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Allen supervisors discuss Rte. 329 school plan

At the Sept. 13 meeting, Allen Township Board of Supervisors discussed the township’s sewer line capacity for a proposed elementary school.

The Northampton Area School District is proposing a $70.3 million project that would add an elementary school and administration building on Route 329 and Seemsville Road in East Allen Township. The prospective elementary school is expected to be 113,238 square feet, and the administrative building will measure around 36,172 square feet.

Nothing has been officially approved at this time, but NASD is holding an Act 34 public hearing 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the cafeteria at Northampton Area Middle School, 1617 Laubach Ave., Northampton.

If the development is approved, some of the sewer line capacity will fall on Allen Township. The township would provide 13 equivalent dwelling units (EDUs) for the school.

The supervisors approved a motion allowing township Manager Ilene Eckhart to draft a letter “acknowledging that we have satisfactory capacity in our lines for the conveyance of the 13 EDUs.”

Eckhart also said the school district would have a private pump station on site. She went on to outline the township’s pipe maintenance responsibilities as discussed at the preliminary intermunicipal sewer agreement meeting.

Supervisors Gary Behler and Dale Hassler were concerned about the township maintaining pipes outside of its municipal boundaries. However, like the elementary school plan, the sewer line boundaries are not finalized and will be discussed at future meetings with East Allen Township and Northampton Borough.

In other business, the supervisors approved a motion scheduling trick-or-treat night for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, with Nov. 1 as the rain date.

Allen Township supervisors will next meet 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the fire department building, 3530 Howertown Road.