Police training is set
The Northampton Police officers will undergo group training at the vo-tech building on the Northampton Area School District campus.
The training originally was set to take place at the Atlas Cement Company office. Borough Manager Gene Zarayko reported at this month's council meeting the former cement company property includes an abandoned building. In the past there were times the structure was to take on a new industrial use, but plans never materialized.
Council Vice President Robert McHale also reported the borough outfitted one of its police vehicles, No.8, to become the new K9 SUV.
"Unfortunately, the first day that this unit was on the street, it was hit by a deer near CVS," said Zarayko.
Currently the vehicle is at Force One undergoing repairs. The total cost of the damage is estimated at $4,800. K9 Police Officer John Mullner escaped injury in the incident, but the deer did not fare as well.
Atlas Machine & Welding made a $500 donation to the borough's fire department. Also, Councilman Ed Pany, curator of the Atlas Cement Memorial Museum, received a $1,000 check from Lehigh Portland Cement Company. The museum has been the beneficiary of donations from operating cement companies in the region, many of which have its key personnel tour the museum with its original artifacts located in a wing at the municipal complex off of Laubach Avenue.
Council in a separate action approved Police Chief Ron Morey's recommendation for an application for a handicapped parking zone at 1266 Newport Ave., approval contingent upon the applicant securing a handicapped placard.
Acting on Zarayko's recommendation, council agreed to purchase a half-page advertisement in the Pennsylvania Association of Mayors service directory at a $235 cost. The borough manager, said Zarayko, is the association's second vice president and the next president in line, which brings a sense of prestige to the borough. Pany recommended Reenock bring the association's meeting for one session to the borough once he heads the organization.
Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski, reporting on the administration and finance committee, said council will have on its agenda at its first meeting in January 2013 a resolution establishing fees for permits and licenses in the borough. Fees for permits for a number of years remained at the present fee schedules.