McHale suggests borough dog park
Northampton Councilman Robert McHale has recommended funding for a dog park be included in the borough's 2013 budget.
The budget will be prepared and presented in November for adoption in December.
McHale did not provide specific details such as where a dog park would be located but the discussion pointed possibly to the grounds of the former borough animal shelter near the wastewater treatment plant.
Looking to borough Manager Gene Zarayko, McHale said the idea of examining whether a dog park is part of next year's budget "is appreciated." None of McHale's colleagues commented on the suggestion.
Dog parks have gained popularity in some communities in the region in recent years.
Also at its most recent meeting, council discussed searching for residents with medical backgrounds for possible appointment to a vacant seat on the borough's board of health.
McHale questioned what would take place in the event the town does not have a health officer. The task is currently being preformed by a qualified individual, though it could become the responsibility of the state.
The borough recreation center will hold its annual 5K race this Saturday, Oct. 6, starting at 9:30 a.m. Winners in the age and gender brackets receive monetary prizes.
Council has changed its Thursday, Oct. 18 meeting to Wednesday, Oct. 17, due to the Jack Frost Parade.
Good Shepherd School located on Newport Avenue was granted permission to use Canal Park tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 6, for its annual "Race for Education" fundraiser.
Trick-or-Treat night was designated as Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m.