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.
Northampton County has approved the Borough of Northampton's application for a Community Development Block Grant.
The grant will be used to construct handicapped curb cuts and ramps along 10th Street.
Borough Community Planner Victor Rodite in a recent report to borough council said the county administers the state's CDBG grant applications, which originally are derived from federal funding.
"We must wait for the environmental review to be completed by the county in a month or two," Rodite said. "Then it will be our turn to roll out this project."
"No trespassing" and "no dogs" signs have gone up at the retention pond on Walker Drive at the Quarry Hills residential development.
Northampton Borough Manager Gene Zarayko recently informed council the public works department Dec. 29 installed the signs. The signs were requested by residents in the area who have complained those who walk their dogs often neglect to clean up after them.
Council was also informed the new pump station on Smith Lane is up and running.
Some residents wasted little time taking the decorations off their Christmas trees and discarding them for pickup by a borough public works crew. Trees were seen along street curbs as early as Christmas night.
Borough personnel held the first of their three holiday tree retrievals Jan 2. A second pickup is planned for tomorrow, Jan. 9, and final date for retrieval is set for Friday, Jan. 16.
The trees are ground up for mulch.
It is expected the cost for providing public safety to residents in Northampton will reach $2 million in 2015.
The police department will be allotted $1,721,467. The department has a compliment of 12 officers, including the police chief, detective and sergeant.
The salaries for the patrol officers is pegged at $552,438, including police overtime at $100,000, longevity pay at $16,000, part-time police at $25,000, police salaries reimbursable at $20,000 and holiday compensation at $35,000.
Borough residents are kept abreast of local events by strategically placed message boards, thanks to the Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association. The sign is located off Chestnut Street, between the borough veterans monument and Giant gas station.
Trinity United Church of Christ has its messages posted on a similar sign on the church property at Third and Coplay streets, and the Coplay Public Library has just put up a message board at Fifth and Center streets, outside the library.
The Borough of Northampton is moving forward with the installation of handicapped ramps on 10th Street.
News of the Northampton County grant was announced at the Dec. 18 meeting of borough council.
"We have received notice from Northampton County that the borough has been approved in the amount of $169,000 for the construction of handicapped ramps on 10th Street," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said. "Lehigh Engineering will begin preparing the bid specifications so that we can open bids in February or March 2015."