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.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors’ regular meeting Sept. 26, resident Tom Miller updated the board on his discussion with Keystone Cement and its permit application.
Keystone has a permit application to increase the size of its mining operation, which will impact residents in the area. Miller has a private water system serving a manufactured home community, prompting his concerns about potential disruptions in the aquifer that serves the township.
A four-car pileup occurred approximately 11 a.m. Sept. 21 near the entrance to the Airport Center strip mall on Airport Road, Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
One driver and three passengers, two of whom are juveniles, were reported to have injuries and were transported to local hospitals by Northampton Regional EMS and Cetronia Ambulance Corps.
Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, and Han-Le-Co Volunteer Fire Department were quickly on the scene.
The investigation is continuing.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Sept. 12, a local resident brought up concerns about a permit request by Keystone Cement from the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Keystone is requesting it be allowed to expand and to dig deeper into its quarry. Expanding the quarry is going to take additional water. According to the permit, Keystone withdraws 7 million gallons a day (MGD) for its operations. The existing permit allows the company to withdraw up to 12 MGD. The new permit would increase the withdrawal to 16.5 MGD.
At the Allen Township Board of Supervisors regular meeting Aug. 27, Supervisor Dale Hassler introduced a concern from First Regional Compost Authority that contractors doing yard cleanup in the township are dumping their waste at the township facility rather than taking it to the central processing center on Weaversville Road.
“It sounds like a bigger problem than it is,” Hassler claimed. “These are not landscaping contractors that are dumping yard waste at our facility.”
East Allen Township Board of Supervisors took a risk at its meeting Aug. 22 and backed joining a proposed regional comprehensive planning group that includes Hanover Township (Lehigh County) and North Catasauqua and Catasauqua boroughs. The River Central Comprehensive Plan would combine the municipalities and allow them to work together for future planning.
Most municipalities must follow the Municipal Planning Code set by the state. Under the MPC provisions, every conceivable business must have a defined location in a municipality.
With scheduled improvements at the intersection of Airport Road and Route 329, a state grant for traffic improvements became less critical. So at the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Aug. 22, township Engineer James Milot suggested the funds be shifted to the intersection of Hanoverville and Airport roads.
“We can better use the funds there to improve the intersection,” he said.
According to Milot, the problem at the slightly complex intersection is that the traffic control lights are supported by aluminum masts that are too short.
At the July 16 meeting of East Allen Township Zoning Hearing Board, PDW Properties was unsuccessful in its request for the board to consider redeveloping a property PDW owns along Airport Road. The property has a miniature golf course, a snack bar and a driving range as its tenants.
This stretch of Airport Road is booming with commercial development.
A large warehouse under construction by Vertek is at the intersection with Route 329. The warehouse is expected to cause such an influx of traffic that streets are being widened and intersections reworked.
East Allen Township Volunteer Fire Department and its mutual aid partners were called to a fire Aug. 19 at the central transportation hub off Chrisphalt Drive.
Officials would not comment on the cause of the fire, but it appears to have originated in a trailer transporting dry goods. The tight quarters called for a heightened response.
Original reports, later considered unfounded, indicated that chemicals were on fire and threatened to spread to other parked units. A similar fire occurred at the terminal a little over a year ago.
At Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors meeting Aug. 13, developer David Jaindl and his team received final approval for a six-warehouse configuration along a new stretch of Seemsville Road. Supervisor Dale Hassler cast the only negative vote.
“I think it is immoral that this development is going in,” he said.
Although none of the supervisors appeared pleased with the outcome, the proposed development was, in fact, allowed on the property. The township’s job was to make the project as pleasant as possible and to use the land as efficiently as possible.