David Jaindl and his staff came to the Allen Township Planning Commission meeting June 18 with plan revisions for the Seemsville Road warehouse project and walked out with an endorsement from the panel. The number of changes made were significant and instrumental in gaining acceptance.
In his opening remarks, Jaindl made a point to explain that changes to the plan were a result of input received from surrounding property owners and the community at large.
Jonathon Kopishke, recently elected as captain of the East Allen Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Justine Huber, president, presented the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors with an update at its meeting June 13.
The ambulance corps has 32 operational members, with 15 considered active. The others fill in on occasion, as needed. There are four administrative staff, with two active. There are 11 paid members, with six running regularly.
At its May 21 meeting, Allen Township Planning Commission set about the task of getting the existing zoning map to work with the township’s comprehensive plan. There were a few relatively minor adjustments, but the main discussion centered on the Jaindl property, the site of the proposed warehouses along Seemsville Road.
The comprehensive plan calls for the land to be zoned rural, which would preclude warehouses. However, the existing Jaindl proposal would still be viable.
During their May 24 meeting, East Allen Township supervisors were asked to review a request from Frank Evans of Skoda Contracting to purchase a tree farm at 6699 Locust Road.
Skoda Contracting has a contract with UGI to replace gas lines, but the company does not have a place to store equipment. Evans is an amateur arborist and, according to his request, he would live on the property and carve out a couple of acres to park his company’s equipment. The township zoning officer told Evans to appear before the board.
Graduates of Northampton Area High School’s Class of 2018 paraded into Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, June 2 to the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the well-acclaimed high school orchestra under the direction of Ryan Mertz.
Northampton Area School District Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik delivered opening remarks and welcomed the graduates, as well as the attending members of the Class of 1968. This ceremonial tie to past graduates reiterates a theme echoed through all the speeches — as a graduate, you are always a Konkrete Kid.
Bath Farmers Market opened May 18 with a couple of new stands and return of perennial favorites.
Mark Haggerty, with his collection of kettle corn and specialty nuts, has been with the farmers market since it started.
“I’ve been successful at this spot, and we get a pretty good turnout,” he said.
His main store is the Popcorn Pit in Allentown.
Covered Bridge Farm is another longtime supporter of the market.
“We are still early in the season, but we expect cucumbers in a couple of weeks,” Kelly Hower said.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors May 9 meeting, volunteer fire department personnel made an appeal to the supervisors for assistance. The need for funding centers around maintenance for the fire house, which was built in the mid-1970s and added on since.
Ilene Eckhart, Allen Township manager, put on an elaborate display May 24 to detail the extent of the changes projected for the intersection near the Kopper Penny where Route 329 intersects with Howertown Road and Weaversville Road and stretches to Savage Road.
There are seven stages to the project. With all the planning and coordination issues, completion is scheduled for November.
“It is an ambitious schedule, but we are confident that we can make this happen,” Eckhart said.
Stage 1 includes preparation for stormwater and infrastructure improvements.
David Jaindl got his slot on East Allen Township’s agenda May 9 to explain his proposed development along Seemsville Road. Although there was some concern that Jaindl’s planning team moved without consulting East Allen Township, Jaindl pointed out a preliminary meeting, which East Allen officials attended, was held early on in the project.
Jaindl worked with Allen Township because the bulk of the project is within its borders. Ann- Marie Vigilante, engineer on the project, said the preliminary plan presented is markedly different from the original plan.
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.