Coleman lauded for service to borough
Robert (Bob) Coleman, who resigned in April as a member of Northampton Borough Council, returned to council chambers May 18 for a tribute from his colleagues, who noted his service to the community.
Coleman, who represented the borough’s first ward, resigned his position for health reasons.
He received a standing ovation from council, borough officials and the public in attendance. Council President Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. presented him with a plaque.
Coleman’s term on council was to expire Dec. 31; however, he chose not to seek re-election. He was serving in his third term, the 12th year on the borough legislative body.
“I did it for the borough,” Coleman said. “I love this town. I love everything about it. The pleasure was all mine. God bless.”
Council members showered Coleman with praise for his work on council. Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. said Coleman was independent and brought humor to council on occasion.
Coleman was a staunch advocate for the military and veterans, reminding everyone of their sacrifices and service to the country.
The borough has a tradition of citing those in elective and appointed positions for their contributions to the borough. The large Victorian clock in front of the municipal building on Laubach Avenue was dedicated in the memory of the late councilman Peter Rusyn. The fitness room at the recreation center was named for former council President Charles Bodnar. And a roadway, Gene Zarayko Drive, near the municipal building pays tribute to the longtime borough manager who died last year.