A revised draft of the controversial apartment rental ordinance, which, in its original form, sparked spirited debate and discussion by Northampton Borough Council and citizens, comes before borough council this evening, Aug. 2.
The first attempt at passing such legislation was vetoed by Mayor Thomas Reenock June 7. To pass the mayor’s veto this time around, the ordinance needs a majority vote plus one.
The proceedings begin 6:30 p.m. A public hearing regarding the revised legislation will allow residents to give their input on the rental inspections for apartment owners.
Northampton’s Central School building, located at Main and 14th streets, used to house blackboards and student desks. Soon, it will house new apartments with tenants.
Kishbaugh Construction, Bath, is completing the job, begun months ago, by converting the two-story brick structure into one and two-bedroom units — an endeavor that included modern-day touches while keeping intact its historic appearance.
The seemingly never-ending fireworks that rocked neighborhoods all across Northampton Borough over the Independence Day holiday were the hot topic at the July 5 meeting of borough council.
Edward Deichmeister implored borough lawmakers to address the issue with action.
“The fireworks were going off all over,” Deich- meister said.
What really got his attention, though, was when someone, at approximately 2 a.m. July 2, detonated fireworks that “shook the house.”
He said the fireworks came from a field near Howertown Road.
Northampton Borough Council revisited the apartment rental ordinance at the July 5 meeting and voted to advertise the proposed ordinance and then hold a public hearing. Councilman Ed Pany cast the sole no vote.
The ordinance was adopted by council May 17 by a narrow margin, then vetoed by Mayor Thomas Reenock June 7.
A few major changes were made to the document to allow for another vote on the bill at the council meeting in August or September.
A revised draft of the controversial rental property ordinance is likely to be in front of Northampton Borough Council members at its July 5 meeting.
The original proposal was approved May 17 by a 4-3 vote of council.
Northampton Borough Mayor Thomas Reenock vetoed the measure June 7.
Tama Manufacturing Company, a once-thriving apparel plant at 18th and Main streets, Northampton — which has fallen into disrepair over the last several decades when the facility moved its operations to the Race Street extension in Hanover Township, Lehigh County — is now undergoing a massive makeover to the three-story structure.
The deterioration to the idled structure had some in the borough calling for its demolition.
Workers are at the 1796 Main St. site making major upgrades to the interior and exterior.
The building will be converted into 13 apartments.
Northampton Borough Council was informed at the June 21 meeting it could cost the borough up to a quarter of a million dollars to comply with state and federal mandates required to keep pollutants and sediment from entering local waterways.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said the waters involved are the Hokendauqua, Dry Run and Catasauqua creeks and Lehigh River.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is taking an aggressive approach resulting from regulations from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the waters.
It was announced at the May 17 meeting of Northampton Borough Council that a shipment of steel beams for the new Coplay-Northampton Bridge will arrive in July.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said the logistics are being worked out with Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regarding the route the trucks carrying the steel beams will take. The plan was to have the trucks enter the borough via Route 329, but with the temporary closure in the area of the Kopper Penny intersection at Howertown Road, another route will be needed. (See photo below.)
A decades-old practice by the Borough of Northampton to provide crossing guards near schools has ended, effective at the close of Northampton Area School District schools for summer vacation.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst made the announcement at the April 19 meeting of Northampton Borough Council, which had been on board with ceasing to provide crossing guards at the borough’s expense.
Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock vetoed borough council’s rental property ordinance at the June 7 meeting.
Borough Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian informed council it would need a majority of council and one to override the mayor’s veto.
With seven of the eight council members present, no vote to overturn Reenock’s action was taken. Instead, Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr., a committee member who helped draft the ordinance, made a motion to table the matter. Council concurred.