Northampton Press

Friday, November 16, 2018

Rockefeller appeal falls silent in E. Allen

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Time expires for developer to respond after warehouse rejection appeal

At the Oct. 25 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Solicitor Joseph Piperato reported to council on the appeal of the township’s decision to reject warehouses along Weaversville Road.

East Allen Township had rejected a request from the Rockefeller Group to rezone a parcel of land zoned agricultural to commercial with the intent of adding warehousing. Rockefeller then appealed the decision, but the length of time required for a response has now expired.

“We have not received any new notices,” Piperato said.

It does not mean that Rockefeller cannot pursue other legal action, but there is nothing new on the horizon at present.

Township Manager Brent Green is reopening the township’s safety committee. The action is taken as a result of an insurance audit that recommended a higher commitment to worker safety. The reward is a potential decrease in insurance premiums.

Northampton and Lehigh counties are looking for public comment on a new initiative for walking and biking trails in the Valley. New trails have potential funding sources from the Transportation Improvement Program. East Allen is looking at extending trails into Hanover Township and making improvements to the existing Bath-Northampton trail. Green wants to see trails extended into northern sections of the township. The meeting is scheduled for 3-4 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third St., Bethlehem.

Allen Township supervisors requested the township increase the signage along Bullshead Road. The road is restricted, but trucks are using it as a shortcut. Allen Township will pay for the signs and the installation.

Supervisors adopted the hazard mitigation plan proposed by Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.

Bath Borough Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito gave a quick update on the borough’s good relationship with the state police. Bath had been affiliated with Colonial Regional Police Department but dropped out. The state police are the law enforcement in the borough.

She did invite East Allen residents to the new neighborhood watch group’s initial meeting Nov. 13 at the Bath Borough Municipal Building, 121 S. Walnut St.

Vertek, the developer of a warehouse at the corner of Airport Road and Route 329, asked for a yearlong extension before submitting final review plans. Residents passing the site will notice that some construction activity is taking place. The board gave the contractor a go-ahead for site work. The extension is necessary as the developer works to get approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the substantial roadwork required at the intersection. Attorney James Preston, representing the developer, indicated an agreement could be reached early in 2019, but the year extension would give latitude in case problems developed.

Supervisors received an updated copy of the latest version of the 2019 budget and found the adjustments for 2019 to be acceptable. It is expected to be approved.