Northampton Police Department’s request to establish a vehicle impound area for cars, SUVs and trucks taken in to custody by police for the further investigation was approved by Northampton Borough Council at the July 2 meeting, held at the municipal building.
The impound lot will be located at the rear of the borough fire department station on Lerchenmiller Drive. Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said the impound lot will be fenced and lighted with surveillance cameras.
Excitement was in the air when the former Miller’s Diner, having closed more than three years ago, reopened June 26 as Northampton Diner and Family Restaurant. The diner has a new name, new owners and an expansive menu to delight the palates of its patrons at the 1205 Main St. site.
The new owners, Lisa Haynos and Manuel Castaneda, bring with them restaurant experience that includes the operation of the former Bridge Street Family Restaurant in Catasauqua and the head chef position at an Allentown diner.
Northampton Recreation Center, 1 Lerchenmiller Drive, will reopen July 13. The center had earlier opening dates set, but a new schedule for its opening has been made by Northampton Borough.
The recreation center director, Jason Kremus, said there will be no daily admissions at this time, and members should visit the borough’s website for details regarding procedures and COVID-19 guidelines.
Northampton Fire Department has resumed its Monday evening drills for its firefighters. Fire Chief Keith Knobloch indicated the department’s response to restarting drills has been met with support by more than 50 of its volunteers.
When drills paused during the COVID-19 pandemic, the fire department was, however, still busy. Knobloch said firefighters recently responded to three major fires in the borough: one large residential fire in the 2200 block of Washington Avenue, another large apartment fire on Main Street and a third residential fire in the south end of the borough.
Northampton Borough Council, at its meeting June 18, declined a request from Northampton Area School District to waive the state-mandated crowd limitations for the upcoming Class of 2020 commencement, scheduled for July 24 at Al Erdosy Stadium.
“I received a call from Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik, and he explained the school is anticipating holding a graduation celebration at Al Erdosy field July 24,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said. “For this to occur, borough council can waive the limitations for an event.”
Northampton Borough Council will resume its public meetings June 18 in council chambers at the municipal building, 2014 Laubach Ave. This is the first time it is holding meetings in its chambers since early March when the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions caused a lockdown of the municipal building.
The howitzer artillery gun, which stood in front of Northampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, has been removed from the Post’s former headquarters at Main Street and Laubach Avenue
The World War II howitzer will be permanently placed at the veterans plaza on Washington Avenue. For the time-being, however, it has been placed in a secure, fenced area at the borough’s sewer plant.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst indicated the area at the veterans plaza will be landscaped before the move, which could take place in time for a Nov. 11 Veterans Day program.
Northampton Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst informed borough council, during its June 4 teleconferenced meeting, food will be available at no cost 1:30-2:30 p.m. June 11 in the parking lot of Northampton Recreation Center, 1 Lerchenmiller Drive.
Brobst reported Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development, led by coordinator Tina Smith, will have a refrigerated truck packed with food for distribution to the public, free of charge.
Northampton Exchange Club has made the decision to cancel its Community Days fair, scheduled for July, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The annual event features live bands, carnival rides and more. A fireworks display always ends the final night with a bang.
The organization has no plans to reschedule the event for later in the year. Reportedly, there was discussion of attempting a family picnic later in the summer, but that idea has not gained momentum.
It was not surprising when Northampton Borough Council voted at the May 21 meeting to have the community pool closed for the summer. What was surprising was that the vote was not unanimous. Councilwoman Judy Kutzler cast the only vote against shutting down the pool.
“We have to open our community,” Kutzler said.
She reasoned that the pool is in the open air, chlorine is in the water and safety measures would be met.