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Allen receives revised Jaindl plan

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Developer’s proposal details to be reviewed at Dec. 17 planners meeting

At the board of supervisors meeting Nov. 27, Allen Township officials announced they received a revised land plan from JW Development Partners for a warehouse development along Seemsville Road. The developer asked for an extension until Jan. 23, 2019, to allow time for review.

The request was granted, with one objection from Bruce Frack.

The details of the plan will be reviewed at the planning commission meeting, scheduled for Dec. 17 at the Allen Township Fire Department, 3530 Howertown Road.

Planning commission members had expressed some reservations at their last meeting that the revised plan could be approved by the proposed extension date. They are expected to forward the plan to the supervisors at the Dec- ember meeting.

However, there is still a proposed, yet unscheduled, meeting with East Allen Township to be held sometime in January 2019. East Allen is involved because changes to the location of Seemsville Road and stormwater detention involve East Allen Township.

In other business, Allen Township is bidding its waste disposal contract with a start date of January 2019. Contractors are looking to have the township zoned, which means disposal pickups in the various zones would be on different days than the existing standard. Supervisors are willing to look at a zoned plan if it could lower costs.

There is concern that changing the date might cause confusion, but there would be an intensive promotional campaign before implementing changes. Chairman Larry Oberly asked that the zones make sense geographically.

“We don’t want something where one street has collection on one day and a nearby street has a different day,” he said.

Haulers are looking for an option to start pickups 6 a.m. The township has an ordinance that restricts starting time to 7 a.m. It is recognized that the start time is not enforced.

The Kreidersville Land Company is offering 14.4 acres of land to the township for no compensation. The land is along Hokendauqua Creek near the covered bridge. Oberly asked for an appraisal conducted by a certified municipal appraiser. The estimated cost from Solicitor Lincoln Treadwell is $2,500.

The land is not accessible. According to Supervisor Dale Hassler, the township would need to acquire easements or build a pedestrian bridge across the creek to gain access.

Supervisor Gary Beh- ler wanted the developer to assume the cost of the appraisal, but Oberly opined that the developer would most likely decline to make that a condition of the sale.

There was some discussion if an appraisal was necessary, but Oberly indicated there were past legal ramifications when gifted land was not properly appraised. The motion was tabled to be reviewed at the next supervisors meeting.

The Northampton Borough Municipal Authority notified the township that rates will increase from $3 to $3.25. Allen Township has two municipal systems servicing the township. The other is Bethlehem Authority. Allen Township’s sewer rates are based on water rates. The sewer rate is 115 percent of the water rate and will increase correspondingly.

There is some resident confusion with the adjustment factor for sewer billing because NBMA bills in cubic feet and Bethlehem bills in gallons. There are 7.48 gallons of water in a cubic foot. Sewer usage is billed in gallons.