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.
At East Allen Township Board of Supervisors’ meeting Dec. 13, developers provided a glimpse of a proposed residential development, Sunny Slope Crossings. The meeting was designed to gauge reaction to anticipated waivers contemplated for residential development on open land at Dogwood Road and Hanover Street.
David Jaindl’s team presented a detailed plan to East Allen Township Board of Supervisors Dec. 12 for relocating Seemsville Road to accommodate new warehousing operations.
The controversial development has a group of small warehouses located near Seemsville Road. Early on in the project, it was determined Seemsville Road would need to be relocated in order to accommodate the increased traffic and allow improved access to Route 329. The new Seemsville Road will be on property owned by Northampton Area School District but located in East Allen Township.
When Mark Reccek was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, he began his treatment in the oncology department at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. The Marine was a fighter and wrote regularly for The Press newspapers.
While he was undergoing treatment, he was being cared for by his sister, Donna Kukor, of Bath. During his stints in the hospital, Reccek continued to write columns on the experiences he had during his treatment.