Northampton Press

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

East Allen board decides against funding waterline extension

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

East Allen Township Board of Supervisors discussed the cost of an extension of a waterline to East Allen Gardens during its meeting April 25 and ultimately decided against funding the project.

As part of the Jaindl warehouse development along Seemsville Road, the developer proposed extending the public waterline approximately 5,000 feet to serve Mud Lane residents. The waterline extension is part of the conditions established for the development. The idea was to extend public water to East Allen Gardens. Bethlehem Water Authority indicated it was willing to extend service to the development and asked for a contribution from the two townships of $150,000. East Allen Gardens has residential homes in East Allen and Allen townships.

The consensus was the board is not willing to give money over to the authority.

“We got out of the water business and turned it over to [Bethlehem Water Authority] to expand public water service in the township,” Supervisor Mark Schwartz said.

Allen Township meets later in the month with a similar issue on the agenda.

With the developer extending the line 5,000 feet as part of the development costs, the authority has a big jump on the infrastructure costs needed to serve the additional customers in East Allen Gardens.

In other business, township Engineer James Milot reported he asked for crash data on the intersection of Jade Lane and Airport Road. The intersection was the scene of a fatal crash March 11. Supervisors asked for the information to evaluate how prevalent speed factors into accidents in the area.

Township Manager Brent Green reported the township will seek grants for improvements to Jacksonville and Bicentennial parks.

“We are looking to expand parking at Jacksonville Park and relocate the facilities. The grant for Bicentennial Park is for passive recreation in the newly acquired tracts,” he said.

Both grants require local contribution.

The fire department held an egg hunt April 20. It was noted that while the attendees had a great time, the egg hunt attendance has dropped off. Chairman Roger Unangst commented part of the reason is the number of competing egg hunts.

“We used to have one of the few egg hunts; now, there seems to be more egg hunts in every municipality,” he said.

The fire department plans to have an egg hunt next year.

Supervisors discussed the problem with the old state building on Weaversville Road. There are break-ins almost daily. The last bid to have all the buildings removed was about $500,000. The township has $200,000 budgeted.

Supervisors asked Milot to prepare bidding documents to allow selected demolition of the buildings. They also asked the township manager to see what grant funds are available to assist in the effort.