The former state hospital on Weaversville Road, near the back entrance of East Allen Township’s Bicentennial Park, is being demolished.
The old institution with a gloomy history was ceded to the township and will now be a part of the park.
The township is also working to remove the stone farmhouse located on the property. The floors in the stone building are rotted. Officials are concerned someone might break in and fall through the floor.
The owner and founder of Longevity Coatings, Mark Purington, came to East Allen Township last year with a request to expand his commercial facility at 6047 Adams Lane. Two issues arose.
The first was that the expansion would increase impervious coverage beyond the limits of the zoning ordinance. The second regarded an alternate location for the septic system, following new Department of Environmental Protection regulations.
Allen Township Fire Company was the venue for a Jan. 27 legal hearing by Rock Lehigh Valley, a subsidiary of the Rockefeller Group, in its appeal of a zoning decision for East Allen Township property zoned agricultural near the FedEx Ground warehouse.
East Allen Township Board of Supervisors rejected an application for a warehouse in 2018 after an extensive public hearing. The warehouse would require the township to change zoning on a parcel that borders Weaversville Road.
Allen Township Manager Ilene Eckhart discussed the township’s pension plan at the board of supervisors regular meeting Jan. 28.
The pension is in an acceptable financial position. Calculations to determine the viability of the fund are based on an 8-percent investment return.
East Allen Township Board of Supervisors’ Jan. 23 meeting agenda had a one-line entry labeled Conditional Use Hearing #19-17002. The time required for this single agenda item forced the meeting to carry over to a Feb. 27 meeting at the township office.
SVN Imperial Realty has been part of the Skeans family for decades, and the property at the corner of Airport Road and Route 329 was one of its earlier developments. Attorney Mark Kaplan represented the company at the hearing.
With the election of a new member of council, East Allen Township held its reorganization meeting Jan. 6.
Christopher Cruz is the newly elected member of the board of supervisors. Mark Schwartz was re-elected to the board.
Once the new members were sworn in, the board voted to retain most of the existing team.
Roger Unangst was elected as chairman, and Mark Schwartz was elected as vice chairman. Rose Wedde will continue as treasurer, and Brent Green will remain township manager.
Joseph Confer, a sophomore at Northampton Area High School and a member of the Young Politicians Club, pulled off a few political tricks of his own. Based on his written request, state Rep. Marcia Hahn, R-138th, showed up for his meeting Dec. 13, 2019, even though no one in the audience is old enough to vote.
Hahn scratched the surface on how the legislative branch of the state works. She gave the highly interested students a glimpse of her trajectory in politics, starting with her initial work for various state representatives and culminating with her victory as a candidate.
Michaelina Mezzina organized a hometown Christmas party Dec. 20 for the residents of Hampton House, 1802 Lincoln Ave., Northampton.
“We have a hundred residents here [who] are elderly and look forward celebrating Christmas,” she said.
And celebrate they did. Mezzina, the building’s property manager, brought in a band and had Santa Claus passing out gifts.
Keystone Cement sent its management team to East Allen Township Dec. 19 to explain plans for expanding the local quarry.
The company applied for a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection for the expansion, but the wordy and long permit was possibly subjected to a series of misinterpretations. Keystone wanted to set the record straight and to clarify the program and its commitment to the local community.
Stuart Guinther, the plant manager, introduced his team. The lead geologist, Matthew Weikel, is an independent consultant with EarthRes.
Allen Township supervisors appointed Gerald Montanari Sr. to fill a vacant position on the board during the Nov. 26 meeting. He will fill the vacancy until Jan. 1, 2022.
Montanari is a lifelong resident of the township. He and his son have been active in the township and have served the community well in numerous volunteer activities.
Supervisors voted to adopt the township budget for 2020. The details will soon be released to the public.