After weeks of searching and scouring yards all across town, Northampton Borough has found an evergreen to serve as its official Christmas tree, which will be decorated for the holidays at the Main Street and Laubach Avenue triangle.
“We are pleased. We found a real nice tree in a yard of an East Allen Township home,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst reported Nov. 1. “The family is willing to donate the tree to the borough for its holiday program and give the community the spirit of Christmas.”
Northampton Borough’s proposed 2020 budget was presented at the Nov. 21 Northampton Borough Council meeting. The budget calls for a half-mill increase in property taxes to support nearly $7 million in expenditures and other projects.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst, in presenting the projected $6,976,110 in expenditures, said the modest hike in real estate taxes will set the millage at 10.54 mills.
“Unfortunately, it will be necessary to increase taxes by 0.5 percent,” Brobst said. “This is the first increase since 2016.”
Susan Parker has been selected principal of Good Shepherd Catholic School, 1300 Newport Ave., Northampton. She has been interim principal since August, taking over the helm from Paul Crescenzo.
Parker said she was excited to accept this position at the parochial school. Although her entire career in education has been with Catholic schools, this is her first appointment as a principal.
Siegfried Elementary School held a special Veterans Day event Nov. 11 for veterans of the community. The special guests, many in their 70s, served in both war and peacetime, abroad and stateside. The veterans sat with children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren for a patriotic-themed breakfast and program.
Seated with their family members, the young girls and boys embraced their elder family members as their heroes.
The 72nd Bury the Hatchet dinner program for Northampton Area School District and Catasauqua Area School District is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
The event, to prepare for the Thanksgiving Day football classic between the two high school teams, will take on the appearance of a roast as speakers talk of the rivalry in good taste but with a comic twist.
It’s an early Christmas present for anyone affected by the closure of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge. The new $33.5 million state-of-the-art span will be open to traffic before the December holiday.
Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, confirmed the new concrete bridge will “certainly open” before Christmas, six months ahead of schedule. The specific date is expected to be announced shortly.
Northampton Borough Planning Commission will meet Nov. 13 to hear plans for a proposed 40-unit town house project on a long-vacant tract of land just north of 21st Street.
Abe Atiyeh, a major developer in the region, has filed documents with the borough seeking a hearing before the planning commission to discuss the town house development on the site of the former Cross Country Clothes.
The planning commission would be responsible for making a recommendation to borough council on whether or not to move the proposed development forward.
During the Oct. 16 Northampton Borough Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve spending $1.44 million for a new Pierce aerial ladder firetruck.
The need for a new truck was brought before council at the September meeting but was tabled to give council more time to consider the sudden purchase. There were concerns with the issue. Originally, the borough was given a two-week window to decide on the purchase. In addition, the issue had not been brought before council or to the council’s fire committee previously.
Northampton Borough Council will invite Hanover Township, Lehigh County, to send a representative to a conference with FedEx Ground officials to remedy a problem with box trucks traveling on nondesignated roads to and from the warehouse off Willowbrook Road in Allen Township.
Northampton is adding Hanover Township to the mix of municipalities to meet with FedEx since it is also impacted by the heavy truck traffic. Others invited include Allen Township and North Catasauqua and Catasauqua boroughs.
Northampton Borough is preparing for winter’s arrival and its impact on roads, as well as more immediate events that will take place, such as trick-or-treat night.
An agreement was reached between Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Northampton that has the borough’s public works department personnel removing snow and ice from state roads in the borough, such as Route 329 (21st Street), Cherryville Road and upper Main Street.