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Special meeting on truck traffic set for Sept. 18

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The large 18-wheel trucks heading into or departing from the large FedEx Ground warehouse in Allen Township are the basis of a special meeting Northampton Borough Councilman Robert McHale has set for 10 a.m. Sept. 18. Participants will discuss the issue of the trucks traveling on streets in Northampton Borough.

McHale reported at the Sept. 5 meeting that the special meeting is being held to get a handle on residents’ concerns regarding the increasing truck traffic in their neighborhoods, particularly the Howertown Road and East Fourth Street area. Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst noted at an earlier meeting that the borough office regularly receives truck complaints.

Mentioning he has met with some of the residents who complained about the surge in truck traffic, McHale said the meeting will be to listen to concerns and suggestions to resolve the growing problem, which may worsen as more warehouses in the areas outside the borough get built.

McHale invited his council colleagues to attend the meeting. Council members Judy Kutzler and Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. expressed interest in attending. Brobst, Police Chief Bryan Kadingo and Mayor Thomas Reenock are expected to also be present.

In other business at the Sept. 5 meeting, council voted on the certification of three police pension plans.

According to Brobst, the borough’s contribution toward the nonuniformed defined contribution pension plan will be $14,768. The anticipated state aid will be $32,700 and the average will be distributed to other pension plans. The borough’s obligation of the nonuniformed defined benefit pension plan notes the borough’s obligation is $93,180 with state aid anticipated at $64,000, requiring the borough to provide $29,180. The borough obligation for the police pension fund is $104,765, and the anticipated state aid is $96,000 — requiring the borough to provide $8,765.

Council members Kutzler and McHale cast the only no votes, and Lopsonzski Sr. abstained. He is a retired police sergeant from the department.