Northampton Press

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKERNorthampton Mayor Thomas Reenock, right, administers the oath of office at the June 1 borough council meeting to newly seated Councilman Kenneth Hall, who fills the first ward seat vacated by Robert Coleman. The appointment is until Dec. 31. PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKERNorthampton Mayor Thomas Reenock, right, administers the oath of office at the June 1 borough council meeting to newly seated Councilman Kenneth Hall, who fills the first ward seat vacated by Robert Coleman. The appointment is until Dec. 31.

Newly appointed Kenneth Hall takes oath of office

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton Borough Council is back to its full capacity of eight council members, two from each of the four wards. Kenneth Hall took his seat at the June 1 meeting on the legislative body, filling the spot vacated by Robert Coleman, who resigned in April. The position expires Dec. 31.

Hall voted on several matters that night and made his first motion as council business concluded — the motion to adjourn.

Council approved a request by Northampton Area Band Parents to use both Municipal Park pavilions Aug. 26 for an annual picnic to inaugurate the 2017-18 band season. A waiver for fees was given.

Mayor Thomas Reenock was reappointed to the UCC Board of Appeals, a five-year stint.

Police Patrol Officer Erik Schaffer was given permission to attend a defensive tactics seminar June 12-16 at Lancaster County Safety Training Center at Manheim. The cost is $440.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst reported inspections of vendors at Northampton Farmers Market was conducted. He said the new location, Municipal Park, is attracting more shoppers during a comparable time when last year it was held on Main Street.

In other news, the review for the 2018 budget is months away; however, Brobst informed council that Fire Chief Keith Knoblach has been in his office on occasion, making his (fire department) budget requests known.

“The suggestions of the department will be considered,” Brobst stated.

Brobst said the borough paver is currently out of service, but it has not hindered the public works personnel from proceeding with street improvements. Allen Township has provided a paver at no cost to the borough.