Northampton Borough Council at its Jan. 15 meeting sent back to the Civil Service Commission proposed sweeping changes to police department hiring procedures involving promotional positions and physical fitness standards.
Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr., a member of the Civil Service Commission and retired borough police officer, explained the commission delved into the proposed changes, saying input was received from an attorney in Washington, D.C.
"We're going somewhere in the blind here," McHale said on placing the issue on the agenda for a vote.
Northampton Borough Council has granted cost of living increases to 10 public works employees and six retired borough police officers.
The cost of living increases were approved at the Nov. 20 council meeting. The increases were the result of studies conducted on need.
Council specifically granted a 3 percent cost of living adjustment for 10 public works employees following an actuarial study performed by Beyer-Barber.
"It would cost a one-time payment in the amount of $18,539, payable in January 2016," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said.
Northampton Borough Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. recommended at the Dec. 4 council meeting the administration look into installing bulletproof glass at the doors and windows of the police station.
The request is the result of an unknown individual who recently smashed the window at the police station entrance on Smith Lane.
The incident was reported Nov. 28.
"We also believe they tried to force the front door open at town hall," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said.
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.