Northampton Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said Oct. 31 the 2015 budget more than likely will include a property tax increase.
He says the administration is unable to avoid the increase.
Zarayko said he is not in a position to provide specific numbers on the millage rate as numbers are still being put together. Several factors still must be taken into consideration, such as reaching a resolution on a police contract before the proposed budget is submitted to borough lawmakers.
Roughly 900 Nothampton Area Middle School students cemented their foundation as Konkrete Kids by embracing the names of present and former cement plants during a recent assembly.
The goal of the Oct. 17 Konkrete Kid Assembly is to encourage achievement while developing an appreciation of local cement industry history.
When the new middle school opens in September 2015, stairwells and corridors will be named after cement plants, and emblazoned with words describing the cement history, said Principal Patrice Turner.
The Borough of Northampton is miffed the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection flagged its sewer plant for two minor violations while partial demolition of the more than a century old historic Atlas Dam has turned the Hokendauqua Creek into a shallow discolored mess.
Officials are angered the state DEP sent a violation notice for suspended solids exceeding established limitation for one day in 2011 and fecal coliform in June.
The Allen Township Board of Supervisors will dip into the township's funds for an emergency generator after receiving notice gaming funds from the Sands Casino will not be allocated to pay for the generator.
Supervisors said the emergency generator, which would operate in the event of a power failure, would serve the municipal offices, meeting room and the adjacent public works garage.
The lighting at the Northampton Fire Department's station on Lerchenmiller Drive will be upgraded with energy saving lighting at no cost to the borough.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko, in a report to council Sept. 18, said PPL is sponsoring the program. Valley Electric will replace the existing lighting.
"The total cost is $10,205 and this will be free of charge from PPL's E-power program. We anticipate saving $6,881 a year on our electric bill," Zarayko said.
Council was informed it may be a major undertaking involving wiring at the sewer plant.
In keeping with the Halloween season, Coplay Garden Club's Oct. 30 program will be called "Plants of Murder and Mahem" and will be presented by Sue Drabic.
Houseplants featured in the program, held at St. John's Lutheran Church, will be Crassula (jade), Schefferra (umbrella tree), Zebrina (wandering Jew) and Hypoestos (polka dot plant).
The 7 p.m. program's floral arrangement tournament is themed "Let's Go Tic Tacking." For the novice, a triangle design should be submitted and for advanced competitors, a triangle design using Indian corn or squash is required.
Construction on the Borough of Northampton's proposed uptown park on Main Street is expected to begin later this fall, after the farmers market closes for the season.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said most of the work in establishing the park will not be visible to the public. The improvements on the site will occur underground. Electrical, water and other utilities will be laid before any other work takes place.
"Depending on the weather, work on the park will take place during the winter," Zarayko said.
The long awaited dog park in Allen Township took a major step forward when the Allen Township Board of Supervisors awarded a $30,250 contract to Anchor Fencing of Allentown at the supervisors Oct 9 meeting.
The fence will be installed at the proposed dog park off Savage Road.
Anchor Fencing is the only company that submitted a bid.
Located near the Nor-Bath Trail, the dog park could be in place by 2015. It would be the first such dog park in the area.
Coplay's community Halloween parade is set for this coming Tuesday, Oct. 21.
It is sponsored by Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association.
In recognition of the fact that October is Fire Prevention Month, the parade will be led by the Coplay Fire Department, and will feature other volunteer fire departments in the area.
The first division, which follows, is headed by the honor squad of Post 426, American Legion, Coplay.
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli will delve into complaints lodged against the Edelweis Haus, 702 Main St., by neighbors in the 700 block of Main Street in Northampton.
The complaints mainly deal with noise coming from the bar.
Morganelli told The Press Oct. 10 he will schedule a meeting with police Chief Ron Morey regarding issues raised by residents.
"I will check it out," Morganelli said.
He also said he will confer with residents and tavern owner Tanya Hamlin.