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Hot rods in Palmer leave neighbors hot under the collar

By Joe McDonald, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 28 2014 09:30:06 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 29 2014 12:47:47 PM CST
Palmer Twp. board of supervisors' meeting
PALMER TWP. Pa. -

About a half-dozen neighbors of the new Sheetz convenience store on Nazareth Road in Palmer Twp., Northampton Co., complained Tuesday night to township supervisors that the spot has become a hangout for young people who have a bad habit of racing cars and blaring radios late at night.

“They line up every night and it’s a drag race,” said Al Cooper who lives diagonally across from Sheetz, which runs a 24-hour operation.

George Pascoe who lives across the street said he has a front row seat of the reckless behavior.

“It’s unreal what goes on over there,” he said. “I’m waiting for a bad accident.”
Pascoe and several others said they have called the police but by the time the police arrive, the hot rods are history.

Saul Grandinetti of 3508 Nazareth Road said the noise and the racing has picked up over the last month. He said he fears what the warmer weather will bring.

Others complained about the late night tractor trailer deliveries that arrive at the store and the headlights that shine from the parking lot into their homes, apparently because there is not enough shielding on the property.

“It’s become a problem spot,” Pascoe said.

Alois Himsl Jr. said what is happening at Sheetz is just the latest example of a far bigger problem confronting the township.

“The quality of life is declining,” Himsl said.

David Colver, the chairman of the board of supervisors, said township officials will look into the complaints.

“This is the first time we’ve heard word one about this,” Colver said. “It’s on the radar now.”