Joseph Fitzpatrick, lead attorney for Rockefeller Group, disappointed East Allen Township residents Oct. 27 by delaying a zoning hearing for a warehouse development on Weaversville Road.
After hearing of the delay, most residents interested in making comments left the township’s board of supervisors meeting before it even began.
Dan Barnhart, one of the residents who stayed for the meeting, expressed his opposition.
“These warehouses will ruin the entire Valley,” he said.
Vertek Construction Management came before East Allen Township Board of Supervisors Oct. 12 for a conditional use hearing on a slice of commercial land at the corner of Route 329 and Airport Road, north of the Nor-Bath nature trail. Ronald Check was the lead spokesman addressing the board. Check is a local resident and has decades of experience building warehouse space. He emphasized both qualifications during his presentation.
Chuck Frantz, East Allen Township Parks and Recreation director, addressed the board of supervisors at the Aug. 25 meeting to report the status of the summer camp sponsored by the township.
“We had 145 campers and 13 counselors during the six weeks of the camping season,” he said.
Frantz explained the camp activities, which ranged from the expected movies, fun and games to visits from Bethlehem Mounted Police, the township fire department and volunteer ambulance corps and Wildlands Conservancy. Frantz thanked Crayola and Just Born for their donations.
Joann Yurconic, of Snyders Church Road, approached East Allen Township Board of Supervisors with a noise complaint against Keystone Gun Club.
The club, founded in 1940, is adjacent to the American Legion Hall, just off Race Street near the center of Bath. Yurconic asked township Manager Deborah Seiple for time on the agenda. Chairman Roger Unangst moved Yurconic to the top spot on the agenda.
The focus of East Allen Township’s Aug. 10 workshop meeting was the recreation budget.
Township Manager Deborah Seiple presented the details as they exist. According to Seiple, the five-year plan is due for renewal. She proposed the recreation board review the existing plan, make any changes and move forward. The plan review process requires input from Hanover Engineering and the township’s planning commission.
Once completed, there is a mandatory public hearing prior to approval.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting July 28, Solicitor Joseph Piperato indicated rules are drafted to change the zoning ordinances.
“We changed the designation of warehouses from permitted use to conditional use in all the areas that allow warehouses,” Piperato said.
The changes do not ban warehouses, but developers are required to present their proposals to the board of supervisors.
East Allen Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps made a formal presentation to the township’s board of supervisors July 13 on the progress it has made over the past year.
“Many of the volunteer ambulance companies are folding, but we remain strong and growing,” said Matthew Morrow, the highest-ranking member of the ambulance corps.
During the July 13 workshop session, township Engineer James Milot briefed the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors on available grants for improvements at Frank’s Corner, the intersection of Routes 329 and 987.
“The Frank’s Corner intersection is our most congested area, and we have a developer willing to work with the township to improve the intersection,” he said.
So far, the township has a commitment from the developer for $75,000 and a $67,000 grant from Automatic Red Light Enforcement (ARLE).
At East Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors meeting June 23, the board addressed several grant opportunities it agreed to pursue.
Township Engineer James Milot identified grant funding under the state’s multimodal transportation program.
“We can use this grant along with the ARLE grant to improve the intersection at Franks Corner,” he said.
Chuck Frantz opened the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting June 8 by introducing the township’s camp counselors for the 2016 session.
Lizzie Mentzell will return as head counselor. It will be her eighth year.
“This will be Lizzie’s last year in the program. She is getting married and will move out of the area,” Frantz said in wishing her well.
Camp starts June 20.
“We have added a couple of new events. The Bethlehem Mounted Police will be here, and we are trying to arrange the MedEvac chopper for a visit,” he said.