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Deily set to retire

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton to search for new NBMA manager

Jerry Deily, who has guided the Northampton Borough Municipal Authority through some of its most dramatic changes, is retiring.

The 66-year-old soft-spoken Deily is recognized by his peers as the catalyst for many major projects, including the state-of-the-art water treatment plant in North Whitehall Township, just outside of Cementon, and the campus setting of its offices and maintenance operations on Lerchenmiller Drive.

Deily has been with the NBMA since 1997. He will officially step down as the NBMA's principal executive Dec. 31.

Tax hike in the works for borough

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough residents are likely to see a small increase in taxes for 2015.

Borough Manager Gene Zarayko released the 2015 proposed budget at the Nov. 20 council meeting. The $6,014,502 spending plan includes a 0.5-mill increase in real estate taxes, bringing the real estate tax levy to 9 mills.

The millage rate is said to rank as the lowest among boroughs in Northampton County, except for Chapmans.

"The tax increase for the average homeowner [$50,000 assessed value] would amount to $25 per year or 48 cents a week," Zarayko noted.

Allen proposes no tax increase

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

At their Nov. 13 meeting, the Allen Township Supervisors approved the preliminary budget that maintains the 5-mill real estate tax rate.

Further details regarding the budget were not disclosed. The board will vote on it at its Dec. 11 meeting.

Township Manager Ilene Eckhart said she is making final changes to the budget.

The board authorized Eckhart to advertise the proposed budget in a local newspaper.

In other business, Eckhart recommended the approval of a list of individuals as call-in winter drivers in instances where additional township crews are needed.

Council decides Knox Boxes must be installed

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough businesses and apartments will now be required to install Knox-Box Rapid Entry Systems.

At the Nov. 6 meeting, borough council unanimously approved the units for businesses and apartments with three or more units. The boxes contain secured keys which give the fire department and police access in the event of a fire or an emergency service call.

Property owners have a year to install the units. The Knox Boxes are available for purchase at the fire department.

Allen proposes no tax increase

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

At their Nov. 13 meeting, the Allen Township Supervisors approved the preliminary budget that maintains the 5-mill real estate tax rate.

Further details regarding the budget were not disclosed. The board will vote on it at its Dec. 11 meeting.

Township Manager Ilene Eckhart said she is making final changes to the budget.

The board authorized Eckhart to advertise the proposed budget in a local newspaper.

In other business, Eckhart recommended the approval of a list of individuals as call-in winter drivers in instances where additional township crews are needed.

Borough to convey land for bridge demolition

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough and Lehigh County have entered into an agreement that provides land for the demolition of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge.

Council at its Nov. 6 meeting approved conveying approximately 0.133 acres for a drainage easement, 0.134 acres for an aerial easement and 0.270 acres for a temporary construction easement.

"The county is going to pay the borough $6,400 for these easements and also all legal fees," Zarayko informed council.

"Are you satisfied?" Councilman Ed Pany asked Zarayko, regarding the real estate transfers.

"Yes," Zarayko replied.

Coplay column

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by AL RECKER in Columns

Coplay churches to join for ecumenical service Sunday

The traditional start to the Thanksgiving Day holiday begins in the borough Sunday with the decades-old community ecumenical program.

The Coplay Ecumenical Service, which rotates among the three borough churches, will be held on Sunday, 7 p.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church, South Third Street, off Coplay Street.

Council refuses to remove signs

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Borough of Northampton's street sweeping program is under fire.

At the Nov. 6 meeting, council requested signs for the ban on vehicle parking for street sweeping be removed on the lower end of Main Street, in the 700-900 blocks of the busy thoroughfare.

Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said the administration has been asked by residents to remove the no parking-street sweeping signs on Main Street, from Edelweis Haus to Mario's Pizza.

Allen director steps down

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

Allen Township Board of Supervisors at its Oct. 9 meeting accepted the resignation of public works Director Scott Uhnak.

Uhnak, township Manager Ilene Eckhart said, has held the post for five years and was with the township public works department for several years before becoming director. He said his health was a factor in submitting his resignation.

Eckhart said during the interim she is meeting daily with public works personnel.

Coplay column

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by AL RECKER in Columns

Church serving shepherd's pie

St. John's Lutheran Church will hold a dinner open to the public on Saturday.

Shepherd's pie is on the menu.

The church hall, located on South Third Street, will be open to diners from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

The church boasts of a new kitchen with state-of-the-art equipment.

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In the Nov. 4, election, local Democrats enjoyed a commanding margin over Republicans.

A much better than expected turnout showed up at the Coplay polling sites – the CFC hall on Cherry Street and the St. John's church hall.