Between public hearings and meeting agendas, East Allen Township has devoted long hours of debate to Farmhouse Mews, a townhouse project funded by PA Venture Capital.
The vacant parcel for the project is bounded by Airport, Jacksonville and Hanoverville roads. The same basic issues keep resurfacing while supervisors put off making any decision. The process is still open after a lengthy discussion at the June 10 meeting, which ran into the early-morning hours.
After all the speeches and introductory remarks, Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik and NASD School Board President David Gogel accepted the Class of 2015 on June 6.
Traditionally, the 50- year class is also in attendance. The Class of 2015 honored the Class of 1965 during the ceremony. Several members of the Class of 1965 had relatives graduating Saturday.
In its second public hearing over the Farmhouse Mews townhouse project off Airport Road, East Allen Township officials listened to hours of comments and concerns about the project proposed by PA Venture Capital, Inc.
Townhouses proposed in the project will be built by Ryan Homes, and PA Venture Capital will provide financing.
Attorney James Preston represented PA Venture Capital at the East Allen Township public hearing May 13.
Preston presented updated details on Farmhouse Mews, a proposed townhouse development bounded by Airport, Hanoverville and Jacksonville roads. The 88-unit townhouse development will include neighborhood retail stores along Airport Road.
John O'Boyle, of 5315 Colony Drive, addressed the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors at its meeting April 23.
In his request, O'Boyle explained that when water repairs were made, the roadway in front of his house was properly resurfaced. According to O'Boyle, the water leak caused two sinkholes on his property that he had to fill. O'Boyle estimated his repair cost at $8,500 and asked the township to pay a portion of the expense.
East Allen Township will soon begin work on Bicentennial Park.
At its April 23 meeting, the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors heard from its township engineer on the project to expand Bicentennial Park. The township acquired approximately 24 acres of Jaindl property to the west of the existing park.
Roger Unangst, chairman of the board of supervisors, explained the purpose of the expansion after the meeting.
"We experienced runoff that caused water problems in the housing development below the park," he said.
Nearly 100 people gathered for an informational meeting on the proposed PennEast pipeline Feb. 5.
State Reps. Marcia Hahn (R-138th) and Julie Harhart (R-183rd) along with state Sen. Mario Scavello (R-40th) sponsored the forum. They introduced David Messersmith, an educator with Penn State Extension, and Carl Engleman, a Berks County attorney whose practice focuses on environmental law.
Ellen Binder of Catasauqua died on Dec. 4 at St Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem Campus, following injuries she received in an automobile accident near the intersection of Bridge Street and Second streets in Catasauqua.
According to the Lehigh County Coroner's Office, Binder was pronounced dead at 8:55 p.m.
Coroner Scott Grim ruled the manner of death to be accidental and said it was due to multiple traumatic injuries.
According to the Catasauqua Police Department, the accident is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police.