Public works staff praised
Northampton Borough Councilman Robert McHale complimented the public works department for the challenging work done during the wintry January weather, which had included snow, sleet, freezing rain, high winds and subfreezing temperatures, during the council’s Jan. 18 meeting. He said the lighted holiday street ornaments were still in place in the borough because workers’ attentions have been on keeping streets open and safe during the winter weather events.
McHale, chair of the public works and sewer committee, said some trash pickup was delayed because of the bad weather, but collections seem to be back to normal now.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst reported Christmas trees are still being collected and may be left at the curb. If a tree is not collected, residents may call the borough office to request pickup. The trees are taken to First Regional Compost Authority, where they are turned into compost.
Councilman Tony Pristash, chair of the building, land and recreation committee, said the underground storage tanks at the municipal building were recently inspected and found to be in acceptable condition by Trammel Testing. This was a routine inspection, which takes place once every three years.
He also reported a valentine dance for fourth- and fifth-grade students will be held at the recreation center 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 10.
Councilman Kenneth Hall chairs the code and police committee. He reported Northampton Borough Planning Commission met Jan. 10 to consider final approval for the Willow Brook Farms development. The planning commission recommended the council grant final approval, with five conditions.
He also commented residents should report occurrences in their neighborhoods that seem out of the ordinary. He cited a recent incident in which a tanker truck of unknown origin apparently parked in an alley and dumped hydraulic oil into a manhole. A resident did not report seeing it until days later.
Councilwoman Julia Kutzler, chair of the fire and health committee, reported the fire department responded to 12 fire calls, two motor vehicle accidents, one water rescue, eight funerals and two special events during the month of December and has been extremely busy during the month of January, with more than 40 calls in the first three weeks.
The hydraulic platform on the ladder truck has been repaired. The fire chief confirmed the truck is now in service.
Brobst reported Police Chief Bryan Kadingo requested council terminate the employment of Officer Keith Reed, due to extenuating circumstances. The council voted to approve the termination.
Council also approved the replacement of curbing and sidewalks along Laubach Avenue on Northampton Area School District property. Since the street was newly paved within the past five years, council approval is required for the reopening of the street in order the make the repairs.