Doreen Carl, development director with Lehigh Valley Zoo, accepted a contribution of $1,779.50 from East Allen Township’s summer day camp attendees during the Sept. 28 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting.
Landon Nickischer and Morgan Hughes, the top male and female fundraisers, represented the summer camp. During this year’s camp, everyone had a chance to see and feed Murphy, the zoo’s giraffe, who attracted 17,000 visitors this season.
According to Carl, the zoo is making improvements in its Africa trail.
At a second hearing at the Northampton Area High School’s auditorium Sept. 21, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors and residents kept up a barrage of questions concerning a warehouse development proposed by Rockefeller Group. The site is located on property owned by the airport along Weaversville Road behind the under-construction Fed- Ex Ground warehouse.
Township Engineer James Milot took front stage with his report to East Allen’s board of supervisors Sept. 13, announcing with some authority that the culvert repair on Dogwood Road was underway.
“We held our preconstruction meeting,” he said, adding the work was to begin Sept. 20.
Milot’s projected completion date of Sept. 24 was met with some skepticism, but he stuck by his time frame.
“We have the culvert, and everyone is alerted to the construction. It is a benefit to be able to completely close the road,” he said. “It will speed the process along.”
The oft-delayed, continued and rescheduled hearing for warehouses proposed along Weaversville Road by the Rockefeller Group took place Aug. 16 in the auditorium of Northampton Area High School.
A little over 100 people attended, none of whom offered support for the project. In fact, one resident asked for a voice opinion on the project and got an overwhelming “no.”
East Allen Township’s recreation Director Chuck Frantz closed the door on the township’s summer camp Aug. 3.
“This was another successful year. We had 150 campers and a good cadre of staff who supervise the kids,” he said.
The camp has a full slate of activities during its seven-week run. Campers get a dose of physical activity along with some educational programs. This year included visits to Wildlands Conservancy. Wildlands also stopped back twice, bringing a bevy of wild animals.
In a relatively short meeting Aug. 9, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors got an update on the 2017 budget as members prepared to begin discussion on the 2018 budget.
“So far, we have collected about 80 percent of revenues and have paid 70 percent of our expenses,” township Supervisor Deborah Seiple said.
Seiple listed expenses that are known but not paid. It is the township’s policy that surplus revenues for any given year are put into the capital budget.
A 24-year-old Bath man was apprehended by Colonial Regional Police Department officers Monday night after allegedly firing multiple shots in the borough earlier that day.
According to police, Michael P. McGinnis Jr. was captured in Chapman after he discharged a weapon in the area of 111 Sleepy Hollow Road while his vehicle was being repossessed.
East Allen Township Engineer James Milot announced July 27 a contract award to Grace Industries for repairs on Dogwood Road.
“The eight bids the township received ranged from a low bid of a bit over $50,000 to a high bid of more than $100,000,” he said during the supervisors’ meeting.
Dogwood Road is the main entrance to Bicentennial Park off Airport Road. The road is plagued by a collapsed culvert restricting traffic to one lane. The contract calls for the project to be completed in 60 days. Milot thinks completion can be wrapped up in less time.
East Allen Township Engineer James Milot ran through the details of the Dogwood Road project at the board of supervisors meeting June 22. Dogwood Road is one access road to Bicentennial Park. The problem is a culvert over a drainage ditch is collapsing. Traffic is restricted to one lane in the area.
“This was put together in two pieces,” he said. “And the newer one is failing.”
The situation is not unusual in the area. As country roads were expanded to accommodate increased traffic, they were widened while keeping the old road intact.
East Allen Township opened Bicentennial Park to 150 day campers June 19. Recreation Director Chuck Frantz organizes the event every year.
“Spaces usually fill up a few weeks after the sign-up period opens. This is always a popular event with our residents,” he said.
This year, the program runs through Aug. 2.
“It’s seven weeks, and that leaves the month of August for family vacations,” Frantz said. “We end the camp day around 1 p.m., so it gives the kids time to spend time with their neighborhood friends.”