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Pickup truck added to borough fire company fleet

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The Northampton Fire Department has added another vehicle to its fleet.

This time around it is not an aerial fire truck, but rather a pickup truck that has been obtained free of charge, borough council was advised at its May 16 meeting.

The fire department was able to obtain a 1986 four-wheel-drive pickup truck free of charge from government surplus. Fire Chief Robert Solderich said the truck will be outfitted for fighting brush fires along the railroad tracks.

In another matter involving the fire department, Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr., fire and health committee member, mentioned the borough's 2013 budget has funding available for the installation of cameras on three fire trucks. These cameras, used as an aid when backing up the vehicles, are currently being installed at KME in Nesquehoning, Lopsonzski said.

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Also at the meeting, a 2012 audit of the Northampton Memorial Community Center has been completed for the fiscal year, said Anthony Lopsonzski Jr., member of the building, land and recreation committee.

The borough will be receiving an additional $33,820, representing 50 percent of the community center's bottom line profit. The funds will be placed in the borough general fund to be used for recreational purposes.

"As part of the reconstruction of our municipal basketball court, it was necessary to remove our two large swing sets. These swing sets are currently stored at the borough garage and will be re-installed at a future date," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said.

The borough has to make changes at the municipal park when granting land to the Northampton Area School District for construction of a new middle school and reconstruction and widening of Campus Drive, off Smith Lane. The tennis courts were removed entirely. The public will be allowed use of the school district's tennis courts on Laubach Avenue when they are not in use by the school.

Pool passes for the 2013 swim season at the municipal pool are now available at the borough recreation center. The pool will open June 1 and the season will end Aug. 17.