Rec center to be designated as shelter
Northampton Borough Council has granted permission to the Northampton Area School District to use the borough's recreation center on Lerchenmiller Drive as a temporary mass shelter.
NASD, in the past, used the football stadium as an emergency evacuation site in response to a bomb threat at the high school.
The borough will request a certificate of insurance from NASD.
Council also granted permission to borough officials to sign an easement and improvements agreement with the NASD regarding the middle school construction project. Borough Engineer David Lear reviewed the proposed agreement and signed off on it.
In other business, the Gospel Chapel was granted permission to use Canal Park Oct. 5 for a Chili Fest. The borough is waiving rental fees and allowing the Gospel Chapel to use the walking trail to conduct hay rides. This is a first for the macadam path which straddles the Lehigh River.
Also at the meeting, council learned it will receive $653 from PennDOT. The check will not arrive until Nov. 1, however.
The Public Works Department clears borough and state roads of ice and snow. The money is the result of an evaluation of the borough's costs for its services and represents an additional subsidy over what it has already been paid.
Other items brought up:
· Pool receipts are running slightly higher than in 2012 with income reading $40,000.
· Zoning board appeals were granted to Renewal Fuel Inc., Horwith Drive, for a special use in an industrial zone and to Michael and Carole Pilolli, 336 E. 11th St., to replace an existing four-foot high wire and metal fence with a five-foot high wooden fence.