Fencing complaint addressed
Northampton Borough Council addressed a number of complaints at its Feb. 1 meeting.
Candlewick Lane resident David Haberacker asked for an update on a fence he believes was constructed by an Allen Township property owner on Northampton Borough property. He had reported the problem to the borough office in September 2017.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said he had contacted Allen Township Code Officer Michael Edelman, who told him an application for approval of the fence had been denied and that he would look into it.
Brobst said he would contact Allen officials again to find out what’s being done.
Councilman Robert McHale reported a stench was in the air Jan. 28, allegedly coming from CAP Glass Inc. in the borough’s industrial park in the third ward. The glass recycling plant had been inspected by the Department of Environmental Protection and fined for infractions following earlier complaints, but McHale said he did not know what the fines were nor the required remediation.
Brobst said residents who notice an odor should report it to DEP. Call the borough office to obtain the number to call.
Several council members discussed the appearance of and repairs to potholes in the borough. Residents may report potholes and other roadway concerns for state roads by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD. For potholes on local roads, contact the borough office.
In other business, Councilwoman Julia Kutzler reported on the fire department activity for the month of January.
“The first month of 2018 saw an unusual number of fire calls,” she said. “Many thanks to the volunteers who braved unfavorable weather to respond to those in need,” she said.
The department responded to 25 fire calls, seven motor vehicle accidents, two emergency medical assists, four funerals and one special event.
Also at the meeting, the dates for the 2018 Community Days event were set by a council vote. The event, sponsored by Northampton Exchange Club, will be at Northampton Municipal Park July 11-14, concluding with fireworks. July 15 is reserved as a rain date.
Also on the calendar is the Jack Frost Parade, set for Oct. 18, with a rain date of Oct. 25. Brobst said parade coordinator Ralston Coleman has said the parade will begin 7 p.m. and will follow the same route as previous years. This will be the 70th annual parade, also sponsored by the Exchange Club.
Because Oct. 18 would normally be a council meeting date, the council voted to hold the meeting Oct. 17 instead.
Approvals of a public works department agreement and a supervisory personnel agreement for 2018-19 were on the agenda for this meeting but were tabled for a later vote.