E. Allen engineer receives traffic analysis
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors regular meeting June 27, township Engineer James Milot reported he reviewed Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s traffic analysis for the intersection at Jade Lane and Dogwood Road along Airport Road. Supervisors asked for a review after a fatal accident earlier this year.
According to Milot, there was only one reportable accident over the past three years. The incident involved a motorcycle collision with a deer.
Supervisors received the draft of an intermunicipal agreement to develop a comprehensive plan that includes Catasauqua and North Catasauqua boroughs and Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
Although there was agreement among the supervisors that it was a good idea, the concern is that there is no benefit for East Allen Township at this time. The township recently completed its own comprehensive plan. The new plan has an estimated cost of $19,200. As Mark Schwartz opined at the last meeting, if there is any disagreement among the various municipalities, the intermunicipal agreement is void.
Township Manager Brent Green introduced agreements on the new Seemsville Road intersection. JW Development has approval for a warehouse project on property in Allen Township. The property could not be adequately served with the existing Seemsville Road.
Northampton Area School District agreed to sell a portion of its land to PennDOT to allow for better access to the warehouses and to a safer intersection at Route 329. The land ceded by the school district is in East Allen Township. By agreement between the municipalities and the school district, costs for stormwater and traffic signal maintenance will be the responsibility of the school district or the developer.
Supervisors expressed interest in state legislation Act 172. The new law would allow volunteers to reduce their taxes by 20 percent for their volunteer activities. The dollar value is not significant but does acknowledge volunteers who spend time serving the community.
Chuck Frantz and Lauren Lalik updated supervisors on the status of the township’s summer day camp. Being two weeks into the program, campers picked strawberries, heard from the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society, had a visit from Wildlands Conservancy’s animals and donated to a local food bank.
Green announced a new program for nuisance ordinance violations. Examples of the violations covered include high grass or weeds, cars under repair, etc. Residents would be served with citation notices and continued infractions would garner further citations and a trip the magistrate.
Zoning hearings for PDW Properties and Airport Road Partners LLC, part of Pennsylvania Venture Capital, were delayed until July 16. PDW Properties is asking to develop an apartment community behind an office complex on Airport Road. Parcels to be used for the apartment complex are zoned agricultural.
Airport Road Partners LLC is asking to put a convenience store that sells gasoline at its project on Airport Road. The convenience store layout would be similar to the convenience station on Route 512. Zoning does not permit gas stations in the zone.