The impasse over sewer rates between Northampton Borough and Allen Township has been resolved.
Borough council adopted legislation to resolve the long-standing issue at its Oct. 3 meeting. The unanimous vote approved an ordinance that has borough and township property owners on the same page regarding the rates.
One of the matters discussed at the Sept. 19 Northampton Borough Council meeting was the future of the U.S. Army howitzer gunnery weapon located at the former Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 building, 1204 Main St.
Abra Development, Whitehall, acquired the building in July for $185,000, according to records in the Northampton County Recorder of Deeds office.
At the Sept. 19 Northampton Borough Council meeting, council tabled the approval of a purchase of an aerial firetruck costing $1.4 million.
It was approved at council’s Sept. 5 meeting to sell the borough’s current aerial firetruck to Brindle Fire Apparatus for $350,000. The truck, a 1991 KME model, had a history of necessary repairs and maintenance. The fire department, borough council and the administration agreed the aerial firetruck could no longer serve the community in an adequate manner.
Blue skies and a bright sun were fitting for the Sept. 21 ceremony unveiling the Slavic memorial monument and dedicating a linden tree at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue.
The new additions recognize the borough’s history with a bronze plaque attached to a local quarry rock citing the linden tree’s importance to the Slavic people. Many Slavics immigrated to Northampton in the late 1800s and early 1900s and worked in the local cement mills.
Northampton Borough is proposing to have neighboring municipalities join together and meet with the FedEx Ground company leadership to discuss problems and potential solutions regarding the increase of truck traffic in the area due to the company’s warehouse and distribution center off Willowbrook Road, Allen Township.
The meeting was one of several ideas discussed by borough residents and officials at a special meeting Sept. 18.
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli has dispatched detectives from his office to investigate complaints that stray bullets from the gun range at Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club, 2110 Canal St., Northampton, struck the sides of one or more nearby homes.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst confirmed Sept. 5 the district attorney’s office is conducting the probe. The results of the investigation will be presented to the administration and council. There was no timeline given when the investigation and findings will be completed.
Tears flowed down the cheeks of members of Northampton High School’s Class of 1954, as they sang the school’s alma mater, closing with “Auld Lang Syne,” at the class’ final reunion, held Aug. 16 at Northampton Banquet and Event Center.
Emotions ran deep as classmates embraced, reflecting on their days in high school with Konkrete Kids pride.
“It was wonderful,” attendees said, recalling their days at Northampton High School, which was then on Lincoln Avenue and is now a high-rise seniors facility.
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.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, Northampton, has been invited to house its operations at the Col. John Siegfried homestead, 21st and Canal streets.
The post has been searching for a new home since July when Abra Development, Whitehall, bought the original building at 1204 Main St. Opportunity Behavioral Health, which purchased the Siegfried homestead earlier in the year, has offered space in the building for the VFW to store equipment and hold meetings.
Northampton Borough Council has opted not to vote on adopting a resolution in support of a citizens’ commission for legislative and congressional redistricting.
Linda Smith, of Fair Districts PA, sought backing from the eight-member council by adopting a resolution or signing a letter of support regarding the issue of gerrymandering of legislative and congressional districts in the commonwealth.