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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.

Proposed increase discussed

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

NAMS assembly recognizes importance of cement industry

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by AL RECKER in School

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.

DEP cites borough for Atlas Dam violations

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Allen to use own funds for emergency generator

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Lighting to be upgraded

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.