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.
Every year, the U.S. Navy celebrates the Battle of Midway, an air and sea battle in the World War II Pacific Theater that changed the tide of battle.
One of the last known survivors of the battle is Hank Kudzik, an Allen Township resident and a submariner aboard the USS Nautilus during the battle.
Celebrations of this significant battle are enjoyed around the country June 4, and Kudzik gets a free ride to celebrations in Washington, D.C., as the Navy’s honored guest.
Kudzik is now 94 and joined the Navy when he was 17.
Keystone Cement Company agreed to meet with East Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors Dec. 18. The meeting’s intent is to clarify the company’s plans for its operations.
The company was recently purchased by Giant Cement Company and applied for a Department of Environmental Protection permit to continue local operations. Both areas were concerns for local residents.
Developer David Jaindl, at the Nov. 13 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting, asked for time to address his approved development along Seemsville Road.
A concern voiced by both East Allen and Allen townships is the expected increase in traffic along Route 329. The highway is already busy. Although the Kopper Penny intersection has been improved, the concern about traffic congestion still exists.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors Nov. 13 meeting, township Manager Brent Green announced Keystone Cement Company representatives would appear before the board Dec. 18 to discuss its permit for expansion of the facility.
Keystone Cement has met with several residents individually, but the state Department of Environmental Protection, the board of supervisors and some residents asked for clarification on the provisions of the expansion permit. The DEP and the board have indicated they are against the expansion.