Northampton Press

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Allen releases open space plan

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Twp. manager: Creating Connections’ goal is to create recreation pods

Township Manager Ilene Eckhart introduced Allen Township’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan to the board of supervisors at its regular meeting Sept. 25.

The plan, dubbed Creating Connections, covers the next decade of quality-of-life development. Although the plan is not binding, it does outline where future development is contemplated. The open space plan will be incorporated into the township’s recently released comprehensive plan. The plan has been in development for more than two years under Eckhart’s direction.

“The goal is to get an inventory of the properties and create recreation pods that can be interconnected,” she said.

Supervisors voted to release truck restrictions on Willowbrook Road from the Hanover Township line to Radar Drive. The release was expected as FedEx Ground began its extended buildup to full capacity. Some residents reported truck traffic north of Radar Drive as trucks passed over the weight-restricted bridge near Bullshead Road. The bridge is scheduled to be upgraded, but that project is two years into the future.

The recently renovated Kopper Penny intersection brought comments. More construction is in the offing with expanded right and left turning lanes. Some of those enhancements are under construction.

The standing complaint is that the light at Weaversville Road is too short. Without a formal study, a visual approach indicates equal traffic backup on Weaversville Road and Route 329.

Supervisors Gary Behler and Dale Hassler said the light for Weaversville Road is approximately 11 seconds long.

“Only about three or four cars can get through the light,” Hassler said.

According to township Engineer Robert Cox, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has control over how the lights are timed. Adjustments can be made, but any changes require details on traffic at the intersection.

Cox said he will work with PennDOT to get a more equitable distribution.

Homeowners on Graystone Circle are said to be violating a stormwater detention plan that was updated during the build-out for the development. Originally, there was no provision for stormwater detention, but that changed when new regulations came into effect.

According to Solicitor Lincoln Treadwell, the stormwater restrictions are part of homeowners’ deeds. There are sheds and ancillary structures in the stormwater control basin. Behler suggested homeowners did not understand the details on how their property changed when the stormwater restrictions were applied. Northampton County Conservation District representatives are coming out for a look. Further development in the follow-on phases could address some of the stormwater concerns. Future plans need to be resubmitted for the next phases and will include renewals of permits.

Supervisors announced the Allen Township Planning Commission will review updated plans for Jaindl’s warehouse project along Seemsville Road. The meeting will be 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Allen Township Fire Company, 3530 Howertown Road.

Supervisors announced they rejected all of the bids for the township’s salt shed. They were well outside the budget. Cox will submit new bids with less restrictions.

“We had a tight time window, and most of the contractors were not interested in working on a project like this over the winter,” he said.

Cox said he will look at other aspects of the project to engineer the design to something that will fall within the township’s budget.