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Northampton police have new contract

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

After months of negotiations, the Borough of Northampton and its police department have reached a new agreement.

The new pact covers wages and benefits and avoids the prospect of binding arbitration.

Council Vice President Robert McHale, police committee chairman, made the announcement regarding the contract at the Nov. 20 council meeting. Details of the new pact were not made public, pending final ratification and signing.

Council members issued no comments or inquired about the specifics of the agreement.

Coplay column

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by AL RECKER in Columns

Fire department to host Santa

Santa will be in town noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Coplay Fire Department station on Cherry Street.

Each child will receive a present. Parents are invited to take a photograph of their child with Santa. No reservations are required. The program is free.

The event will be held snow, rain or sun.

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Coplay Scholarship Committee and Coplay Town Watch are joining forces for a fund drive, expected to be an annual event.

Coplay column

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by AL RECKER in Columns

Holiday mail volume increasing

The United States Post Office at Coplay reports people are already getting into the holiday spirit, as evidenced by the amount of packages coming and going at the Chestnut Street facility.

Postal patrons are also buying the special holiday stamps in large numbers and then affixing them to greeting cards and other mail.

New this season is that Amazon is aboard.

Deily set to retire

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton to search for new NBMA manager

Jerry Deily, who has guided the Northampton Borough Municipal Authority through some of its most dramatic changes, is retiring.

The 66-year-old soft-spoken Deily is recognized by his peers as the catalyst for many major projects, including the state-of-the-art water treatment plant in North Whitehall Township, just outside of Cementon, and the campus setting of its offices and maintenance operations on Lerchenmiller Drive.

Deily has been with the NBMA since 1997. He will officially step down as the NBMA's principal executive Dec. 31.

Tax hike in the works for borough

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough residents are likely to see a small increase in taxes for 2015.

Borough Manager Gene Zarayko released the 2015 proposed budget at the Nov. 20 council meeting. The $6,014,502 spending plan includes a 0.5-mill increase in real estate taxes, bringing the real estate tax levy to 9 mills.

The millage rate is said to rank as the lowest among boroughs in Northampton County, except for Chapmans.

"The tax increase for the average homeowner [$50,000 assessed value] would amount to $25 per year or 48 cents a week," Zarayko noted.

Allen proposes no tax increase

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

At their Nov. 13 meeting, the Allen Township Supervisors approved the preliminary budget that maintains the 5-mill real estate tax rate.

Further details regarding the budget were not disclosed. The board will vote on it at its Dec. 11 meeting.

Township Manager Ilene Eckhart said she is making final changes to the budget.

The board authorized Eckhart to advertise the proposed budget in a local newspaper.

In other business, Eckhart recommended the approval of a list of individuals as call-in winter drivers in instances where additional township crews are needed.

Council decides Knox Boxes must be installed

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough businesses and apartments will now be required to install Knox-Box Rapid Entry Systems.

At the Nov. 6 meeting, borough council unanimously approved the units for businesses and apartments with three or more units. The boxes contain secured keys which give the fire department and police access in the event of a fire or an emergency service call.

Property owners have a year to install the units. The Knox Boxes are available for purchase at the fire department.

Allen proposes no tax increase

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

At their Nov. 13 meeting, the Allen Township Supervisors approved the preliminary budget that maintains the 5-mill real estate tax rate.

Further details regarding the budget were not disclosed. The board will vote on it at its Dec. 11 meeting.

Township Manager Ilene Eckhart said she is making final changes to the budget.

The board authorized Eckhart to advertise the proposed budget in a local newspaper.

In other business, Eckhart recommended the approval of a list of individuals as call-in winter drivers in instances where additional township crews are needed.

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.