Township Manager Brent Green offered an unexpected option to the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors at its May 23 meeting.
Green expressed interest in building a new administrative facility to replace the aging facility on Route 329. The increasing number of maintenance repairs — the latest one a roof leak — at the township’s office is causing a closer examination of the expected life of the building.
“I’m not expecting that we would do anything right away. We would need to look at a plan and start setting funds aside to make a dent in the cost,” he said.
At Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors meeting May 7, Solicitor Lincoln Treadwell introduced plans from the Fuller Family Trust for the large residential development at its Willow Brook Golf Course property.
The golf course has been reduced from 18 holes to nine holes, and the clubhouse has been moved farther into the property in preparation for the residential development.
Governor Wolf Historical Society in East Allen Township was one of 21 historic sites that participated in Lehigh Valley Passport to History programs. The historical group opened the site, with no admission fee, April 27.
Linda Kortz, historical society president, welcomed guests.
“We have a great group of volunteers that keeps the property in shape. This weekend gives us a venue to showcase crafts from the colonial time period,” she said.
Imperial Realty Property Group, LLC came before the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors May 8 to present preliminary plans for a proposed new warehouse on its existing property.
The Porter Chapman Masonic Lodge held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Northampton Area Food Bank April 6.
“We hold the fundraiser when they need some help. It’s part of our commitment to help the community,” said Richard Mullen, who helped coordinate the event. “Everyone in the lodge chips in to make the event successful.”
The lodge is unique in that it is actually two separate lodges. The Porter Lodge was formed in Catasauqua Borough, and the Chapman Lodge was originally in Northampton Borough. The combined lodges are based at 1103 Sixth St., North Catasauqua.
Lilyan Urbanczuk’s extensive graphics skills took her from Northampton to a working career life in Paris’ suburbs. She returned to the states with her job intact but missed the European flair.
“There isn’t much here that brings people, particularly millennials, together. On a trip to San Francisco, I saw the Biz Babes model,” she said.
A day care center that closed at 2650 Howertown Road provided an opportunity to pursue her idea locally.
She has called it The Coop.
East Allen Township Board of Supervisors discussed the cost of an extension of a waterline to East Allen Gardens during its meeting April 25 and ultimately decided against funding the project.
The owners of the property at 6670 Locust Road came to the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting March 28 with their attorney and real estate agent asking for relief on a lot line determination.
The request involves moving the lot line about 5 feet to enhance the sale of the house. The present lot line runs through the garage.
The owners have lived in the house for decades. The house sits on a half-acre lot, and the parcel surrounding the house is a 14-acre tract. The township anticipates development along Locust Road.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors reviewed bids for the township salt shed at the April 9 meeting and deemed them to be too high. The bids were tabled.
The phenomenon of high bids is unusual, but contractors are busy. Municipalities are seeing more instances where projects have bids that are higher than expected.
Before full employment, government projects were bid low to keep crews busy while contractors waited for private projects. In this era of full employment, government projects need to compete with higher-value private projects.
The focus of East Allen Township’s workshop meeting April 10 was to hear a conditional use application from Imperial Realty Property Group. The applicant delayed the hearing and asked for it to be rescheduled.
Conditional use hearings are handled at workshop sessions. The hearing was rescheduled for May 8.
Imperial Realty has a commercial development on the southwest corner of the intersection of Route 329 and Airport Road. The location is across from the new warehouse development under construction by Vertec.