Northampton Press

Thursday, October 18, 2018

E. Allen board hears issue on Monocacy Drive work

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

Residents say improvements have created gap between driveways, road

Kristen Wenrich took the podium at East Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors meeting Sept. 27 to address a concern about improvements made on Monocacy Drive.

“There is a large gap between the driveway and the road,” she said.

Township Engineer James Milot explained the road was designed with a 1-1/2-inch difference to allow for stormwater runoff and for resurfacing in the future.

According to Wenrich, neither she nor her neighbors are happy with the design. Township Manager Brent Green indicated he has also received calls of concern about the design. Milot said he will check to see if the height differential exceeds 1-1/2 inches.

“The difference should not cause a problem entering or leaving the driveway,” he said.

Wenrich disagreed.

According to Milot, part of the problem is that the original curb was not designed with smooth curb cuts. Most driveway cuts were added after the original curb installation. The on-site contractor cut the road along the existing curb.

Driveways recently installed have a more pronounced height. Older driveways have variable depths. Most driveways have little slope. Under heavy rain conditions, water could enter yards. In winter, standing water may freeze.

Wenrich and her friend Lindsay DiGiacinto addressed council about changing trick-or-treat night.

“I have lived in East Allen all my life, and we always had it on Friday,” DiGiacinto said.

Supervisors want to keep the date as Oct. 31 because it has been published.

They asked that it be changed back to Friday next year.

Airport Road Lot 1 was the subject of a discussion. The township is offering to give up a portion of land it controls to allow access to the proposed warehouse site.

In doing a property analysis, there are a couple of 20-year-old mortgages recorded against the property that were never released. When a mortgage is satisfied (paid off), a letter is to be filed by the bank and recorded on the county records that the lien is no longer valid.

The warehouse project along Seemsville Road is moving along. The developer proposed a grading plan for the new location of Seemsville Road. There were questions on the plan and related details. The developer is scheduled to present a final plan to Allen Township Planning Commission Oct. 15. The meeting begins 7 p.m. at the Allen Township Fire Company, 3530 Howertown Road.