Allen Township Planning Commission had only one item on the agenda for its meeting March 19. With Jaindl-Watson projects on the back burner for a while, Chairman Eugene Clater focused on zoning and the township’s ordinances.
“We want to focus on zoning and how our zoning ordinances align with the comprehensive plan,” he said in his opening remarks. “I don’t expect that we get this resolved tonight, and it may take a few months.”
Every year, the residents at Renaissance Home on Washington Street in Northampton have a Valentine’s Day celebration.
“The staff gets together and elects the king and queen for the event,” said Gloria Gontkosky, the care center’s director.
The duo is paraded into the dining room and has a separate table set up with gifts and some unique treats.
“It’s always a grand event, and everyone here gets a kick out of it,” she said.
Renaissance has an active social program.
The first significant item to pop up on East Allen Township’s agenda Feb. 22 was a minor subdivision for private residential land. The Barthol subdivision proposes to carve out one acre from the eight-acre site for a family property. The board of supervisors asked for several conditions, one of which was relocating a driveway to provide better access to the property.
Supervisors gave their unanimous approval.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors discussed improvements to the intersection at Route 329 and Howertown Road during its meeting Feb. 27.
Concerned parties gathered at the Allen Township Fire Department’s social hall to voice their displeasure over warehouses proposed by Jaindl-Watson Land Company. The driving concern (pun intended) was increased traffic from trucks from a new proposed warehouse development.
Rick Daugherty opened his Congressional campaign Feb. 23 with a gathering of supporters at Pie’s On Pizzeria in Catasauqua.
Daugherty is no stranger to the area. He lived in Catasauqua and graduated from Catasauqua High School in 1978. Daugherty was chairman of the Lehigh County Democratic Committee from 2006 to 2010. He was a district administrator for Congressman Paul McHale in 1994 and 1995. He ran for office twice against Charlie Dent.
Daugherty is seeking election to what is proposed as the 7th Congressional District.
At East Allen Township’s regular meeting Feb. 22, residents took to the microphone to comment about the proposed Jaindl warehouse project along Seemsville Road. The project was presented to Northampton Area School District and included relocating portions of Seemsville Road.
Robert Bysher explained his frustrations with the location of the warehouses and the impact on the community.
Jaindl-Watson Land Company came before the Allen Township Board of Supervisors Feb. 27 to discuss details on its warehouse proposal. They ran into a buzz saw from the hundred or so interested parties that are opposed to more warehouses in the area.
Solicitor B. Lincoln Treadwell explained the process.
Before the public comment part of the meeting, Treadwell explained to the audience that the land is zoned for this use.
Jason Smith and Pam Kemecsy, of Hanover Engineering, presented an overview of Pennsylvania’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program at East Allen Township’s meeting Feb. 14. The standard DEP presentation for MS4 lasts around four hours; Smith highlighted everything effectively in 12 minutes.
At its regular meeting Feb. 14, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors listened to options for rebuilding Monocacy Drive. The residential road is reportedly in poor shape. With a couple of supervisors within eyesight of the road, it is getting scrutiny.
The challenge outlined by township Engineer James Milot is that the substructure is in bad shape.
“We could mill the existing surface and pave over the road to make it nice and smooth, but we can’t predict when it will need to be reworked,” he said. “The other option is to rebuild the subsurface and then pave the road.”
On Feb. 6, Pauline (Pidstawski) Takacs took a breather from her stay at the Renaissance Assisted Living facility in Northampton to celebrate her 100th birthday, surrounded by family and friends.
Takacs is a lifelong resident of Northampton and the oldest resident at the assisted living center, 1001 Washington Ave. Her parents, Harry and Anna Pidstawski, emigrated from the Ukraine in 1911. Pauline is one of seven children.