Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure and Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, along with state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, and Michael Dee, chief of staff for state Rep. Jeanne McNeil, D-133rd, gathered at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, Sept. 12 to present their thoughts on the state of the counties to Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce.
McClure emphasized the crossroads he sees in the future.
“In the next decade, we need to decide if we are going to be the home of fulfillment centers or if we can balance economic development and land protection,” he said.
East Allen Township has returned a six-page response to a grading plan proposed by Allen Township for relocating Seemsville Road. Township Engineer James Milot reported the details at the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Oct. 10.
“By definition, Allen Township does not need to go through a land development plan, but we are going to review the details as if this were a land development,” Solicitor Joseph Piperato said.
Kristen Wenrich took the podium at East Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors meeting Sept. 27 to address a concern about improvements made on Monocacy Drive.
“There is a large gap between the driveway and the road,” she said.
Township Engineer James Milot explained the road was designed with a 1-1/2-inch difference to allow for stormwater runoff and for resurfacing in the future.
Murat Guzel, who heads the Lehigh Valley Democratic Progressive Coalition (LVDPC), held a political rally, billed as Harmony Fest, at the American Club of Coplay pavilion Aug. 9.
“This is a local organization. Every local Democrat Party organization and all the Democratic elected officials joined us and are a part of this group,” he said.
Guzel had a two-page list of everyone who supports his organization. Celeste Dee is the executive director of LVDPC and set up the event. She has an extensive resume of working for Democratic Party executives.
Township Manager Ilene Eckhart introduced Allen Township’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan to the board of supervisors at its regular meeting Sept. 25.
The plan, dubbed Creating Connections, covers the next decade of quality-of-life development. Although the plan is not binding, it does outline where future development is contemplated. The open space plan will be incorporated into the township’s recently released comprehensive plan. The plan has been in development for more than two years under Eckhart’s direction.
Chuck Frantz brought his top campers to the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Sept. 12.
Frantz runs the township’s summer day camp. This year, the camp filled up early with 150 campers.
“Every year, we collect money from the campers and their parents and present it to the Lehigh Valley Zoo. We helped build the giraffe exhibit, and last year, we dedicated a bench in front of the giraffe exhibit. When we went to the zoo this year, we got a chance to sit on our bench. Our donations this year are going to improving the otter habitat,” Frantz said.
At the Allen Township Board of Supervisors regular meeting Aug. 28, the board noted the volunteer fire department had planned to send its annual fundraising letters to residents during the first week of September.
A copy of the letter is on the website as well. Residents are cautioned to be aware of fraudulent mailings that have the name of the local fire company with an out-of-state address. The township’s website adds a caution that the volunteer fire department does not solicit funds via phone calls.
Toll Brothers’ senior living project, dubbed Regency at the Creekside, appeared on the agenda for the Aug. 23 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting. The project had already received approvals from all the various entities but has not started.
Toll Brothers representatives asked the supervisors to allow them to get the project started while plans were worked out.
According to township Engineer James Milot, the township is waiting for corrections on details and confirmations from various other agencies.
On Aug. 20, the long-awaited and weather-delayed beams traveled to Coplay to be installed on the Coplay side of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge.
A daily run of beams last week was expected. Two beams were scheduled each day, with four making the journey last Thursday.
This week had a similarly intense schedule.
The Aug. 20 meeting of the Allen Township Planning Commission had a review of the Jaindl warehouse plan on the agenda, highlighted as the JW Development Partners revised submission to the Aug. 6 development plan. According to Chairman Eugene Clater, however, the applicant asked that the plan be pulled from the agenda.