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Jaindl granted extension for plan review

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

Joint Allen, E. Allen meeting proposed to discuss Seemsville Road move

At its regular meeting Oct. 23, the Allen Township Board of Supervisors received a request from JW (Jaindl-Watson) Development Partners to extend its plan review process until Dec. 31.

The request was granted, but another extension is anticipated. East Allen and Allen townships proposed a joint meeting on the project, with emphasis on the relocation of Seemsville Road. The earliest date everyone can get together is in January.

Supervisors anticipate the Jaindl-Watson partners would not file a revised plan until after the meeting with East Allen.

At the recommendation of Solicitor Lincoln Treadwell, the board approved an offer of dedication from Dale Miller, owner of Miller Supply Ace Hardware, Route 329. The offer reserves property to allow the northern expansion of Savage Road. As Treadwell hastened to add, the dedication of property does not mean Savage Road would be extended.

“The agreement has been in place for 20 years. The most recent agreement is an extension of agreements that exists between the property owner and the township,” he said.

Supervisor Gary Beh- ler indicated an extension might be a viable alternative when the Howertown Road bridge is replaced.

The board also approved a proposal from township Manager Ilene Eckhart to upgrade the existing phone system with a more technologically advanced Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking system. The new system uses the township’s existing Internet system and ties into Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) standards. The cost is $3,255.

With a waste disposal contract in the works for 2019, the township hired Cynthia Otis as a consultant to prepare and advise staff on the particulars of a new contract. Otis emphasized that costs in the trash business are increasing rapidly.

“Expect that the costs will be one-third more,” she said.

Part of the reason for increased costs is recycling. Trash haulers make little or no money on gathering recycled products, sorting and reintroducing them as raw materials. Otis explained that various recycling grants are available.

Otis indicated in her remarks the township may be mandated to recycle in the future. There is some question if this is an immediate or long-term requirement.

One way to keep costs down is to use automated pickups.

“Under the automated systems, a single driver operates the truck and a remote arm picks up the waste can and dumps it into the truck,” Otis said.

Under this system, the trash hauler provides trash containers so the remote arm always handles the same size container.

Recyclables are roughly sorted in the truck and then sorted again at a transfer station. Otis stressed flexibility is key to getting a lower price.

Supervisors were concerned about yard waste and grass cutting pickups. According to Otis, grass pickups are becoming out of date and are too difficult to add to the recycling stream. Yard waste and grass clippings are considered different disposable products, presenting their own unique challenges. Chairman Larry Oberly indicated the township is happy with the existing trash hauler.

The supervisors will meet in a special meeting Nov. 6 for a budget workshop. The next regular meeting is Nov. 13. The Allen Township Planning Committee meets Nov. 19, tentatively scheduled at the fire station, 3530 Howertown Road. There is some question the meeting could be postponed if JW Development Partners have nothing to present.