Following on the heels of a no-go decision on a Rockefeller warehouse development in East Allen, township Engineer James Milot announced, during the Oct. 26 meeting of supervisors, a PennDOT meeting will occur to address freight movement planning in the area.
The meeting is not a new development. Penn- DOT has a comprehensive plan for trucking that is an ongoing document supplemented by updated facts and figures. It is available online.
At the end of its public hearing Oct. 18, in a decision that has been months in the making, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal to change zoning on a slice of property in the southwest corner of the township. Residents of the township railed against the proposed change at every phase of the proposal and applauded the unanimous decision.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Oct. 11, township Supervisor Deborah Seiple provided all supervisors with a copy of a letter she sent to Allen Township on proposed warehouse developments. The letter was precipitated by a request from Allen Township for comments on its comprehensive plan draft.
The main point made in the letter is that proposed warehouses will dramatically increase traffic on Routes 329 and 987.
Former Whitehall High School teacher David Andrew Borghesani appeared before Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach Oct. 9 and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors. It was a culmination of an investigative process that began last October with allegations from parents of the teacher’s misbehavior.
Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 30.
Doreen Carl, development director with Lehigh Valley Zoo, accepted a contribution of $1,779.50 from East Allen Township’s summer day camp attendees during the Sept. 28 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting.
Landon Nickischer and Morgan Hughes, the top male and female fundraisers, represented the summer camp. During this year’s camp, everyone had a chance to see and feed Murphy, the zoo’s giraffe, who attracted 17,000 visitors this season.
According to Carl, the zoo is making improvements in its Africa trail.
At a second hearing at the Northampton Area High School’s auditorium Sept. 21, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors and residents kept up a barrage of questions concerning a warehouse development proposed by Rockefeller Group. The site is located on property owned by the airport along Weaversville Road behind the under-construction Fed- Ex Ground warehouse.
Township Engineer James Milot took front stage with his report to East Allen’s board of supervisors Sept. 13, announcing with some authority that the culvert repair on Dogwood Road was underway.
“We held our preconstruction meeting,” he said, adding the work was to begin Sept. 20.
Milot’s projected completion date of Sept. 24 was met with some skepticism, but he stuck by his time frame.
“We have the culvert, and everyone is alerted to the construction. It is a benefit to be able to completely close the road,” he said. “It will speed the process along.”
The oft-delayed, continued and rescheduled hearing for warehouses proposed along Weaversville Road by the Rockefeller Group took place Aug. 16 in the auditorium of Northampton Area High School.
A little over 100 people attended, none of whom offered support for the project. In fact, one resident asked for a voice opinion on the project and got an overwhelming “no.”
East Allen Township’s recreation Director Chuck Frantz closed the door on the township’s summer camp Aug. 3.
“This was another successful year. We had 150 campers and a good cadre of staff who supervise the kids,” he said.
The camp has a full slate of activities during its seven-week run. Campers get a dose of physical activity along with some educational programs. This year included visits to Wildlands Conservancy. Wildlands also stopped back twice, bringing a bevy of wild animals.
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.