Northampton Press

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Municipal mandate: Northampton Borough

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

Following suit with many other municipalities in the region, Northampton Borough is closing its municipal building to the public during normal business hours.

According to the borough’s website, this closure is for the protection of the borough’s employees and community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure will continue until further notice.

For more information, call 610-262-2576.

Other borough services such as public works, garbage collection and the police department remain in effect.

Clergy receives free rec center membership

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

Clerics serving Northampton parishes can now enjoy free memberships at the borough’s recreation center.

This decision, made at the Feb. 6 Northampton Borough Council meeting, was adopted unanimously and takes effect immediately.

Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. informed council he was approached by three members of the clergy who inquired about membership at the recreation center, 1 Lerchemiller Drive. He said for all the service they give to the community, the borough should offer them free membership at the center.

Organizers cancel Paw Prints

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

At the Feb. 6 Northampton Borough Council meeting, members received some bad news — Paw Prints on the Canal will no longer be held.

The event has been a mainstay in the borough for more than a decade.

Councilman Robert McHale reported he has been advised that Tom and Julie Glick, founders of the program, have said the event has been canceled. There was no further explanation or comment regarding the decision to no longer hold the event.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst confirmed his office also was told Paw Prints on the Canal is being canceled.

Council votes to seek grant for flood mediation

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

Funding will help with Dry Run Creek area, federal MS4 mandates

Northampton Borough is pursuing a $421,250 state grant to assist with the flood mediation work on the Dry Run Creek.

Acting on a report by borough Manager LeRoy Brobst, borough council instructed Victor Rodite, community planner, in cooperation with Kent Baird, of Gilmore & Associates, to prepare and file an application for a Pennsylvania Small Water & Sewer Grant of $421,250 to assist with the flood mediation work of the Dry Run Creek.

“This will assist us in our mandated MS4 application. The borough would be responsible for $74,339,” Brobst said.

Club honors NAHS students

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by AL RECKER in School

Four Northampton Area High School seniors — Emily Wegrzyn, Abbi Czarnecki, Cole Clapp and Collin Christein — were recognized as Students of the Month by Northampton Exchange Club during its Service to Youth program, held Jan. 8 at Northampton Banquet and Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.

The honorees were awarded the Lamp of Knowledge, a certificate and a pen for their outstanding academic achievements and in- and out-of-school activities.

Borough considers multimunicipal group

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Council is considering joining several other local municipalities in a multimunicipal comprehensive plan.

The vote to join could come as soon as council’s Feb. 6 meeting.

Tracy Oscavich, director of development with the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, and East Allen Township Manager Brent Green went before council at the Jan. 6 meeting, outlining the objectives of such a collaboration.

Council members take oath

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Council reorganized during the Jan. 6 meeting.

Mayor Thomas Reenock administered the oath of office, for four-year terms, to Keith Piescienski, first ward; Judy Kutzler, second ward; Thomas Gehringer, third ward; and Anthony Lopsonzski Sr., fourth ward.

Council held the election of officers, unanimously voting Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. as president, Piescienski as vice president and Anthony Pristash as president pro tem.

Borough council raises zoning board appeal fee

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

Property owners, residential or commercial, taking an appeal before Northampton Borough Zoning Hearing Board will notice a hefty fee hike following a Jan. 6 action by Northampton Borough Council.

The new fee is $500, up from the $350 fee that was previously in place.

Whether the appeal from the borough’s zoning board involves a fence, setback or a much larger issue, the fee is the same.

It’s “win or lose,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said, regarding the nonrefundable fee and the board’s decision on the appeal.