At East Allen Township’s meeting April 11, Solicitor Joseph Piperato announced that the local judge has ruled against the township in its effort to force compliance with an existing zoning regulation.
For the approved warehouse at the corner of Airport Road and Route 329, the developer argued before the zoning hearing board that the generally accepted height for modern warehouse operations is 48 feet. The zoning hearing board agreed with the developer and issued a variance.
On April 13, Northampton Area Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation held a banquet to honor distinguished Northampton High School alumni at Woodstone Country Club and Lodge, Danielsville. Claudia Shulman, a member of the board of directors, was the emcee for the event.
“The [foundation] was founded in 2009 to raise funds to promote and enhance the education experience by providing extended learning opportunities,” she said.
Blaine Phillips, who owns the pet supply outlet on the corner of Silver Crest Road and Route 512, asked township officials for some assistance during the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting March 14.
The three issues that were at the top of the list included stormwater, sewer extension and easements.
Chairman Larry Oberly opened the March 27 Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting by reiterating the township’s policy to have public participation before and after the meeting.
“We do need to get the township’s business done,” he said. “We want to minimize interruptions during the meeting.”
With a series of resolutions at its March 22 meeting, the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors passed responsibilities to the new township manager, Brent Green. Longtime Manager Deborah Seiple will officially retire at the end of the month.
Included as part of the change, the township established two separate classes of employees. Township personnel elected to be represented by a union.
Allen Township Planning Commission had only one item on the agenda for its meeting March 19. With Jaindl-Watson projects on the back burner for a while, Chairman Eugene Clater focused on zoning and the township’s ordinances.
“We want to focus on zoning and how our zoning ordinances align with the comprehensive plan,” he said in his opening remarks. “I don’t expect that we get this resolved tonight, and it may take a few months.”
Every year, the residents at Renaissance Home on Washington Street in Northampton have a Valentine’s Day celebration.
“The staff gets together and elects the king and queen for the event,” said Gloria Gontkosky, the care center’s director.
The duo is paraded into the dining room and has a separate table set up with gifts and some unique treats.
“It’s always a grand event, and everyone here gets a kick out of it,” she said.
Renaissance has an active social program.
The first significant item to pop up on East Allen Township’s agenda Feb. 22 was a minor subdivision for private residential land. The Barthol subdivision proposes to carve out one acre from the eight-acre site for a family property. The board of supervisors asked for several conditions, one of which was relocating a driveway to provide better access to the property.
Supervisors gave their unanimous approval.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors discussed improvements to the intersection at Route 329 and Howertown Road during its meeting Feb. 27.
Concerned parties gathered at the Allen Township Fire Department’s social hall to voice their displeasure over warehouses proposed by Jaindl-Watson Land Company. The driving concern (pun intended) was increased traffic from trucks from a new proposed warehouse development.
Rick Daugherty opened his Congressional campaign Feb. 23 with a gathering of supporters at Pie’s On Pizzeria in Catasauqua.
Daugherty is no stranger to the area. He lived in Catasauqua and graduated from Catasauqua High School in 1978. Daugherty was chairman of the Lehigh County Democratic Committee from 2006 to 2010. He was a district administrator for Congressman Paul McHale in 1994 and 1995. He ran for office twice against Charlie Dent.
Daugherty is seeking election to what is proposed as the 7th Congressional District.