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.
At the Service to Youth program, held Feb. 5 at Northampton Banquet and Event Center, Northampton Exchange Club honored four Northampton Area High School seniors — Cassandra Borzillo, Jonathan O’Rourke, Rose Sharga and Alex Tews — as Students of the Month for January and February.
The honorees were presented with the Lamp of Knowledge and plaques.
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.
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.
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.
Often when an employee retires after years of dedicated service in the private or public sector, he is honored by colleagues in some fashion. This was, in fact, the case with Edward D. Hozza Sr., who retired Jan. 15 from Northampton Borough Municipal Authority Board of Directors.
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.
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.
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.
The 2020 budget was adopted by Northampton Borough Council at its Dec. 19, 2019, meeting.
The budget includes the purchase of a new aerial firetruck and a new police vehicle, the addition of a police officer and a public works employee, equipment for the public works department and the installation of a pavilion at the swimming pool.
The projected $6.97 million in expenditures is supported by a 10.5-mill real estate rate, a half-mill hike from 2019. It is the first time in four years that property taxes have been raised.