East Allen Township Board of Supervisors held a reorganization meeting Jan. 2. This year, there are two new supervisors, Georgiann Hunsicker and Don Heiney. With the new supervisors sworn in, the board remains similar to prior years.
Members elected Supervisor Roger Unangst as chairman and Mark Schwartz as vice chairman.
An integral part of reorganization is to confirm the appointment of a variety of services used by the township.
Rockefeller Group has released a statement on its resolve to appeal the decision of the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors. Clark Machemer, the man in charge of the project, took a look at the options available.
“We have a responsibility to our client, Lehigh Valley (International) Airport, to make the best use of the land. We think our plan provided that,” he said in a phone conversation.
Several residents attended East Allen Township’s regular meeting Dec. 14 in response to a report that Weaversville Road would be open to trucks — without restriction — once new warehouses approved by Allen Township are occupied.
At East Allen Township’s regular board of supervisors meeting Dec. 14, Chairman Roger Unangst announced the township’s 2018 budget.
“We are setting the tax rate at 6.5 mills. That is the same rate that we have now. There is no tax increase again this year,” Unangst said as he introduced the new budget.
In years past, the budget has been accepted as long as there is not a tax rate increase. This year was a little different.
Lori Fox questioned several lines in the budget. Fox presented budgets from a couple of surrounding municipalities.
On Nov. 30, Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach sentenced David Borghesani, a former Whitehall High School music teacher, to three to 23 months in the community corrections center, to be followed by three years of probation, for corruption of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor. He will also be evaluated to determine if he is considered a sexual predator, Banach said.
At East Allen Township’s Nov. 16 meeting, Attorney Lisa Pereira, representing warehouse developer Vertek, asked for an extension from a Nov. 23 deadline. The project is a warehouse on the corner of Airport Road and Route 329.
The extension was granted.
The township opposes the developer’s request for a variance on the township’s building height limit. Progress on the warehouse development continues to move forward.
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.