Northampton County has approved the Borough of Northampton's application for a Community Development Block Grant.
The grant will be used to construct handicapped curb cuts and ramps along 10th Street.
Borough Community Planner Victor Rodite in a recent report to borough council said the county administers the state's CDBG grant applications, which originally are derived from federal funding.
"We must wait for the environmental review to be completed by the county in a month or two," Rodite said. "Then it will be our turn to roll out this project."
"No trespassing" and "no dogs" signs have gone up at the retention pond on Walker Drive at the Quarry Hills residential development.
Northampton Borough Manager Gene Zarayko recently informed council the public works department Dec. 29 installed the signs. The signs were requested by residents in the area who have complained those who walk their dogs often neglect to clean up after them.
Council was also informed the new pump station on Smith Lane is up and running.
Some residents wasted little time taking the decorations off their Christmas trees and discarding them for pickup by a borough public works crew. Trees were seen along street curbs as early as Christmas night.
Borough personnel held the first of their three holiday tree retrievals Jan 2. A second pickup is planned for tomorrow, Jan. 9, and final date for retrieval is set for Friday, Jan. 16.
The trees are ground up for mulch.
It is expected the cost for providing public safety to residents in Northampton will reach $2 million in 2015.
The police department will be allotted $1,721,467. The department has a compliment of 12 officers, including the police chief, detective and sergeant.
The salaries for the patrol officers is pegged at $552,438, including police overtime at $100,000, longevity pay at $16,000, part-time police at $25,000, police salaries reimbursable at $20,000 and holiday compensation at $35,000.
Borough residents are kept abreast of local events by strategically placed message boards, thanks to the Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association. The sign is located off Chestnut Street, between the borough veterans monument and Giant gas station.
Trinity United Church of Christ has its messages posted on a similar sign on the church property at Third and Coplay streets, and the Coplay Public Library has just put up a message board at Fifth and Center streets, outside the library.
The Borough of Northampton is moving forward with the installation of handicapped ramps on 10th Street.
News of the Northampton County grant was announced at the Dec. 18 meeting of borough council.
"We have received notice from Northampton County that the borough has been approved in the amount of $169,000 for the construction of handicapped ramps on 10th Street," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said. "Lehigh Engineering will begin preparing the bid specifications so that we can open bids in February or March 2015."
The average homeowner in Northampton will pay 48 cents more a week in property taxes in 2015.
Northampton Borough Council Dec. 18 adopted a $6 million budget, described as a no-frills spending plan.
It includes a half-mill tax increase.
According to borough Manager Gene Zarayko, the nine-mill overall tax rate is among the lowest in Northampton County.
Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. asked if the budget is bare bones.
"Yes, bare bones," Zarayko said.
Security has been enhanced at the Borough of Northampton Police Department station.
Council was informed at the Dec. 18 meeting the black and white camera system at the Smith Lane station has been upgraded with the same kind of color cameras that are used at the community recreation center. The upgraded camera system was installed because of attempted break-ins at the police station and borough hall.
Councilman Robert McHale, code and police committee chairman, said a public works crew will install the cameras..
Tonya Hamlin, owner of the Edelweis Haus, a tavern on Northampton Borough's lower Main Street, went before council Dec. 18 asking the borough to monitor the noise levels at the establishment.
Neighbors have issued complaints to the borough, police and Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board regarding excessive noise coming from the bar.
Hamlin said the business presently operates as a bar, but said, "I came up with a couple of ideas."
She said she wants to turn the tavern into a restaurant and bar featuring some ethnic food.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors at its Dec. 11 meeting accepted the resignation of longtime planning commission member William Holmes.
"With regrets," Supervisors Chairman Paul Balliet said as the board voted to accept Holmes' resignation.
The supervisors did not immediately name an appointee to the planning commission to fill Holmes' seat.
Holmes served as chairman of the planning commission when the commission voted to recommend the approval of FedEx's plans for a megahub off Willowbrook Road.