At the Nov. 17 meeting of East Allen Township Board of Supervisors, James Birdsall, the township’s former engineer and a consultant with Hanover Engineering, presented a proposal for public sewer service for a Toll Brothers project on Route 512.
Under the agreement, Bethlehem would provide water service to a group of new residential homes located on Route 512 near Amore Farms Greenhouse and Vineyard. Bethlehem’s water authority handles public water service in the township. It would provide service to the new residents.
In October, VerTek Construction Management proposed a warehouse-style development at the corner of Airport Road and Route 329. The area is zoned commercial and has been for decades. The zoning allows for warehouse operations.
Earlier this year, the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors passed a change to the zoning ordinance requiring all applicants for warehousing projects to present their plans to the board. The option allows the board to impose reasonable restrictions on the development.
With an earthy whiff that might come from your imagination after reading a few chapters of Pearl Buck’s “Good Earth,” First Regional Compost Authority (FRCA) opened its main facility on Weaversville Road for a quick tour.
William Bedics runs the operation.
“This isn’t our only location. We have several satellite locations at the townships we serve,” he said.
FRCA primarily collects yard waste, such as leaves and grass clippings.
Joseph Fitzpatrick, lead attorney for Rockefeller Group, disappointed East Allen Township residents Oct. 27 by delaying a zoning hearing for a warehouse development on Weaversville Road.
After hearing of the delay, most residents interested in making comments left the township’s board of supervisors meeting before it even began.
Dan Barnhart, one of the residents who stayed for the meeting, expressed his opposition.
“These warehouses will ruin the entire Valley,” he said.
Vertek Construction Management came before East Allen Township Board of Supervisors Oct. 12 for a conditional use hearing on a slice of commercial land at the corner of Route 329 and Airport Road, north of the Nor-Bath nature trail. Ronald Check was the lead spokesman addressing the board. Check is a local resident and has decades of experience building warehouse space. He emphasized both qualifications during his presentation.
Chuck Frantz, East Allen Township Parks and Recreation director, addressed the board of supervisors at the Aug. 25 meeting to report the status of the summer camp sponsored by the township.
“We had 145 campers and 13 counselors during the six weeks of the camping season,” he said.
Frantz explained the camp activities, which ranged from the expected movies, fun and games to visits from Bethlehem Mounted Police, the township fire department and volunteer ambulance corps and Wildlands Conservancy. Frantz thanked Crayola and Just Born for their donations.
Joann Yurconic, of Snyders Church Road, approached East Allen Township Board of Supervisors with a noise complaint against Keystone Gun Club.
The club, founded in 1940, is adjacent to the American Legion Hall, just off Race Street near the center of Bath. Yurconic asked township Manager Deborah Seiple for time on the agenda. Chairman Roger Unangst moved Yurconic to the top spot on the agenda.
The focus of East Allen Township’s Aug. 10 workshop meeting was the recreation budget.
Township Manager Deborah Seiple presented the details as they exist. According to Seiple, the five-year plan is due for renewal. She proposed the recreation board review the existing plan, make any changes and move forward. The plan review process requires input from Hanover Engineering and the township’s planning commission.
Once completed, there is a mandatory public hearing prior to approval.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting July 28, Solicitor Joseph Piperato indicated rules are drafted to change the zoning ordinances.
“We changed the designation of warehouses from permitted use to conditional use in all the areas that allow warehouses,” Piperato said.
The changes do not ban warehouses, but developers are required to present their proposals to the board of supervisors.
East Allen Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps made a formal presentation to the township’s board of supervisors July 13 on the progress it has made over the past year.
“Many of the volunteer ambulance companies are folding, but we remain strong and growing,” said Matthew Morrow, the highest-ranking member of the ambulance corps.