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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

East Allen supervisors discuss Valley View Road bridge work

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

During the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Dec. 13, township Engineer James Milot reported the single-lane bridge on Valley View Road is scheduled for replacement.

The bridge is part of a unique T-style intersection where a portion of the road rises up a steep hill. The existing traffic pattern is a continuous flow of traffic up the hill. Milot explained there are other options, including a three-way stop and a traditional T-intersection. Supervisors elected to keep the existing traffic pattern.

A previous plan to have a joint meeting with supervisors from East Allen and Allen townships is being reconsidered. The objective of the meeting was to agree on an intermunicipal agreement for the Seemsville Road relocation project. Scheduling conflicts have delayed the meeting.

Solicitor Joseph Piperato suggested the meeting may not be necessary. His counterpart in Allen Township, Lincoln Treadwell, agreed the boards may be able to agree on the details of the relocation plan without a meeting. Piperato emphasized that his discussions with Allen Township included indemnifying East Allen from any problems or maintenance on the project.

“We do not want an indemnification from a private developer. We need an indemnification from Allen Township or the school board,” Piperato said.

Chairman Roger Unangst voiced the concerns of East Allen residents who complained about the proposed truck traffic increase to developer David Jaindl. However, it was reported the meeting is unlikely to change the traffic flow from the project.

As part of the township’s preparation for the 2019 fiscal year, supervisors approved a host of fees and compensation rules. The schedules are in keeping with the approved 2019 budget.

Toll Brothers notified the township of its activities along Route 512. The company is preparing the site for its AQC subdivision. The site is cleared, and the company will be installing utilities. There will be some blasting necessary.

Northampton County asked the township to host a paper-shredding event. Township Manager Brent Green suggested the only viable location is near Bicentennial Park. Supervisor Donald Heiney suggested the First Regional Compost Authority is better equipped to handle the event. He reported that, when approached, FRCA had little interest in the matter. Green will report back to the county.

In a related matter, FRCA is considering a limit on grass clippings.

“They really don’t belong in a mulch mix. It is better if they are allowed to stay on the lawn and fertilize the grass,” Heiney said.

Restrictions may be implemented early next year.

The annual reorganization meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 7, 2019. The meeting will be followed by a short workshop session. The next regularly scheduled meeting for East Allen Township Board of Supervisors is Jan. 24, 2019.