Allen Township Board of Supervisors at its Jan. 5 reorganization meeting kept its structure intact, beginning by retaining Paul Balliet as chairman of the five-member board of supervisors.
The board also retained Nick Lalik as Allen Township Fire Company fire chief; Brien Kocher of Hanover Engineering as township engineer; attorney B. Lincoln Treadwell as solicitor; Ilene Eckhart and Walter Diefenderfer as zoning/code enforcement officers; Jeffrey Huff, Jacob A. Schray and Christopher Taylor as sewage enforcement officers; and Gary Krill as emergency management coordinator.
Dr. Rodger Berg, chairman of the Northampton Exchange Club's Service to Youth program, said the four Northampton Area High School students recently selected as the monthly award recipients have done well handling the challenges they face in and out of the classroom.
A ceremony was held Dec. 3 at the Northampton Memorial Community Center honoring the November and December Girl and Boy of the Month. The students are Grace Cochrane and Boris Kobilja for November and Amber Saylor and Jared Fantasia for December
The students were presented lamp of knowledge plaques.
The Borough of Northampton has given its support to connect the Nor-Bath Trail to the proposed Delaware and Lehigh National Corridor walkway.
The walkway would be extended into North Catasauqua and eventually Allentown.
Borough Planner Victor Rodite met Jan. 8 with Scott Everett of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Brian Cope of the Northampton County Department of Community & Economic Development, and engineers to examine trail connection options to connect the Nor-Bath Trail to the Delaware-Lehigh Heritage Trail.
Northampton Borough Council is asking residents to step up and submit their names for vacancies on existing boards.
"There are currently openings on various boards and commissions. We need applicants for the zoning, hearing board, planning commission and the UCC Board of Appeals," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said.
Edward D. Hozza Sr., longtime member and chairman of the Northampton Borough Municipal Authority, was reappointed by council to serve a five-year term on the NBMA.
The Northampton Borough Civil Service Commission recently decided the police chief should be the only individual present while interviewing a candidate for the force.
Members of the civil service commission also recently agreed to replace the physical agility requirement for promotional positions with physical fitness standards. The commission decided to change the testing phase to a standard physical performance adjusted test.
At times during the evening rush hour, traffic backs up from the Coplay-Northampton Bridge onto Chestnut Street, sometimes all the way to the traffic light at Second Street.
Some of the added traffic is attributed to the ongoing construction of the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge, but it is made worse by vehicles zooming down Ninth Street in Northampton and onto the bridge into Coplay.
The trustees of the Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum donated a digital history of the Cement News newspaper to Northampton Area Public Library and the library of the Northampton Area High School.
The newspaper was a weekly publication that began in the Borough of Alliance in 1903. Its 40-year run ended in January 1943.
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.