The Borough of Northampton's unofficial skateboard park at Smith Lane and Lerchenmiller Drive recently suffered another blow.
"A crew of the public works department will begin removing the old half-pipe ramp at the skateboard park. This ramp was never completed and is in bad condition," borough Manager Gene Zarayko advised borough council, Jan. 15.
Although council members had no comment on the issue, Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Jr., building, land and recreation committee chairman, reiterated the administration's position regarding the skateboard park.
While many consumers in the region are paying an average of about $2.31 a gallon for gas at the pumps, the Borough of Northampton is paying $2.53 a gallon.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said Jan. 23 that soon will change. The next delivery of gas will dramatically drop in cost to between $2 and $2.05 per gallon.
Zarayko said there are two reasons the borough pays $2.53 a gallon. When the borough filled its two 10,000-gallon underground tanks approximately three months ago prices were not dropping as dramatically as they are now.
Northampton Borough Council members within the last 15 years have not received a pay raise, nor does it appear one is in the works for those taking office January 2016.
The Pennsylvania Borough Code does not permit pay hikes for those currently serving in office. The code does permit raises for council members before being sworn in, however. Such a provision requires that candidates pursuing office be informed of the compensation.
A Super Bowl tradition continues Sunday in the borough in conjunction with the NFL Super Bowl football championship game. Coplay Lions Club holds is annual Super Bowl All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast at the Coplay Saengerbund, 8 a.m.-noon.
The hall will be packed with families. This is one of the most well-attended functions yearly in town. Held as the Lions Club's major fundraiser for the year, children and grownups attend, sporting their favorite NFL gear.
Winter has not slowed down construction at the Borough of Northampton's newest park, the uptown minipark on Main Street.
The newest addition to the borough's park system, expected to open in 2015, will afford residents a place to relax.
A public works department crew is in the process of installing a three-foot retaining wall at the rear of the property. Borough Manager Gene Zarayko informed council at the Dec. 18 meeting once the wall has been constructed borough personnel will install a concrete pad for the placement of the gazebo.
The American Club and Coplay Saengerbund, both with a long-standing bond with the community, are known as social clubs. The two clubs have another niche in the borough, that of bowling. Bowling continues to be popular at the lanes of both clubs, although perhaps not as hyped these days as are other sports or recreational activities. League and open bowling is big at the clubs, whether it be men or women.
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.