Northampton Borough Council revisited the apartment rental ordinance at the July 5 meeting and voted to advertise the proposed ordinance and then hold a public hearing. Councilman Ed Pany cast the sole no vote.
The ordinance was adopted by council May 17 by a narrow margin, then vetoed by Mayor Thomas Reenock June 7.
A few major changes were made to the document to allow for another vote on the bill at the council meeting in August or September.
A revised draft of the controversial rental property ordinance is likely to be in front of Northampton Borough Council members at its July 5 meeting.
The original proposal was approved May 17 by a 4-3 vote of council.
Northampton Borough Mayor Thomas Reenock vetoed the measure June 7.
Tama Manufacturing Company, a once-thriving apparel plant at 18th and Main streets, Northampton — which has fallen into disrepair over the last several decades when the facility moved its operations to the Race Street extension in Hanover Township, Lehigh County — is now undergoing a massive makeover to the three-story structure.
The deterioration to the idled structure had some in the borough calling for its demolition.
Workers are at the 1796 Main St. site making major upgrades to the interior and exterior.
The building will be converted into 13 apartments.
Northampton Borough Council was informed at the June 21 meeting it could cost the borough up to a quarter of a million dollars to comply with state and federal mandates required to keep pollutants and sediment from entering local waterways.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said the waters involved are the Hokendauqua, Dry Run and Catasauqua creeks and Lehigh River.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is taking an aggressive approach resulting from regulations from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the waters.
It was announced at the May 17 meeting of Northampton Borough Council that a shipment of steel beams for the new Coplay-Northampton Bridge will arrive in July.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said the logistics are being worked out with Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regarding the route the trucks carrying the steel beams will take. The plan was to have the trucks enter the borough via Route 329, but with the temporary closure in the area of the Kopper Penny intersection at Howertown Road, another route will be needed. (See photo below.)
A decades-old practice by the Borough of Northampton to provide crossing guards near schools has ended, effective at the close of Northampton Area School District schools for summer vacation.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst made the announcement at the April 19 meeting of Northampton Borough Council, which had been on board with ceasing to provide crossing guards at the borough’s expense.
Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock vetoed borough council’s rental property ordinance at the June 7 meeting.
Borough Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian informed council it would need a majority of council and one to override the mayor’s veto.
With seven of the eight council members present, no vote to overturn Reenock’s action was taken. Instead, Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr., a committee member who helped draft the ordinance, made a motion to table the matter. Council concurred.
Newhard Pharmacy held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house May 19 to introduce the new chapter in its iconic legacy — a partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network to provide walk-in laboratory services, blood work and cholesterol checks.
This venture marks the first time St. Luke’s Health Network has offered its laboratory services via an independent local business.
The backyard garden was the comparison provided at Northampton Exchange Club’s Service to Youth program April 4, at which five Northampton Area High School seniors were lauded for their achievements in and outside the classroom.
During the ceremony, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, Dr. Rodger Berg, program chairman, used the analogy of starting a garden in the spring with seeds, culminating in the summer with tomatoes, string beans and more ready to be picked.
Northampton Borough Council passed the heavily contested rental property ordinance by a razor-thin margin during an emotionally charged meeting May 17.
The legislation, approved by a 4-3 vote, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019, and covers the 1,365 known apartment units in the borough.
Following the meeting, Mayor Thomas Reenock told The Press, “I will not sign the ordinance. I have 10 days to sign it. I will give my reasons in writing.
“Council will then have to vote again on the ordinance,” he added.