East Allen Township’s newly appointed manager, Brent Green, took time from his busy schedule to meet with The Press.
Green and his wife, Allison, live in Lower Towamensing Township, where he is one of the three township supervisors.
“East Allen is bigger than Lower Towamen- sing, but the two townships have similar demographics and a strong desire to maintain their rural character,” he said.
Green has been a township supervisor since 2012 and was the youngest supervisor in the state when he was elected.
With the area’s concern about truck traffic, Allen Township resident Rick Novak asked supervisors for clarification on a recent state bill at the board meeting April 24. Chairman Larry Oberly gave the latest interpretation.
“The bill will probably pass because there is virtually no opposition,” he said.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting April 26, two road projects, Debra Court and Monocacy Drive, were reviewed.
During previous meetings, the Monocacy Drive project was determined to need a complete rebuild. There are not enough funds for a complete project in 2018, so the task is divided into two phases.
“We need to get the stormwater systems in on the lower half of the road first,” township Engineer James Milot said.
At East Allen Township’s meeting April 11, Solicitor Joseph Piperato announced that the local judge has ruled against the township in its effort to force compliance with an existing zoning regulation.
For the approved warehouse at the corner of Airport Road and Route 329, the developer argued before the zoning hearing board that the generally accepted height for modern warehouse operations is 48 feet. The zoning hearing board agreed with the developer and issued a variance.
On April 13, Northampton Area Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation held a banquet to honor distinguished Northampton High School alumni at Woodstone Country Club and Lodge, Danielsville. Claudia Shulman, a member of the board of directors, was the emcee for the event.
“The [foundation] was founded in 2009 to raise funds to promote and enhance the education experience by providing extended learning opportunities,” she said.
Blaine Phillips, who owns the pet supply outlet on the corner of Silver Crest Road and Route 512, asked township officials for some assistance during the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting March 14.
The three issues that were at the top of the list included stormwater, sewer extension and easements.
Chairman Larry Oberly opened the March 27 Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting by reiterating the township’s policy to have public participation before and after the meeting.
“We do need to get the township’s business done,” he said. “We want to minimize interruptions during the meeting.”
With a series of resolutions at its March 22 meeting, the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors passed responsibilities to the new township manager, Brent Green. Longtime Manager Deborah Seiple will officially retire at the end of the month.
Included as part of the change, the township established two separate classes of employees. Township personnel elected to be represented by a union.
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.