The average homeowner in Northampton will pay 48 cents more a week in property taxes in 2015.
Northampton Borough Council Dec. 18 adopted a $6 million budget, described as a no-frills spending plan.
It includes a half-mill tax increase.
According to borough Manager Gene Zarayko, the nine-mill overall tax rate is among the lowest in Northampton County.
Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. asked if the budget is bare bones.
"Yes, bare bones," Zarayko said.
Security has been enhanced at the Borough of Northampton Police Department station.
Council was informed at the Dec. 18 meeting the black and white camera system at the Smith Lane station has been upgraded with the same kind of color cameras that are used at the community recreation center. The upgraded camera system was installed because of attempted break-ins at the police station and borough hall.
Councilman Robert McHale, code and police committee chairman, said a public works crew will install the cameras..
Tonya Hamlin, owner of the Edelweis Haus, a tavern on Northampton Borough's lower Main Street, went before council Dec. 18 asking the borough to monitor the noise levels at the establishment.
Neighbors have issued complaints to the borough, police and Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board regarding excessive noise coming from the bar.
Hamlin said the business presently operates as a bar, but said, "I came up with a couple of ideas."
She said she wants to turn the tavern into a restaurant and bar featuring some ethnic food.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors at its Dec. 11 meeting accepted the resignation of longtime planning commission member William Holmes.
"With regrets," Supervisors Chairman Paul Balliet said as the board voted to accept Holmes' resignation.
The supervisors did not immediately name an appointee to the planning commission to fill Holmes' seat.
Holmes served as chairman of the planning commission when the commission voted to recommend the approval of FedEx's plans for a megahub off Willowbrook Road.
Allen Township residents have received an early Christmas gift that includes no tax increases next year.
The board of supervisors unanimously adopted the 2015 budget Dec. 11. The budget retains the current 5-mill property tax rate.
Projected expenditures are pegged at $1.7 million. No big ticket items or major projects are included in the budget.
Supervisors offered little comment on the 2015 budget.
Supervisor Dale Hassler abstained from voting on a section of the budget due to his affiliation with the fire department as a volunteer.
orough public works personnel completed their final yard waste and leaf pickup on Friday.
Crews are now ready to pickup discarded Christmas trees. Although the trees will be picked up in January, every holiday season there are one or more residents whose trees, surprisingly, are outside, awaiting pickup already on Christmas Day, with some more on Dec. 26.
Whitehall Township police detectives were kept busy in November responding to seven separate bomb threats at Whitehall High School.
In each instance, after a thorough search of the school, authorities determined the calls were false, according to a report to the township board of commissioners and Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. Dec. 8.
Police Chief Linda Kulp said there was also a bomb threat at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School.
A family of squirrels that took up residence in the Northampton Canal Park men's restroom have relocated.
At the Nov. 20 council meeting, Councilman Ed Pany said the squirrels were discovered during the installation of a camera system by borough personnel. The squirrels were found living in the ceiling of the men's rest room.
The camera system was installed to curb vandalism.
"Outstanding" was one word heard throughout the Nov. 5 Northampton Exchange Club dinner held at the Northampton Memorial Community Center.
During the evening, four Northampton Area High School seniors were recognized as Youths of the Month, the first program for the 2014-15 school year.
Students recognized include Erika Veiszlemlein, September Girl of the Month; Travis Weghofer, September Boy of the Month; Jolene Steams, October Girl of the Month; and Evan Chuss, October Boy of the Month.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town on Sunday. While this parade certainly isn't in the same league as Macy's, the local holiday flavor will not be lost on the children in the borough.
Led by a borough police vehicle and a borough fire truck, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be seated on a sleigh, while music of the season gives a festive air. Hosted by Coplay Sports Inc., the excursion is a tradition going back decades.
Santa will deliver wrapped presents to children whose parents provide them.