Northampton Press

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Borough will no longer provide crossing guard assistance

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in School

A decades-old practice by the Borough of Northampton to provide crossing guards near schools has ended, effective at the close of Northampton Area School District schools for summer vacation.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst made the announcement at the April 19 meeting of Northampton Borough Council, which had been on board with ceasing to provide crossing guards at the borough’s expense.

Police Chief Bryan Kadingo said the NASD administration has been advised of the borough’s action and will, in September, take over the matter of having crossing guards at strategic sites in the borough.

Brobst said there has been, at times, a staffing problem with having crossing guards at schools and other locations both mornings and afternoons.

Some of the locations the crossing guards are stationed include streets at the high school, middle school, Franklin building, 21st Street and Laubach Avenue, and 19th and Main streets.

The crossing guards are on duty for about an hour twice a day. The pay was $10 an hour, per the borough.

“We will provide the school district with the names of the crossing guards who want to stay on,” Brobst said.

In other borough business, council approved a request from South Whitehall Township for the use of the band trailer for July 20. Brobst quipped over the irony of the equipment’s history.

“They (South Whitehall Township) have developed into quite a good customer after selling us the trailer,” he said.

Council also granted a request for a handicapped parking slot for a resident in the 1300 block of Main Street, following a recommendation by Kadingo.