The highlight of the Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Feb. 14 was a presentation by JW Development for six warehouses along Seemsville Road. The snow emergency-delayed meeting was the final tweaking in a proposal that has stretched across 26 months and incorporated many of the changes requested by residents of the Seemsville Road area.
Allen Township opened bids for a three-year trash hauling contract at its meeting Jan. 22.
The township asked haulers to bid on a fully automated system and a manual system. The automated system allows the hauler to minimize its work force, which should result in lower costs.
There are a couple of downsides to the automated system. One is that all the garbage bins need to be the same size. The additional cost is $200,000, although grants are available to cover that. The other problem is that containers need to be placed at the end of the driveway.
At East Allen Township’s reorganization meeting Jan. 7, supervisors elected to keep assignments for township supervisors and personnel unchanged from 2018. Roger Unangst remains chairman of the board of supervisors, and Mark Schwartz continues as vice chairman.
The township staff is managed by Rose Wedde, the secretary/treasurer.
The tax collector is Joy Hemming. The tax rate remains at 6.5 mills. There is a $30 annual fire hydrant tax.
Allen Township Planning Commission recommended approval Jan. 21 of the JW Partners warehouse project on Seemsville Road.
This first meeting of the new year took place without long-term former Chairman Eugene Clater. Gary Krill was appointed to the position. Paul Link will fill the vacant seat on the commission.
Gary Behler stopped the meeting to present Clater with a token of recognition for his 40 years of service to the township.
“We are in a much better position than we were because of Gene’s dedication and service to this community,” he said.
John Colocino and Eric Miller approached Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors at their meeting on Jan. 22 with an idea for combining youth sports programs in Bath and Allen Twp.
Miller is working on local baseball teams for the spring season and wants to use the township’s baseball field.
The plan is to combine the organizations into one group that was dubbed BathAllen. The group spent $1,000 on a website with scheduling and signup options.
At Allen Township’s reorganization meeting Jan. 7, most of the personnel presently on staff will remain in the same positions during 2019.
Larry Oberly remains chairman of the board of supervisors, and Dale Hassler continues as vice chairman. There were no other nominations for these two positions.
Ilene Eckhart continues as township manager.
David Jaindl’s warehouse project along Seemsville Road received one of two approvals needed from East Allen Township at the supervisors meeting Jan. 24.
Although the warehouse project is in Allen Township, improvements to Seemsville Road and the Kopper Penny intersection are needed to accommodate the projected increase in traffic. Employees will enter the compound from Howertown Road. Trucks will go down Seemsville Road.
Luz Diaz is a Colombian national who legally immigrated to the United States decades ago. Her daughter is a U.S. citizen. Her husband accompanied her but eventually returned to Colombia. Diaz lived modestly in various rental apartments, including a basement unit in the coal region with moldy walls and limited egress.
East Allen Township redesigned its website; now it looks like all the other municipality websites. Who knew East Allen Township only had four pictures? There is a need to make the website look East Allen-ish.
Here’s an idea — have a contest for residents to send in pictures! Township Manager Brent Green is taking credit for the idea, but there is some suspicion that others may be involved.
The idea is to have pictures that not only depict the beauty of the township, but change with the seasons.
People pictures — good.
Backyard views — good.
During the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Dec. 13, township Engineer James Milot reported the single-lane bridge on Valley View Road is scheduled for replacement.
The bridge is part of a unique T-style intersection where a portion of the road rises up a steep hill. The existing traffic pattern is a continuous flow of traffic up the hill. Milot explained there are other options, including a three-way stop and a traditional T-intersection. Supervisors elected to keep the existing traffic pattern.