Northampton Press

Friday, November 15, 2019

Allen supervisors OK Oak Lane water line upgrade

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Fire chief says pressure affects firefighting equipment; work set for March

At the Allen Township Board of Supervisors’ regular meeting Sept. 24, supervisors approved moving forward with plans to upgrade Bethlehem Water Authority lines to improve water pressure for residents at the top of the hill on Oak Lane and residences in Drexel Heights.

According to Dale Hassler, township supervisor and fire chief, water pressure at the top of Oak Lane is lower than he would like.

“It is not a major problem for homeowners because they don’t have high pressure requirements, but it does affect the firefighting apparatus,” he said.

The new lines will traverse the baseball fields and go under Weaversville Road. Design and planning will be done during the winter with construction expected to begin in March.

The township thrilled historical groups with its projected plantings near the covered bridge.

The meadow plantings will be seeded before winter and supported with a special nutritional soil. Herbicide, if needed, will be applied in the spring.

In other news, the township is looking into options for curbside collection of yard waste. Several options exist, including keeping the existing system, implementing a limited pickup or adding a weekly pickup.

Township Manager Ilene Eckhart will compile pricing and present costs at an upcoming meeting.

Hassler asked supervisors to review the fire lane at the Rockefeller Group warehouse on lot 4. The lane is built to the approved print and wraps around the building, but along the back of the building, the lane is gravel. The rear of the building has all the access doors for water lines. Hassler asked that it be paved.

“We are new to this warehouse business, and this is something that was overlooked,” he said.

The other warehouses have paved fire lanes.

Township Engineer Robert Cox will contact Rockefeller to negotiate a solution. New warehouses along Route 329 at Liberty Center have paved fire lanes.

Solicitor Lincoln Treadwell asked that paved fire lanes be included as a requirement in the township’s subdivision and land development ordinance.