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Pennsylvania Venture Capital is proposing to repurpose the Timberline Inn for use as a used car lot.PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMIL Pennsylvania Venture Capital is proposing to repurpose the Timberline Inn for use as a used car lot.PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMIL

E. Allen reorganizes, renews agreements

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At East Allen Township’s reorganization meeting Jan. 7, supervisors elected to keep assignments for township supervisors and personnel unchanged from 2018. Roger Unangst remains chairman of the board of supervisors, and Mark Schwartz continues as vice chairman.

The township staff is managed by Rose Wedde, the secretary/treasurer.

The tax collector is Joy Hemming. The tax rate remains at 6.5 mills. There is a $30 annual fire hydrant tax.

Township engineering services are provided by Hanover Engineering. The township renewed its relationship with Codemasters to handle inspection services.

In other action, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission gave the township a heads-up to request funding for the Jacksonville Road bridge under the state Transportation Improvement Program. The bridge was under county control for several years before transferring to the township. Previous applications to TIP for grant funding to replace the bridge were denied. There is no assurance that funding will be granted, but the application will be reviewed again.

The agenda called for a review of the Seemsville Road grading plan submitted by David Jaindl and his development partners. Township Manager James Milot presented a list of recommended changes and enhanced details. The board took no action and is expected to make a decision at a future meeting.

Part of the development plans for Jaindl’s proposed warehouses along Seemsville Road included an 8-inch waterline to serve residents on Mud Lane and East Allen Gardens. One request is to increase the size of the line to 12-inches to better accommodate potential fire fighting capabilities.

In other business, supervisors heard a proposal by Pennsylvania Venture Capital, a development firm owned by Abe Atyieh, to transform the Timberline Inn, on Route 512, from a banquet hall to a used car lot. The inn has been vacant for nearly a decade. The original owners lived on the premises but have been unable to sell the property.

The change of use must go before the zoning hearing board, which was expected to meet Jan. 15. The developer must prove the proposed use does not negatively impact the area and represents an improvement.