Northampton Press

Monday, September 16, 2019

Leaders address state of counties

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

E. Allen responds to plan for road grading

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Supervisors continue discussion on relocation of Seemsville Road

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.

E. Allen board hears issue on Monocacy Drive work

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Residents say improvements have created gap between driveways, road

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.

Democrats rally in Coplay

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Allen releases open space plan

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Twp. manager: Creating Connections’ goal is to create recreation pods

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.

Campers support otter habitat

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Allen Township firefighters begin annual fundraising efforts

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

E. Allen supervisors OK start of senior living project

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Some plans need to be finalized, but board allows Toll Brothers to begin

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.

Jaindl project pulled from Allen planners agenda

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Meeting attendees take floor to discuss development’s traffic impact

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.