soon as practical. Debbie Road provides residents with local access to parts of the Lehigh Valley.

In a related matter, supervisors granted JW Development (formerly Jaindl-Watson) a 90-day extension on its plan for warehouses along Seemsville Road. The Allen Township Planning Commission reviewed the plan and made several changes in July. The developer agreed to the changes and is refining the plan.

The proposed plan consists of six warehouses totaling 2.5 million square feet. The plan would shift Seemsville Road to the east to improve the flow of truck traffic from the development. The Seemsville intersection at Route 329 is to be signalized.

Details associated with the existing Seemsville Road are still fluid. The east portion of the road is in East Allen Township, which complicates matters. The existing road will be closed at Route 329. Options are under consideration on how to connect traffic from the existing Seemsville to the new Seemsville Road.

In other action, supervisors agreed to eliminate conflicting weight signage on Willowbrook Road.

Enhancements to Willowbrook Road increased weight limits. Set-up crews are entering the FedEx Ground facility, although no delivery vans were noted at the docks.