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Northampton installing generator

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Should Northampton be struck by a disaster causing a loss of power, a large generator at the Northampton Memorial Community Center on Laubach Avenue could save the day.

Thanks to the influx of casino money being distributed to the borough, the generator arrived in Northampton and is now being installed.

"We received funding in the amount of $27,500 from the local casino monies," Borough Manager Gene Zarayko informed borough council.

The new generator actually arrived at the borough community center March 21.

"The generator, with installation, will cost in excess of $50,000," Zarayko said. According to borough officials, it is money well spent.

"This generator will be a tremendous asset in the event of a disaster in the community. This will give the residents a place to seek temporary shelter," Zarayko said.

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In other business, council approved a resolution adopting a code of conduct for the borough's participation in and acceptance of funds associated with the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG).

Council was told Northampton County requires municipalities to adopt such a code. The county now has the authority to dole out CDBG funds, which mostly help moderate and low-income families make property improvements and meet codes. Before Northampton became involved, the borough, through consultant Victor Rodite, dealt directly with the state seeking federal funds through a program in Harrisburg.

Also, the borough received only one bid for road materials, such as stone and blacktop.

The sole bidder was Eastern Industries. Council deferred awarding the bid until the administration and borough Solicitor William McCarthy review the bid documents to ensure bid specifications are met.

Zarayko said the Northampton Borough Municipal Authority (NBMA) is also part of the bidding process.

On a report of the community children's Easter egg hunt, Councilman Robert Coleman said 353 large chocolate bunnies were handed out to children along with 18 dozen plastic eggs filled with Hershey kisses.