At Allen Township’s reorganization meeting Jan. 7, most of the personnel presently on staff will remain in the same positions during 2019.
Larry Oberly remains chairman of the board of supervisors, and Dale Hassler continues as vice chairman. There were no other nominations for these two positions.
Ilene Eckhart continues as township manager.
David Jaindl’s warehouse project along Seemsville Road received one of two approvals needed from East Allen Township at the supervisors meeting Jan. 24.
Although the warehouse project is in Allen Township, improvements to Seemsville Road and the Kopper Penny intersection are needed to accommodate the projected increase in traffic. Employees will enter the compound from Howertown Road. Trucks will go down Seemsville Road.
Luz Diaz is a Colombian national who legally immigrated to the United States decades ago. Her daughter is a U.S. citizen. Her husband accompanied her but eventually returned to Colombia. Diaz lived modestly in various rental apartments, including a basement unit in the coal region with moldy walls and limited egress.
East Allen Township redesigned its website; now it looks like all the other municipality websites. Who knew East Allen Township only had four pictures? There is a need to make the website look East Allen-ish.
Here’s an idea — have a contest for residents to send in pictures! Township Manager Brent Green is taking credit for the idea, but there is some suspicion that others may be involved.
The idea is to have pictures that not only depict the beauty of the township, but change with the seasons.
People pictures — good.
Backyard views — good.
During the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Dec. 13, township Engineer James Milot reported the single-lane bridge on Valley View Road is scheduled for replacement.
The bridge is part of a unique T-style intersection where a portion of the road rises up a steep hill. The existing traffic pattern is a continuous flow of traffic up the hill. Milot explained there are other options, including a three-way stop and a traditional T-intersection. Supervisors elected to keep the existing traffic pattern.
At East Allen Township Board of Supervisors’ meeting Dec. 13, developers provided a glimpse of a proposed residential development, Sunny Slope Crossings. The meeting was designed to gauge reaction to anticipated waivers contemplated for residential development on open land at Dogwood Road and Hanover Street.
David Jaindl’s team presented a detailed plan to East Allen Township Board of Supervisors Dec. 12 for relocating Seemsville Road to accommodate new warehousing operations.
The controversial development has a group of small warehouses located near Seemsville Road. Early on in the project, it was determined Seemsville Road would need to be relocated in order to accommodate the increased traffic and allow improved access to Route 329. The new Seemsville Road will be on property owned by Northampton Area School District but located in East Allen Township.
When Mark Reccek was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, he began his treatment in the oncology department at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. The Marine was a fighter and wrote regularly for The Press newspapers.
While he was undergoing treatment, he was being cared for by his sister, Donna Kukor, of Bath. During his stints in the hospital, Reccek continued to write columns on the experiences he had during his treatment.
At the board of supervisors meeting Nov. 27, Allen Township officials announced they received a revised land plan from JW Development Partners for a warehouse development along Seemsville Road. The developer asked for an extension until Jan. 23, 2019, to allow time for review.
The request was granted, with one objection from Bruce Frack.
The details of the plan will be reviewed at the planning commission meeting, scheduled for Dec. 17 at the Allen Township Fire Department, 3530 Howertown Road.
At their regular meeting Nov. 19, Allen Township Planning Commission members reviewed and approved changes to the township’s zoning map. The latest map is the culmination of nearly two years of effort by the commission and township Manager Ilene Eckhart.
Commissioners reviewed the plan at previous meetings and adjusted specific details. Approval was expected. The plan will be forwarded to Allen Township Board of Supervisors and is expected to be reviewed at its December meeting.