The focus of East Allen Township’s workshop meeting April 10 was to hear a conditional use application from Imperial Realty Property Group. The applicant delayed the hearing and asked for it to be rescheduled.
Conditional use hearings are handled at workshop sessions. The hearing was rescheduled for May 8.
Imperial Realty has a commercial development on the southwest corner of the intersection of Route 329 and Airport Road. The location is across from the new warehouse development under construction by Vertec.
East Allen Township Fire Chief Barry Frantz took the podium March 28 to acknowledge AJ Quiteles and Jason Hadinger for their performance above the call of duty. The two firefighters were awarded the Medal of Valor for their efforts in battling a house fire Jan. 1.
Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish has released official information on a March 31 domestic assault case in the borough.
In his report, Kish said police were called around 10 a.m. to 141 Railroad St., near the intersection with Mulberry Street, for a reported assault.
Myrelis Leon-Santiago had allegedly been severely beaten by her companion, James Connelly, Kish said. Officers responded to the report and called an ambulance, which transported her to St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill, where she underwent multiple rounds of surgery.
Robert Toedter, of RT Consulting, discussed changes taking place at the Keystone Cement plant during the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting March 13.
As Toedter explained, Keystone has an option to fire its plant using natural gas rather than coal.
“All of our coal is brought in by truck. By choosing this option, we remove 3,000 trucks — that’s 6,000 trips per year,” he said. “It will reduce emissions in the area.”
The plant burns 60,000 tons of coal a year.
A former Allentown schoolteacher was killed March 11 in a two-vehicle crash in East Allen Township.
Kathryn Anne Flom, 67, died at the scene from multiple blunt force injuries, according to Northampton County Coroner Zachery Lysek.
While making a turn from Jade Lane onto Airport Road, Flom’s vehicle was struck by a tri-axle dump truck, driven by David Borger, of Kunkletown, Monroe County, who was traveling north on Airport Road, according to police. Jade Lane is an access road to the Victoria Square housing development.
The crash occurred just after 2 p.m.
During its regular meeting Feb. 28, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors received a request for a zoning change from PDW Properties LLP for the Lucky Strokes Golf and Grill facility on Airport Road.
The property owner presented an earlier proposal for an office building at the location, but that project was rejected. Under the township’s zoning procedure, an applicant presents the concept to the board. The board then considers if the requested change warrants a zoning hearing.
At the Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Feb. 26, the board approved the JW Partners warehouse project that has been under consideration for the past 26 months.
The arguments presented by residents were not markedly different from those presented at prior meetings.
The zoning change completed well before this board considered the project and the Northampton Area School District Board of Education’s decision to give land to the project contributed to the decision for this development project.
Joshua Smith, with Hanover Engineering, presented a look at the township’s MS4 plan during the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Feb. 13.
MS4 — Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System — is a statewide program to control stormwater runoff and pollution in streams.
The project classifies areas using a moniker for Hydraulic Unit Codes. The series 12 codes are for local areas that identify tributary systems. All the areas in East Allen Township are HUC-12 areas.
The highlight of the Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Feb. 14 was a presentation by JW Development for six warehouses along Seemsville Road. The snow emergency-delayed meeting was the final tweaking in a proposal that has stretched across 26 months and incorporated many of the changes requested by residents of the Seemsville Road area.
Allen Township opened bids for a three-year trash hauling contract at its meeting Jan. 22.
The township asked haulers to bid on a fully automated system and a manual system. The automated system allows the hauler to minimize its work force, which should result in lower costs.
There are a couple of downsides to the automated system. One is that all the garbage bins need to be the same size. The additional cost is $200,000, although grants are available to cover that. The other problem is that containers need to be placed at the end of the driveway.