In a relatively short meeting Aug. 9, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors got an update on the 2017 budget as members prepared to begin discussion on the 2018 budget.
“So far, we have collected about 80 percent of revenues and have paid 70 percent of our expenses,” township Supervisor Deborah Seiple said.
Seiple listed expenses that are known but not paid. It is the township’s policy that surplus revenues for any given year are put into the capital budget.
A 24-year-old Bath man was apprehended by Colonial Regional Police Department officers Monday night after allegedly firing multiple shots in the borough earlier that day.
According to police, Michael P. McGinnis Jr. was captured in Chapman after he discharged a weapon in the area of 111 Sleepy Hollow Road while his vehicle was being repossessed.
East Allen Township Engineer James Milot announced July 27 a contract award to Grace Industries for repairs on Dogwood Road.
“The eight bids the township received ranged from a low bid of a bit over $50,000 to a high bid of more than $100,000,” he said during the supervisors’ meeting.
Dogwood Road is the main entrance to Bicentennial Park off Airport Road. The road is plagued by a collapsed culvert restricting traffic to one lane. The contract calls for the project to be completed in 60 days. Milot thinks completion can be wrapped up in less time.
East Allen Township Engineer James Milot ran through the details of the Dogwood Road project at the board of supervisors meeting June 22. Dogwood Road is one access road to Bicentennial Park. The problem is a culvert over a drainage ditch is collapsing. Traffic is restricted to one lane in the area.
“This was put together in two pieces,” he said. “And the newer one is failing.”
The situation is not unusual in the area. As country roads were expanded to accommodate increased traffic, they were widened while keeping the old road intact.
East Allen Township opened Bicentennial Park to 150 day campers June 19. Recreation Director Chuck Frantz organizes the event every year.
“Spaces usually fill up a few weeks after the sign-up period opens. This is always a popular event with our residents,” he said.
This year, the program runs through Aug. 2.
“It’s seven weeks, and that leaves the month of August for family vacations,” Frantz said. “We end the camp day around 1 p.m., so it gives the kids time to spend time with their neighborhood friends.”
On the last full weekend in June, local ham radio operators gather to work with 40,000 other operators around the world as part of their annual 24-hour preparedness drill.
Members of Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club (DLARC) set up this year in a pavilion at Bicentennial Park, East Allen Township.
“We pick this weekend because it is when ionization is best,” said Bob Green, of radio station KE3AW. “We set up contacts with other operators and record them.”
Ionization in the atmosphere helps signals travel farther because they can bounce off the atmosphere.
One particular item on the agenda of the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting June 14 was a matter of some concern. The St. Luke’s Patient Center, on Route 512, requested another extension to complete its project. Township Manager Deborah Seiple introduced the item, stating St. Luke’s has requested several extensions for nearly two years. The facility is operational and accepting patients.
Nate Johnson, a project coordinator from St. Luke’s, addressed the situation.
Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce and Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Get the Facts luncheon at Northampton Banquet & Events Center May 30.
Richard Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, and Elliot Nolter, project manager for Spillman Farmer Architects, were the featured speakers.
Molchany addressed the Coplay-Northampton Bridge project, giving a quick overview of the $2.5 billion in road improvements scheduled for the Lehigh Valley.
Molchany alluded to the expected three-year time frame for construction. The bridge closed May 31.
On May 19, Sarah Fulton opened the 10th season for Bath Farmers Market, Green Street and Route 329.
“We have a couple of exciting new vendors this year. We have Cool Treats, an ice cream vendor, and Atomic Hogs is here with a smoker,” she said. “Plus, we have farmers who returned from last year. It’s a great place to buy local and support our community.”
Relaxed licensing laws allow Weyerbacher Brewing to set up shop.
“You can come down every Friday until Sept. 29. Grab some barbecue, a beer and have dessert,” Fulton said.
At their May 25 meeting, East Allen Township supervisors unanimously passed the medical marijuana ordinance.
“This is against my personal morals,” Chairman Roger Unangst said.
As he explained, the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes was passed by the state, and the township does not have an option on approving or disapproving its use. The ordinance was implemented to control where medical marijuana can be dispensed.
“If we don’t put restrictions on it, then anyone can open a dispensary in the basement of their house,” Unangst said.