Gun Club Residents Speak Out Against Proposed Warehouse

 

August 1, 2018 – Upper Nazareth Supervisors Meeting

Mike Rinker and Scott Sylvanius were absent

Announcements

August 3rd – Deadline for newsletter submissions

August 3rd – Last day to submit comments on LVPC’s Hazard Mitigation Plan Update: http://www.lvpc.org/hazard-mitigation.html

August 4th – Latex Paint Recycling Event at 6101 Kesslerville Road, Nazareth

August 9th – 7:00 PM Planning Commission

August 24th-25th – Community Days at Tuskes Park

September 13th – 7:00 PM Planning Commission

Community Concerns

Several residents from the Gun Club Road area spoke out against a proposed warehouse in their area. A sketch plan of the project was shown to the supervisors at the June 20th meeting. Currently, the area is being used as farmland although it is zoned as industrial.

The supervisors and township manager explained that nothing has been presented that they could vote on yet and that the project has to go through the planning and zoning process first. The project is not on the agenda for the August 9th Planning Commission meeting. Solicitor Gary Asteak recommended that people call the township office on Aug. 24th to find out if the project will be discussed at the Sept. 13th Planning Commission meeting.

Resident Comments:

  • The land is surrounded completely by residential neighborhoods and it doesn’t make sense to put a warehouse there.
  • The site is not within 5 miles of a major artery. The trucks will cause too much damage to the township’s roads.
  • One man claimed there are wetlands on the property and that it isn’t appropriate to build there
  • Many of the people on Gun Club Road have wells. They wanted to know what affect the development would have on their water supply.
  • One person asked if neighboring communities will be involved in the decision to build since they would share in the effects on the road.
    • Gary Asteak said ‘no’. Townships make their own decisions.
      • (Palmer Twp didn’t seek out Upper Nazareth’s opinion when they put all those warehouses up on Tatamy Road)

Other Community Issues

A resident said she regularly sees large tractor trailer trucks driving around the Newburg Rd, Silver Crest and Georgetown Rd areas on street clearly marked ‘No Trucks’. She’s also seen them drive over the Georgetown Road bridge which was recently downgraded.

Inter-municipal Agreement

The supervisors approved Ordinance No. 177 which formalizes an agreement between Upper Nazareth, Lower Nazareth and Bushkill townships to share public works resources for road work and other projects. (This agreement will not apply to police or administrative services).

Basketball Hoop Policy

The supervisors passed Basketball Hoop Enforcement Policy No. 21. People with permanently installed hoops which interfere with right-of-ways or pose a danger to road crew equipment will be cited and asked to move them. Residents with portable hoops will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

COG (Council of Governments)

The supervisors passed Resolution No. 18-09 – Certification for an application to the PA Municipal Assistance Program.

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Approval for $5,700 for a company to take core samples from some of the older roads to test the subsoil. (This is in anticipation of the PennEast pipeline coming through and causing damage)

Approval of up to $1,000 for unforeseen conditions in core sample testing.

Approval to pay for an ad for the new parking ordinance.

Approval to pay for ads for 3 budget workshops to be held on 9/24, 10/9 and 10/22 at 6:00 PM.

The 2018 2nd quarter Univest and Nationwide Police Pension Reports are now available for review.

 

Becky Bartlett is a resident of Upper Nazareth and covers these meetings because citizens have the right to know what their government is doing.


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