A former Allentown schoolteacher was killed March 11 in a two-vehicle crash in East Allen Township.
Kathryn Anne Flom, 67, died at the scene from multiple blunt force injuries, according to Northampton County Coroner Zachery Lysek.
While making a turn from Jade Lane onto Airport Road, Flom’s vehicle was struck by a tri-axle dump truck, driven by David Borger, of Kunkletown, Monroe County, who was traveling north on Airport Road, according to police. Jade Lane is an access road to the Victoria Square housing development.
The crash occurred just after 2 p.m.
During its regular meeting Feb. 28, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors received a request for a zoning change from PDW Properties LLP for the Lucky Strokes Golf and Grill facility on Airport Road.
The property owner presented an earlier proposal for an office building at the location, but that project was rejected. Under the township’s zoning procedure, an applicant presents the concept to the board. The board then considers if the requested change warrants a zoning hearing.
At the Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Feb. 26, the board approved the JW Partners warehouse project that has been under consideration for the past 26 months.
The arguments presented by residents were not markedly different from those presented at prior meetings.
The zoning change completed well before this board considered the project and the Northampton Area School District Board of Education’s decision to give land to the project contributed to the decision for this development project.
Joshua Smith, with Hanover Engineering, presented a look at the township’s MS4 plan during the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Feb. 13.
MS4 — Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System — is a statewide program to control stormwater runoff and pollution in streams.
The project classifies areas using a moniker for Hydraulic Unit Codes. The series 12 codes are for local areas that identify tributary systems. All the areas in East Allen Township are HUC-12 areas.
The highlight of the Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Feb. 14 was a presentation by JW Development for six warehouses along Seemsville Road. The snow emergency-delayed meeting was the final tweaking in a proposal that has stretched across 26 months and incorporated many of the changes requested by residents of the Seemsville Road area.
Allen Township opened bids for a three-year trash hauling contract at its meeting Jan. 22.
The township asked haulers to bid on a fully automated system and a manual system. The automated system allows the hauler to minimize its work force, which should result in lower costs.
There are a couple of downsides to the automated system. One is that all the garbage bins need to be the same size. The additional cost is $200,000, although grants are available to cover that. The other problem is that containers need to be placed at the end of the driveway.
At East Allen Township’s reorganization meeting Jan. 7, supervisors elected to keep assignments for township supervisors and personnel unchanged from 2018. Roger Unangst remains chairman of the board of supervisors, and Mark Schwartz continues as vice chairman.
The township staff is managed by Rose Wedde, the secretary/treasurer.
The tax collector is Joy Hemming. The tax rate remains at 6.5 mills. There is a $30 annual fire hydrant tax.
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.