With two items on Allen Township Planning Commission’s July 16 agenda, the most immediate matter was the Jaindl-Watson land development plan. Based on the outcome of a previous supervisors’ meeting and a review of the plan by the planning commission and township Engineer Robert Cox, there were details that needed clarification.
The official owner had a name change to JW Development Partners. They were formerly JW Jaindl Land Company/David M. Jaindl.
Drivers woke up early in the morning July 20 in Pottsville as Northeast Precast had 121-foot beams loaded onto special trailers for their trip to Northampton.
The scheduled arrival was 10:30 a.m., but the crew got delayed in Hamburg while state police checked the drivers’ credentials.
Ryan — “It’s just Ryan,” he said when he parked the beam in front of the crane — took the first truck. The course was down Route 61, across the 78 Interstate to Airport Road.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors set up the first regular meeting of July in the fire hall expecting a large audience. Instead, the crowd was sparse, but the meeting with Jaindl-Watson’s development team proved to be helpful.
At Allen Township Planning Commission’s June 18 meeting, the commission members forwarded a list of changes they negotiated with the developer and asked the supervisors for guidance. The meeting between Jaindl-Watson and the supervisors was set for July 10.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting July 11, township Manager Brent Green reported he received a request from Allen Township to hold a joint public meeting on the revisions to the Jaindl-Watson plan for warehouses along Seemsville Road. Changes to the plan put stormwater facilities and the new Seemsville Road in East Allen Township.
Chairman Roger Unangst objected to the meeting.
It appears as a minor entry on the project manager’s Gantt chart — “deliver beams.” However, it could be a fascinating experience.
Trumbull Corporation is the lead contractor for the Coplay-Northampton Bridge project. The beams to support the roadway for the new bridge are 121 feet long.
Allen Township officials asked the drivers to make the move at night to reduce traffic congestion.
The lead driver made a logical argument that this is going to be a tough task in the daylight, let alone at night when the beams are lit up and the trucks are flanked by a police escort.
John Dorn, of Debbie Road, led a group of unhappy residents in the Drexel Heights area off Weaversville Road at the Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting June 26.
The complaints included the placement of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation detour signs, unauthorized truck traffic and noise. Chairman Larry Oberly responded to the detour signs.
“PennDOT has a code to follow in placing the signs, and we have little to do with it,” he said.
Elizabeth Gehring, a lively centenarian, celebrated her milestone event with 200 of her friends at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, June 12.
Elizabeth first came to everyone’s attention when her Wolf School fifth-grade class, now in their 70s, sought her out. They have semi-annual meetings to relive old adventures from their days at the former Bath school.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting June 28, St. Luke’s representatives asked for and received an extension on an existing permit for the urgent care facility on Route 512. The facility has requested several extensions as it works with landscaping problems associated with its stormwater containment plan.
According to township Engineer James Milot, progress is being made with the plantings to ensure the prescribed level of water detention is being met.
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.